Professional Communication

Through interactive exercises and real-time feedback, you’ll learn how to organize a persuasive and motivating message. As a direct result of applying these concepts and using this new lens, you can turn your focus to building consensus, motivating others, and emphasizing your persuasiveness.


Leadership Communication in a Virtual World

This online program provides the tools and techniques designed to enhance personal communication style while challenging participants to step outside of their comfort zone to adapt to the needs of any audience.

Four Sessions – Every Thursday, Registration Closes On
Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM



Jill Abruzese Slye has over 30 years’ experience in business and teaches in multiple capacities across various schools at Harvard University. Her classes cover topics such as the fundamentals of public speaking, advanced public speaking, and leadership communication. Jill is the founder of a global public speaking coaching company, A Sounding Board, LLC. Her many clients include executives and employees from businesses including marketing firms, financial institutions, hospitals, technology and medical device companies, law firms, and non- profit organizations. In 2020, Jill was awarded the Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award and published her book, Reinvesting in your Rhetoric, which serves as an executive summary of what she teaches and provides a takeaway for her clients and students. Most recently, Harvard Kennedy School invited her to be a Public Speaking Consultant.

You’ll learn to better analyze effective communication tools: listening, empathy, storytelling, building rapport, and leading others across the finish line.

You’ll learn to better analyze the tools of effective communication: listening, empathy, storytelling, building rapport, and leading others across the finish line.

By learning to become a better influencer of those around you in your professional life, you’ll better understand your audience and improve your connectivity while engaging your teams and adapting to the changing norms of communication – virtually or in person.

Program Benefits
  • Become a better influencer
  • Understand your audience and improve your connectivity
  • Engage your team and adapt to the changing norm of communication
  • Inspire change within your organization
  • Deploy new skills and identify areas of improvement
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
  • Topics Covered
  • Assessing presentation style through a tried and proven organization, content, and delivery presentation method
  • Developing presentation skills for today’s virtual means of communication
  • Gaining essential skills for persuading and motivating your team to enhance productivity
  • Analyzing the tools of effective communication: listening, empathy, storytelling, building rapport, and leading others across the finish line
  • Who Should Enroll
    This online program is for managers who wish to sharpen their skills of effectively communicating to lead, persuade, influence, and inspire.
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    Interpersonal Communication – Strategies for Executives

    In a world where digital transformation is rapidly changing businesses and how professionals communicate in the workplace, effective communication is becoming an increasingly important skill. Moreover, it plays an essential role in maintaining interpersonal relationships in the corporate context and navigating complexities that may arise due to adopting new technology.

    The Interpersonal Communication: Strategies for Executives online short course from the MIT Sloan School of Management uses research and practice-based methods to improve your communication skills in a variety of contexts.

    Click here to watch a course trailer.


    You will learn about the RELATE Framework, developed at MIT Sloan to support a scalable communication strategy. This dynamic approach will guide you in connecting and communicating with different audiences to achieve effective business practices.

    Yes, this course will help you refine your personal leadership narrative, explore cross-cultural communication, and outline methods for managing difficult conversations.

    This program is for those who want to gain practical skills, improve in their current role, navigate complexities, and add business value.

    About MIT Sloan
    MIT Sloan School of Management is collaborating with online education provider GetSmarter to create a new class of learning experience — one that is higher-touch, intimate, and personalized for the working professional. The MIT Sloan School of Management is one of the world’s leading business schools, emphasizing innovation in practice and research, with a mission to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world, and to generate ideas that advance management practice. The school’s focus on action learning means that students are able to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world business settings. Through its collaborative spirit, MIT Sloan welcomes and celebrates diverse viewpoints, creating an environment where new ideas grow and thrive.
    What Is MIT Sloan Executive Education?
    MIT Sloan Executive Education offers nondegree executive programs led by MIT Sloan faculty to provide business professionals from around the world with a targeted and flexible means to advance their career development goals and position their organizations for future growth. By collaborating with GetSmarter, a leader in online education, MIT Sloan Executive Education is able to deliver its executive programs through a dynamic, interactive, digital learning platform.
    Who Should Take This Course?

    This program is aimed at senior managers, executives, and business leaders looking to build their communication abilities to meet the needs of an increasingly complex, digitized world, both in person and online.

    This includes technical leads who want to improve their interpersonal skills to match their practical expertise, as well as managers and HR professionals who want to communicate better with their teams in general. This program is relevant to entrepreneurs and business owners who need to engage with a wide range of stakeholders or who are moving into a new market.
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    University of Pennsylvania: Improving Communication Skills

    Learn how to communicate more effectively at work and achieve your goals. Improving Communications Skills is an introductory course designed to give you the tools you need to improve your communication skills and the most successful strategies for using them to your advantage. You’ll learn how to discover if someone is lying (and how to react if they are), how to develop trust, the best method of communication for negotiation, and how to apologize.

    You’ll also learn when to, how to create persuasive messages, ask thoughtful questions, engage in active listening, and choose the suitable medium (face-to-face conversation, video conference, phone call, or email) for your messages. By the end of the course, you will develop the critical communication skills you need to get ahead in business and life.


    Yes, you will learn how to determine which communication approach is best to used based on different situations.

    Yes, you will explore how to gain and build trust to develop cooperation and understand why this is critical to improving communication.

    Flexible Deadlines

    Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule

    Shareable Certificate

    Earn a Certificate upon completion of the course

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    Beginner Level

    Perfect for professionals looking to advance their careers

    Approx. 10 hours to complete

    The perfect amount of time for those with busy schedules


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