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April 7, 2022


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This hands-on course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to create and deliver confident presentations and speeches.

This course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then create your own. Using resources such as TED Talk videos, you will see how experts deliver professional talks and famous speeches, observe what works, and identify how language connects ideas and keeps a listener engaged.

You will find your own examples of impressive presentations, and you will work to create and practise your own talk.

At the end of the course you will have a powerful presentation you have created and can be proud of, which you can take away with you and present with confidence in your academic, professional or personal life.


This course is intended for those with an interest in presenting, creating presentations or improving their public speaking skills - for school, work, or simply for fun - and does not require any previous experience of studying this subject.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the key elements of a good presentation
  • Experiment with ways to start and end a presentation that make an impact
  • Link ideas in the main part of a presentation that capture the audience's attention
  • Consider issues such as body language, voice projection and intercultural differences in approaches to oral presentations
  • Create and use a checklist for effective presentations.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Leaving an impression 00:05:00
    • Why are you here? 00:05:00
    • What are talks for? 00:10:00
    • Example talk 1: Bill Davenhall 00:20:00
    • Building a talk 00:05:00
    • What will your talk be about? 00:05:00
    • Search 00:05:00
    • Making a good impression 00:03:00
    • Getting their attention 00:05:00
    • What makes a good introduction? 00:05:00
    • From text to speech 00:10:00
    • Start work on your talk 00:05:00
    • Week 1 summary 00:05:00
    • Introduction 00:05:00
    • Guiding listeners through the main part of your talk 00:15:00
    • Multiple connections 00:10:00
    • Reaching the end 00:10:00
    • Covering all bases 00:03:00
    • Example talk 2: Jennifer Golbeck 00:15:00
    • Week 2 summary 00:05:00
    • Introduction 00:05:00
    • Talking with your body 00:30:00
    • What are your audiences? 00:15:00
    • Tailoring to your audience 00:10:00
    • Interacting with your audience 00:15:00
    • Applying what you’ve learned 00:05:00
    • Week 3 summary 00:05:00
    • Introduction 00:05:00
    • Finish your draft 00:10:00
    • Enhancing your talk 00:03:00
    • Making effective use of visuals 00:10:00
    • Adding visuals of your own 00:10:00
    • Tips for an effective talk 00:15:00
    • What did you learn? 00:05:00
    • Week 4 summary 00:05:00

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