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Presentation skills: Speechwriting and Storytelling

Tomsk State University via Coursera

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Overview

“99% presentations suck!”, — said Apple former evangelist Guy Kawasaki in 2005. Up to now the situation hasn’t improved yet. Why?
Most public speaking courses focus on “how” instead of “what & why”. How to stand, walk and talk during delivery with little attention paid to “what” — the quality of storytelling itself. Thereby a usual result is a looking slightly confident speaker with mesmerizing voice delivering an obscure mess of facts, figures and claims.

In this course we take a more systematic approach, focusing on the content. How to structure your ideas, facts and data into a logical convincing story using a narrative structure. This course covers fundamentals of scriptwriting, packing, argumentation and language.

This course is not about how to fabricate a catching tale, but rather how to structure your ideas, facts and data into an interesting story you are going to tell during your presentation.

Syllabus

Part 1: Setting the goals
-This week is about setting proper goals for a presentation. Most people don’t set any proper goals when preparing for a presentation. That’s an error we are going to fix this week.


Part 2: Sustaining interest
-This week is about the storytelling and how to apply it to your presentation content. What a story is in a nutshell. Why stories are the best form of conveying information. How to create a conflict. How to sustain interest of the audience during your middle part of the presentation.


Part 3: Providing evidence
-This week is about evidence. If you have no evidence supporting your Problem and Solution — that means you have nothing to talk about. We are going to talk about stories as arguments and how to make engaging arguments using statistics (numbers are not boring!) and logical reasoning. Using a proper valid evidence gives you confidence and makes your script convincing.

Part 4: The middle
-This week is about organizing the middle part of your presentation. Too often it becomes too complex, too long, too unstructured. So we are going to talk about appropriate number of sub-parts in your middle part , ways of organizing your data using LATCH method, using metaphors and analogies to make your messages vivid and easy to grasp for the audience.

Part 4: The middle: Lesson Choices

Part 5: The language of the presentation
-This week is about language you speak or write slides with. Concrete vs abstract words. Common everyday words vs jargon. Active voice vs passive voice. Short sentences vs long sentences. One mistake often made — to speak as you write. Such approach leads to vague, long and unclear messages. We are going to fix this.

Part 6: The beginning and the end
-This week has two topics: 1. how to start your presentation (Introduction part), how to gain trust and remove confusion in the beginning and 2. A detailed summary of all the things we mentioned in the previous weeks.


Taught by

Alexei Kapterev

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I really enjoy the videos. They are easy to understand but also really helpful.

The tasks are rather difficult, but how else can you learn?..
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
While I learned from this course, it was at times a very frustrating experience. The course is presented in English, but often not properly written English. If non-native speakers are to improve skills, how can they do it when they're reading poor examples of written English?

Typos in test questions often changed the meaning of the questions to the point that it was impossible to choose the right answers. You can take the tests again and again until you pass. But if the tests were proofread before posting, students would be able to pass more quickly. It's not that the test questio…
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Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I needed to take a course for a continuing education requirement. I have taken courses on line before and needed to find something that would meet the requirements. I present frequently and wasn't too excited about taking this. I just went through the lectures on the first part of this and am totally motivated and excited now. Now, I want to improve my presentation skills.
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Ekaterina S
5.0 2 years ago
by Ekaterina is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have just entered the course but I am alread experiencing feelings of gratitude towards its creators. This is such a simple but genius idea for the lecturer to present the material in the form of presentation, slides, it's like teaching us from the very first steps how it all should be done. I am now getting ready for my first assignment, hope it will be a success!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Excellent course. Pertinent, practical and helpfull.

It'sa a 6 week duration course with a lot of homerwork in comparison to other courses on Coursera but it's for the best.

