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COM 01 — Public Speaking

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $435
Limit: 40
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
On campus
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 27—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
2 Units
Please Note: No class on November 22
Feeling uneasy about an upcoming toast at a wedding or a business presentation? Many of us wish we could speak more clearly and confidently at such occasions. This course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the theory, basic principles, and methods of effective public speaking. Using a variety of relevant contexts (such as job interviews, sales presentations, and business meetings), we will focus on the three major aspects of speechmaking: organization, delivery, and oratorical style. The course will consist of a combination of lectures, discussions, group activities, video analysis, and speechmaking. Each student will develop, deliver, and then evaluate formal (informative and persuasive) and informal (question-and-answer and impromptu) speeches. Students will also learn speech apprehension management techniques, the effective use of visual aids, and tips and tricks for powerful online presentations.

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)