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382465: Public Speaking for Professionals
SPEECH-X 417.1

  • Fall 2021
  • Section 1
  • 3.6 Credits
  • 09/20/2021 to 11/22/2021
  • Modified 09/02/2021

Meeting Times

Mondays, September 20 - November 22, 2021

This course takes place fully online with weekly live web conference meetings on Mondays at 6-9pm (PT). Course materials include pre-recorded video, audio and PowerPoint slides. Conference meetings with other students to rehearse class assignments are available and encouraged. 

This course is fully online and will meet weekly via ZOOM, September 20 - November 22, 2021, every Monday evening from 6pm - 9pm (Pacific Standard Time).


Log into Canvas, our online learning management system. Review the course syllabus, connect with the instructor and classmates in the discussion portal.

  • Connect with your instructor with questions about your assignments, your progress, or to gain deeper insights on various topics.
  • Submit your coursework via Canvas for feedback and evaluation.

Details on accessing Canvas will be emailed to you after completing enrollment. Courses in Canvas are typically accessible 2 days before the course start date. If applicable, instructions for accessing and using Zoom will also be provided in Canvas.

Canvas & Zoom Info



What you say is important, but how you express yourself often determines your effectiveness as a public speaker and in eliciting the results that you want. Learn to present with energy, magnetism, and leadership. This course helps participants develop individual style, improve delivery, and respond persuasively to questions and interruptions. Participants learn how to prepare and practice presentations, and--whether in person or virtually on Zoom--how to make the most of eye contact, body language, and vocal tone and tempo.


  • To replace the fear of public speaking with energy, know-how and results
  • To learn the steps to preparing, rehearsing and delivering effective presentations
  • To know how to use your body language, voice,  and inner state to tap into your charisma and bring your presentations - including the technical and financial ones - to life
  • To practice responding to questions and interruptions effectively and to increase your ability to think on your feet
  • To learn guidelines for creating and delivering engaging PowerPoint presentations

These objectives are applicable for both Zoom and in-person presentations and public speaking.


By the end of this course, students will -

  • Experience greater mastery over the fear of public speaking
  • Build clear, concise messages 
  • Utilize the steps for preparing, rehearsing and delivering effective presentations
  • Project observable confidence, congruency and charisma, through what you say and how you come across 
  • Persuasively answer questions and interruptions related to your presentations
  • Develop and present PowerPoint slides effectively
  • Answer impromptu and job-interview questions effectively

These outcomes are applicable for both Zoom and in-person presentations and public speaking.


Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!

  • Author: Pamela Kelly
  • Availability: Amazon

Handouts and other materials, images, videos, as needed

Guest Speakers




Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes

10 meetings, 10 opportunities


Takes an active role in the class, volunteering feedback and participating whole-heartedly in rehearing with and coaching others


Prepares the assignments, make-ups and do-overs


Demonstrates increasing verbal clarity, support and organization; and non-verbal confidence, leadership and expressiveness

  • Students must demonstrate a mastery of the verbal and organizational skills being taught, as well as greater confidence, clarity, freedom and ease in non-verbal delivery.
  • Overall progress has to come across verbally, through an organized, clear and concise message, with persuasive support; visually, through eye contact and body language; vocally, through voice tone, tempo, and clarity; and viscerally, through impactful commitment and conviction.  


100 %
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< 94.0 %
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< 90.0 %
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< 87.0 %
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< 84.0 %
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< 74.0 %
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< 70.0 %
to 0.0%

Course Policies

What works is -

  • To read announcements and/or view video Recaps between class meetings. These will be posted in the weekly module, within 48 hours after a meeting.
  • To notify the Instructor if you're going to be late or miss a meeting
  • To avoid missing consecutive class meetings (if possible)
  • To make up class assignments. This can be done during the earlier 6-7pm office hour or  during class
  • To avoid being disruptive, if you're late and a student is presenting.  Stand quietly inside the room and wait for them to finish.
  • To avoid doing non-class reading or working, on phone, tablet or notebook, during class

