Svc Corporate Communication class plays golf to improve communication skills Latrobe, Pennsylvania-‐ 28 September 2009 Saint Vincent College students in the McKenna School’s Corporate Communication class have the chance to improve their communication skills in an unusual way. Most students give public speeches and present oral reports but not the students in Jennifer Miele’s class. On Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 PM, they have to play a round of golf blindfolded! Before the golf game begins, the class, made up of twenty students of various majors, will take a personality quiz. This quiz will determine which of two groups they will join—“The Introverts” or “The Extroverts.” The extroverted students find it easy to verbalize their thoughts and are well suited for interpersonal communication. The introverted students are those students who are more comfortable with writing rather than speaking. Each member of the Extroverts will be paired with a member of the Introverts to play golf. During the round of golf, the Extroverts will putt first. Since they will be blindfolded, their Introvert partner will have to verbalize instructions on how to putt the ball. In addition, the Introverts have to putt too, but when they are blindfolded, the rules reverse. The Extroverts have to lead them to make the putt, but they are not permitted to speak. They have to physically move and guide their partner to making the putt. The team with the best of three tries wins. The goal of the exercise is to improve communication skills and it will not be easy for those students who rely on their normal strength. The student must improve his or her weaker communication skills to become an overall successful communicator, since successful communicators are successful business people. Jennifer Miele is an adjunct professor in the McKenna School at Saint Vincent College in addition to being WTAE’s Westmoreland County Bureau Chief. Saint Vincent College is a Liberal Arts College located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The McKenna School provides a challenging curriculum that addresses contemporary issues and professional needs as well as the enduring concerns of human experience.