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Beginners Wanted

by Roz Hertz

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could express our thoughts so effectively that the recipients of our messages would immediately understand exactly what we are trying to communicate? We talk extensively every day but do we really communicate effectivelywith each other? Tere Sievers and Herb Glazeroff plan to teach you how to improve your communication skills.

These examples of inadequate communication on public signs might amuse you. Although humorous, they are confusing and extremely ineffective. A message in a laundromat reads “Automatic Washing Machines - Please remove all your clothes when the light goes on.” Another outside a second-hand shop states “We Exchange Anything--bicycles, washing machines, etc. --why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?” If these signs communicate poorly, you can imagine how what we say to each other spontaneously can be misinterpreted. The two instructors for this course have much combined experience in communication. Tere Sievers has an M.A. from California Family Studies Center in L.A., where she worked for 6 years. She is a marriage and family therapist who has practi ced in Belmont Shore for 25 years. Herb Glazeroff is a retired clinical psychologist who practiced for 14 years at the in-patient unit at Kaiser Permanente, Fontana. He also worked 10 years for the Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitations, taught at Cal Poly Pomona and counseled patients in private practice.

This course combines information from the Great Courses Effective Communication Series with input from the instructors. It will include discussion, interpersonal communication, experiential exercises and videos. Although both instructors have taught at OLLI before, this class will not repeat material from previous courses. The instructors look forward to helping students enhance personal development and they are glad to “give back to OLLI”.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
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