Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience
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The Great Courses #ad - Is this ability to connect powerfully and authentically with an audience something you're born with, be learned? As you'll discover in this illuminating and highly practical course, in fact, or are there ways to develop it? Can presence, the answer is an unqualified "yes. The skills of poise, effective communication are well understood, clarity of speaking, and engaging, physical ease in public, and can be practiced and developed in ways that will greatly improve your success in presenting yourself in any setting.

Any time you communicate with others, the way you speak, the way you carry yourself, and the way you interact with your listeners - your presence - is equally as important as the words you say. You'll practice exercises to develop physical freedom and ease, and to expand your vocal resources. You'll learn how to channel nervous energy into effective performance, and how to keep your audience's attention.

Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience #ad - In mastering stage presence: how to present to any audience, Melanie Martin Long, a celebrated teacher of acting and directing, leads you in an in-depth exploration of the skills - and the joy - of performance and self-presentation. Great actors, and to some degree, musicians, and public speakers all seem to have strong presence, this same capacity is something we all need and use in many areas of life, both professional and personal.

With the skills you'll develop, you can confidently step forward as a performer or presenter, offering your best self to the world in any setting.

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Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

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The Great Courses #ad - Chock full of useful strategies and real-world examples, this course is an invaluable tool for developing your effective writing skills so you can better express yourself to others. You'll find the secrets of these and other methods in 24 accessible lectures that immerse you in the elements of successful writing.

. With engaging literary and everyday examples, inspirational prompts, and unforgettable insights, this course is the perfect reference guide for both professional and casual writers. Survey the ways five major literary genres-fiction, drama, essay, poetry, and autobiography-can show you the path to stronger persuasive and critical writing.

Take a step-by-step look at the four major stages of the writing process-researching, writing a first draft, editing, and rewriting. See how the art of rhetoric can help you adapt your writing to different situations. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. The increased awareness of classical rhetoric you gain will go a long way toward making you a stronger writer by calling your attention to the basics of compelling analytical writing.

Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything #ad - Tap into the power of effective writing by developing the fundamental critical and analytical skills that transform your writing from "good" to "great. Regardless of your subject, or occasion, make a persuasive argument rooted in facts, these skills will help you organize your thoughts into a coherent piece, goal, and make responsible use of research materials.

Writing prompts and practice examples will help you better understand how to apply the insights you'll uncover by studying each genre.

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Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

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#ad - As you study the work of over a dozen great screenwriters and several television shows, each story you encounter will use different tools to achieve a variety of psychological and emotional responses. Professor fletcher brings both a personal and scholarly perspective to this craft. There is no cookie-cutter formula for writing scripts and no checklist for what makes a film or television show great.

In the end, tell better stories, you will have gained the invaluable ability to appreciate more films and TV, and write your own scripts. How you decide to use these limitless creative possibilities is up to you. What screenwriting 101 offers instead is an infinitely flexible storytelling tool that has worked for the greats-from Euripides to Shakespeare to Pixar-and a selection of resources to show you how to put it to use.

Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story #ad - Whether you want to write your own scripts or simply gain a deeper appreciation for the great stories you see unfold on the screen, Professor Angus Fletcher is here to show you the way in Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story. In the 24 lectures of screenwriting 101, you will understand not only how to write a script, but how to tell a great story that moves audiences-the goal of storytelling in any medium.

From the redemption arc of the western Unforgiven to the romantic longing of Annie Hall, each story offers invaluable insights you can bring to your own writing-and viewing-experiences. Writing a script is simply another way of telling a story, albeit one with its own special set of possibilities and limitations.

As a screenwriter himself, he has experienced the ins and outs of the process first-hand.

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How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone

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The Great Courses #ad - How to grow anything: food Gardening for Everyone is a practical guide for cultivating fresh produce from seed to harvest. Created by renowned horticulturalist Melinda Myers, these 12 lessons are full of tips and tricks for novice gardeners and green thumbs alike. If you're already a garden guru, beetles, aphids, you can still gain a wealth of knowledge about topics such as boosting the nutritional value of your growing space and eco-friendly methods for fighting pests such as hornworms, and other bugs that might munch on your fruits and veggies.

