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Communications Excellence

Communications Excellence

Perfect Your Communication Skills to Engage and Persuade Audiences
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Dive deep to master communication details, overcome public speaking challenges, and exude a magnetic presence.
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Go beyond theory and hone specific skills tied to real communication strategies.
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Learn from faculty with real-world expertise impacting audiences in a variety of settings.

About the Program

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.

Program Dates

Program Topics

The Communication Excellence program curriculum covers the following topics:

  • 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
  • Ladder of Abstraction
  • The empirical principles of persuasion
  • Presentation organization: the ladder of abstraction
  • Anticipation and answering disruptive questions
  • The importance of centering 
  • Breath & voice exercises
  • Ladder of Abstraction
  • Create an effective opening for a compelling story
  • How to use all the senses to engage audiences
  • How to organize content and use data for clarity and impact
  • Visual aids and powerpoint best practices for success 
  • How to receive and use feedback    
  • How to provide effective feedback
  •  Understand the differences between virtual and in-person presentations
  •  Best practices for virtual presentations

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Who It's For

  • 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

Cost & Features

Program Fee

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  • Two-day in-person, communication intensive program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business campus 
  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas and Executive Education Faculty 
  • Exercises to identify and develop your personal communication success strategies - suited to you and your business
  • Blend of group exercises and one-on-one coaching 
  • Guided practice and rehearsal components built into program structure 
  • Exclusive networking opportunities 
  • Access to the program alumni community 
  • Communications Excellence Certificate of Completion 
This program counts toward a
Certificate of Business Excellence
Curriculum Days 
Two Days
Leadership & Communication

A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence gives individuals the opportunity to create a personal plan of study structured by our four academic pillars. Participants will earn a mark of distinction with certification from a world-class university, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years.


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Experience the Program

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