Communicating with Confidence

How to Speak and Write Effectively

About the Course

Communicating with Confidence: How to Speak and Write Effectively is a four-week course that will teach you the art of rhetoric.

Communication is a fundamental life skill, used every time you have a conversation, make an argument, deliver a presentation, sell a product, publish an article, or craft an email or SMS.

Even a small amount of training in speaking and writing goes a long way and could make a big difference in helping you achieve personal and professional goals.

In this course, you’ll learn how to apply the ancient art of rhetoric to contemporary writing and speaking contexts to harness and leverage the power of language.

With guidance from an award-winning expert, we’ll explore how to understand your audience, arrange your thinking, invent your content, shape cogent and polished arguments, and deliver them with style and grace.

If you want to learn how to communicate effectively, this is the perfect course for you.

About the Course

Communicating with Confidence: How to Speak and Write Effectively is a four-week course that will teach you the art of rhetoric.

Communication is a fundamental life skill, used every time you have a conversation, make an argument, deliver a presentation, sell a product, publish an article, or craft an email or SMS.

Even a small amount of training in speaking and writing goes a long way and could make a big difference in helping you achieve personal and professional goals.

In this course, you’ll learn how to apply the ancient art of rhetoric to contemporary writing and speaking contexts to harness and leverage the power of language.

With guidance from an award-winning expert, we’ll explore how to understand your audience, arrange your thinking, invent your content, shape cogent and polished arguments, and deliver them with style and grace.

If you want to learn how to communicate effectively, this is the perfect course for you.

About your instructor

Dr Susan Thomas

Dr Susan Thomas is Founding Director of the Writing Hub and Writing Program at the University of Sydney and the President of the American Council of Writing Program Administrators.

She has worked as a professional editor, grant writer, speech writer, and educational consultant, and publishes on a wide range of topics related to rhetoric and writing.

Course structure

The course consists of four 90-minute classes and takes place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.

It is a live and interactive course, which features:

  • Assigned readings,
  • Live lectures,
  • Live Q&A sessions with the instructor,
  • and Zoom breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.

Can’t make the live classes? No dramas! All lessons are recorded and accessible forever.

To maintain an optimal learning environment, classes are kept small — so be quick in securing your spot!

What You'll Learn

Structure

Arrange your
thinking.

Reasoning

Construct cogent
arguments.

Writing

Write with
style.

Speaking

Speak with
confidence.

Lecture Schedule

Week 1: What is Rhetoric?

  • General overview with popular examples (billboards, ads, political debates, memes, social media posts, etc.) and practical exercises.

Week 2: Logical Thinking

  • Using rhetorical thinking to develop and organise clear, persuasive arguments (Toulminian, Rogerian, and more).

Week 3: Compelling Writing

  • Writing clearly and compellingly for a range of audiences to achieve the desired results—in the workplace, in everyday life, and online.

Week 4: Compelling Speaking

  • Organising clear and compelling speeches and visual aids for a range of contexts: professional, civic, ceremonial, etc.

Course dates

October 2022

$299 | Class Dates

WEEK ONE Wed 5 Oct, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT
WEEK TWO Wed 12 Oct, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT
WEEK THREE Wed 19 Oct, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT
WEEK FOUR Wed 26 Oct, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT

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