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COM 01 — Public Speaking

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Jul 31
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $260
Instructor(s): Matt Abrahams
Limit: 30
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on July 3
Summer
On-campus course
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Jun 26—Jul 31
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 16
1 Unit
Fees
$260
Instructor(s):
Matt Abrahams
Limit
30
Closed
Please Note: No class on July 3
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 apprehensionmanagement techniques, the effective use of visual aids, and tips and tricks for powerful online presentations.

Matt Abrahams, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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 a co-founder and principal at Bold Echo Communication Solutions. He received an MA in communication from UC Davis.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Matt Abrahams, Speaking up without Freaking Out, 3rd Edition (ISBN 9781465290472)
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