Effective Communication

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Notice: This course only has audio. You will download the zipped file and extract the individual lessons. You can copy the lesson mp3 files to any of your devises.

“Effective Communication” is an incredibly practical course. Whether you are writing a memo, letter, newsletter or aspire to write a book, effective communication with determine your success or failure. Lack of effective communication skills can greatly hinder in relationships, ministry, and business. It is essential that you learn how to communicate not only verbally, but in effective writing as well. This course will help you gain the tools necessary to be effective in both areas.
This course is designed to help you get to the heart of your desire and need to communicate well. You will learn what it means to “effectively communicate”, how to harness creativity and critical thinking into powerfully structured thoughts, editing and revising skills, the purpose of “loop” writing, understanding your audience, finding and understanding your own voice in writing and many other tools that will help you become a truly effective communicator.
Impact International School of Ministry is committed to equipping our students in the practical elements of life and ministry as well as the spiritual elements. We want to empower you to live in the Grace of God. We believe that these courses will help equip you to fulfill your call and can supply you with lifelong skills.

May your journey be pleasant and rewarding.

Jane Rucker

Required reading:

“Writing With Power,” Peter Elbow

“Painless Grammar,” Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D.

Recommended reading:

“The Right to Write,” Julia Cameron

“The Classic Guide to Better Writing,” Rudolf Flesch


Course Outline and Homework

Class 1:

  1. Section 1 of required book: Some Essentials
  2. Grammar lessons from “Painless Grammar”
  3. Homework:
    • Write 5 words that describe yourself
    • Grammar worksheet 1

Class 2:

  1. Section 2 of required book: More Ways of Getting Words on Paper
  2. Grammar lessons from “Painless Grammar”
  3. Homework:
    • find a person to complete the 5-word sharing exercise with and write a paragraph about your experience
    • Write 10-line poem starting each line with “I wish…”
    • Choose one set of questions from pp 81-93 and answer them as though you were preparing to write a paper about a topic of your choice.
    • Grammar worksheet 2

Class 3:

  1. Section 3 of required book: More Ways to Revise
  2. Grammar lessons from “Painless Grammar”
  3. Homework:
    • Grammar worksheet 3

Class 4:

  1. Sections 4 of required book: Audience
  2. Homework:
    • Write a 1-page paper on your own judgments and how they affect you in terms of effectively communicating with others.
    • In “Painless Grammar” book, Brain Ticklers 7-10

Class 5:

  1. Section 5 of required book: Feedback
  2. Grammar lessons from “Painless Grammar”
    • Brain Ticklers 11-12
  3. Writing assignment

Class 6:

  1. Section 6 of required book: Power in Writing
    • write 2-page paper telling what you have learned from this class.