Communications

These classes focus on the communication skills critical to success in the workplace. A sample of topics explored are broaching and managing difficult conversations, tactics to deliver compelling presentations, best practices for effective negotiation, advice on managing up and across, and practical skills for writing and editing in the workplace.

Communicating at Work

In a workplace culture overly-dependent on voicemail and email, many of us have forgotten key elements of effective, meaningful, verbal communication. This session explores different communication styles and techniques for communicating with those different from your own.
Cost: $50

Difficult Conversations

This class combines exercises and discussion to help you understand the fundamentals of a “difficult conversation”. Based on required pre-reading of the book Difficult Conversations, the workshop concludes with participants preparing for, and having practiced, their own difficult conversation by leveraging learning-partners.
Cost: $75

Editing and Proofreading

Given editing requires creativity, sensitivity, and solid writing-knowledge, this workshop explores tools for editing your own work and the work of others, while focusing on the science behind writing, through the lens of proofreading.
Cost: $50

Email for Action

Given email is the most popular channel of communication at Harvard, this workshop focuses on writing techniques that can impact how your messages are read and retained.
Cost: $50

Introduction to Presentation Skills

This two-day workshop explores essential elements of effective presentations including: organization, vocal delivery, physical presence, overcoming nervousness as well as engaging and holding the audience's attention.
Cost: $75

Making the Most of Feedback

This session will reference the book Thanks for the Feedback to explore the importance of receiving feedback with a growth mindset and identify triggers that can cause us to shut down. We’ll discuss emotional components of the process and the impact it has on us as professionals.
Cost: $50

Managing Up

This workshop covers tools and techniques to empower you as an effective communicator with your manager, based on the HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across. Topics covered include: style differences, setting clear expectations, and managing your professional development.
Cost: $50

Power, Influence, and Negotiation
While referencing required pre-reading of the book Beyond Reason by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro as well as Roger Fisher and William Ury’s Getting to Yes, participants are exposed to benefits of working with emotions during negotiations and developing win-win solutions. This 2-day class explores theories through readings, video clips, case studies, and practical applications.
Cost: $75

The Power of a Positive No

This session explores challenges behind saying “no” and potential risks, impact, and feelings that prevent us from being honest. Learn how to say “yes” to yourself by identifying what is important and work towards a positive, respectful outcome at work or at home. This course is based on the Harvard Negotiation Program co-founder’s book: The Power of a Positive No, which will be sent as pre-work.
Cost: $50

Writing at Work

This workshop provides tools for making the writing process manageable, the writer more confident, with a professional final product. You will build a toolbox for structuring language and an approach to writing preparation.
Cost: $50

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