How to Say it Tactfully & Diplomatically (1/12/2013)

January 12, 2013  |  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grade Level: 8 - 11   |  Class Cap: 20

Course Fee: $250 (breakfast and lunch provided)

Have you ever wanted to ask a friend to the prom, but did not know how to say it?

Have you ever gotten into an argument with your teacher, because you had a disagreement?

How should you ask for a donation, when you are not sure how to say it to promote your cause?

How should you respond if you have a conflict on the day of your summer job interview?

At some point, we have all found ourselves in situations that are a little awkward — it’s not always easy to know how to handle communication with others appropriately. In this treasure of a class, you will uncover a series of techniques for handling face-to-face and written communication effectively.

The skills explored in this class can be utilized immediately, and will also be of use in college, in your work setting, in interpersonal relationships and beyond

Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Say the things you want but cannot put into words
  • Make people love the way you say it, even when they disagree with what you say
  • Use techniques to make yourself more comfortable in communication
  • Learn What to Say and How to Say It with tact and diplomacy.


Teri Young

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Teri Young brings a passion for working with high school and early college students and two decades of experience teaching students to think on their feet and communicate effectively. Teri has a Juris Doctor focusing on Oral Advocacy events and Moot Court competitions. After building a career as environmental counsel, she left legal practice to pursue her interests in critical thinking and oral communication, which led to a Master's degree in Communication Studies. In addition to teaching communication studies at several universities and colleges in Ohio and California, Teri has extensive experience as an avid debater, coaching high school and college academic speech and debate programs. She has prepared her teams to compete in tournaments at Stanford, UC Berkley, and across the country. Teri served as faculty at San Jose State University and De Anza for eight years.