Public Speaking for Professionals

Public Speaking students sitting in class listening

Course Features

Effective communication allows us to influence change.

Leadership roles can involve a wide range of communication challenges— updating key stakeholders, persuading investors, rallying a group of people, or running team meetings in ways that elicit candid conversation and learning. Communication skills are vital. Understanding how to impact people and policies enables you to impact change. This course prepares professionals at all levels for their next leadership challenge by focusing on key elements of informative and persuasive workplace presentations. Gain confidence in your own voice, and learn to communicate your ideas concisely and to a variety of audiences.

In this course, you will learn to communicate complex ideas with ease while engaging your audience. You will also explore aspects of body language and vocal tone that can affect your audience’s perception, and make all the difference between a decent presentation and a great one.

This course includes:

  • Industry-leading faculty
  • Practical applications
  • Personalized solutions
  • Hands-on training
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Verbal and visual techniques

Program Details

Who should attend

  • Professionals seeking to improve their public speaking skills and overcome anxiety associated with public speaking
  • Business leaders who deliver project updates or presentations in the workplace
  • Experts looking to share their ideas with a variety of audiences
  • Professionals in public-facing and internal roles.

What you will learn

  • To craft an informative brief and persuasive pitch
  • How to convey confidence through body language, tone, and voice
  • Strategies for delivering face-to-face or virtual presentations
  • How to receive and deliver constructive feedback
  • Tips for managing public speaking anxiety

Faculty

Alexa S. Chilcutt, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Doctor Alexa Chilcutt portrait

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt delivers executive education courses on the topics of interpersonal and team communication, presentation skills, and impression management and executive presence. Alexa is the co-author of, "Engineered to Speak: Helping You Create and Deliver Engaging Technical Presentations" published by Wiley IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series. She has authored articles and instructional resources in MedEdPORTAL, Journal of American Dental Association (JADA), Association of General Dentist's Impact magazine, Public Relations Journal, and Georgia Academy of General Dentistry's Explorer magazine. Dr. Chilcutt was an Associate Professor and Director of The Public Speaking Program at The University of Alabama from 2010 - 2021 and has served as the Communication Instructor for UA's aeronautical and mechanical engineering NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program since 2011.

Steven D. Cohen, PhD

Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Steven Cohen

Steven D. Cohen, PhD is an accomplished scholar and dynamic trainer whose research focuses on persuasive communication and effective presentation skills. He has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, Huffington Post, and New York Magazine and was featured in the BBC Radio documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” He has authored two books—Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art—and is the editor of Speaking for Success: Readings and Resources, a collection of essential articles on the art of public speaking. Prior to his academic career, Cohen was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services. He holds a PhD in communication from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. Learn more about Steven D. Cohen.

Carl DuPont, DMA

Executive Education faculty, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Assistant Professor, Voice, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Carl DuPont

Carl DuPont, DMA has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. DuPont’s major operatic credits include productions at The Glimmerglass Festival, Columbus Opera, Opera Carolina, First Coast Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Leipzig Opera. Carl is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from The University of Miami, Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Classical Singer Magazine, and Diverse Magazine. Previously, he served as an assistant professor and chair of the voice area at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His design and instructional merits at the JHU Peabody Institute include a course on African American Art Song Composers. DuPont’s publications include “Make the Door Open: Groundbreaking African American Teachers of Singing” in Voice and Speech Review, and a co-authored article, “The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County” for The Laryngoscope with colleagues from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He has presented original research at conferences in Europe and North America.

Carl is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from The University of Miami, Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Classical Singer Magazine, and Diverse Magazine. Previously, he served as an assistant professor and chair of the voice area at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His design and instructional merits at the JHU Peabody Institute include a course on African American Art Song Composers. DuPont’s publications include “Make the Door Open: Groundbreaking African American Teachers of Singing” in Voice and Speech Review, and a co-authored article, “The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County” for The Laryngoscope with colleagues from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He has presented original research at conferences in Europe and North America.