Do you have the presence of a leader? Executive presence is a vital skill in business and life: being able to connect with other people by making your case and communicating genuine emotion, even in the most intimidating circumstances. Whether you’re leading a team meeting or giving a formal presentation to a large group, you can learn to combine your breath, your voice, your body positioning, your passionate belief in what you're saying, and your authentic self so profoundly that people won't be able to look away.
In this 15-week certificate program, you'll learn by doing to refine your public speaking skills and build confidence in your own presence. By sharing videos of yourself presenting and receiving constructive feedback from fellow students and experts, you'll practice analyzing your performance, repeating, and refining your work in exercises and acting techniques specially designed by Cornell Theatre Professor David Feldshuh. It's not about achieving perfection. The core skills, analytical tools, and training exercises presented in this program are intended to position you for a lifetime of development. The better you get, the more confident you’ll feel. And it will show.
Professor of Theatre, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences
David Feldshuh has served as a Professor of Theatre at Cornell University for more than 30 years. His course, Leadership Presence: Acting in Public, leverages theater techniques to train scientists, leaders in education and business, and anyone else wanting to enjoy more effective communication of their ideas and passions. Feldshuh has been recognized as a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell’s highest teaching award.
Feldshuh began his professional career as an actor and director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He then earned a PhD in theater (focusing on creativity and actor training) and then an MD degree, specializing in Emergency Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and spends part of each week as a practicing physician.
Feldshuh is the author of three widely produced plays, most notably Miss Evers’ Boys, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. As an HBO movie, Miss Evers’ Boys received 12 Emmy nominations winning five, including Best Picture.