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Tomsk State University

Presentation skills: Effective Presentation Delivery

Tomsk State University via Coursera

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Mumbling, stumbling, worrying, trembling, sweating and fearing are the outcomes of the low delivery skills.

In this course, we are not going to teach you how to replicate the best bits and traits of the acknowledged speakers. Dumb replication of someone’s successful behavior may help you only to an extent. That extent is the situation. When you are facing a different context, a different situation such “skills” might not work at all.

Instead, we try to get to the core issues that stand behind the troubles with delivery and start honing your skills from there. Topics we are going to cover:

1) Preparation — how to deal with fear and anxiety
2) Voice, pace and gesture — how to speak, stand and move.
3) Getting live feedback — how to interact with the audience.
4) Taking Q&A and Improvisation

So don’t meddle, start the course and make your delivery better.


  • Part 1: Preparation
    • This week is about preparation. Preparation is the key to dealing with anxiety and fear, various technical, semi-technical faults and live mistakes. We will cover the proper ways to rehearse, ways to deal with faults and mistakes.
  • Part 2: Voice
    • This week is about key principles of delivery: how to spread attention between audience, yourself and material, how to visualize and feel in order to appear more passionate, how to do semi-warm-ups (if only needed) and how to speak with an audience.
  • Part 3: Contact
    • This week is about the contact with your audience. Connection with the audience is the most important part of the delivery. No connection — you are talking to abyss, your message is lost. But there is no single ultimate indicator whether you have the connection or not. It is more like a cloud of small nonverbal and verbal signs: faces, gestures, smartphones, questions and so on. So you need to look for, decode and response to the feedback.
  • Part 4: Q&A
    • This week is about Q&A and improvisation. Q&A’s are risky, because you can be caught off-guard and look stupid, but in the same time exciting — live demos are always more fun than screencasts; and important, because anyone can memorize a somebody else’s speech, but only the author can answer tough but valuable questions. So we are going to cover some basic dos and don’ts and then my proven algorithm of dealing with questions.

Taught by

Alexei Kapterev


4.8 rating, based on 135 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Mr. Alexei Kapterev is a brilliant speaker and presenter. He explained all the intricacies of public speaking in a clear and energetic manner. This course will definitely help those who want to get rid of their stage fright and achieve greater heights. I would like to recommend this course to every learner who wants to be better at presenting and public speaking. The wide range of topics ranging from storytelling, scriptwriting, correcting your mistakes, status anxiety to answering tough questions and finally being a winner at giving presentations is a perfect package in itself. All in all, the course has many uses in real-life experiences and thus every person who is willing to learn something should give it a chance.
  • Anonymous
    Course is detailed. It provides information way more than any provider I had to deal with.

    Alexei described everything is details.

    - How to fight anxiety & fear of public speaking.

    - Voice, pace, eye contact, gestures, tempo & move.

    - Types of questions to ask and when to ask.

    - Body language and facial expressions

    - Right ways to connect with the audience; do's and don'ts

    - How to handle difficult situations

    and a lot more
  • Anonymous
    This is so useful class. Actually every people should know how to speak very well in public. For me, this class is so useful. The teacher teaches me very clearly and it is interesting. You can understand easily and you will know how to think with your audience and the questions your audience asked. I recommend you to choose this class. This is so interesting and fun. I love it.
  • Anonymous
    Alexei Kapterev is a great communication who has distilled his life learnings to a series of accessible and deliverable tips. This is embedded within an evidence base for many of the elements. Ultimately, whether you're starting out or looking to revitalise your delivery, this will be worth the investment.
  • Anonymous
    The course has been an amazing training that I am pretty sure I am going to need during my professional life, plenty of tips and tricks for managing all kind of situations that might occur during the speech. More than useful! And thanks to the Alexei for doing this course so entertained and useful.
  • Anonymous
    A really great course - I have always struggled with presenting and since in that course, i have improved already. I feel more comfortable doing it. This is for in person presenting, I wonder what would change to virtual presenting. As this is the only presenting we are currently doing.
  • Anonymous
    The course has been designed effectively and gives a lots of insights on the areas we tend to ignore during our presentations. It gives holistic view on the presentation skills and now its time to gear up and practice , practice & practice.
  • Hanan Khamis
    When I have been recommended to take this course, I was thinking what it will add to me as I have done a lot of presentations during my career and during college too, so what is going to add more to me? I'm already doing great. But when I started th…
  • Anonymous
    This course gives many principles about how to deliver own presentation.

    Lecturer give some examples from own experience to explain those principles.

    They can help us apply to ourselves.
  • Senthil Vel
    Good delivery from instructor and good knowledge in subject

    Presentation and class covers the almost subject, get good idea to make good presentation in all subject
  • Anonymous
    Very clear course and instructor. Every aspect is well explained and deep enough to let the audience understand all the fundamental concepts.
  • Anonymous
    short and sharp course. Easy to manage if you have a full time job. Worth doing the course.

    Also thanks to Alexie you did well .
  • Profile image for Taleb
    Highly recommended. A course with practical learnings and add new knowledge and skills to expert presenters.
  • Anonymous
    It is the Helpful course. I learned a lot from this. I can apply it to my job. I will recommend it to my co workers.
  • Phan Dang Khoa
    Very interesting and useful course, this helps me to strengthen my capability and skill on daily work.
  • Anonymous
    If you are someone who looks forward to public speaking , then you have come to the right place. I got something much more realistic than a magic wand! I learnt some incredible techniques to help deal with a variety of scenarios which cause me anxie…
  • Anonymous
    Presentation and effective delivery is my weakest part . Especially dealing with Q&As.

    It is very helpful to take this course and helping me more engaged to the audience as well as dealing with difficult questions.

  • Anonymous
    I appreciated the materials that were covered throughout the course. While some of it wasn't new to me, I did pick up on several new presentation skills that I hadn't given much thought to before. For instance, as someone that hasn't been through any kind of difficult Q&A sessions, I appreciated learning the do's and don'ts associated with tackling tough or personal or context-inappropriate questions and feel that I'm now better equipped to handle those situations.
  • Anonymous
    Course is the best new one, got to much knowledge about new things. Prof. Alexei Kepterev, is clam and he explained all syllabus in the best manner, i benefited, I can use it in my PPT, day to day work also. Thanks.
  • Anonymous
    thanks to Alexei Kapterev for the perfectly presented material. the speaker showed everything and told by his own example. this course was very useful for me.

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