Presenting to the Public
School of Professional Studies
Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course provides an introduction to the key elements of planning, designing and giving effective public presentations. Students explore and study historical and contemporary public speeches, analyze examples of presentations for notes on style and technique, learn the skills required to prepare and make their own presentations, and create and deliver their own public presentation at the conclusion of the course. Topics covered include: planning, outlining and writing oral presentations, techniques for rehearsing and preparing for a presentation, designing clear and effective powerpoint presentations, oratorial techniques and methods, ways of coping with anxiety, strategies for engaging audiences and handling disruptions, and common problems and challenges encountered in public speaking.