Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


By the end of the course, you will be able to
1. Understand that impactful public speaking is a skill that can be learned rather than a natural
trait that you either have or don t have
2. Identify a strong communication strategy for your presentations and pitches
3. Plan and deliver impactful relational, informational, promotional and transformational
4. Use nonverbal communication in a way that supports your message
5. Feel more comfortable on the stage, both online and offline

Credits: 6

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 13.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Christa Uusi-Rauva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Christa Uusi-Rauva


050-470 4003

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    In the business context, the need to give presentations and pitches concerns nearly everybody. At
    the same time, most presentations fail to engage the audience in a way that would encourage them
    to truly listen to the speaker.
    In this online course, we will look at tools and techniques to enhance your ability to inspire and
    convince your audience regardless of the context. And, perhaps more importantly, we will look at
    ways in which you can feel more comfortable on the stage, both online and offline, because this will
    greatly help you in having meaningful encounters with the audience.
    The course is highly interactive and gives you several opportunities to develop your skills. The
    exercises used in the course combine key insight from the business context with improvisation
    methods used by actors to give you a solid foundation for impactful public speaking. Due to the
    nature of the course, attendance is compulsory to all class sessions.

  • applies in this implementation

    • Strategic communication principles
    • Competing values in communications
    • Impactful presentations and other public speaking
    • Status communication
    • Story-telling techniques

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Compulsory attendance and active participation in lectures.
    Assignments 80%
    Class contribution 20%
    All assignments are graded on a 0-5 scale.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course has several presentation tasks. In each, students get thorough feedback from other course participants.

    Evaluation is based on the following assignments:

    • Assignment 1: Informational presentation
    • Assignment 2: Promotional team presentation
    • Assignment 3: Speech
    • Assignment 4: Transformational presentation
    • Assignment 5: Pecha Kucha presentation
    • Assignment 6: Reflection paper
    • Class contribution

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching (24 h)
    Independent work (136 h)
    Total 160h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided by the lecturer through MyCourses.

  • applies in this implementation

    All course materials are available on MyCourses before the course starts.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    I 2021-2022 (autumn)

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    via Sisu application

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    13.9. MONDAY (Session 1)

    Before class:

    • Watch course videos 0 (Course introduction) and 1 (Communication objective and audience analysis)
    • Read reading inputs 1 (Competing values framework) and 2 (Communicating strategically)
    • Prepare a 3-min relational presentation without slides (see instructions in "Assignments")

    In class:

    • Introductions, goal-setting, team-building
    • 3-min relational presentations (due in class)
    • Instructions for Assignment 1 (=A1) 5-7 min informational presentation
    • Improv presentations, practice clear structure
    15.9. WEDNESDAY (Session 2)

    Before class:

    • Watch videos 2 and 3 (Impactful presentations 1 and 2)
    • Read reading inputs 3 (Persuasive techniques) and 4 (Impactful presentations)
    • Prepare A1a: 5-7 min informational presentation with slides
    In class:

    • A1a: Informational presentations and feedback in small groups
    • Input: giving feedback on and grading presentations
    • Improv presentations, practice Claim-data-warrant
    22.9. WEDNESDAY (Session 3)

    Before class:

    • Watch course videos 4 and 5: Impactful presentations 3a and 3b (Visual design)
    • Watch videos 5-8 by Paul Savage
    • Read the texts "10 tips for improving your presentations" and "The big four" by Garr Reynolds
    • Prepare A1b: revise your A1a informational presentation based on the feedback that you received

    In class:

    • A1b: revised informational presentations + feedback
    • Discussion and exercises: story-telling structures, company stories and pitching
    • Instructions, teams and story-structures for A2:15-min persuasive team presentation
    29.9. WEDNESDAY (Session 4)

    Before class:

    • Watch course video 6: Impactful presentations 4 (Nonverbal communication)
    • Read the following reading inputs:

    1. Denning (2004): Telling tales
    2. Conger (1991): Inspiring others
    3. Ffion Lindsay (2018): Story-telling techniques
    • Prepare A2: 15-minute promotional team presentation with the given story structure

    In class:

    • A2: 15-minute promotional team presentations and feedback
    • Delivering with strong nonverbals practice, both smaller exercises and improv presentations


    4.10. MONDAY (Session 5)

    Before class:

    • Watch course videos 7 and 8: Status communication 1 and 2
    • Prepare A3: 1.5-3 min movie speech 

    In class:

    • Status (high/low) on the stage and in life
    • A3: 1.5-3 min speeches and feedback, delivered to everyone
    • Instructions for A4: 5-7 min transformational speech
    • Analysis of typical transformational presentation structure


    6.10. WEDNESDAY (Session 6)

    Before class:

    • Prepare A4: 5-7 min transformational speech 

    In class:

    • A4: 5-7 min transformational speeches
    • Instructions for A5: Pecha Kucha-presentation


    11.10. MONDAY (Session 7)

    Before class:

    Prepare A5: Pecha Kucha-presentation 

    In class:

    • A5: Pecha Kucha -presentations
    • Preparation for PowerPoint karaoke in session 8


    13.10. WEDNESDAY (Session 8)
    • Powerpoint karaoke 
    • Wrap-up

    Do before MONDAY, 18.10., 8 pm: Submit Assignment 6: Reflection paper