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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Sophia's Public Speaking course will take the learner through all of the stages of developing a speech, from preparation to rehearsal to presentation. Along the way, they will learn how to become better listeners, manage their anxiety, and incorporate feedback effectively. Students will apply their knowledge to analyzing their audience, conducting research, presenting a speech, and revising a speech based on feedback. Full Description

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  • 4.5 quarter credits at Capella University
  • Capella University Equivalency: COMM1000 Public Speaking
  • Category: Communication

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Learn how to research, write, and deliver effective speeches using real-world techniques to demystify and master all elements of public speaking.

From learning how to create clear, engaging speeches to understanding your audience, this course covers how to prepare, develop, and present your speech effectively and with confidence.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 4 Touchstone assessments (these are like assignments, that includes giving a speech) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll have mastered skills that will help you write and give a compelling topical speech, thoughtfully incorporate feedback, improve your listening skills, and minimize anxiety around public speaking.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.


14 Student Reviews
by Annette V. on March 6, 2018
This course is awesome! I would advise anyone who has never taken a public speaking course to take it. Very beneficial.
by Jacob E. on March 5, 2018
I liked the course; very instructive and at the end it was fun to videotape yourself talking. This way you can see and hear all the errors that needs correction.
by Nathan W. on February 8, 2018
Outstanding! I highly recommend to anyone that wants to take a methodical approach to learning public speaking. I have been an active Toastmasters member for three years and still enjoyed this course. If you're going to be a powerful and persuasive speaker, you have to build a foundation of rhetoric, understanding your audience, and so on. This course gives you everything you need. I enjoyed the critical thinking processes in touchstones 1&2, and then practicing a speech and getting meaningful feedback in touchstones 3&4.
by Anthony M. on February 2, 2018
Very challenging course.
by Rebecca W. on January 23, 2018
I wish I would have known when I registered for the course of the need to submit to YouTube. There has to be a better way to evaluate a presentation then through YouTube.
Sophia replied on January 23, 2018

Congratulations on your successful course completion Rebecca! We utilize YouTube as a means for our students to submit their videos. This saves the need for any special equipment or extra costs. A smartphone and internet access is all it takes to submit a video for your Touchstones. We hope to see you in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Kelly A. on January 10, 2018
This was a very good course in going over the foundations of public speaking. I learned a lot and would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to improve in this area.
by Jason H. on January 10, 2018
As an experienced Toastmaster and public speaker I found the early part of the course particularly unreliable. However the speech building touchstones I felt helped in the end.
Sophia replied on January 10, 2018

Congratulations on your successful course completion! This is a competency-based course, so your previous public speaking / Toastmasters experience certainly came in handy as you worked through the course content. Best wishes for your future studies. We hope to see you in a future course with us.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Michael C. on January 8, 2018
This class was challenging and fun, some questions are a little confusing so please read carefully, but all in all a very fun class.


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