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In an era marked by digital communication and remote work, the ability to effectively convey one’s thoughts and ideas through oral communication remains a crucial skill. This introductory online course is a valuable resource for individuals seeking to enhance their communication abilities and become better communicators, well beyond public speaking. This course provides an exploration of the principles and practices of effective verbal communication, equipping participants with the tools to articulate their ideas with clarity and confidence. Through a combination of instructional modules, practical exercises, and real-world examples, students will learn the nuances of active listening, non-verbal communication, and persuasive speaking. Whether you are looking to improve your public speaking skills, excel in job interviews, or simply become a more engaging conversationalist, this course offers a solid foundation for honing your oral communication abilities.
The course also delves into the art of building rapport with your audience, adapting your communication style to different contexts, and employing empathy to foster more meaningful connections. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the power of body language, tone of voice, and word choice in shaping their messages. Additionally, the course explores the role of technology in modern communication and offers strategies for overcoming the challenges it presents. By the end of the course, students will be better equipped to express their thoughts clearly, engage their listeners effectively, and leave a lasting impact through their communication. This course is a valuable resource for anyone striving to be a more effective and confident communicator, both personally and professionally.
Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.
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You will enhance your resume with critical skills.
Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete the Fundamentals of Oral Communication course and immediately enter the workforce.
Pathway 2: Continue your academic journey and earn a degree in Communication Studies, which allows you to increase your earning potential. You can find jobs in journalism, business, marketing, public relations, and more.
Discover the art and process of oral communications in a range of environments and contexts. Using real-world scenarios, learners will utilize research-based tools to analyze communicative situations and develop effective, ethical messages appropriate to purpose, audience, context and medium. You will grow your communication skills in listening, assertive communication, self-analysis, presentations, and conflict management.
The course is $395, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. There are no books to purchase.
Note: due to the course being self-paced, you can register up until March 1 and still complete the course by April 1.
Once you successfully complete the course, you can immediately enter the workforce with newly learned skills. You will receive a digital badge embedded with the competencies learned. You can include this badge on your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or share it with an employer. Students will also receive a certificate of completion.
Students can also convert the course to three credits and continue to an MSU Denver certificate or degree. See FAQs for more information.
Mathew Johnston is currently running for State Senate District 13 as he is in his final term serving Ward 1 residents on the Brighton City Council. During his time on council, he blew the whistle on fiscal mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, recovering over $70 million in water funds. Matt led the charge on council to lower water rates for all residents of Brighton, and he also served as Mayor Pro-Tem fighting to clean up city government, finish projects, and return fiscal responsibility to city hall.
From a working-class background, Matt’s father served as Fire Chief while his mother ran her own hair salon. He earned a football scholarship out of high school to attend Western Colorado University. While in graduate school, Matt worked in the coal mines and power plants of Trinidad, Craig and Hayden to help pay for his education. Matt completed his graduate studies at Gonzaga University and now teaches at MSU Denver. In his free time, he is a varsity football coach at Brighton High School but his biggest passion is his family. Matt’s wife Patricia has been a nurse for almost 15 years. They have two cherished daughters, Olivia Michelle and Maya Marie.
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