Communicating with Confidence: How to Speak and Write Effectively

Sale price$299.00

Session Starts Wednesday 1 February, 2023

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

Communication is a fundamental life skill, used every time you 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.

Your Instructor

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!

Class 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.

What's Included

- Live online lectures.
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor.
- Zoom breakout rooms for collaboration with other classmates.
- Downloadable pre-readings.
- Weekly homework tasks.
- Downloadable PDF summaries of the lectures and course.
- Lifetime access to the lecture recordings.
- A certificate of completion.
- The opportunity to make new intellectually curious friends.

Course Dates

CLASS ONE - Wednesday 1 February, 2023
CLASS TWO - Wednesday 8 February, 2023
CLASS THREE - Wednesday 15 February, 2023
CLASS FOUR - Wednesday 22 February, 2023

Class Time - 6:30 PM - 8.00 PM AEDT



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