About the Course
Good verbal communication skills are essential in our professional lives, so that we can deliver and understand information quickly and accurately. Active listening and persuasive speaking are skills that can make or break a career, in addition to being vital to life beyond the workplace; yet most educational and skills-training programs do not help workers gain expertise in this area.
Poor communication skills can have a negative impact on your working relationships, your chances for career advancement, and even your efficiency and effectiveness in your job. A poorly delivered message may result in misunderstanding, frustration, unnecessary delays, or disastrous interactions with coworkers and managers.
Students who take our Two-Way Communication course will learn a variety of strong interpersonal skills, including:
- How to be a good listener
- How to identify communication responsibilities and challenges
- How to navigate, prevent, and resolve conflict
- How to apply active listening to the workplace
- How to manage digital communication challenges
- How to communicate to different audiences
- How to suspend judgment and reflect information back to others
Below is a preview from the mini-course run in summer of 2020, taught by Dr. Gabriel Schenk.
Path Student, August 2020
“These courses are helpful to anyone looking to improve themselves personally and to give one a leg-up on others when looking for employment.”
Two-Way Communication is the second course in our Making Verbal Connections badge. Though students may take these courses in any order, we do recommend starting with Powerful Presentations, then proceeding to the next two courses in the badge: this course, Two-Way Communication, followed by Influencing Your Audience. Students may complete a badge in its entirety or simply choose one or two courses from that badge that most address their professional development needs.
This course is 4 weeks long. Each week, you will have two 1-hour sessions of live instruction, and then 1-2 hours of homework. That means a total time commitment of no more than 12-16 hours! This length of time allows students to fully explore the course topic and develop strong foundational skills without having to commit to a lengthy training program.
Plus, you won’t need any fancy equipment to participate. As long as you have a computer and an Internet connection, you can be a Signum Path student. Our program uses GoToWebinar conferencing software for live class sessions. Through the GTW interface, you can ask questions and submit comments to your instructor. The instructor can also allow audio for individual comments or group discussions, depending on the needs of the course. Video sharing is also available for demonstrations, presenting assignments, and other interactive elements.
This course will also use a Google Classroom that you will access through a Signum-provided email address. In that classroom space, you can view and submit assignments, check the course schedule, and discuss ideas with your instructor and fellow participants.
Two-Way Communication course cost: $225 for individuals / $495 for companies
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