While starting a garden may sound intimidating to some, nearly everyone can grow a few herbs, fruits, or vegetables. When you grow your own food, not only do you get the freshest produce and the most delicious flavor, you also get a lower grocery bill and the satisfaction of a job well done. And as gardening pros know, a sweet fruit plucked from the tree, nothing beats the freshness of a crisp vegetable right off the vine, or a savory herb from your window box.

How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone #ad - You'll discover how to repair damaged soil, build raised beds, convert grass to a garden, and prevent plant diseases through good watering habits and proper airflow. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Further, you'll get insight into how to design a beautiful garden that will fit your space, so you can feed your eyes as well as your body with your handiwork.

Covering everything from materials and preparation to maintenance and harvesting, this guide provides you with all the practical knowledge you need to grow fresh food right outside-or inside-your home. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

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#ad - Utopian and dystopian writing sits at the crossroads of literature and other important academic disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, politics, history, and sociology. Who are we as a society? who do we want to be? who are we afraid we might become? When these questions are framed in the speculative versions of Heaven and Hell on earth, you won't find easy answers, but you will find tremendously insightful and often entertaining perspectives.

It serves as a useful tool to discuss our present condition and future prospects-to imagine a better tomorrow and warn of dangerous possibilities. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Great utopian and dystopian works of literature delivers 24 illuminating lectures, Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, led by Pamela Bedore, which plunge you into the history and development of utopian ideas and their dystopian counterparts.

Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature #ad - From thomas more's foundational text utopia published in 1516 to the 21st-century phenomenon of The Hunger Games, dive into stories that seek to find the best-and the worst-in humanity, with the hope of better understanding ourselves and the world. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

. Can literature change our real world society? At its foundation, utopian and dystopian fiction asks a few seemingly simple questions aimed at doing just that. You'll encounter some of the most powerful and influential texts in this genre as you travel centuries into the past and thousands of years into the future, through worlds that are beautiful, laughable, terrifying, and always thought-provoking.

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The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

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#ad - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. In a world without artificial lights, the night sky is ablaze with stars, whose patterns tell stories you have heard since childhood. Schaefer takes you around the world, exploring the close relationship that people thousands of years ago had with the sky.

Experience this ancient outlook with noted astrophysicist and historian of astronomy Professor Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Using only their eyes, and their meticulous records have proved invaluable to modern astronomers, ancient astronomers got many things right, helping them calculate the slowing of Earth's rotation and the expanding stellar cataclysms called supernovae.

The perfect regularity of the heavens is the only guaranteed part of life and inspires deep religious and philosophical ideas, while unexpected events such as eclipses and comets incite fear. The remarkable science of ancient astronomy covers notable sites and phenomena such as Stonehenge, the origin of constellations, the Great Pyramid, ancient calendars, Polynesian sky navigation, the Star of Bethlehem, and more.

The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy #ad - Ancient astronomers truly laid the foundation for modern science. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Chart the precise alignment of prehistoric monuments with the Sun and stars, learn how to use a medieval astrolabe, and decipher the workings of an astonishing ancient Greek computer called the Antikythera mechanism, which was centuries ahead of its time.

The sun, moon, and stars are crucial to your daily existence, direction, since they tell the time, and when to plant and harvest.

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English Grammar Boot Camp

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#ad - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. This mastery will enable you to use English more competently and confidently in every context. Grammar! for many of us, the word triggers memories of finger- wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language.

These 24 spirited and accessible lectures offer you a comprehensive core training-a linguistic "boot camp, " by which we mean a thorough immersion in all of the key elements of English grammar and usage, in their most immediate, practical application. The delightful and superbly insightful lectures of English Grammar Boot Camp offer you a unique opportunity to explore the linguistic riches of the English language, usage, and to significantly deepen your mastery of grammar, and style.

