Speaking in Public:
Storytelling, Influence, and Presence

The world needs authentic, powerful communicators now more than ever. Discover the art of public speaking with the best in the business.


2 weeks,
including orientation


5–7 hours per week,
self-paced learning online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

You'll walk away with:


The ability to distill and communicate complex ideas and issues, and deliver engaging talks and presentations with confidence.


The skill to craft and present memorable messages with impact and influence in a way that’s tailored to your audience.


The insight to leverage communication in networking and pitches, in order to build your professional profile and promote your personal brand.


Valuable feedback on your communication style that you can use to advance your career.

Course curriculum

Over the duration of this online micro course, you’ll work through the following modules:

Module 1
Telling stories with impact and confidence

Learn how to communicate in a way that is relatable and memorable, and appeals to a specific audience.

Module 2
Communicate like a pro: Be good, be brief, be gone

Define the purpose of your message and learn how to leverage communication for career advancement.

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

Course Convener

Bruce Whitfield

Speaker; Radio, TV, and Print Journalist

Whitfield’s refreshingly non-conformist, optimistic view of the world has seen him become South Africa’s most awarded financial journalist and a highly sought-after public speaker. As radio host of The Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk, Whitfield has won more awards for financial journalism than any other working South African media professional. A celebrated broadcaster, author, and TV presenter, he is also a contributing editor at the Financial Mail. His latest venture, The Upside of Down, is a bestselling book that is already selling out its second edition.

Whitfield removes the jargon from financial speak, makes complex concepts accessible, and kick-starts the conversations that’ll help move South Africa forward. An observer of humanity, he is first and foremost a storyteller.

An online education that sets you apart

This course is brought to you by GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, and presented to you by leaders in their fields. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities and institutions, entirely online and in your own time.


Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step.


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.

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