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PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR LEADERS

A LIVE ONLINE COURSE
ON MASTERING THE ART
OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Dates:
13 SEPTEMBER - 20 OCTOBER 2022
Duration:
6 WEEKS
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
5 PM PST / 8 PM EST

Do you struggle with Public Speaking?

Let Microsoft’s Senior Director, Monique Hayward, help you find your voice and develop your own unique presentation style.

 

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF BELOW? THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.

  • YOU’RE STRUGGLING TO FILL YOUR SHOES AS A LEADER

     

    You’ve got your management style nailed but what about having to make presentations and be the public face when it comes to getting leadership buy-in? What if you just don’t have these skills? Learn to speak confidently on any business topic, support your presentations with great visuals, and defend your vision in front of any audience.

  • YOU’RE EAGER FOR THAT NEXT PROMOTION

     

    What do all great leaders have in common? They’re all great communicators. Monique will teach you the critical audience analysis, tone of voice, and executive communication skills you need to get noticed by senior leadership!

  • YOU WANT TO BECOME A BETTER SPEAKER

     

    Whether you’re in a job interview or on stage, when it comes down to it, it’s all public speaking. Learn the art of storytelling and nail down your “elevator pitch”, control your body language, and get expert feedback on your live presentation. Master the art of Public Speaking and see how far these skills take you!

Your Ascent Starts Here

Why these skills?

Well, it’s quite simple - when it comes to predicting career growth, public speaking and presentation are always at the top of every recruiter’s list.

In this course you’ll find your own presentation style, and own it! Learn to speak on any topic, in front of any audience.

This course isn’t all talk

This isn’t one of those motivational courses that will leave you with a couple of inspirational quotes and no idea what to do. Get into the science behind making an impactful and effective presentation.

Monique will teach you everything from developing a logical speech structure, to the art of boardroom persuasion.

 
ABOUT THE COURSE
AUDIENCE
Make sure your speech always hits home. Learn vital audience research and analysis strategies, and back it up with tone of voice and body language techniques to build effective stage presence.
STORYTELLING
Persuade anyone, on anything. You’ll learn to tell purposeful, concise stories that deliver maximum impact. Walk away being able to successfully pitch any idea in under 60 seconds.
CAREER
Get the skills you need to succeed. Learn to speak confidently on any business topic and defend your vision, all with personal feedback from a seasoned executive. Dive deeper and master the art of remote presentations so that you’re always prepared to make an impact in our fast-changing world.
PITCH
Deliver a live presentation and get expert feedback. Reinforce what you’ve learnt by presenting in front of Monique and your peers, get valuable feedback from a seasoned industry pro, and iron out your presentation style.
Instructor
 
MONIQUE
HAYWARD
LinkedIn Profile
  • Senior Director, Business Applications Ecosystem Marketing at Microsoft

  • Over 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations, business development, and entrepreneurship

  • High-profile, high-energy speaker at corporate events, colleges and universities, industry conferences, professional associations, and non-profit organizations

  • Published author of 2 books on career strategy and success

  • Co-Founder & CEO of her own business; former partner in mobile apps software company and former owner of award-winning restaurant
Monique Hayward
SYLLABUS
01
TUE (9/13), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Start by learning the fundamentals of what makes an effective, impactful presentation. Use this to make an assessment of your current skills.

  • Importance of Public Speaking as a skill
  • What makes an effective presentation
  • Where are you now: how to assess your skills + develop goals

Assignment #1: Read “How to Give a Killer Presentation” HBR article and pick a business topic (if you can’t come up with one, think of a personal topic you’re passionate about) you want to talk about. Develop an outline of a five-minute speech on that topic.

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02
THU (9/15), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Know your Audience

When it comes to public speaking, you are always speaking to and for your audience; in this class, you will learn to research and analyze your audience. You’ll build on your analysis to tailor your presentation to a specific audience.

