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Professional Communication Bootcamp

Monday, June 6, 2016 - Friday, June 10, 2016

Taught by CMS/W Head Edward Schiappa and offered through MIT Professional Education:

MIT Professional Education

Course Summary

Effective communication abilities are often among the very top desired skills that employers look for and value. How have our communication practices and needs changed in the digital age? This course focuses on four specific areas: public speaking, critical thinking, visual persuasion, and audience adaptation. The program will address each of these areas in a three-step process: First, we will identify the specific skills a successful advocate requires. Second, we will answer the question, “What specific challenges has the advent of the digital age brought about?” Third, we will engage in workshop activities that allow program participants to put into practice the principles we have discussed.

Takeaways from this course include:

  • Understanding relevant theoretical and practical knowledge in each area.
  • Understanding the impact of the Digital Revolution on each area.
  • Enhancing one’s communication knowledge and skills in each area.
  • Adapting and “translating” one’s messages across different audiences, especially those with differing levels of scientific and technical expertise.

Who should attend:

This course is designed for engineers and non-engineers who need to talk with each other, any professional wanting to improve their ability to present and persuade others within their organization or outside of it, professionals who need to deliver messages across different media channels and to diverse audiences, as well as professionals who wish to enhance their critical thinking abilities to construct and evaluate claims and arguments with positive outcomes.

Read the full information, including cost and how to register.


Monday, June 6, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
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