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Powerful Presentations: Effective Public Speaking Strategies

Time limit: 49 days

$199 Enroll

Full course description

This course opens for pre-enrollment on April 22, 2024, and it will officially launch on June 26, 2024. You will receive access to course materials on that date and your count of days remaining to complete the content will be reset. 

Course Description: This course helps you take control of your communication skills by preparing and exploring nonverbal communication, confidence in public speaking, presentation skills, and delivery techniques. In this course, you will explore techniques that you will apply to applicable professional communication settings.

Course Format: This is an asynchronous course offered through Canvas over a 5 week period. You should plan on spending 3 hours a week on this course.

Course Time Estimate: 15-hours (3 hours per module)

Course Learning Objectives

  • Develop a plan to conquer communication apprehension based on individual presentation uncertainties
  • Apply presentations as a two-way communication process instead of a one-way performance
  • Explain and demonstrate the steps in the speechmaking process
  • Select, narrow, and design communication objectives to fit the topic, situation, and audience
  • Speak in an extemporaneous and conversational delivery style using effective eye contact, gestures, body movement, voice projection, and vocal variety
  • Speak ethically, confidently, and competently in public settings


About Your Facilitator: Allison Wakin, MA, teaches public speaking, emphasizing communicating with confidence in special sections, with a focus on leadership, along with nonverbal, interpersonal, and small group communication. In addition, Prof. Wakin has piloted Intergroup Dialogue at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, now in its first official calendar year as an elective across the University and requirement for Communication studies students.