  • Approaches to Audience Analysis
  • Determining the Purpose and Outcome of the Presentation and Aligning it with your Audience
  • Importance of Research in Speech Preparation

Assignment #2: Complete an audience analysis using a template

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03
TUE (9/20), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Structuring your Presentation

Failing to plan is planning to fail. In this class you will learn to create a strong outline for your speech.

  • How to Write a Great Speech: Is There a Formula?
  • It Starts with an Outline: Developing Persuasive and Logical Structure
  • Importance of Strong Beginning and Ending (But Don’t Lose the Middle)

Assignment #3: Build on the high-level outline for your speech. How would you create a strong beginning? What are the key points you want to communicate in the main body of your speech? What about a powerful ending?

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04
THU (9/22), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
The Art of Storytelling and Persuasion

Getting your story across is extremely important in public speaking. In this class, you will learn all of the tricks and techniques that go into creating a purposeful story.

  • Your Story Delivers Value to Your Audience
  • Elements of Good Storytelling
  • Interacting with the Audience

Assignment #4: Read “The Four Truths of the Storyteller” HBR article and incorporate the stories that you’re going to tell into your outline.

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05
TUE (9/27), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Creating Powerful Visuals + Guest Speaker

"A picture is worth a thousand words". This class focuses on building clear and impactful visuals for your presentation.

  • Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words
  • Common Pitfalls When Using Visuals in Presentations
  • Building Clear and Impactful Visuals

Assignment #5: Create a presentation in Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint to support your speech.

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06
THU (9/29), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Show Up for the Audience: Your Stage Presence + Guest Speaker

Confidence is half the battle. This class focuses on verbal presentation delivery and confidently using your voice to get your message across.

  • Finding Your Own Voice, Projecting Confidence, and Connecting with the Audience
  • Planning Ahead for Your Audience’s Attention Span
  • Practice in Groups

Assignment #6: (not graded) Practice presenting your speech (you can record yourself to analyze it afterwards). Use different techniques to enhance the message with your voice.

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07
TUE (10/4), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Work the Room: Body Language + Guest Speaker

70 to 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal. This class teaches you to use your body language in alignment with your message.

  • Importance of Non-Verbal Communication
  • Using Gestures that Align to the Verbal Message
  • Practice in Groups

Assignment #7: (not graded) Practice presenting your speech (you can record yourself to analyze it afterwards). Use different techniques to enhance your presentation with gestures, movement, and eye contact.

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08
THU (10/6), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
The Next Best Thing to Being There: Remote Presentations

In this class, you will learn what it takes to master remote presentations over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and any other virtual channel.

  • How remote presentations are different from in-person presentations
  • Camera-ready (e.g., lighting, background, sound)
  • Tips on delivering remote presentations
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09
TUE (10/11), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Mastering the Q&A

Q&A allows you to get instant feedback from your audience, but can you fully prepare for it? This class will teach you to manage your presentation’s Q&A session.

  • Handling Unplanned Interruptions
  • Managing the Q&A Session
  • Constructing Your Answer

Assignment #8: Think of the questions you may receive while giving your speech. Write down those questions and script the responses.

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10
THU (10/13), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Preparation Tips & Dealing with Emotions

We’ve all been there - you’re about to present but nerves take over. This class will help you deal with nerves and boost your confidence before presenting.

  • Effective Rehearsal Techniques
  • How Emotions Affect our Performance
  • Determining your Signature Presentation Style and Using it to Your Advantage

Assignment #9: (not graded) Prepare to present your final speech in classes 11 and 12.

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11
TUE (10/18), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Live Speech Delivery, Part 1

You will deliver your speech and receive feedback from your peers and Monique.

  • Final Project Presentation: Delivering Speeches
  • Students provide feedback to presenters
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12
THU (10/20), 5 PM PST/8 PM EST
Live Speech Delivery, Part 2

You and your peers will continue to deliver your speeches and receive feedback from each other and Monique.

  • Final Project Presentation: Delivering Speeches
  • Students provide feedback to presenters
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