LIVE ONLINE COURSE
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
Start by learning the fundamentals of what makes an effective, impactful presentation. Use this to make an assessment of your current skills.
Assignment #1: Read “How to Give a Killer Presentation” HBR article and pick a business topic you want to talk about (if you can’t come up with one, think of a personal topic you’re passionate about). Develop an outline of a five-minute speech on that topic.
+ Record yourself presenting the outline (this will help you track the progress from the beginning of this class).
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.
Assignment #2: Complete an audience analysis using a template and, if you’d like to, share it with your peers through Discord.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. In this class you will learn to create a strong outline for your speech.
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?
Optional: Add the high-level outline to your speech from Assignment #1 & record yourself presenting it.
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.
Assignment #4: Read “The Four Truths of the Storyteller” HBR article and incorporate the stories that you’re going to tell into your outline.
To be turned in: The updated and revised high-level outline for your speech. Monique will review it and provide feedback.
"A picture is worth a thousand words". This class focuses on building clear and impactful visuals for your presentation.
Assignment #5: Create a presentation in Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint to support your speech.
Confidence is half the battle. This class focuses on verbal presentation delivery and confidently using your voice and body language to get your message across.
Pt. 1 – Your Stage Presence
Pt. 2 – Body Language
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.
In this class, you will learn what it takes to master remote presentations over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and any other virtual channel.
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.
Assignment #7: Prepare your final speech, record yourself delivering it. Compare your very first video (from assignment #1) and reflect on the progress. Monique will give you feedback on the last video.
To be turned in: The recording of your final speech (5 min max).
"I absolutely love the format! Working through real life scenarios makes it super applicable and easy to translate the learning into practical takeaways. I also enjoy that the assignments are straightforward enough to get through but you can make them more complex to get more learning out of the course. It really is a format where you get out what you put in."
"The group activities, they allow us to interact and exchange ideas, plus the way it is structured is challenging and mind twisting as we collaborate in different parts of the ideation."
"Overall I'm impressed with the level of detail and explanation around particular topics and subjects. There's a real depth to each module which for learning allows the information to stay in your brain."
"I really enjoy the format of the course. Lectures with real life examples and an ongoing case study. Also built in 20 minutes at the end of each class for questions is helpful."
"I enjoyed the structure of the class. I like how we learned about a topic and practiced it in the workshops. It’s helped me to apply what I learned!"