The course is well-built and the teacher is funny, interesting and seems to know what he's talking about (I need to doubt because it's what is teach us :) )
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have taken four other Coursera courses. I have found the content of those courses to have been quite good, even excellent. But this is the best presented one, hands down. I haven't finished the course yet so I can't speak about all of the content, but I would definitely recommend it.
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Belén S
5.0 a year ago
Belén completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I love this course! I have learned so much about presentations! The tests and homework is way hard but it encourages me to keep on learning. the professor is great! He is serious mostly but he also makes jokes time to time and I like how determined he is to help others learn.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course presents modern methods of presentation skills but in a way you can incorporate your own creativity. I especially loved the study cases as I was able to understand concepts better.

I left better than I came in-way better!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Very Interesting, it may change you way to do presentation

Presentation are done in very simple and captive way

the presenter is very skillful and has expertise on the subject
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Triveni T
5.0 8 months ago
Triveni completed this course.
its like eye opening for me. all good bad has been explained/differentiated very well.

instead of completing in 06 weeks it garbed my interest and could complete it before that time line itself.

its not only knowledge on Presentation but also like lesson to life presentation with live simple daily life examples.

Alexie was excellent different allcross culture people can understand. the way he presented was easy and simple.

definitely to be recommended to others.

very well done Alexie!!! great going..

Thank you !!!!

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Anonymous
4.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is a well organised course with nice lay out of content and exercise. The video is clear and informative and exercise is quite comprehensive. One thing I would suggest is the task may be the peer evaluate task could be a bit more flexible in giving the point, cause there are many different ways of answering to the open end question, we may have more flexibility in rating the answers from everyone.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have just completed the whole of lesson1, and I have to say that the presentation and the delivery is excellent. The clever use of psychology and persuasion techniques given in the course, is really what is missing from most presentations in the workplace, and the methods described make sense.

I am really looking forward to lesson 2 and will provide feedback as I move along the course.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I thoroughly enjoyed the material, the exercises, and the way the material has been delivered. The most precious work the clarity and the values that the course has offered. I have always struggled with my presentation skills, and I sure to take my abilities to the next level with the understanding I have gained him.

Thanks a lot to Mr. Alexei and Coursera

Saumitra from India
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Lema I
5.0 7 months ago
Lema is taking this course right now.
Hi Everyone, Everyone wants to acknowledge decisions in their lives but sometimes each of us doesn't know when to take a good decision. I hope that each of us will be able to take decisions even though when it is hard sometimes so try to learn from your mistakes and try hard to learn how to make successful decisions.

Thank you
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Jorge R
4.0 a year ago
by Jorge completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
For sure this is a good way to learn how to present without making casualties. You will learn how to organize your presentation in order to make it relevant.

This course won't become you in a good presenter or lecturer, but you will learn how to do it. It's your work to become a good lecturer.

Don't hesitate and take this course!
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Anonymous
4.0 11 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Speechwriting & Storytelling is a very interesting and complete course. The videos are very helpful and the topics really improve our way of designing the presentations. The tasks are rather difficult but how else are we suppose to learn :) There are some improvements to be made but all in all I would recommend this course.
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Noha B
5.0 2 years ago
Noha is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is very useful, informative and motivating too! t gives valuable information with examples and practical solution which can be applied right away. This is the kind of course that makes me feel I leveraging my time and I'd like to thank the lecturer so much about the good preparation and delivery.
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Nika C
5.0 2 years ago
by Nika is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is just what I was searching for... At first I was afraid that I would give up the course like many other things I start and can't finish. But it was too interesting to abandon. Clear speech, instructions and ideas from the presenter have helped me a lot to learn about speech presenting. Thanks!
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Anonymous
5.0 10 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent course. I wish I had taken this sooner. In the past I have taken classroom training on presentation skills offered through my company and also read article etc. This online course covers everything I have done. Organization of the course content and practice tests is very good.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course presents presentation skill methods in a way that allows you to incorporate your own creativity. I especially loved the case studies - not only were they good representations of the concepts, but the topics were interesting in their own right. I know feel more equipped to do presentations.
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