Communications Excellence

Haas School of Business

How long?

  • from 2 days
  • online, in person

Haas School of Business


Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with any business school or university.

Full disclaimer.


Comprehensive course analysis

How many participants were promoted within three years after graduation?
How did this course affect participants' professional trajectories?
How many participants got their salary increased within two years after completing the program?
What do past participants have to say about the course?
Individual needs analysis

For a limited time only $40.00 $20.00


Who should attend

  • Senior Leadership and High-Potential Executives
  • Business Development and Marketing Teams
  • Leadership in Nonprofit and Service Organizations
  • Developers and Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to develop profound leadership communications skills

About the course

Today’s leader is the Storyteller-in-Chief. You stand before your colleagues, your board, your investors, with nothing more than your presence, passion, and knowledge. Your leadership brings them to “Yes.” In Communications Excellence, you will become that leader. It engages you on a deeply personal leadership development journey that fosters skills you didn’t know you had.

Master Your Personal Communication Style Define and refine success strategies uniquely suited to you and your business while you build the communication skills to follow through.

Match Your Impact with Your Intent Identify your objectives and learn how to tailor your business communications to get exactly the results you want and need.

Develop Confidence and Presence Acquire and practice effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Use your breath, body, and voice for to maximize impact and presence during your presentations.

Craft and Deliver a Truly Memorable Pitch Learn how to create a memorable pitch, be in the moment, and ignite your audience with a message that is authentic, clear, and powerful.

Learn 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...

Videos and materials

Communications Excellence at Haas School of Business

From  $2,650
Add coaching to your course booking

Coaching can personalize and deepen learning for you and your organization.

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.

Thank you for your application

We will contact the provider to ensure that seats are available and, if there is an admissions process, that you satisfy any requirements or prerequisites.

We may ask you for additional information.

To finalize your enrollment we will be in touch shortly.


Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with any business school or university.

Full disclaimer.

Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.

We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.