Project Description

Employers want professionals with top-level communication skills.

Often rated as the number one most sought-after skill for business professionals, effective communication is one of the most important skills you can hone. The Influential Communicator online course offers opportunities for practice and feedback from experts that will help you take your communication strategies to the next level. In this executive business course you’ll learn the theory of persuasion and likability, strategies for audience analysis, and how to craft influential presentations. You’ll understand the importance of writing for results, facilitating an efficient meeting, and speaking to the point. Professionals taking this course will have the opportunity to improve their skills through real-world scenarios and will challenge themselves to go beyond the basics to make a true impact through communication.

The Influential Communicator Certificate: Online

Format: Online business certificate comprised of four three-week courses. Courses begin the first full week of the month. Attend all four courses to earn the certificate or register for courses individually.

Time Commitment: Three to four hours per week

Flexible Pricing: The four-course certificate tuition is $3,200. Separately, each 3 week course tuition is $895. Those registering for the entire certificate save $380.

Flexible Payment Options: Please take advantage of special discount offers listed below.

We now accept PayPal! Students who qualify for PayPal Credit can take advantage of interest-free offers that enable you to spread payments over several months. If you need an individual payment plan, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

Registering early? We can bill you 2 weeks before class starts. Select ‘Bill Me Before Class Starts’ as a payment option when you checkout.

Is your employer paying for the course? Select ‘Send My Employer an Invoice’ as the payment option to reserve your spot in class and put the employer’s info into the billing address details and we can invoice them directly.

  • NEW –  35% discount for certificate and individual online courses. Use code SAVE35 at checkout.

    50% off – Kelley School of Business alumni

    Discounts are also available for IU staff. Contact Trudi at tkessle@iu.edu or complete the form for promotional codes.

Upcoming Dates:

Spring: February 1 – May 21, 2021

Register Now for Spring

The online business communication certificate is perfect for:

  • Gaining Confidence
  • Face-to-Face Interaction
  • Improved Writing Skills
  • Influential Communication

If you are a business professional who regularly interacts with others through writing and in person, you will benefit from challenging yourself to take your communication skills to new levels. You’ll augment your functional and technical skills with the influential communication strategies that are essential for success in the modern business world.

The online business communication certificate is perfect for:

Is this business communication certificate right for you?

  • Gaining Confidence
  • Face-to-Face Interaction
  • Improved Writing Skills
  • Influential Communication

If you are a business professional who regularly interacts with others through writing and in-person communication you will benefit from challenging yourself to take your communication skills to new levels. You’ll augment your functional and technical skills with the influential communication strategies that are essential for success in the modern business world.

The Influential Communicator certificate will teach you to:

  • Tailor each message to a unique audience
  • Speak with conviction and clarity
  • Design written and spoken messages that get attention and results
  • Build trust in important relationships
  • Exude verbal credibility
  • Enhance your LinkedIn visibility
  • Receive coaching from peers and faculty experts on weekly communication projects
  • Design a communication action plan that flexes individual style

The Influential Communicator Certificate will teach you to:

  • Tailor each message to a unique audience
  • Speak with conviction and clarity
  • Design written and spoken messages that get attention and results
  • Build trust in important relationships
  • Exude credibility
  • Enhance your LinkedIn visibility
  • Receive coaching from peers and faculty experts on weekly communication projects
  • Design a communication action plan that flexes individual style

The Influential Communicator Certificate Online: Curriculum

The Kelley School of Business is nationally recognized for its innovative online programs. This 12-week program is delivered by full-time faculty members from the No. 1–ranked Kelley Online MBA Program (U.S. News & World Report, 2020).

This certificate requires three to four hours of work per week, half of which will consist of a live synchronous session. The program is designed to have maximum career impact and does not end with the last day of class. The class convenes online 90 days after the last session to review the results of your hard work and celebrate the outcomes of this transformative business immersion.

The curriculum is divided into four three-week courses. Each course begins the first full week of the month and runs for three consecutive weeks. Register for all four courses at once to earn your certificate or take individual courses as your schedule allows.

When trust is present in a relationship, work is faster, more efficient, less costly, and more rewarding. But how do you earn the trust of those around you? We focus on ways you can build your credibility quotient with your boss, colleagues, and team members. You will identify your own verbal and nonverbal credibility busters and boosters. You will practice exuding credibility cues that people use to judge your trustworthiness. You learn the Big Five trust factors and ways to build your five. Then head to the studio and record a “tell us about yourself” elevator pitch. Review the recording with your Kelley faculty.

Practice organizing your thoughts (even on the fly) to create clear, convincing messages. Learn to be concise. Explore the common writing errors that detract from your credibility and logical appeal. Practice creating compelling visualizations of complex data. Produce two logical, credibility-building documents (an email or one-page memo and a LinkedIn update). Faculty communication experts from the Kelley School of Business will give you individual feedback on the documents you create. You will practice coaching (another essential communication skill) as you, too, provide feedback to your teammates. Learn from the other sample work and make a plan for improving your credibility.

Being able to influence with or without formal authority is a critical skill for success in the business world today. Learn to use story and emotional appeal to capture the hearts of your listeners and readers. Finish by making an inspirational, emotionally powerful “award” presentation. Review the recording and discuss with your coaching team. Kelley School of Business communication faculty will provide you with expert feedback and tips for improving your inspirational speaking.

Discover your communication style (with Keirsey assessment) and explore your natural communication preferences and strengths. Learn how and when to flex your communication style to align, inspire, and motivate others. Create a communication flex chart that identifies several key relationships in your professional life and ways you can best communicate with those people. Kelley School of Business faculty coaches work with you to create an action plan aimed at enhancing key professional relationships in your work life. Wrap up with a final action plan that will send you back into the workplace with concrete, actionable steps to see your learning transfer to your life. Communicate with success!

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Meet the Instructors

Tatiana A. Kolovou
Tatiana A. Kolovou
Brenda Bailey-Hughes
Brenda Bailey-Hughes
Anna Deeds
Anna Deeds
Andrew Bunger
Andrew Bunger

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