Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 05.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kai Bäckström

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

II 2018–19 (autumn) and III 2018–19 (spring) Töölö campus
II 2019-2020 (autumn)

Twice per year

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completing this course, the student will have a better understanding of their strenghts as peformers, and how to further enhance their skills. The overarching goal is for the student to find confidence and enjoyment in business presentations or when pitching ideas.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

While the buzz seems to be about the digital, human interaction and making presentations is as important as ever. At the same time, very few people feel at ease speaking in public. Most of this awkwardness is caused by lack of experience and irrational fear of the unknown. But fear not, this is were practise comes in.

During the workshops of this course, the students will be studying and developing their performance skills in a safe environment, with the help of exercises more commonly used by actors. Attendance is compulsory to all eight (8) workshops, exceptions only if agreed upon.
This course is for everyone - come as you are, and we’ll work from there. No prior experience in public speaking nor acting/performing is needed.
The workshops are highly “learning by doing” consisting of basic acting excercises and discussions. The students need to prepare for some of the workshops by rehearsing a speech or a presentation.
The written assignments consist of written reports on articles and self-reflective essays. Finally, the student combines her findings in a final paper.

The teacher, Kai Bäckström, graduated from Svenska Handelshögsskolan in 2007 (M.Sc., Economics) and from the Theatre Academy in 2012 (M. Arts, Acting). Upon graduation he has acted in more than 10 theatre shows and 6 tv-series across country.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Active attendance in lectures. Attendance compulsory. Compulsory course assignments (100%).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  1. Workshops (40 h)
  2. Preparation for workshops (60 h)
  3. Assignments and learning diaries (60 h)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Compulsive pre-reading: Meyers and Nix (2012) “As we Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have it Stick”. Atria Paperback: London.


A book in rhetorics to be specified.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces course 23E87000 Performing in work life and 42E00800 Meet the Stage: Public Speaking and Interaction Skills.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Good English language skills (for English speaking group).

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WedOodi. Check registration time in WebOodi. The registration is committed, by registering in Oodi student is committed him/herself to participate all meetings.

NOTE: Mention your group of priority upon registration.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of students admitted to the course is restricted to 28 (14 per group). Priority is given to (1) Aalto students studying in MSc Program of Marketing, (2) CEMS-students (max 2 per group), (3) Aalto Degree students and (4) others.

NOTE: Students are required to write own group of priority to further information field of course registration!


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