This course is open to everyone who wants to sharpen their public speaking and persuasion skills. Through a combination of live online lectures and activities, you will focus on communication principles that make you more convincing. These principles include how to choose a strategy, craft a persuasive argument, overcome resistance, design visuals, and project confidence. In this class, you are given opportunities to practice communication on topics of interest to you. Your peers and instructor will provide feedback to accelerate your growth as an effective speaker. The class format will consist of two hours online lecture per week, and one hour offline engaging in community chat and recording/watching presentations.

Course Details

  • Demonstrate the quality of your ideas
  • Overcome resistance
  • Manage anxiety associated with public speaking
  • Establish rapport with your listeners
  • Choose an appropriate communication strategy
  • Focus on  flow and development
  • Manage status dynamics in conversation
  • Use body language to engage the audience’s interest
  • Design slides that illustrate key points
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of a presentation
  • Enhance your internal sense of empowerment
  • Anyone that wants to sharpen their public speaking skills
  • Experienced speakers who want to become more convincing
  • Individuals and recent graduates who want to give high-impact presentations and feel more comfortable when doing it
  • Professionals such as engineers, scientists, physicians, researchers and educators who often need to communicate complex information and motivate others to take action

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.



Enroll Now - Available Sections

Section Title
Design and Deliver High-Impact Presentations
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Oct 05, 2020 to Dec 21, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $800.00
Section Notes
Please refer to the course home page for your potential discount code (GSCS15) to use at check out. Discount codes cannot be applied retroactively after purchase has been made.