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Become an Excellent Public Speaker. Master techniques for designing and delivering clear and compelling presentations.
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About this 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.
Applied Learning Project
Learners will design, practice, record, and receive feedback on speeches that they can use in their professional lives (elevator and summary talks, informative slide-deck presentations, persuasive policy recommendations, and inspirational stories). After completing this specialization, learners will have the experience and skills to design compelling presentations and a portfolio of polished speeches.
What You Will Learn
- Substantial increase your confidence and presence as a dynamic speaker.
- Develop delivery techniques for voice, movement, and gesture that engage audiences.
- Prepare effective speeches for various purposes (informative, persuasive, praise), occasions (workplace, special events, etc.), and audiences.
- Master speechwriting techniques for storytelling, argument, style, topic framing, and discussing evidence.