How do humans use speech to make change, and how can focusing on audience attention increase your communication skills, both oral and written? In this entry-level course we will practice oratory first as speakers, then as peer coaches, and finally as partners collaborating with Vermont organizations that seek to empower and motivate others. We will use practices developed at Middlebury in Oratory Now’s coach training program, the physical education course, OratoryX, and the new Remote Oratory Coaching service for live and recorded online presentations. Short readings and viewings support this immersive, engaged learning project.
Roughly one month of skill development, one month of research and project design in collaboration with partner organizations, two weeks of project delivery, two weeks of evaluation, reflection, and debrief.
Co-creation of a series of workshops that enable an organization to improve both online and in-person presentations. Workshops designed to improve video testimonials, with follow-up feedback delivered via Video Annotation. Culture/community building programming held via Zoom.