Narrating
The Hero’s Journey

Learn how to inject compelling storytelling and dynamism into your public speaking with this virtual course taught by a TED talk lecturer and USC professor.

  • Lan: English
  • Online Webinar
  • 8 Weeks
  • Certificate: Yes
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By: Jeremiah O'Brian | Instructor

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Price: $550 $450

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Price: $300 $200

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In Just 8 Weeks,
You'll Learn

  • 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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PARTICIPANT

$450

A Participant is able to work and interact with peers while receiving feedback from the instructor.

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AUDITOR

$200

An Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.

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Before the Course

A few tips to ensure you have the best virtual course experience.

Welcome

Check Your Email

Your course schedule and directions to log in will be emailed to you upon registration.

Virtual

Learn Our Virtual System

You’ll start with a short video to get acquainted with the course player, and walk through where you will find the course materials, course recordings, and more.

Technical

Explore Your Course Dashboard

Your dashboard will allow you to see all of your workshop and class information, review class recordings (as applicable), and more upon login

Our Weekly Schedule

This program features eight modules, including live classes:

Week - 1 Module 1 Introduction 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 - 2 Module 2 The 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 - 3 Module 3 The 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 - 4 Module 4 The 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 - 5 Module 5 The 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 - 6 Module 6 The Rewards

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 7 Telling 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 8 Telling 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.

Meet Your Instructor

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Jeremiah O'Brian

Master Teacher |  USC School of Dramatic Arts

Jeremiah O’Brian is an instructor of theater practice at the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts. His diverse background—from working as a firefighter in California to film and theater credits and accolades—is bolstered by his numerous graduate degrees, including an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

What Our Students Are Saying

"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

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

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

Kamiya Collins

"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

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

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

Kamiya Collins

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Characterization and Performance is Mel Shapiro, professor emeritus at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

How many classes does it take to complete the course?

The Characterization and Performance course spans six 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 Characterization and Performance 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.