The Arts of Communication

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The Arts of Communication (DHP P234m)

FALL 2013

Mihir Mankad
Fletcher School

Today’s leaders must have the ability not only to analyze thoughtfully but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This course is intended to turn you into a more persuasive and effective public speaker― someone who speaks with the ease, confidence, clarity, and modes of persuasion that are critical in today’s corporate, nonprofit, policy, and diplomacy worlds. We will cover a range of speaking scenarios, from podium speeches on values to simulations of a press conference or media interview on camera. The course is intended to help you develop your own personal style by deepening your understanding of the persuasive tools, recommendations, refutations, modes of analysis, and variations in audiences that motivate listeners to turn business, policy and diplomacy ideas into action. Approximately one-half of the course will be devoted to classes that introduce students to strategies of communication and to models of public presentation. The other half will consist of workshops in which students will hone their skills in public speaking. Enrollment limited to 30 students. One-half credit. Fall semester. Mihir Mankad

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