The aim of this course is to help students have confidence in their unique perspectives and to develop leadership communication skills that fully, creatively, and effectively express their insights. Topics introduced in the required Management Communication course—communication strategy, credibility, storytelling, persuasion—will be further examined, specifically in the context of oral communication. This highly experiential course initially emphasizes deeper study of personal verbal and nonverbal communication habits with the goal of improving them in everyday communication situations. The latter portion of the course emphasizes preparation of more formal presentations. To maximize each student’s ability to tailor course content to his or her own individual needs and interests, classes will meet in a workshop format, and all class meetings will feature some sort of experiential exercise or performance opportunity, which may include personal exercises, cold or rehearsed readings, improvisations, interpersonal role playing, and/or impromptu or prepared presentations.
Academic course objectives:
· Maximize each student’s ability to tailor course content to his or her own individual needs and interests
· Introduce students to theatre-based techniques for developing leadership communication
Elements of the course grade:
Class contribution 40%
Finale (some combination of personal study, writing, and final performance 60%