Leder Executive Certificate in Applied Business Communication
The Leder School of Business' Executive Education program offers professionals in the business community short courses that provide practical, hands-on experience, and focus on skills that can be applied immediately in a work setting.
Open to anyone interested in improving their own communication skills, our four module certificate program is designed to equip you with skills that you can use immediately in your workplace. Each module is taught by a leading industry expert. Complete the entire program or sign up for just one module.
This winter, we will be offering courses that focus on the area of Business Communication. Short courses on public speaking, presentations, business writing and negotiation/dispute resolution will be offered in the evenings of Winter 2017. Each course will be approximately 9-12 hours in length.
All courses will be held at the The King's University in Edmonton from 6:30 - 9:30pm on Tuesdays.
For more information please visit the Leder School of Business website.
Oral Communication Skills
January 10 - 24 (Tues evenings, 6:30-9:30, 9 hours)
In this module, you will begin to learn the basics necessary for effective speaking in public. You will gain an understanding of your speaking voice as a physical instrument, and learn techniques to help make it work better for you. The focus will be to start to grow your self-confidence, and learn physical techniques that enhance your vocal quality. The life of an educated person necessitates being able to teach, persuade, entertain, negotiate, and inspire in a wide variety of settings. This module will give you skills to help overcome fear and begin to find your voice.
Instructor: Lori Mohacsy
Lori is entering her 11th year as a sessional instructor with the Department of Drama at The King’s University. As well as full courses in Oral Communication, she teaches an introductory Improvisation course. Prior to being hired at King’s, Lori worked as a professional actor, singer, and voice-over artist, and has worked in marketing both in the not-for-profit sector and in the corporate world.
January 31 - February 14 (Tues evenings, 6:30-9:30, 9 hours)
We all give presentations on a regular basis, whether we know it or not. Sales pitches and funding requests, as well as project updates and meeting agenda items comprise just some of the many presentations we encounter over the course of our careers. Simply having the right message is not the only determinant of whether or not our presentations achieve our objectives. Rather, our ability to communicate our ideas clearly, tell a compelling story, and convey confidence in our message is highly correlated with how our message is received. How well we do this is in turn a measure of how effective we are within our organizations. How well are you presenting your messages?
Join The King’s University’s Leder School of Business for three nights this winter to learn how to convey your message in a more convincing, more compelling way; and ultimately how to make yourself more effective within your organization.
Instructor: Mike Kluh
Mike is the Program Manager of Corporate Initiatives at the City of Edmonton, and a Strategy and Operations Consultant bringing experience delivering tailored solutions to complex business problems in a range of industries and contexts. He has conducted info sessions for our business students in the past on the topic of crafting effective presentations.
The Practice of Negotiation: Solving Disagreement through Skilled Discussion
February 28 - March 21 (Tues evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm, 12 hours)
The practice of negotiation and dispute resolution involves a fascinating interplay of different dimensions. Typically we are preoccupied by the immediate; “in the moment” things that accomplish results. There is however, far more going on. Negotiation can be a productive discussion if participants are conscious of their philosophical orientation, clear about how they are proceeding and accomplished in their specific behaviors at the table.
Instructor: Bill Diepeveen
Bill is currently the Principal of Bill Diepeveen Mediation Associates, a firm specializing in facilitation, mediation and training. In addition to working for the Government of Alberta Bill has been an active private practice mediator since 1985 with a particular emphasis on multiparty negotiations. Clients have included oil and gas companies, developers, community groups, municipal administrators, elected officials and public institutions. He instructs in courses on multiparty negotiation and mediation across Canada.He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Bill received the Lionel McGowan award from the ADR Institute of Canada in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field.
Power Writing for Business Leaders
March 28 - April 11 (Tues evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm, 9 hours)
In business, the written word is everywhere: reports, websites, posts, tweets, emails and texts. This module focuses on the essentials of clear, persuasive business writing in various business contexts. We examine why writing matters for business leaders, and how you can improve by making deliberate choices to write with purpose, use plain language and edit your own written work. This is an interactive class, with both individual and group work.
Instructor: Stephanie Mitchell As the founder of Telegram Writing Consulting , Stephanie C. Mitchell specializes in words. She helps business leaders and lawyers find the right words, which makes their writing clearer and more persuasive. Stephanie has worked as a journalist at CBC Radio across Canada, and also has a background in law and communications. She believes that everyone can find their voice and learn to write well – with a little help.