Imagine this: You just had a role in a summer blockbuster. You’re living your dreams in Los Angeles. For alumnus Caleb Hearon, this is reality. Hearon, an actor, comedian and writer, recently had his big-screen debut as CIA agent Jeremy Bernier in “Jurassic World Dominion.” This is the latest in a line of successes, including auditioning for “Saturday Night Live,” writing … [Read more...] about “Comedy is the most magical thing in the world:” Alumnus finding success in L.A.
Dr. Stephen Spates’ research may help those who struggle with working in teams. Spates, interim head of the communication department at Missouri State University, studies groups to understand how people navigate their differences to work as a team. “I focus on workplace relationships when they’re good and when they’re not so good. That becomes the umbrella for my research,” … [Read more...] about Finding common ground through tough conversations
At some point in our lives, many of us will have to give a talk to a large group of people. What does it take to be a highly effective public speaker? How can you improve your public speaking skills? How can you overcome a fear of speaking in public? What does it take to give a very interesting and engaging public talk? Dr. LeAnn Brazeal, associate professor and director of … [Read more...] about Five things you need to be a highly effective public speaker
As President Joe Biden wraps up his first year in the White House, he has held fewer news conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors at the same point in their presidencies, and has participated in fewer media interviews than any of his recent predecessors. What impact does this have on his administration? After all, Biden vowed to have the most transparent … [Read more...] about What’s the effect of President Joe Biden’s low number of news conferences?
Whether you’re a CEO, public relations professional, truck driver or preschool student, you are always communicating. Intentionally or not. Verbally or nonverbally. You have the skill the moment you enter the world. Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher, director of graduate communication studies at Missouri State University, sets her target on competent communication to help others improve … [Read more...] about How to move the needle in collaborative task forces