About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No prior experience is necessary.

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

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

What you will learn

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    Substantial increase your confidence and presence as a dynamic speaker.

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    Develop delivery techniques for voice, movement, and gesture that engage audiences.

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    Prepare effective speeches for various purposes (informative, persuasive, praise), occasions (workplace, special events, etc.), and audiences.

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    Master speechwriting techniques for storytelling, argument, style, topic framing, and discussing evidence.

Skills you will gain

CommunicationPresentationSpeechPublic Speaking

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No prior experience is necessary.

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

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

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to Public Speaking

4.8
579 ratings
148 reviews
Course2

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

4.8
107 ratings
23 reviews
Course3

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

4.7
94 ratings
22 reviews
Course4

Speaking to Inspire: Ceremonial and Motivational Speeches

4.6
36 ratings
10 reviews

Instructor

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Dr. Matt McGarrity

Principal Lecturer
UW Department of Communication

About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • 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.

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

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