Institutional Policies

Student Conduct

Students are subject to disciplinary action for several types of misconduct or attempted misconduct, including but not limited to academic dishonesty, such as cheating, multiple submission, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University; or behavioral misconduct, such as theft or misuse of the intellectual property of others, harassment, or disruption of the learning environment. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy and to report concerns regarding at:

Services for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, UCLA Extension provides appropriate accommodations and support services to qualified applicants and students with disabilities. These include, but are not limited to, auxiliary aids/services such as sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices for hearing-impaired individuals, extended time for and proctoring of exams, and registration assistance. Accommodations and types of support services vary and are specifically designed to meet the disability-related needs of each student based on current, verifiable medical documentation. Arrangements for auxiliary aids/services are available only through UCLA Extension’s Service for Students with Disabilities Office at (310) 825-7851 or by email at [email protected]. For complete information see:


Your instructor may post the interim grade Incomplete/I if at the end of the class your overall work is of passing quality but a portion could not be submitted for understandable reasons (e.g. illness). It is your responsibility to petition your instructor for permission to submit work late and to provide an explanation, and it is his or her sole decision whether to accept the explanation. If permitted, the Incomplete/I grade will be posted and a time frame defined for you to submit the missing work, ranging from one to twelve weeks. Incomplete/I grades that remain unchanged after twelve weeks will lapse to F, NP or U. Receiving an I grade entitles you to submit only the missing work your instructor has agreed to accept late, and does not allow other work to be retaken or oblige UCLA Extension to provide continuing access to course materials via Canvas. The Incomplete/I grade is not an option for courses that do not bear credit, such as 700, 800, or 900-level courses. For complete information, see:

All Grades are Final

No change of grade may be made by anyone other than the instructor, and then, only to correct clerical errors. No term grade except Incomplete may be revised by re-examination. The correction of a clerical error may be authorized only by the instructor of record communicating directly with personnel of Student and Alumni Services.

Sexual Harassment

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, and that such behavior violates both law and University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates our policy.

All Extension students and instructors who believe they have been sexually harassed are encouraged to contact the Department of Student and Alumni Services for complaint resolution: UCLA Extension, 1145 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; Voice/TTY: (310) 825-7031. View the University’s full Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at

Additional Items

Protecting Privacy and Data During Live Instruction

Live meeting sessions for this class, when applicable, are being conducted over Zoom. As the host, the instructor may be recording live sessions. Only the host has the ability to record meetings, no recording by other means is permitted. Recorded sessions will be posted in the Videos area of this class unless otherwise notified. Due to privacy, recordings are not available for download and are only accessible via Canvas for the duration of the class. If you have privacy concerns and do not wish to appear in the recording, do not turn on your video and/or audio. If you also prefer to use a pseudonym instead of your name, please let the instructor know what name you will be using so that the instructor knows who you are during the session. To rename yourself during a Zoom meeting, click on Participants, click on your name, click on More, click on Rename. If you would like to ask a question, you may do so privately through the Zoom chat by addressing your chat question to the instructor only (and not to ""everyone""). Additionally, chat may be used and moderated for live questions, and saving of chats is enabled. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact the instructor via Canvas Inbox.

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement between Zoom and UCLA Extension, the data is used solely for this purpose and Zoom is prohibited from re-disclosing this information. UCLA Extension also does not use the data for any other purpose. Recordings will be deleted when no longer necessary. However, recordings may become part of an administrative disciplinary record if misconduct occurs during a video conference.

Course and Instructor Evaluation

UCLA Extension values your feedback on course and instructor evaluations. We ask all students to take a few minutes to complete an end-of-course evaluation survey. Updates to the course and instruction are influenced by your feedback. Understanding your student experience is essential to ensure continuing excellence in the online classroom and is appreciated by your instructor and the UCLA Extension academic leadership.

Your participation in a survey is voluntary, and your responses are confidential. After instructors submit grades, they will be given an evaluation report, but this report will not contain your name.

About Your Online Course Materials

Please note the following about online course components at UCLA Extension:

  • Students must have basic computer skills, including the use of word processing software, email, and the ability to use internet browsers, such as Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the technical requirements of Canvas and familiarizing themselves with the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all assignments and work submitted, and to be aware of all assignments, due dates, and course guidelines.
  • Students are encouraged to keep and/or download a local copy of their assignment files, as access to the online environment of a specific course is limited to 30 days after the final course date, as listed in the course catalog.

