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COM 01 — Public Speaking

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 21—Nov 30
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 23
Units: 2
Tuition: $615
Instructor(s): Matt Abrahams
Limit: 40
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Sep 21—Nov 30
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 23
2 Units
Fees
$615
Instructor(s):
Matt Abrahams
Limit
40
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English.

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 BoldEcho Communication Solutions. He received an MA in communication from UC Davis. Abrahams is also the host of the Stanford GSB podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Abrahams, Speaking Up without Freaking Out, 3rd (ISBN 978-1465290472)
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