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COM 55 W — Creating and Delivering Compelling Virtual Presentations

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Oct 28
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $355
Limit: 28
Sep 26—Oct 28
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
1 Units

Distraction reigns supreme in today’s corporate world. How can you gain and maintain your virtual audience’s attention? How can you make your virtual presentation (i.e., teleconference, webinar, or videoconference) content and experience connected and compelling? Informed by scholarly research and industry best practices, this online course will provide a hands-on, practical introduction to immediately applicable techniques that will help you develop and deliver engaging, participative, and impactful virtual presentations, and webcasts. Topics will include: (1) assessing your audience and context; (2) preparing and testing technology; (3) establishing relevant goals that resonate; (4) implementing an effective structure; (5) leading audiences through a virtual presentation; (6) engaging participants so they feel part of the virtual presentation; and (7) using variety in visuals and delivery to keep focus. You will have the opportunity to create, deliver, and receive instructive feedback on a recorded presentation. With the virtual-presenting skills learned in this class, you will feel more confident presenting, and your audience will be more connected and engaged.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 28 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Matt Abrahams, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-Founder and Principal, Bold Echo Communication Solutions

Matt Abrahams is an educator and coach who has published research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. He is the author of Speaking Up Without Freaking Out. He received an MA in communication from UC Davis.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Matt Abrahams, Speaking Up without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident and Competent Presenting, 3rd (ISBN 978-1465290472)