Learn Public Speaking Skills From a World-Class Instructor

Discover how to inject compelling storytelling and dynamism into your public speaking with this online course led by a TED Talk lecturer and USC professor.

Lan: English

Online Course 

8 Weeks

Certificate: Yes

By: Jeremiah O'Brian | Instructor

Learn How to Tell a Compelling Story

This eight-week public speaking online course will teach you the nuts and bolts of engaging storytelling. You’ll learn how to craft an experience that opens people's minds and pierces their hearts, and explore the techniques that will let you overcome any fear of public speaking, powerfully tell your story, and make a lasting impact on your audience.

Learning to tell your story in a compelling way will serve you well whether interviewing for a job, internship, or undergraduate or graduate admissions, pitching your business to investors, delivering arguments in court, or any number of other scenarios in person and virtually in Zoom, where you’ll be appealing to an audience of one or many. Learn how to connect with your listeners to make a lasting impact! 

In Just 8 Weeks, You’ll Learn to:

Clearly define your narrative purpose

Communicate effectively in-person and on-camera

Understand your audience, their needs and desires

Apply audience engagement techniques

Add value through your story

Create actionable, attainable, inspiring goals

Make an impact that drives your income

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Meet Your Instructor

Jeremiah O’Brian is an instructor of theater practice at the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts, where he teaches various styles and techniques of actor training and public speaking. His diverse background, various graduate degrees, and public speaking coach to TED speakers, allow him to address a wide variety of student needs and backgrounds to give them the tools to achieve their goals today. 


Master Teacher | USC School of Dramatic Arts

Improve Your Public Speaking

Instructor Jeremiah O’Brian’s technique to making a lasting impact is to put the speaker in the role of the hero and take the audience on their journey. Along the way, they're going to pick up valuable information, and experiences, allies and friendships, and mentors and guides. They’ll also encounter obstacles,struggles, and battles that must be overcome.

And that's really what we want to see in our heroes: our mono-myths, whether from movies or theater or straight from our religious traditions. We as audiences want to see our heroes overcome obstacles and compel us to be better in some way. We have an empathetic response to our speaker when they connect to us in this way—as the hero who needs the support of their listeners.

While working with students, O’Brian incorporates the various stages into their own story, identifying who their audience is, what they want, and how to make the biggest impact with their own story as the vehicle to drive the narrative emotionally. Because, at the end of the day, whether you're trying to land a pitch or ace an interview, your audience needs to trust you as a person, and believe in your identity and purpose. 

The best speakers are the ones that stimulate our minds and touch our hearts. Through this course, you’ll be able to extract the most interesting information out of your life experiences to create a narrative that is fascinating, connects to the three levels of ethos, pathos, and logos, and moves an audience of one or many to emotionally connect with you.

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Is the class live? What are livestream classes like?

All of our classes are taught online and include weekly live sessions with instructors and students hosted on the ZOOM platform. The live online experience is similar in many ways to a traditional classroom experience.

Participating students can interact with their instructors, ask questions, and connect with fellow students (all from the comfort of home). Course materials, assignments, and class recordings are all available online.

Who will I be working with?

Your primary instructor for Narrating the Hero's Journey is Jeremiah O'Brian, instructor of theater practice at the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts.

How many classes does it take to complete the course?

The Narrating the Hero's Journey course spans eight weeks.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Absolutely. We encourage students to take the courses they are the most excited about. Some courses are standalone offerings and some courses are a part of a larger program. This particular course is a standalone offering, but can be combined with others. See the Programs page for more.

How often does the class meet per week?

The Narrating the Hero's Journey class will meet once per week with the instructor. The course assignments are self-paced outside of the class session. Each course is two hours in length unless specified otherwise. The date and time for each course are specified on the course page and the confirmation email sent to your inbox.

Am I required to attend live classes?

Participants in our programs should plan to attend livestream classes. However, if you cannot attend, students should make arrangements with their instructor prior to the start of class.

Many of our courses also allow students to enroll as auditors. Auditors can observe live classes and/or re-watch class recordings. If you cannot make all of the course's live classes, auditing is a great option.

Week - 1

Module 1Introduction to On-Camera Public Speaking & Actionable Goals

In the first session, you will gain a thorough introduction to the course, including the material that will be covered, the skills you can expect to obtain, and the contributions that will help you get the most out of the course. We'll also cover why most presentations are ineffective and how you will learn to make yours powerful and compelling.

Week - 2Module 2The Camera

Before we dive into the mechanics of storytelling, you need to understand your medium of communication. This unit will cover how to effectively communicate on-camera.

Week - 3Module 3The Audience

This module will delve into how to understand an audience and effectively communicate with your listeners. Whether in-person or through a screen, you will learn the best techniques to make an impact through your words.

Week - 4Module 4The Problem

Much of knowing how to impact an audience comes down to understanding their needs and desires. Through this module, you will learn how to determine what problem you need to solve for your listeners..

Week - 5Module 5The Solution

Once you understand the problem, you must know how to craft an effective solution. This unit will build upon your learning from the last module and outline the three persuasive techniques you can use to engage your audience: ethos, pathos, and logos. .

Week - 6Module 6Rewards

Every good presentation leaves the audience with something more. This module will explore the various benefits your audience can take away from your story and how you can craft it to enhance their life..

Week - 7

Module 7Telling Your Story - Round 1

In the first of two final modules, you'll build your presentation and practice in front of the class. You'll have the opportunity to listen to constructive feedback from your classmates and instructor and incorporate it into the next round. .

Week - 8

Module 8Telling Your Story - Round 2

In this ultimate module, you will deliver your revised presentation incorporating all of the feedback from round 1. We will wrap up the course with final feedback and a debrief on all of the techniques you've learned..

This Online Course features eight modules, including live classes and practice exercises: 

What Our Students Say

  • "Awesome teacher, awesome learning experience! I'm so proud to be in this class. There is so much being taught to us, not just by the teacher but also by other students eager to learn as well."

    Brayden Welch

  • "This was an amazing experience! Life-changing to learn these great skills and tips in the course and awesome one-on-one coaching!"

    Lajada Box

  • "Best experience ever!! Mr. Jeremiah is hands down THE BEST professor I have EVER come across! Learned SO MUCH during the course! We REALLY enjoyed EVERY week! Thank you so much for your time and effort!"

    Kamiya Collins

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