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

Executive Presence for the Non-Executive

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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Section: EXECPRES (12NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 12, 2018 End Date: Nov 13, 2018 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Burman Register
Section: EXECPRES (05DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 5, 2018 End Date: Dec 6, 2018 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Burman Register
Section: EXECPRES (28MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 28, 2019 End Date: Mar 29, 2019 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: EXECPRES (15AUG19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 15, 2019 End Date: Aug 16, 2019 Tuition: $995.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Burman Register

Managing Difficult Conversations and Situations

Difficult situations often arise in the workplace. This course addresses the more common situations and people and identifies strategies for dealing with them. Participants in this course will be exposed to the basic communication strategies that can work across all difficult behavior situations. This will help participants realize that the more proficient we are at managing ourselves the more confident we become managing difficult conversations and situations. Participants will look back at this practical course with a real sense of satisfaction and gratitude! Learn how to have open, robust and fearless conversations.


After this class, you will be able to:
  • Understand how and why we use confrontation language and escalate situations.
  • Create prevention strategies to handle sensitive issues to avoid escalation and recognize problems before they become a crisis.
  • Determine the manner in which they come across to others.
  • Identify and perform the three line assertion communication technique to conduct difficult conversations.
  • Identify the most common types of difficult conversations in their organizations and apply strategies for dealing with them.
Section: DIFFCONSIT (06DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 6, 2018 End Date: Dec 6, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: DIFFCONSIT (10APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 10, 2019 End Date: Apr 10, 2019 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: DIFFCONSIT (25JUL19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 25, 2019 End Date: Jul 25, 2019 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Powerful Presentations: Deliver, Persuade, Inspire

A persuasive presentation requires more than standing on a stage with prepared notes. Whether in a meeting, on the phone, or in front of a crowd of hundreds, we must communicate effectively for our ideas to inspire. Compelling presentation skills earn respect and can take you to new heights in your professional and personal life. In this course, we explore “whole-level” presentations: making use of voice, body language and intellect to persuade your audience and maximize your potential. Rise above the rest with the power of presentation!

After this class, participants will be able to:
  • Identify limiting mindsets and explain the root causes of their fear of public speaking.
  • Build confidence in their presentation skills through their use of self-evaluation, feedback and practice exercises.
  • Enhance their presentation success by engaging in “whole-level” presentations using voice, body language, breathing exercises, imagination, stories and other tools.
  • Maximize the impact of their presentations through development of benefit-oriented content.
Section: PRESENT1 (05NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 5, 2018 End Date: Nov 5, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Vicki Flier Hudson Register

Project Management: Communications Tools & Techniques

Project Communications is one of the most important fundamental activities in successful project execution. Effective and appropriate project stakeholders’ communications is a critical success factor for project managers in meeting goals and objectives. Utilizing standard communication skills, tools and techniques to set and maintain expectations provides a cohesive project environment and a better chance for success.

In this class, students will learn how to communicate effectively in a project environment. Through a combination of role play, lecture, and exercises, participants will hone their communication skills and learn best practices to successfully manage projects.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Plan appropriate communications on a Project
  • Apply common Tools and Techniques to manage project communications
  • Implement best practices to control communications throughout the project lifecycle
Section: PROJECTCOMM (11NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 11, 2018 End Date: Nov 11, 2018 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: John Kailey Register
Section: PROJECTCOMM (06APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 6, 2019 End Date: Apr 6, 2019 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Martin Register

Strategic Communications in the Workplace

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.
Section: STRATCOMM (22OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 22, 2018 End Date: Oct 22, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: STRATCOMM (13DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 13, 2018 End Date: Dec 13, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: STRATCOMM (11MAR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 11, 2019 End Date: Mar 11, 2019 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: STRATCOMM (07MAY19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 7, 2019 End Date: May 7, 2019 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: STRATCOMM (07AUG19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 7, 2019 End Date: Aug 7, 2019 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

The Power of Personal Brand

In this course you will learn what a personal brand is, what the benefits are in having a clearly defined brand, and how to build and manage your own. You will leave with a new understanding of yourself as an individual and as a business entity, a provider of business services. You will also gain an understanding of how to use your brand to promote yourself and/or services. This class discusses the power of having an outstanding brand, something that companies have known and used for years, and maps it onto the individual for increase effectiveness, success and personal power.
Section: PERSBRAND (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register

Your Image is a Communication Tool

Your image communicates messages about who you are as perceived by others and even yourself. You want to ensure these messages are consistent with your character, values, and what you have to offer. In this workshop, you will review the basic ingredients of nonverbal communication, better understand your own “filters,” and learn how judgments are formulated from visual impressions. This powerful information equips you to better understand the messages that you are sending out, and more effectively interpret the nonverbal messages you are receiving.


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of non-verbal communication
  • Identify their own filter in communication
  • Know how to increase positive communications in different environments
  • Be able to use image to strengthen brand professionally and personally
  • Identify ways to create stronger connections in relationships through communication
  • Learn strategies to manage their image
Section: IMAGECOMM (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register