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Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study; 2 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Week 1. Using values and storytelling to develop a great speech

18 videos (Total 92 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
18 videos
What’s this course about?5m
Ceremonial speech assignment6m
What do ceremonial speeches do?4m
How to find your fit5m
A process for preparing speeches3m
You need values at the core of your speech4m
Finding your values6m
Supporting your values6m
What is a story?5m
How stories help your speech6m
Structuring your story3m
What's the point of the story?8m
Writing characters7m
Writing description4m
Transforming stories into anecdotes5m
Sample introduction speech2m
How to record speech videos4m
6 readings
Week 1 preview2m
Ceremonial speech assignment description (Optional reading)10m
Values in action--Emma Watson15m
The most touching story--Frank Oz remembers Jim Henson15m
Week one lesson summaries2m
Week one assignment check-in5m
3 practice exercises
Ceremonial speaking6m
Stories6m
Week one quiz10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Week 2. Arrangement. Finding the right form for your speech.

8 videos (Total 52 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Topical arrangement4m
Narrative arrangement6m
Informative arrangement6m
Speeches of introduction7m
Presenting and receiving awards6m
Eulogies9m
Sample ceremonial speech6m
7 readings
Week 2 preview2m
Arrangement at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame10m
Public mourning--The 9th Earl Spencer's Eulogy for Princess Diana of Wales15m
Speech analysis #1 overview2m
Matt's review (Optional)5m
Week two lesson summaries2m
Week two assignment check-in5m
1 practice exercise
Week two quiz10m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week 3. Getting it just right. Good language, tone, and writing for the delivery

11 videos (Total 54 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
11 videos
Stylistic devices: Allusions and rhetorical question6m
Stylistic devices: Tricolon and enuimeratio5m
Stylistic devices: Diacope, epanalesis, epizeuzis.4m
What is speech “tone”?2m
Presidential tone comparison9m
Presidential tone analysis5m
Writing for the ear4m
Preparing a manuscript4m
Formatting a manuscript for speech delivery4m
Speaking from a manuscript2m
6 readings
Week 3 preview2m
Strategies for openers10m
Strategies for closers10m
Which manuscript format do you prefer?10m
Week three lesson summaries2m
Week three assignment check-in5m
3 practice exercises
Style6m
Manuscripts6m
Week three quiz10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Week 4. Remembering and delivering a great speech.

12 videos (Total 67 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
Overview of memorization5m
Memory techniques4m
Memorization process4m
Humor in speeches6m
Integrating humor8m
What humor do I leave in? What do I take out?4m
A failed joke is your best opportunity5m
Martin Nevdahl: How the voice works4m
Martin Nevdahl: Techniques for good vocal performance6m
Martin Nevdahl: Maintaining vocal health5m
Sample ceremonial speech #24m
6 readings
Week 4 preview2m
Funny building to meaning: Conan O'Brien's 2011 Commencement Address20m
Speech analysis #2 overview1m
Matt's review (Optional)5m
Week four lesson summaries2m
Week four assignment check-in5m
1 practice exercise
Week four quiz10m
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Top reviews from Speaking to Inspire: Ceremonial and Motivational Speeches

By UBDec 8th 2018

It was an amazing experience with University of Washington and Sir Matt MacGarrity. Thanx to Coursera and Prime Minister for providing such learning opportunity.

By VSNov 19th 2017

I really enjoyed this course very much. The content helped me on some recent projects so a quick win already. Thank you Matt and Coursera.

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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....

About the Dynamic Public Speaking 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....
Dynamic Public Speaking

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