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Communications courses including Powerful Presentations, Communication Skills, Strategic Communications in the Workplace, and Project Management training.

Better Business Writing

Use concise, positive language to your advantage. Hone your writing skills into a more powerful communication tool. An interactive approach makes this class extraordinarily engaging and practical. You'll immediately notice the difference from this course.

This hands-on writing workshop helps participants hone skills for writing to target business audiences. The interactive teaching style utilized provides direction on generating written communications that more effectively positions the message and the writer. Participants learn to write succinctly to their readers, declutter their writing, and convey their points clearly, concisely, and positively.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify five elements for creating concise, relationship-driven writing to incorporate into existing writing approaches
  • Motivate a reader by developing effective, audience-driven wording, style, and tone
  • Make writing more effective by reducing unnecessary words, phrases, and thought processes that bore or bog down the audience
  • Reduce writing and rewriting time by organizing thoughts effectively before writing
  • Demonstrate improved personal writing habits through individual feedback received on external and internal communications

Class is limited to 15 participants.

Executive Presence for the Non-Executive

Develop a specific plan for achieving executive presence: learn to project confidence, demonstrate emotional intelligence, command the room, polish your appearance and more as you strive for that "it" factor to help open executive-level doors.

As professionals progress through the early stages of their careers, performance and results often matter most. But moving forward, executive presence -- or lack thereof -- can significantly impact an individual’s career growth. Our introspective and engaging two-day course takes a close look at author Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s three pillars of executive presence: how you act (gravitas), how you speak (communication) and how you look (appearance). Join us to develop a specific plan for achieving the presence which executives admire: learn to project confidence, demonstrate emotional intelligence, command the room, polish your appearance and more as you strive for the ‘it’ factor in order to open executive-level doors.

Completion of a brief, online assessment prior to the course is required; to ensure timely analysis, we recommend enrolling at least 3-5 days prior to course start date.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Define and explain Executive Presence
  • Develop a detailed plan for enhancing your executive presence in terms of your:
    • Gravitas (how you act)
    • Projecting confidence
    • Speaking truth to those in power
    • Demonstrating emotional intelligence
    • Excelling in difficult situations
    • Communication (how you speak)
    • Leveraging DiSC communication styles
    • Speaking skills
    • Commanding a room
    • Appearance (how you look)
    • Polish and grooming
    • Clothing
  • Develop strategies to overcome feedback failures to get honest, productive insight


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Good Grammar is Good Business

Create mistake-free documents and avoid common grammatical errors. Strengthen business communication skills and master correct punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, and spelling. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of English writing and grammar

Learn how to create mistake-free documents and avoid common grammatical errors. This fast-paced, interactive grammar review also covers the latest usage trends. Strengthen your business communication skills by mastering correct punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, and spelling. The instructor, an experienced journalist and author, uses easy-to-follow tips and relevant business examples to highlight the fine points of the English language. Find out how to punch up your lengthy reports or quick emails. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of English writing and grammar.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Create succinct, accurate documents
  • Identify and use the best word choices
  • Construct dynamic, grammatically correct sentences
  • Implement 10 e-mail etiquette tips
  • Write with confidence and clarity

Presentations: The Power to Persuade and Inspire

Build confidence in your presentation style via practical exercises, best practices, and constructive peer feedback as you work to take the fear out of public speaking. Strengthen your ability to communicate with words, visuals, and body language.

The ability to successfully persuade and inspire an audience is an essential skill -- presentations, web-conferences, and team meetings frequently offer substantial opportunities for professional growth and career development. Join us to build confidence in your presentation style via practical exercises, a review of best practices, and constructive peer feedback as you work to reduce anxiety and take the fear out of public speaking. We’ll apply the concepts employed by the ADEPT (Articulate, Dynamic, Engaging, Projecting, Telling) model to help strengthen your ability to communicate with words, visuals, and body language when all eyes are upon you.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Build greater confidence for public speaking
  • Learn how to connect and engage any audience by applying the ADEPT model
  • Describe the do's and don'ts of great presentations
  • Build presentations skills through practice exercises

Strategic Communications in the Workplace

Communication is more than talking and listening. Develop your skills at reading people and see how others interpret your own behavior. Adapt your communication style to increase engagement and create an enduring working alliance among team members.

Communication is more than talking and listening. Genuine communication requires a deep understanding of another person’s perspective. But when you take into consideration all of our biases, behavioral idiosyncrasies, unspoken emotions, and personal agendas, this can seem almost impossible to achieve. The communications assessment instrument called DiSC© helps people understand each other on a more fundamental level. This course develops the skills to read other people and see how others interpret their behaviors. It creates a deep seated appreciation for the needs of their co-workers. Ultimately, the program helps participants adapt their communication styles in a way that creates an enduring working alliance among team members and fosters a deeper sense of organizational engagement.

Completion of a brief, online assessment prior to the course is required; to ensure timely analysis, we recommend enrolling at least 3-5 days prior to course start date.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe the four styles of behavior and describe your behavioral communication style through the DiSC© Personal Profile.
  • Recognize the styles of other people through behavioral cues and people reading techniques.
  • Increase individual and team productivity by leveraging strengths and the strengths of other team members that may have different styles.
  • Determine how others interpret your behavior and monitor and adjust their verbal and nonverbal messages to improve communication.
  • Adapt communication styles based on the situation to improve individual and team communication effectiveness.
  • Develop specific communication strategies that build a culture of alliance and collaboration.