Effective Business Communication—Online

Learn how to motivate, persuade, and influence by using communication frameworks, expert coaching, and practice.


New Program Coming in 2022

Whether you're pitching a new idea, selling to potential clients, soliciting donations, motivating teams, or trying to influence colleagues, conveying your ideas effectively requires superb communication skills. Even the most logical, sensible, and rational ideas can fail if they’re expressed poorly, unclearly, and unconvincingly. Effective communication can't be learned from a book, and everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. This program combines theoretical frameworks with coaching to meet you where you are and to boost your technique through practice, feedback, and guidance tailored to participants.  

By attending, you'll...

  • Explore proprietary communication frameworks designed to motivate and influence clients, colleagues, and stakeholders
  • Discover powerful narrative structures, storytelling guiding principles, and simple tools to lift your planning and performance 
  • Practice how to project executive presence in-person and online, and to identify and deploy your “superpower” to articulate the value you bring
  • Learn how to prepare smarter for presentations and pitches, and how to craft a message that will resonate across different media, from emails to white papers to one-on-one meetings   
  • Deploy your presentation skills in a risk-free environment, with personalized feedback and coaching
  • Deepen your knowledge by putting learning into practice with real-world experimentation, observation, and reflection
This program is an excellent fit for managers who seek to improve their interpersonal communication skills while working directly with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders. It is particularly suited to leaders and emerging leaders across various industries and functions, including operations, sales, business development, technology, marketing, and relationship management.

Hal Weitzman

Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science

Hal Weitzman is executive director for intellectual capital at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He is editor-in-chief of Chicago Booth Review and host of The Big Question, Booth's monthly video panel discussion series. He was a reporter and editor at the Financial Times from 2000 to 2012, the last seven years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Chicago. As well as the FT, his reporting has appeared in The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, Slate and Politico.

Hal's experience in South America formed the basis for his 2012 book, Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering. His time as a reporter in Chicago led him to write 'Chicago's Decade of Innovation, 1972-1982', a chapter covering the development of financial derivatives, which was published in the 2010 book Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth.

Hal grew up in Wales. He was an undergraduate at Leeds, gained a master's at Oriel College, Oxford, and was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

His interests include rugby, tea, and gardening.


Upcoming Courses

2022 dates coming soon.

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