In this video, Professor Barbara Tannenbaum discusses "Effective Communication: The Skill That Makes Good Leaders Great."

Course Description

Powerful communicators achieve more. Excellent communication skills are not innate, they are learned and are essential to maximize the impact of your work. 

This interactive and intensive online four-week program will transform how you communicate. Through live sessions with Brown's renowned faculty member Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum, practice in teams and individualized coaching from experts, you will build on your strengths to dramatically improve your communication skills in every scenario: one-on-one, small groups, large audiences — both live and online. Each week, you will apply key concepts from the course in your own work in real-time.

Distinguished Senior Lecturer Barbara Tannenbaum, Ph.D. has partnered with Brown University’s School of Professional Studies to design this live online, limited enrollment course. This unique program gives you direct access to the highly-effective core concepts, practices and one-on-one coaching techniques/skills that are hallmarks of Dr. Tannenbaum’s academic and professional programs. She has taught thousands of students and professionals how to communicate effectively.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Brown School of Professional Studies upon successful completion of the program.

What You’ll Learn

This course will change how you communicate and how you evaluate others’ communication.

  • Learn the key elements of persuasive communication, including audience-centered communication
  • Gain acceptance for your proposals or ideas by learning how to use different techniques for compelling audiences to take action or change their attitudes
  • Understand the impact of non-verbal, vocal and message elements of communication and manage these elements to maximize your effectiveness as a speaker
  • Find and develop your own authentic style of communication by building on your strengths and embracing your opportunities for growth


“ This program is a focused experience I'm glad to have been a part of. The style Barbara brings to lectures is welcoming & informative, & the feedback I received from my coach Jennifer was relevant & personalized.” PAUL CONSTANTINOU, MSC PHD, IMAX Director, R&D and Hardware Engineering



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