Communications Excellence

Haas School of Business

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Haas School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Senior leadership executives and high-potential professionals in Business Development, Sales, and Marketing Teams
  • Professionals in leadership roles at Nonprofit and Service Organizations
  • Web Developers and Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to develop profound leadership communications skills

About the course

Leadership and communication are imperative for today’s executive. Whether it be in meetings, town halls, or presentations, the day-to-day of a modern business leader is enmeshed with moments of interpersonal communication. The Communications Excellence program equips you with a guidebook on effective communication that will activate your inner confidence as a leader and empower you to influence business. Throughout this communication skills training, you will discover the importance of communication skills and its relationship to powerful leadership, which will empower you to ditch your fear of public speaking and develop your presentation skills.

Transcend elemental business communication to excel as a business leader and deliver palpable results.

Join us at the Berkeley Haas campus for our two-day in-person training or choose the flexible Exec Ed Lab; a virtual three-day learning experience that maximizes interaction and collaboration with faculty and groups - wherever you are.

Evolve Your Personal Communication Style

Develop personal success strategies to advance business communications uniquely suited to you and your business. Build effective communication skills to use together with active listening.

Interact with Clear Intent

Identify your business goals and learn how to tailor your communications through verbal, nonverbal, or communications tools, such as presentations and PowerPoint, to deliver results.

Establish Your Confidence and Leadership Presence

Leverage your breath, body, and voice to maximize your impact and presence during your business communications and presentations. Through excessive practice, you will master how to seamlessly integrate each element of effective communication.

Craft and Deliver a Truly Memorable Pitch

Learn how to create a memorable pitch that articulates your message and connects your audience with a message that is authentic, clear, and powerful.

Master Advanced Presentation Skills

Recognize when something is not working and know instantly how to fix it by making internal and external adjustments based on high-level skills you rehearse and practice.


The Communication Excellence program curriculum covers the following topics:

TOPIC 1 | The Science of the Message Part 1: Verbal & Nonverbal Skills

  • Principles of persuasive storytelling
  • Negotiation to add value and as a relationship-building tool
  • Fundamental concepts to use in every negotiation
  • Psychology of negotiation
  • Common negotiation mistakes

TOPIC 2 | The Science of the Message Part 2: Focus on Brain, Breath & Body

  • The empirical principles of persuasion
  • Presentation organization: the ladder of abstraction
  • Anticipation and answering disruptive questions
  • The importance of centering
  • Breath & voice exercises

TOPIC 3 | Persuasive Storytelling Strategies: Using the Senses

  • Create an effective opening for a compelling story
  • How to use all the senses to engage audiences

TOPIC 4 | Persuasive Storytelling Strategies: Using Data

  • How to organize content and use data for clarity and impact
  • Visual aids and powerpoint best practices for success

TOPIC 5 | Giving & Receiving Feedback

  • How to receive and use feedback
  • How to provide effective feedback

TOPIC 6 | Virtual Pitch Skills

  • Understand the differences between virtual and in-person presentations
  • Best practices for virtual presentations


Adam Leipzig

Education B.A. Literature, Yale University, 1979 Coro Foundation, Fellow, Arts and Public Policy Positions Held At Haas since 2013 2015 – present, Special Creative Advisor (formerly COO), CreativeFuture 2013 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business 2013 – present, Faculty, Chapman...

Penny Kreitzer

Penny Kreitzer has been Voice and Dialogue Coach on Academy Award nominated documentaries “Promises” and “Regret to Inform”. As a professional, award-winning actress Penny has performed at many theatres in the US including the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The American Conservatory Theatre in th...

Richard Freishtat

Richard Freishtat serves as Senior Consultant in the Center for Teaching and Learning at UC Berkeley, where he designs and delivers a full range of enrichment initiatives and consultation services to the 2000+ faculty across campus. In addition to teaching in the Executive Education program at Be...

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