About this Specialization

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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.

Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
40%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Spanish
Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
40%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Spanish

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Public Speaking

4.8
stars
935 ratings
291 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Speaking to inform: Discussing complex ideas with clear explanations and dynamic slides

4.8
stars
168 ratings
45 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Speaking to persuade: Motivating audiences with solid arguments and moving language

4.8
stars
126 ratings
35 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Speaking to Inspire: Ceremonial and Motivational Speeches

4.7
stars
73 ratings
26 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • 4-6 months

  • No prior knowledge is necessary

  • You should first take "Introduction to Public Speaking." After that, you can take the remaining three courses in any order.

  • No.

  • Prepare and deliver clear and compelling presentations, slides, and stories to a wide range of audiences.

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