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COM 52 — Presentations: Finding Your Authentic Voice

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Nov 28
Time: 6:45—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Units: 2
Tuition: $615
Instructor(s): Gary Grossman, Lee Eisler-Duvall
Limit: 24
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 21
On-campus course
6:45—9:30 pm
Sep 26—Nov 28
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
2 Units
Gary Grossman, Lee Eisler-Duvall
Please Note: No class on November 21
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. Students 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 help students find new ways of turning nervousness into positive energy.

Each student will present at least four formal and informal speeches, beginning with personal topics and then moving into their 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.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English.

Gary Grossman, 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 education and theater.

Lee Eisler-Duvall , Business Communications Coach

Lee Eisler-Duvall specializes in public presentations, leadership presence, interviewing, storytelling, and improvisation in the work world. Her company, Presence Delivered, focuses on developing each person’s unique voice and personal presence. She received an MS in kinesiology and performing arts from Simon Fraser.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-0-321-81198-1)