English Grammar Boot Camp #ad - In english grammar boot camp, linguist and popular Great Courses professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan takes you on
an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of English grammar. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. In fact, most of the grammar "rules" you think you know are not really rules at all, which is why there is often debate over common grammar issues.

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Writing Creative Nonfiction

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The Great Courses #ad - You'll come away with the knowledge, tools, most important, and, inspiration you need to discover your stories and finally start telling them the right way. Professor mazzeo guides you through the fundamental concepts such as narrative arcs, characterization, dialogue, sentence variation, perspective, from researching your topic to revising your first draft; and the publishing process, captivating beginnings, and metaphor; each stage of writing creative nonfiction, from finding an agent to writing a successful book proposal.

. Whether you're looking to launch into a new professional career as a creative nonfiction writer, start a personal blog, these dynamic 24 lectures are a chance for you to explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, dabble in the genre as a pastime, or simply get inside the mind of a creative nonfiction writer at work, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers.

Writing Creative Nonfiction #ad - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Filled with helpful tips and techniques, memorable examples from well-known writers, practiced, it's a learning experience that proves that - with the right instructor - writing creative nonfiction can be mastered, and engaging exercises, and enjoyed by anyone with a desire to share his or her personal story.

It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write and read everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles. Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world.

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The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life

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#ad - O'connor explains, business, the mental aspects of superior performance in settings where excellence is central-usually sports, but by the science of performance psychology, the work of a sport psychologist is not defined by sport, the performing arts, and high-risk professions such as the military. Learn why it's the only thing that can.

Practice. This exciting research reveals that mental training also can modify the structure and function of our brains, resulting in increased neurological ability to perform a particular skill. In Dr. In the psychology of performance: How to Be Your Best in Life, clinical sport psychologist Eddie O'Connor, Ph.

The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life #ad - D. Shares the best ways for you to reach your personal Carnegie Hall based on the latest scientific research-whether your performance environment is music, business, dance, or sport. O'connor's work and in this course, sport is a lens through which to view the issues of practice, confidence, anxiety, injury, and more-issues that apply to any performer.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. These often surprising research results will make you rethink your own performance strategies, offering approaches you might never have considered and busting myths you might have taken as truth. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice.

We've always known that physical training can reshape our bodies.

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Understanding Investments

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#ad - No matter where on your financial timeline you may be-whether you're just starting out, or somewhere in between-there is no question that improving and enhancing your investment skills can have a positive impact on your financial life and in turn, approaching retirement, your life goals. And investment opportunities are available to everyone.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. What are your most important financial goals? sending your kids to college? Buying a new home? Retiring early? Having the freedom to not worry about whether you can afford to buy a new car or go on vacation? It's your financial resources that are the determining factor in how you're able to answer these and a host of other questions.

Understanding Investments #ad - Taught by professor connel fullenkamp, these lectures clearly explain the various kinds of financial markets, an award-winning educator from Duke University who regularly consults in the world of international finance, the different kinds of investments available to you, and the pros and cons of each.

And few things are as important in determining just what those financial resources are as your understanding of where and how to invest. Investing, and the skills to succeed at it, play critical roles in building and maintaining your financial resources. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises

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The Great Courses #ad - The most important benefit you will gain beyond a toolkit to help you program Python is a set of mental tools that will serve you in every sphere of life. Learning a new language opens a wealth of opportunities. Assuming no prior background in computer science, Professor Keyser's lessons are so clear, carefully paced, and comprehensive that they will appeal to both novice and experienced programmers.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Used book in Good Condition. This course is taught by professor john keyser of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, one of the top-ranked computer science programs in the country. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Even those who use python often will learn new and useful tips that fill gaps in their understanding, clarify concepts that were previously obscure, and broaden one-task tricks into versatile tools. But there's one language family that provides benefits like no other: the languages of computer programming.

How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises #ad - . Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses". These 24 engaging and information-rich half-hour lessons use one of the world's most popular computer language, Python, as a gateway to the universe of programming. Simple, commonly used computer languages that can be mastered easily by anyone provide fundamental building blocks that take the mystery and complexity out of more complicated scripts.

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