Public Speaking

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Build confidence as a speaker by learning how to use simple tools and skills to prepare and deliver memorable presentations. When asked, many people cite public speaking as one of their biggest fears. In fact, many renowned public speakers admit that they were once extremely anxious about speaking in front of groups.

Good public speaking is more than a performance. It is the result of: Critical thinking Well-organised narrative Reasoning Research Preparation In this course, part of the Soft Skills Professional Certificate programme, offered through the edX® platform, you will study methods that help to reduce anxiety, build confidence, and customise a process which will result in successful speaking experiences.

This course is designed to equip you with knowledge of the principles necessary for formal public speaking with an emphasis on organisation, evidence, language use, strategy, delivery, ethics, and effective use of media aids. This course may be audited free of charge. Learners also have the opportunity to earn a verified certificate of completion.

Exclusive learning opportunities such as live events hosted by subject matter experts will be available for verified learners.

Associated Programmes: The Soft Skills Professional Certificate
Learn essential soft skills employers’ value most, from communication fundamentals and teamwork to advancing critical thinking. By earning the Soft Skills Professional Certificate, you will be able to showcase skills that are a game-changer for career growth.

The Soft Skills Professional Certificate is comprised of the following courses:

Visual Presentation
Learn how impactful images can enhance your presentation, communication and messaging to impress your audience.
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Teamwork & Collaboration
Learn essential teamwork and collaboration skills to lead, build and motivate teams in the workplace.
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Storytelling in the Workplace
Learn how to craft messages and narratives that will resonate with your target audience to create your desired outcome.
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Business Communication
Learn how to effectively communicate and build professional relationships through face-to-face, written, and non-verbal communication.
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Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving
The most successful professionals are able to assess the environment, analyse a situation, design a solution, and ultimately win in a competitive scenario.
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Public Speaking
Build confidence as a speaker by learning how to use simple tools and skills to prepare and deliver memorable presentations.
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  • Programme duration
    3 weeks
  • Estimated effort
    6 to 8 hours per week
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Programme Outcomes / What you will Learn

  • How to apply the basic elements of the speech communication process.
  • Tools and methods for controlling public speaking anxiety.
  • How to craft a clear and impactful speech.
  • How to critique other communicators using the principles of this course.
  • How to identify main and supporting ideas.

Meet Student Advisors

Arlene Lanser

Pearson Student Advisor

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Keith B. Jenkins

Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion