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Theater Skills for Management

  • Teacher(s):   J.Spencer  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
  •  sessions
  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management

    Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences

 

Objectives

This course is for people eager to improve their ability to connect with, influence, and even inspire individuals and groups, via their spoken communication. In order to reach such goals, working professionals must cultivate a sense of purpose and mindfulness during the act of communicating. Using the studio wisdom of theatre techniques, professionals can enhance their expressiveness, tap into their creativity and promote a sense of ease while speaking in public, by learning how to write and rehearse for public speaking. In this course, the process of communicating will be approached through: analysis and play; dramatic action analysis, improvisational theatre principles and games, and exercises to understand voice production and breath management, for a mindful, energetic approach to communicating. The course will emphasize participation, team work and receiving oral feedback in class. There will also be special attention to the demands placed on speakers for whom English is a second language.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Understand how to write and rehearse persuasive presentations, so as to connect with audiences.
  • Understand how to physically prepare for « stage fright » using breath management, warm-ups and rehearsing intentions to pursue with an audience.
  • Improve capacity to improvise and respond to novel circumstances creatively, rather than with resistance.

Contents

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

1. PHYSICAL PRESENCE

  • Body (Developing Physical Warm-Up)
  • Breath (Learning Basics of Voice Production, Managing Stage Fright)
  • Expression (Co-ordinating voice, mind, body - acquiring tools to rehearse)

2. VOCAL PRESENCE

  • Stand up tall and breathe
  • Resonate and articulate
  • Calibrate and connect

3. PREPARING A PERSUASIVE SPEECH

  • Defining goals / Intentions
  • Writing to Persuade vs. Informing and Analyzing.
  • Exploring figures of speech
  • Storytelling

4. VERBAL AUTHORITY / FLUENCY

  • Adopting oral style : Shortening sentences
  • Using silence
  • Eliminating qualifiers
  • Articulating words / Practicing rhythms of English

5. REHEARSAL - Connecting Preparation and Execution

  • Using body language
  • Verbal use
  • Tactics to achieve goals
  • Presence

6. TEAM WORK - Engaging New Circumstances With Flexibility

  • Improvisation & Creativity
  • Difficult conversations : Role play
  • Text or scenes

References

Links for videos and brief readings will be provided as the course progresses.

Pre-requisites

  • The course will be limited to 24 participants. Students will be admitted to course on the basis of a 500 word, maximum, letter of motivation: james.spencer@unil.ch
  • Students who have already taken Margarita Sanchez's class should not register for this course.
  • The work of this course will be physical - students should come to class in clothes which are comfortable for movement and mild physical exertion.

Evaluation

First attempt

Exam:
Oral 25 minutes
Documentation:
Allowed
Calculator:
Not allowed
Evaluation:
1/3 of the grade: attendance, performances and presentations

1/3 of the grade: written assignments

1/3 of the grade: individual oral examination

Retake

Exam:
Oral 25 minutes
Documentation:
Allowed
Calculator:
Not allowed
Evaluation:
The evaluation in the context of the retake session is a new oral exam (1/3 of the score) and a complement to the written assignments (1/3 of the score). The grade of the semester for the attendance, participation and presentation in class (1/3 of the score) remain valid. The final mark is the weighted average of those 3 grades.


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