A new class offered through North Platte Community College will teach people how to improve their communication skills while boosting self-confidence and overall happiness.
The Business and Community Education department will offer "Unfrozen: Emotional Mastery" from 6-8:30 p.m. March 23.
The class will be taught by Andrea Wenburg, author, speaker and communication strategist. She will teach out of her book, "Unfrozen: Stop Holding Back and Release the Real You," which will be provided to every student.
"I teach practical ways to process and express emotion," said Wenburg. "That can apply to so many aspects of our lives – from our own self-talk to the way we interact in relationships and the type of influence we have on other people."
Among other things, she will help students figure out what they want to express and the best way to accomplish that.
"I want people to understand what it means to have and develop a voice of influence," said Wenburg. "A voice of influence allows you to say what you want to say with confidence, so that you can get what you want or at least have a good dialogue with someone."
The benefits to that, according to Wenburg, include reduced tension, anxiety and conflict and increased respect and engagement.
"It's the idea of being able to make a difference somehow instead of nagging or complaining," said Wenburg. "Instead of expressing emotions in a negative way to get what you want, you do it in a loving way that helps you connect with the other person."
Another positive side effect of improved communication is increased efficiency – something that can be beneficial to everyone.
"There are lots of things we can spend our time on," said Wenburg. "But, we can all gain so much if we make a core change inside ourselves. By doing that, we actually gain time in the end because we are no longer worrying and mulling things over. Everything in our lives is better."
The cost of the class is $49. More information can be provided through the BCE office at (308) 535-3678. Online registration is available at register.centerforenterprise.com.