Public Speaking

Stanford Continuing Studies

Stanford Continuing Studies

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About the course

Feeling uneasy about an upcoming toast at a wedding or a business presentation? Many of us wish we could speak more clearly and confidently at such occasions. This course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the theory, basic principles, and methods of effective public speaking. Using a variety of relevant contexts (such as job interviews, sales presentations, and business meetings), we will focus on the three major aspects of speechmaking: organization, delivery, and oratorical style. The course will consist of a combination of lectures, discussions, group activities, video analysis, and speechmaking. Each student will develop, deliver, and then evaluate formal (informative and persuasive) and informal (Q&A and impromptu) speeches. Students will also learn speech apprehension management techniques, the effective use of visual aids, and tips and tricks for powerful online presentations.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English. Students are required to bring a digital camera, camera phone, or USB drive with ample free space to class.

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Matt Abrahams

Matt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He has published research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. Matt recently published the second edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help t...

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