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Introduction to Public Speaking — University of Washington — Enroll for FREE!

In this course, students will learn how to organize talks clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures. The speech model taught is useful for briefings, elevator talks, interviews, and even as a structure for hour-long presentations.

Public Speaking — RIT — FREE to Audit!

Good public speaking is more than a performance. It is the result of critical thinking, well-organized narrative, reasoning, research, and 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 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 organization, evidence, language use, strategy, delivery, ethics, and effective use of media aids.

Presentation skills: Speechwriting and Storytelling — National Research Tomsk State University — Enroll for FREE!

This course will focus on the content creation, the “what & why” of your presentation. This course will cover the fundamentals of scriptwriting, packing, argumentation and language, where you will learn how to convert your ideas, facts and data into meaningful, logical, and convincing narrative.


Communication Skills and Teamwork — FullbridgeX — FREE to Audit!

In many careers, the foundation of your professional success is your ability to inform, persuade, and build relationships at work. In this self-paced career development course, you’ll practice communicating, forming teams, and planning projects in a variety of contexts. By the end of the course, you will have the skills and knowledge you need to become influential in the workplace. This is the second course in Fullbridge’s four-part Career Development XSeries, designed to prepare you to succeed in the modern workplace.

Communication Skills for Bridging Divides — CatalystX — FREE to Audit! 

Now more than ever, you are going to school, working, and living in communities with people who think, look, and have beliefs different from your own. This 45-minute course will give you the skills to bridge those divides and find common ground. In this skills-based course, we will explore practical strategies and techniques to apply in your daily life. You will learn about the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate; micro-affirmations; and how to be an ally. If you are seeking to develop and practice these skills and apply them to build a more inclusive world, this course is for you. The course is also mobile-friendly.

Improving Communication Skills — University of Pennsylvania — Enroll for FREE!

Taught by award-winning Wharton professor and best-selling author Maurice Schweitzer, this course will give you both the tools you need to improve your communication skills, and the most successful strategies for using them to your advantage. You’ll learn how to discover if someone is lying (and how to react if they are), how to develop trust, the best method of communication for negotiation, and how to apologize. You’ll also learn when to cooperate and when to compete, how to create persuasive messages, ask thoughtful questions, engage in active listening, and choose the right medium (face-to-face conversation, video conference, phone call, or email) for your messages. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to understand what others want, respond strategically to their wants and needs, craft convincing and clear messages, and develop the critical communication skills you need to get ahead in business and in life.