Communications

  • Strengthens the Power of Your Message
  • Provides Practical Experience Delivering Presentations Across Platforms
  • Focuses on Business Communications

Today’s business environment requires communication that is clear, persuasive, and dynamic. These courses will teach you to deliver presentations in-person and online and represent your personal and/or your company’s brand effectively across digital platforms. Learn techniques to adapt your message to specific audiences and modes of delivery. Try a single class or explore our Certificate in Effective Business Writing .

This semester, study in-person or from anywhere in the world from the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Sharpening Your Presentation and Speech Skills

Learn how to hold an audience’s attention by developing an individual public speaking style.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

10 Steps to a More Dynamic Voice

Master new voice techniques to convey confidence in your voice—and achieve success in your career.

2023 Spring
1 section

Digital Communication in a Changing Workplace

Obtain writing and editing skills that will make you an adaptable communicator via any medium and in any situation that may arise in the workplace.

2023 Spring
1 section

Effective Business Writing

Learn techniques for writing effective emails, memos, proposals, and reports for various audiences.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Grammar Review

Come away from this class with a better understanding of grammar and improved confidence in your writing.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Negotiating for Success: Communicating With Power, Confidence, And Influence

In this course, learn the real-world fundamentals of planning and executing various types of negotiations by applying strategies used by the...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Persuading in Business: Leadership, Public Speaking, and the Art of Effective Communication

In this engaging and experiential course, you will develop the high-performance language and communication strategies used by exemplary...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Strategic Communications and Corporate Storytelling

Learn to craft compelling narratives that match the tone and intentions of a company, brand, or communication campaign.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Professional Writing: Content, Purpose, and Audience

This foundational course introduces critical practices of professional writing, focusing on common documents across digital and traditional formats.

2023 Spring
1 section

Fundamentals of Storytelling

Explore the basic elements of story, and apply them to your writing for more dynamic content, whether for novels or résumés.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to Podcasting and Radio Reporting

If you want to create a podcast or work in radio, learn everything you need to get started in this beginner’s workshop.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Multimedia Storytelling

Multimedia storytelling has the power to provide context and depth to news stories, fundraising drives, marketing campaigns, and personal...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Effective Business Communication

Improve your oral communication in the workplace by learning to speak English with greater accuracy and fluency.

0 sections

Grammar Workshop for Professionals

For many of us, thinking of grammar evokes lists of rules and strange terms like “a nominative absolute.” Yet, we can improve our...

Persuasive Writing for Professionals

We don’t usually think of our workplace writing as part of the persuasive writing tradition that includes literary essays, political...

Speak Up Virtually and In Person

Overcome the fear of public speaking with tried-and-true strategies that desensitize your fears and help you to perform well in spite of them.

Voice and Diction: Unlocking Vocal Power

From leading meetings to projecting influence from the global stage, our voice can be a powerful amplifier of our expressions, opening...

Writing in an Intercultural Workplace

For many of us, 21st century professional life necessitates communicating and collaborating in a global workplace. In this workshop,...

Vocometry: Measuring and Analyzing the Voice

Although it could be argued that our ears are the ultimate way to judge a voice, there are many tools and techniques available to the vocologist...

Communication in the Global Workplace

Thriving in the global workplace requires finely-tuned communication skills. In this workshop, SPS instructor Mark-Ameen Johnson will discuss...

Persuade in Business: Media, Culture, and High-Impact Communication

Persuasion across cultures, media, and technology is essential for professional success in today’s globally-connected business...

Technical Writing

Learn how to write technical information for a range of audiences, from specialized professionals to unspecialized laypeople.

Writing and Grammar in the Real World

Learn how to overcome basic grammar and usage problems, whether writing for work or for fun.

Writing for Self-Promotion and Performance Coaching

Develop the habits of using workplace writing as a tool for self-promotion, professional development, and performance coaching.

Writing with Power: Gaining a Professional Edge

Take your business writing to the next level, gaining skills for improving the style and increasing the impact of your professional communication.

Global Presentations: Words, Images, and Data

Build the knowledge, skills, and oral proficiency to organize and participate in global presentations, including reports, negotiations, and pitches.