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How to Speak

In developing the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, urban planners should follow a series of simple rules, guidelines, and heuristics. In this course, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Patrick Winston shares what urban planners need to know to improve their communication skills.

  • 65 Mins
  • Published
    2020
AICP CM
What You Will Learn
  • Capture the attention of an audience with a powerful hook and opening statement.
  • Use tools of persuasion in interviews with potential employers.
  • Communicate with colleagues in a clear and effective manner.
  • Optimize speech for communication of the most important ideas and concepts.
  • Develop an impactful conclusion to communications in speech or writing. 

A top-notch skillset in speaking and writing in addition to high-quality ideas are key determinants of success for an urban planning career. In developing the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, urban planners should follow a series of simple rules, guidelines, and heuristics. In this course, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Patrick Winston shares what urban planners need to know to improve their communication skills. An MIT tradition for over 40 years, Winston's "How to Speak" talk shows students how to share their ideas in a way that ensures they are valued by listeners. 

The mastery of techniques and skills for eloquent communication require intentional focus and attention. In this course, Professor Winston's collection of rules is presented along with examples of their application in job-interview talks, thesis defenses, oral examinations, and lectures. Students and professionals in the urban planning field will find that once these skills become second nature, their studies and careers will benefit greatly from their newfound understanding of how to speak.

By the end of this course, you will have been exposed to a lot of ideas to incorporate into your own public speaking repertoire to take advantage of opportunities to communicate the value of your work and ideas. Join course instructor Professor Winston in a time-honored tradition of improving skills in communication, with "How to Speak."
 

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.