Activities for Persuasive Communicating
Use and modify these activities to show your students that there are endless opportunities to practice and benefit from creative communication.
These exercises can help students improve their arguments, sharpen their language and consider their audience.
This 60-second pitch from Genevieve Catalano is an excellent example of persuasive, succinct communication.
Cellist Adam Hart-Owens provides a useful way of thinking about stage fright. A useful pep talk before undertaking any public speaking activity.
More applications for pitch techniques:
- Assess arguments for essays and debates by presenting them as a pitch: Have them present their essay pitches at a midway point in the writing process, giving them enough time to respond to audience feedback and pivot their approach.
- Use a pitch format to structure study sessions: Encourage students to construct arguments around unit concepts and themes. How would the students convince others that this unit is valuable?
By having students represent their ideas visually, these exercises help them refine and clarify their message.
More applications for visual communication exercises:
- Refine presentation techniques with a PechaKucha-style activity: Students select a topic related to your course. They then present this topic in 10 to 20 slides, with the slides set to automatically advance every 20 seconds.
- Structure creative study sessions using visual presentation techniques: Provide students with 10 to 20 slides containing images and key words and phrases from the current unit of study. In groups, their task is to arrange and present these images to the class in a way that clearly explains the topic.
Use the sales exercise below to help students practice active listening skills and thoughtful dialogue.
Tech entrepreneur Richard Kanee describes the importance of storytelling in the world of entrepreneurship. A useful supplement for the visual storytelling exercise.
More applications for sales activities:
- Combine this with the personal branding activity: How could your students “sell” their personal brand to potential collaborators?