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COM 02 — Public Speaking: Romancing the Room

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—Jun 4
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 4
Units: 2
Tuition: $595
Instructor(s): James Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean
Limit: 50
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 2—Jun 4
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 4
2 Units
James Wagstaffe, Bruce Bean
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 the use of video and PowerPoint, the study of famous speeches, and participation in a final dinner program of roasts, toasts, and fun.

Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English is required. Students should expect to pay an additional $80 for dinner on the final night of class. More details will be provided in class.

Instructor, Oral Communication Program, Stanford Summer Session

James Wagstaffe won the National Collegiate Speaking Champion title for Stanford in 1977. He received a JD from UC Hastings (now UC Law SF) and is a trial attorney in San Francisco. In addition to his work as a trial attorney and public speaker, he teaches at Stanford and at UC Law SF. He is the co-author, with Bruce Bean, of Romancing the Room.

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 was the president of the board of directors of HIP Housing, an affordable-housing nonprofit serving San Mateo County.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) James M Wagstaffe, Romancing the Room: How to Engage Your Audience, Court Your Crowd, and Speak Successfully in Public (ISBN 978-0609805978)