COM 55 W — Creating and Delivering Compelling Virtual Presentations
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Jul 23
Refund Deadline: Jun 24
Instructor(s): Matt Abrahams
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Distraction reigns supreme in today’s virtual corporate world. How can you gain and maintain your virtual audience’s attention? How can you make the content and experience of your virtual presentation (i.e., teleconference, webinar, or videoconference) connected and compelling? Informed by scholarly research and industry best practices, this 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: assessing your audience and context; preparing and testing technology; establishing relevant goals that resonate; implementing an effective structure; leading audiences through a virtual presentation; engaging participants so they feel part of the virtual presentation; and 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 course, you will feel more confident presenting, and your audience will be more connected and engaged.
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, and received an MA in communication from UC Davis. Abrahams is also the host of the Stanford GSB podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart.
Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-Founder and Principal, BoldEcho Communication Solutions
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Abrahams, Speaking Up without Freaking Out, 3rd (ISBN 978-1465290472)