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Introduction to Public Speaking

University of Washington via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Communication Skills
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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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.

Taught by

Matt McGarrity

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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
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This class was great. I took it to improve my English and the topic was also very interesting for me. Course turned out to be a super interesting course about public speaking. The teacher is great, he really keep your attention until the end, also very good and entertaining speaker. Also, you have option to post your own speech and get a peer review which was very helpful to me. So I recommend this course to all of you who are interested to find out how to prepare and deliver great presentation and in the process you will learn a great deal related to public speaking topic. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
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Hi everybody,

I recently completed Introduction to Public Speaking course by Dr. Matt McGarrity. The content of the lectures is very high, the expertise of Dr. Matt McGarrity is supurb. This is one of the best courses I have taken so far. There are quizes to test your theory and the best part is that you can upload video practices and get feedback (which I think was the most valuable part of this course). I highly recomend this course to anyone who is interested in Public Speaking.

Regards

Kiril
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