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COM 43 — Enhancing Interpersonal Communication Through Storytelling Techniques

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 6—Aug 3
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 19
Unit: 1
Tuition: $260
Instructor(s): Marianne Neuwirth
Limit: 26
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Jul 6—Aug 3
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 19
1 Unit
Marianne Neuwirth
Have you ever wanted to be one of those people who captivates others while at work, during small talk, or while entertaining? Most enticing conversations include stories that bring ideas and experiences to life, and are punctuated with impeccable timing, the right amount of detail, and clear turning points. Strengthening communication skills through the power of storytelling will be the focus of this course.

We will examine the basic structure of stories, the process of streamlining delivery, and approaches to conveying one’s point effectively. By the end of the course, you will know how to shape concepts and accounts into a story structure, and ascertain which details are essential and which are not. You will develop your natural verbal and nonverbal delivery skills that capture attention and respect, and you will learn how to remain calm and poised even under pressure. Fairy tales, movies, commercials, TED Talks, books, and articles will be used as source material. Class members will prepare, practice, and deliver various presentations incorporating techniques learned in class. By the end of the course, you will have an enhanced repertoire of storytelling skills that bring greater ease into your daily conversations, job performance, and interpersonal encounters.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Marianne Neuwirth, Founder and Director, Oral Communication Programs, Menlo College; Communication Consultant

Marianne Neuwirth consults with international executives and with various departments at Stanford, teaching storytelling and conflict resolution, and training researchers on how to communicate their work publicly and conversationally in succinct and compelling ways. She received a PhD in communication from the University of Utah.