Communication Skills
Professional Certificate
College of Liberal Arts
Program Contact Kelly Martin
Professional Certificate

Everyone tells stories—that’s how we build community and share ideas. However, we don’t always communicate our story as effectively as we intend to.

Communication in the workplace may take the form of business writing, email communications, in-person discussions, non-verbal communication, public speaking, and even telling stories.

The Communication Skills Professional Certificate program focuses on effective business communication skills employers value most, from crafting a powerful story to creating impactful presentations and using tools for public speaking.

In this program, you will learn about:

  • The elements of effective stories and communication strategies, plus how to use them in the workplace
  • How to use active listening and understand various communication styles to build rapport
  • How to tailor your messaging to a defined target audience
  • How to apply basic elements of the speech communication process
  • How to craft a clear and impactful speech
  • How to utilize best practices for presenting quantitative data using images
  • How to incorporate basics of visual design with effective presentation skills

What you’ll learn:

  • How to craft messages and narratives that will resonate with your target audience to create your desired outcome
  • How to use simple tools and skills to prepare and deliver memorable presentations
  • How to use impactful images to enhance your presentation, communication, and messaging to impress your audience
  • Price $597 ($199 per offering) for verified track. No charge for audit
  • Duration

    3 offerings

    3 weeks per offering

  • Offerings
  • Job Outlook
    • According to Burning Glass Labor Insights data, communication is the #1 requisite skill sought after by employers, and writing and presentation skills are in the top 10.
    • GMAC Recruiters reports that oral and written communication and presentation skills are among the top 5 sought after skills by employers looking for management roles
    • According to Burning Glass Technologies, writing and communication skills are scarce, and in demand across nearly every occupation, even in technical fields.
  • Career Impact

    "To remain competitive in today’s environment, it’s no longer enough to build your organization with specialized, highly skilled professionals. To be considered high-performing, those people must also be well-rounded: great at building productive relationships, excellent internal and external customer service providers, critical thinkers, strategic planners, and—above all—expert communicators. This new paradigm has created a skill gap in the workplace. The Communication Skills Professional Certificate program provides the tools to fill this gap and help professionals take their skills—and their career—to the next level."

    Mark F. Buckley, V.P. Environmental Affairs, Staples

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