About this Course
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This course gives you a reliable model for preparing and delivering effective presentations. In business, in school, and in public life, we are often called upon to “make a few comments.” Often, people tasked with such speeches become flummoxed. They might not know what to talk about, or ramble without making a point, or simply be confusing to listen to. This course is designed to help you shine where others falter. We’ll learn how organize talks clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures. The speech model that we’ll practice is useful for briefings, elevator talks, interviews, and even as a structure for hour-long presentations. If you’re a beginner, this course will help you quickly master the fundamentals of speaking. If you’re a seasoned speaker, this course will help you better understand public speaking and push you to the next level....
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Calendar

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study; 2 hours per week. ...
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
2 hours to complete

Week 1: Understanding speech

Thank you for joining Introduction to Public Speaking! I am thrilled at the prospect of a global discussion about good speech. Let's get started! In this module, we’ll focus on the basics of the course and how rhetorical canons will help us structure our time. Then we’ll turn to the important ways that speaking and writing differ. By the end of this week, you should have some tools for evaluating your speech writing. If you want some feedback, you’ll be able to upload an introductory speech for peer review....
Reading
13 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video13 videos
Course and assignment overview4m
Week 1 overviewm
What is rhetoric?1m
Rhetorical situations5m
The canons of rhetoric3m
Speech is a natural medium of sound6m
Don't treat speaking as writing4m
How do we talk?3m
Good delivery is easy to understand3m
Week 1 reviewm
Introductory speech sample2m
Recording good speech videos4m
Reading2 readings
Week one lesson summaries10m
Week one assignment check-in10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Rhetoric6m
Week 1 quiz10m
Week
2
Clock
3 hours to complete

Week 2: Making ideas compelling and memorable

Now that we have the course foundation out of the way, we can work on our basic speech model: the key point speech. I love this format. It's the Swiss army knife of speeches. This basic model works in interviews, short presentations, elevator talks, and can even structure an hour long presentation. After overviewing the assignment, we’ll talk about how to plan out your speeches. By the end of the week, you should have some tools for quickly putting together short presentations. You can practice this by analyzing some speeches....
Reading
14 videos (Total 55 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
Key point speech overview3m
Key point speech rubric4m
The components of a memorable point5m
Can you hear these components?2m
Outlining and flowing7m
Inventing key points: Topics5m
Inventing key points: How many points?4m
Arranging key points: Subordination2m
Arranging key points: Coordination and discreteness4m
Stylizing key points: Phrasing4m
Key point speech for analysis3m
Improved key point speech (Optional)4m
Week 2 review1m
Reading6 readings
Key point speech assignment description10m
Case study: Inventing key points15m
Speech analysis #1 overview2m
Matt's feedback (Optional)10m
Week two lesson summaries10m
Week two assignment check-in10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 quiz10m
Week
3
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2 hours to complete

Week 3: Illustrating and delivering your ideas

This week, we’ll talk about support and arrangement. The lessons here will immediately help all of your other presentations. Why? Because we need to think about how audiences hear our ideas in real time. There are things we should be doing to help listeners instantly organize and process the information we’re presenting to them. By the end of the week, you should be able to discuss evidence clearly and highlight your speech's organization. If you want some feedback, you’ll be able to upload a practice elevator speech for peer review....
Reading
14 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video14 videos
Finding the right support4m
Discussing your examples concisely3m
Performing your key point3m
Sample performance of a key point4m
Highlighting speech structure3m
Introductions4m
Transitions3m
Conclusions3m
Key point speech with structure identified (Optional)7m
Revising your speech5m
Practicing and remembering your speech4m
Week 3 review1m
Sample elevator speech1m
Reading2 readings
Week three lesson summaries10m
Week three assignment check-in10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Discussing your support10m
Week 3 quiz10m
Week
4
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3 hours to complete

Week 4: Overcoming your fear of public speaking and developing great delivery

This week, we'll discuss speech apprehension and delivery. I know the fear of public speaking is a pressing topic for many. Why didn’t we start the course with this? Because I think many delivery concerns go away if the invention and arrangement are good. However, invention and arrangement are just part of the equation - now we can supercharge our delivery. By the end of this week, you’ll have some techniques for combating those butterflies and speaking confidently. If you want some feedback, you’ll be able to upload a practice key point speech for peer review....
Reading
15 videos (Total 72 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
What is public speaking apprehension?6m
The causes of public speaking apprehension6m
Reducing your public speaking apprehension5m
Example of public speaking apprehension5m
Analyzing the example4m
Breath control6m
Projection5m
Pitch6m
Rate and pauses5m
Gestures6m
Movement4m
Sample speech2m
Improved speech (Optional)3m
Week 4 reviewm
Reading4 readings
Speech analysis #2 overview5m
Matt's feedback on the sample speech (Optional)10m
Week four lesson summaries10m
Week four assignment check-in5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Pause length5m
Week 4 quiz10m
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Top Reviews

By EFeb 28th 2017

This course is great. You simply learn a lot in an easy way. The teacher is really good and knows how to teach and engage you in the lessons. I am looking forward to next courses in the specialization

By APJul 7th 2017

The course was perfect for me. Though the assignment should have been graded as they were fun to do. Even it was expensive for me to buy it.\n\nThe lectures were organised clearly and smoothly.

Instructor

Dr. Matt McGarrity

Principal Lecturer
UW Department of Communication

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About the Dynamic Public Speaking Specialization

Good speaking is your most enduring job skill. This four-course specialization will provide you with the instruction, experience, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations. Drawing from the established knowledge in communication, rhetoric, linguistics, and argumentation, each course balances proven ideas with lots of speech practice. The courses in this specializations should help speakers at all levels. If you are nervous about public speaking, this is for you! I have spent an entire career helping nervous novice speakers grow into confident communicators. We slowly work up specific skills that you can practice multiple times before putting together a longer speech....
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • This class has peer review speech assignments. You need to have a digital video camera or smart phone so you can record your speeches for upload and review.

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