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COM 63 — The Right to Speak: Finding and Freeing Your Natural Voice

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 18—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $530
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on May 9
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7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Apr 18—Jun 6
7 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ted DesMaisons
Please Note: No class on May 9
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
We all want to be heard, and we're all scared of speaking up when it matters most: at work, in relationships, and in our families and communities. And that's true even for the savviest of speakers. The good news: you were born with a ready presence and an open voice. It’s in your DNA, a birthright gift for your survival. The challenge: you have almost certainly developed habits, stresses, and tensions that inhibit your fundamental ability to communicate.

In this course, we will identify and dissolve such restrictions by applying the same exercises that famed voice and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg has used successfully with Oscar winners, Olympic gold medalists, and global business leaders alike. We will learn to inhabit what she calls “the second circle,” a physical and attitudinal way of being that promotes grounded confidence, ready connection, and easy charisma. With your body, breath, and voice fully present, your communication gains its natural clarity and power. Students will come away from the course noticing profound shifts in how they move and speak in the world.

This course involves significant participation out loud, with skills building incrementally each week. The more students engage with the assigned home practice, the more benefit they will see.

Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning

Ted DesMaisons is a trained mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor and has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally. He has studied intensively with voice and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg and earned recognition as a Patsy Rodenburg Associate. He co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast on improvisation and mindfulness and is the author of Playful Mindfulness. DesMaisons received an MBA from Stanford and an MTh from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection (ISBN 978-1950373000)
(Recommended) Patsy Rodenburg , The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice (ISBN 978-1350289475 )