    If you need assistance downloading student materials from your course, please contact Canvas Support or the UCLA Extension Learning Support Team.

UCLA Extension Canvas and Learning Support

For immediate 24/7 Canvas technical support, including holidays, click on Help (located on the menu to the left) where you can call or chat live with a Canvas Support representative.

UCLA Extension Instructional Design and Learning Support
The UCLA Extension Learning Support staff assists both students and instructors with Canvas-related technical support, as well as general and administrative questions.

Learning Support staff is available Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM (Pacific Time), except holidays:

Campus Safety Escorts

For students taking classes held on the UCLA campus and in and around Westwood Village, the UCLA Police Department provides a free walking escort service every day of the year from dusk until 1 a.m. Community Service Officers (CSOs) are available to walk students, faculty, staff members and visitors to and from anywhere on campus, in Westwood Village, and in the village apartments. CSOs are uniformed students who have received special training and are employed by the UCLA Police Department. To obtain an escort, please call (310) 794-9255 and allow 15 to 20 minutes for your escort to arrive. For complete information, see:


Weekly Zoom Meetings, Mondays, 6-9pm

Course calendar and related activities
When Module Title Notes
Zoom Meeting #1
Getting Started: Aiming for Success

What Effective Communicators Have in Common

Projecting Congruently Activity

Prepare-Practice-Deliver Self Introductions

Week 2
Zoom Meeting #2
Tapping Into the "Juice" of Public Speaking

What Extraordinary Speakers Share

Share a personal adventure or embarrassing exprience

Structure with Conclusion - Opening Hook - Story Guidelines

Week 3
Zoom Meeting #3
Being Clear and Concise with the PREP Formula

6-7 pm Make ups

The Love PREP, Practicing and Delivering 

"Speed Prepping" Impromptu Speaking

The Job-Related PREP, Practicing and Delivering

"Speed Prepping" Job Interview Questions

Week 4
Zoom Meeting #4
Developing the Longer Presentation with Mind Mapping & Outlining

6-7pm Make ups

Mind mapping your Job-related PREP

Developing your Outline

Create a Script (or use Notecards) that Supports Your Success: Font, spacing, pause & breath marks

Practicing aloud and on your feet

Week 5, Apr 26, 6-9pm
Zoom Meeting #5
Bringing Your Outline Presentation to Life & Into the Spotlite

6-7pm Make Ups

Using Your Voice to Bring Your Outline to Life: Pacing & Pausing, Intonation & Emphasis

Making the Most of the Lectern/Podium

Practicing and Delivering

Week 6
Meeting #6
Adding Interruptions and Q & A to your Outline Presentation

6-7pm Make ups

Guidelines for Answering Questions and Responding to Hostile Interruptions / Questions

Final Practicing and Delivering Outline Presentation, with Feedback

Body Language - Stage Movement & Handling Props

Week 7
Zoom Meeting #7
Using Props to Demonstrate an Activity or Teach a Hobby

6-7pm Make ups

Complete Outline Presentations, with Q & A

Deliver Demonstrations, with Props and Q & A

Guidelines for Using PowerPoint Slides

Week 8
Zoom Meeting #8
Sales Pitches, with (optional) PowerPoint Slides

6-7 pm Make ups

Complete Demonstrations, with Props and Q & A

Deliver Sales Pitches, with PowerPoint Slides (optional)

Week 9
Zoom Meeting #9
Make-Ups & Do-Overs, with One-on-One Coaching

Complete Sales Pitches

Make ups and Do Overs

About Reading Speeches, Telling Jokes & Stories

About Introducing Speakers and Accepting Awards

Week 10
Zoom Meeting #10
Reading Speeches, Telling Jokes & Stories, Graduating with Acceptance Speeches

Finish up Make Ups and Do-Overs

About the Next Step: Toastmasters International

Introducing Speakers, Receiving Certificates and Giving Acceptance Speeches


Week 11