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COM 43 — Enhancing Interpersonal Communication Through Storytelling Techniques

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 15
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 10
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $450
Instructor(s): Marianne Neuwirth
Limit: 26
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on July 4
7:00—9:05 pm
Jun 27—Aug 15
7 weeks
Drop By
Jul 10
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Marianne Neuwirth
Please Note: No class on July 4
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 interpersonal communication skills through the power of storytelling will be the focus of this course. We will examine essential interpersonal skills, as well as 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 basic interpersonal skills and 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. 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.

Grade restriction: No letter grade

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

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

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Elizabeth Ellis, From Plot to Narrative: A Step-By-Step Process of Story Creation and Enhancement (ISBN 978-1935166818)