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Talk the talk
Talk the talk

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Week 1: Getting started


Welcome to Talk the talk. This course will provide you with the language and strategies to deliver talks with a difference. It will boost your confidence and turn public speaking into a valuable experience.

First, watch the following video, in which Marshal Anderson introduces the course.

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Marshal Anderson will be your guide through the course. An Open University Associate Lecturer and occasional stand-up comedian, Marshal has years of experience presenting himself both online and offline. He’ll introduce each week, reminding you of what you’ve learned and mentioning the highlights of the week ahead.

Each week’s work is designed to take about three hours. This includes engaging with the course material online and working on your own talk – but if you want to develop your oral presentation skills you may well spend longer than this. Even just a short introduction can take a while to get right.

Before you start, The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations of the course. Your input will help to further improve the online learning experience. If you’d like to help, and if you haven’t done so already, please fill in this optional survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .