COM 01 — Public Speaking
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
Instructor(s): Matt Abrahams
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 21—Nov 30
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. Also note these class sessions will not be recorded.
Matt Abrahams, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of BusinessMatt 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)