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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 27—Dec 1
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $375
Instructor(s): Debra Schifrin, Daniel Schifrin
Limit: 26
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 27—Dec 1
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 29
1 Unit
Debra Schifrin, Daniel Schifrin
Please Note: No class on November 24
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 1 or 800, 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.

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.

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.

Textbooks for this course:

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