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University of Washington

Public Speaking

University of Washington via edX

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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-organized narrative
  • Reasoning
  • Research
  • Preparation

In this course, part of the Soft Skills Professional Certificate program, you will study methods that help to reduce anxiety, build confidence, and customize a process which will results 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 organization, 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.

Taught by

Matt McGarrity


4.8 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Amazing course, best explanations possible, because they are provided by Dr. Matt McGarrity, public speaker, a man whos specialization is explanations. No certificate is provided though the impossibility of real checking what you've learned. Amazing skills and knowledge instead. I recommend it to just everyone, because you talk every day; if you add a bit to the quality of everyday talking - you gain a lot.
  • This course was extraordinarily good. I was looking for an opportunity to improve my public speaking that could fit in to my way-too-busy life. I'm familiar with the MOOC format; it's convenient for sure. However, I did not expect that it would work…
  • I really need to further my education but am from a low class family no one will sponsor my education that's why am always checking online free courses may be I may find courses that will help me achieve my goal
  • Specially I recommended this course for Beginners and as well as Intermediate People. I Completed this course few months ago, before i started this course i'm very poor in speaking, now i can speak fluently. one more course i have seen in google few days ago. English language lab gives completely different experience from the traditional system of learning languages and teaching, offering advanced features and functionalities.
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