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COM 67 — Public Speaking Essentials for Women Leaders: A Design-Based Approach

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 20—Aug 17
Time: 6:00—8:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 22
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Danielle Barnes
Limit: 46
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—8:00 pm (PT)
Jul 20—Aug 17
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 22
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Danielle Barnes
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The people we see on stage (or on video) are the people whose ideas we hear, and the ones we view as leaders. But Women Talk Design—an organization focused on elevating the voices of women and gender-nonbinary people—found that women are more likely to say “no” when invited to speak at events. We need more women speaking at events and sharing their ideas at work. We need more women leaders.

In this course, you will learn a design framework that you can use whether you're getting ready to present virtually or in person. The framework includes identifying the context of your talk and letting that inform your content, details, and presentation style. You will also learn tips for preparing before you present, tools to help you calm your nerves, and techniques you can implement to project confidence while on camera. Come to class with a presentation idea you want to work on, or use one of our prompts, to practice online public speaking. We will focus on designing your content for a three- to five-minute talk. You will present your talk and receive feedback from peers in a safe, supportive environment. You also will be assigned a few hours of homework each week. By the end of the course, you will feel more confident in your ability to deliver an impactful presentation.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English. This course is open to everyone.

CEO, Women Talk Design

Danielle Barnes works with speakers and conference organizers to highlight more women and gender-nonbinary speakers in design and tech. She received an MS in commerce, marketing, and management from the University of Virginia.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.