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WSP 331 — Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback with Ease

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday/Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Feb 3—Feb 4
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 27
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Kate Rubin
Limit: 28
Status: Open
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Feb 3—Feb 4
2 days
Drop By
Jan 27
1 Unit
Kate Rubin
Much of our business communication involves providing and receiving feedback. We are all navigating performance reviews, design sessions, and meetings, for example. However, most of us feel awkward and uncomfortable doing so. What if giving and receiving feedback could happen with ease? Drawing from best practices and research in public speaking, communication studies, somatic work, improvisation, meditative and theater techniques, this course will not only teach techniques and tools for giving and receiving purposeful feedback, but it will also allow you many opportunities to practice. In this experiential workshop, we will begin to break the barriers we have built within ourselves that keep us from being truly present with ourselves and others. We will learn to depersonalize feedback, and we will learn how to give feedback that is clear, direct, and leaves people feeling seen, heard, and appreciated, even if the feedback is corrective. Through lecture, interactive practice, and mock feedback sessions, you will leave this class knowing what to say, how to say it, and how to remain confident, calm, and secure within yourself as you do so.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English. Grade restriction: No letter grade.

Kate Rubin, Actor; Improviser; Public Speaking/Acting/Improv Coach

Kate Rubin teaches public speaking and writing for the stage, and has led “Improv for Better Communication in Business” workshops for several tech companies. She has taught improv and acting at TheatreWorks, Berkeley Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and other theaters. She received an MFA in acting from UC Davis, and is a stage, on-camera, and voiceover actor.

Textbooks for this course:

(Suggested) Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, Thanks for the Feedback (ISBN 978-0143127130)