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COM 66 — Think on Your Feet: An Improviser’s Guide to Business and Communication

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 22—May 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 24
Unit: 1
Tuition: $375
Instructor(s): Debra Schifrin, Daniel Schifrin
Limit: 25
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 22—May 20
5 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 24
1 Unit
Debra Schifrin, Daniel Schifrin
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The skill of thinking on your feet is no longer optional in the workplace; it is mandatory. In this interactive, improvisation-based communications course, you will learn and practice skills for handling the unexpected with calm, grace, inclusiveness, and humor. You will increase your agility, grow your confidence in unpredictable situations, and learn critical new skills and mindsets. These include: being more present and open to surprising ideas; cultivating a mindset of curiosity; and engaging with your audience with energy, commitment, and delight. Whether you are in front of an audience of one or eight hundred, you will learn how to prevent missteps and imperfections from derailing you. The course will reveal the ways spontaneity and thinking on your feet can be joyful, and how play and humor can be game-changers in creating an authentic and positive connection with your audience. The course will include a blend of interactive activities in breakout rooms, targeted debriefs, group discussions, and mini-lectures. By taking time to practice these techniques in a supportive and encouraging environment, you will come out of this course a stronger and more intuitive communicator.

This course is not a theater-performance course; no theater or improv experience is necessary. Please note that class sessions will not be recorded.

Debra Schifrin, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Debra Schifrin teaches a course she co-designed, Stanford GSB’s improvisation-based management course—one of the only such courses in the world. She also leads corporate trainings courses and workshops on communications, leadership, and collaboration. A former National Public Radio reporter, she has performed and taught improv for fifteen years. She received an MBA from Harvard.

Daniel Schifrin, Journalist; Playwright; Fiction Writer

Daniel Schifrin has taught creative writing at UC Berkeley and SF State, and served as writer-in-residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. His fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and he is the author of the plays Sweet and Sour, String Theory, and At Rise. He received the 2016 Wilner Award in Short Fiction.