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Hours to complete

Approx. 7 hours to complete

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Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic...

Skills you will gain

CommunicationBusiness WritingPresentationPublic Speaking
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Getting Started with Public Speaking

In this module William tackles the one element that makes public speaking difficult: fear. Unlike writing a memo or designing a slide deck, presenting a speech puts you directly in front of an audience. Public speaking is wrapped up in the fear of immediate judgment and of lasting rejection. Yet the skills of writing and design are exactly the same as those of public speaking: clarity, structure, revision, and above all, storytelling. By applying these skills you can control your fear and take center stage in public. The results will astound you....
Reading
10 videos (Total 35 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
The Capstone (For New Learners)3m
Welcome to Successful Presentation3m
Understanding Fear4m
The Code Rule: Survival Reactions4m
The Paradox of Public Speaking3m
We've All Felt Fear4m
Successful Presentation is Storytelling3m
Stories and Storytellers2m
Performance2m
Reading4 readings
About Successful Presentation15m
Kuskin's Top Ten Best Practices15m
Keith Code's Twist of the Wrist10m
Successful Presentation Assignment, Part 1: Telling a Two-Minute Story10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Summative Assessment 125m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

A Formula For Successful Presentation

Like the Second Module of Business Writing, this module zeroes in on a practical formula for successful presentations. William establishes this structure, and then breaks down it down into modular elements, so the most complex presentations can be created easily, revised effectively, and delivered confidently. Still, no one-size-fits-all outline, no rigid set of rules, is capable of expressing your own personality and unlocking your own brilliance, and so William goes beyond the basic formula to teach you the secret ingredient to public speaking: creativity....
Reading
14 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
The Secret Ingredient: Creativity8m
What Is Creativity?5m
The Central Importance of the Introduction1m
The Introduction: The Salutation4m
The Introduction: The Review of the Structure1m
The Introduction: The One Compelling Point3m
Kuskin Receives His Assignment for Coursera Presentation1m
Intro: The Modular Content Unit1m
Pushing Each Unit (Thinking in Circles)3m
Building Transitions3m
How Do You Push Yourself?3m
The Conclusion4m
The Entire Talk Is a Circle6m
Reading4 readings
The Formula15m
Raymond Chandler, Trouble Is My Business15m
Successful Presentation Assignment, Part 2: Crafting an Introductionm
Successful Presentation Assignment, Part 3: Building Modulesm
Quiz2 practice exercises
Summative Assessment 230m
Summative Assessment 325m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Practicing Your Self

We’ve all sat through presentations that had solid content but just didn’t seem to work. Sometimes it’s hard to define why a speaker fails to deliver. The key is practice. Practice is tricky, however, because poor practice techniques actually make a dull presentation even duller—further from the inspiring, passionate experience you want to create for your audience. In Module Three, William redefines the notion of practice as a dynamic process of verbal and physical language, and then teaches you how focus your language to express your personal style of passion. Module Three teaches you to put passion in a bottle and release it when you want....
Reading
10 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
You Are Your Own Harshest Critic4m
The Reverse Outline5m
Rehearsing the Introduction3m
Passion in a Bottle3m
Hearing Your Language1m
Marking Your Script7m
Recognizing Your Body2m
Using Your Body5m
The Importance of Stance4m
Reading1 reading
Shakespeare Reading20m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Assessment 416m
Assessment 510m
Assessment 620m
Week
4
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Engaging with the World

You’ve put away your fear. You’ve used the formula to write a clear talk, and you’ve tweaked it with the secret ingredient of creativity. You’ve rehearsed and mastered your personal verbal and physical language. Still, a conference room or a lecture hall is an unpredictable arena, one that contains an uncontrollable amount of variables: the layout of the space, the mood of the audience, the complexity of the questions—these are the elements of a presentation for which you can never fully prepare. How do you actually get ready to walk out on stage? The last module of “Successful Presentation” teaches you how to anticipate the field of the play so you are flexible, agile, and confident. It lays out, in simple terms, how to deal with interruptions and hostility alike, concluding the course by looking ahead to how you develop your own identity not merely as a public speaker, but as powerful individual....
Reading
10 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
A Chaucerian Interlude4m
Attending to Your Audience4m
Slides vs Handouts4m
What Is a Question?3m
Being Soft3m
Avery's Demo Presentation: "Frankenstein and Science"7m
Building a Public Portfolio from the Private Self2m
The Paradox of the Public Self2m
Effective Communication3m
Reading1 reading
Chaucer Manuscript15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Summative Assessment 725m
Rubric Training Quiz30m
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Top Reviews

By ANAug 24th 2017

William Kuskin has delivered a truly inspiring and empowering MOOC - legendary!\n\nHis shared wisdom on presentation skills will help me for the rest of my days - thank you William!\n\nOnwards!

By MOSep 16th 2017

I truly needed this course. I will continue to view the videos and learn what i may have missed to utilize in my position. Thank you so much for the opportunity to take this course.

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Professor William Kuskin

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Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization

Over seventy companies and tens of thousands of students worldwide have used Effective Communication to deliver ideas powerfully in the workplace. By taking Business Writing, Graphic Design, and Successful Presentation, you’ll hone your written, visual, and verbal business presentation skills. You'll learn to write well-organized, clear business documents; to design elegant presentation slides, reports, and posters; and to present and speak with confidence and power. In the final Capstone Project, you'll develop a portfolio of work—including a memo, a slide deck, and a presentation—to showcase your communication skills and represent your personal brand. The Effective Communication Specialization takes you on a journey of self realization. You’ll learn that excellence in communication involves the ability to express who you are—your best self—in everything you do. What our students say: "A life-changing specialization." "Simple yet powerful rules." "Essential for everyone."...
Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation

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