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Skill Level: Open to all.

Successful persuasion depends on the ability to present with confidence and authenticity. For a technical workforce, this calls for developing an advanced set of skills that are broadly applicable in contexts ranging from team meetings to senior leader briefings to professional conferences before larger audiences. This course will give participants a practical understanding of effective public speaking skills, covering a range of issues including: tools for persuasion, nonverbal communication, storytelling tactics, and performance techniques to manage anxiety. Learning methods include instruction, discussion, video clip demonstrations, and interactive exercises and simulations that integrate visual aids.

All technical professionals and managers at every level who must persuade others through talking.

APPEL Library Resource

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Diagnose communication challenges.
  • Establish credibility, trust, and likability.
  • Validate audience point of view to disarm skeptics and defuse preconceptions.
  • Use nonverbal cues to establish an emotional connection and support key messages.
  • Construct an effective message.
  • Create a narrative that connects with audience concerns while advancing new ideas.
  • Develop compelling, clear, and concise messages that maintain audience engagement.
  • Choose language that resonates with their audience.
  • Use memorable elements including stories, images, metaphors, analogies, and thought-provoking phrases.
  • Use visual aids, slides, and notes effectively.