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COM 02 — Public Speaking: Romancing the Room

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—Jun 5
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Units: 2
Tuition: $495
Instructor(s): James Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean
Limit: 45
Status: Closed
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 3—Jun 5
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 16
2 Units
James Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean
In today’s “attention deficit” world, delivering powerful presentations is an indispensable skill. This course provides a practical approach to public speaking. Students will learn how to make positive first impressions, captivate their listeners, and move audiences from “no” to “yes.” Students will practice informal speaking skills (impromptu and storytelling), followed by traditional speech genres (informative, persuasive, and entertaining). They will also sharpen their skills with videotape, the use of PowerPoint, the study of famous speeches, and participation in a final dinner program of roasts, toasts, and fun. By the end of the course, students will be very experienced, confident public speakers. Students will come away from this course knowing they can make concise, engaging presentations to audiences large and small.

Students should expect to pay an additional $55 for dinner on the final night of class.

James Wagstaffe, Instructor, Oral Communication Program, Stanford Summer Session

Jim Wagstaffe won the National Public Speaking title for Stanford in 1977. He received a JD from Hastings College of Law and is a partner with Kerr & Wagstaffe in San Francisco. In addition to his work as a trial attorney and public speaker, he teaches at Stanford and Hastings. He is the co-author of Romancing the Room.

Bruce Bean, Founder and Owner, The Trafton Group Commercial Real Estate

Bruce Bean coaches individuals and firms on public speaking and is the co-author of Romancing the Room. He has worked as a commercial real estate agent since 1988 and is the president of the Board of Directors of HIP Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit serving San Mateo County.

Textbooks for this course:

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