How good of a communicator are you? Would you like to learn ways to be more effective when talking with family, friends, colleagues or even those you meet for the first time?
In January, we’ll begin a six week class, How Conversation Works: Six Lessons for Better Communication. Here are the topics:
- How to become conversationally aware
- How the conversational floor works
- How and when to be direct and indirect
- How to navigate face-threatening acts
- How to negotiate professional relationships
- How to maintain relationships with talk
We’ll base the classes on sessions led by Anne Curzan, a Yale grad, and linguistics and language professor at the University of Michigan. Just in the first few classes, we’ll look at how the word um can speak volumes and can even change the direction of the conversation.
We’ll also dive into conversational work, finding out what to do if you’re the only one doing the heavy lifting in the conversation.
Our first class will be January 6 at 9:30 a.m. in room 302 in the Fellowship Building. Class is led by the Rev. Eileen Gilmer.