The Art and Science of Effective Communication

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October 19, 2020 - November 2, 2020 (3 weeks)

Mondays at 12 PM EDT

"[In] science, the credit goes to the [person] who convinces the world, not to the [person] to whom the idea first occurs" (Sir Francis Darwin). You're already a subject matter expert, but can you communicate your ideas with influence? In this three-part mini-course, we will explore research-based strategies to make every presentation relevant and impactful. Learn how to connect with your audience, structure your presentation, and build executive presence. Through interactive discussions and exercises, you will develop the skills to communicate effectively and get others to "buy in" to your ideas.

Session 1 - October 19: Three Ways to Make Your Audience Pay Attention
Session 2 - October 26: Closing the Deal: How to Craft the Perfect Pitch
Session 3 - November 2: Advanced Public Speaking Techniques

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Headshot of Steven CohenSteven D. Cohen is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He is well known for helping leaders communicate with confidence, influence, and authority. Dr. Cohen has been quoted in media outlets such as the Financial Times, Slate, HuffPost, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and NBC News. He also was featured in the BBC Radio documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.”

Dr. Cohen’s work examines the communication behaviors of effective leaders, with a particular focus on executive presence. His research has appeared in national and international publications, including College Teaching, Communication Teacher, The International Journal of Listening, and Toastmaster magazine. Dr. Cohen is the author of two books, Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art. He is also the editor of Speaking for Success: Readings and Resources, a collection of essential articles on the art of public speaking.

Dr. Cohen frequently teaches Executive Education courses on public speaking, persuasive communication, and business writing. He has created custom courses and leadership development programs for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Before his academic career, Dr. Cohen spent several years working in the private sector. He was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and later became a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services.

Dr. Cohen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and The National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award.

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 Event Date
Monday, October 19, 2020
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 1:00pm


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