Opus College of Business

Influential Communication

Available dates

Dec 4—5, 2019
2 days
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
USD 1295
USD 647 per day


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About the course

People who can speak clearly and persuasively in any given scenario, on the fly, have a significant professional advantage. Whether you have a natural knack for speaking or not, our program will develop and strengthen this skill.

Knowing how to communicate effectively is invaluable in every industry. Have you frozen when asked for your perspective mid-meeting or in an out-of-the-blue conversation with a colleague at your desk? Individuals who are able to effectively communicate in speak-on-the-fly scenarios have a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. These skills can be learned and applied immediately. Strengthen your communication skills and improve your ability to speak confidently, clearly, and effectively with the Influential Communication program.

Our small class sizes create a collaborative learning environment, and help you get real experience communicating by tapping into your new network of other business professionals and leaders. Sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus. There are no prerequisites for this program.

Benefits of the Program

Plenty of Practice.

Spend two days practicing key communication concepts to gain confidence and ease. By taking these concepts from theory to reality in class, they’ll come more naturally at work.

The Ability to Influence Colleagues, Supervisors and Clients.

When you present your ideas in a clear and concise manner, it’s easier to gain the trust of those around you.

Tools to Aid in Everyday Situations.

These include tools to help you speak well on the spot, lead a high-level meeting, and manage conflict. Our goal is for you to leave every session with skills and strategies you can use at work right away, to influence and strengthen your team.

A New Network of Professional Peers,

which you can turn to for support and advice long after the program ends.


*Module 1: *

Learn how Aristotle’s Rhetoric –clarity, candor and credibility can aid in framing your every-day communication. Practice everything from structuring ideas to making a point and proving it, to responding to difficult situations persuasively. After this session, you will be able to:

  • Speak confidently in difficult situations and convincingly sell a product, service or idea.
  • Organize your thoughts and ideas to clearly deliver extemporaneous presentations in a persuasive manner.
  • Use interesting and relevant examples to story-tell and drive your point across.
  • Explain and present technical information in a simple and understandable way.

*Module 2: *

Shaping mutually beneficial transactions between individuals and organizations requires a complex set of skills. More specifically, today’s leaders must be adept at influencing others and subscribe to their vision. This isn’t an easy task, and yet, it is an essential skill for those who wish to truly make a positive impact on the organizations they serve. By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate credibility and build trust by being thoroughly prepared and committed to understanding the client’s concerns and issues.
  • Develop the core competencies necessary to lead high-level discussions: listening, probing, surfacing issues, clarifying for understanding, and forging agreements.

Who should attend

Whether you are a C-Suite executive or mid-level manager, influential communication skills help you perform your job more effectively. This program helps you perform your current role more effectively or can be a game-changer as you prepare for a new job.

Common program participant job titles include:

  • Operations Manager 
  • Office Manager 
  • General Manager 
  • Sales Professional 
  • Marketing Director 
  • Marketing Manager
  • Director of Finance
  • Project Manager
  • Human Resources Partner
  • Program Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Account Executive
  • Sr. Engineer 
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Brand Manager 
  • Project Manager 
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Analyst 
  • Management Analyst 
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners

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