CHA5410EN - Presentation Skills: Advocating for Change

Course description

Participants will learn to research factual information, gain skill in writing persuasively, hone critical thinking skills (if this, then that), provide oral and written presentations, using a variety of formats and for multiple and various constituencies. Students must have either microsoft office or libre office programs, be fluent in chart, graph, table, as well as text and presentation formats.

How this course benefits students

Most people believe that services, programs for the elderly population are a good thing. Few entities other than the needs based services provided by the government are fully funded. In order to make appropriate changes in existing services or a change in how programs and services are seen and offered, one must be able to know the facts, desired change, how it can occur, what the steps might be, whose part is whose, and to present the information in such a way to achieve buy-in from a variety of constituencies.

Why this course is important

Part of leadership skill in organizations, ministry, volunteerism, and missions is being able to succinctly and passionately communicate a vision that captivates the audience/stakeholders.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Community Health
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Scripture includes description of what change looked like in old testament times and new testament times. Neither was what the people envisioned it might look like, at least initially. Having persuasive presentation skills, aka, the Apostles, related to how customs, practices, and life is to be lived evidencing a change of heart and focusing on the Kingdom.

Missionally driven

In order to be missional, programs and services are designed to be relational, to help the intended recipients (rather than harm), and to be exemplary of His hands and feet to the target group being served. Presentations advocating for change convey the benefit and relevance to the target group(s) being served, the justification (in Kingdom terms) for desired/needed change.

Contextually informed

It would be suicidal to advocate for a change that is not contextually informed by the local, regional, social, financial, spiritual needs and foundations.

Interculturally focused

There are few homogenous communities in middle America; perhaps moreso in developing countries without easy transportation among and between communities. Understanding and applying cultural needs and expectations in the change proces can gain more buy-in, thus more probability of success in the change process/transition.

Practically minded

People are often willing to change if the case can be clearly spelled out how it is to be done and outcomes anticipated

Experientially transformed

Spending time, money, energy on anything should promote transformation. People who use services, participate in a program, use certain products and so on must not come through the experience/process the same as prior to. With a presentation advocating for change, people who hear, see, read should be moved to take some type of action based on the experience.