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COM 52 — Presentations: Find Your Authentic Voice

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jan 18—Mar 15
Time: 6:45—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 20
Units: 2
Tuition: $755
Instructor(s): Lee Eisler-Duvall, Gary Grossman
Limit: 24
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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6:45—9:30 pm (PT)
Jan 18—Mar 15
9 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 20
2 Units
Lee Eisler-Duvall, Gary Grossman
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Each person has a unique speaking voice. This experiential workshop uses business coaching and acting techniques to help speakers unlock their natural talents and find their authentic voice. You will learn to claim the stage, project a sense of presence, and most of all, truly engage an audience. The course will offer a lively combination of speech mapping and writing techniques, as well as skill-building vocal and physical exercises that will help you find new ways of turning nervousness into positive energy. You will present at least three formal and informal speeches, beginning with personal topics and then moving into your specific areas of interest. Step by step, you will accumulate the eight tools of great delivery, adding dynamics through such elements as story, metaphor, vocal tone, and the use of space. Rehearsal techniques that allow you to truly know your material (without memorizing it) will be rigorously practiced. In this course, you will discover an engaging way of speaking in your authentic voice.

Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English is required.

Founder, Presence Delivered

Lee Eisler-Duvall specializes in public presentation, storytelling, and improvisation in the work world. Her company focuses on developing each person’s unique voice and personal presence. She has been a professor at Cal State Long Beach and Simon Fraser University.

Independent Theater Professional; Coach; Educator

Gary Grossman is the senior presence coach at Presence Delivered and has taught theater and improvisation at Academy of Art University, San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, and the Marin Shakespeare Company. He received an MFA in theater from Cal State Long Beach.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.