Many of us are not naturally at ease in front of an audience.

To stand out in the workplace, we must show our listeners that we can communicate an important message with clarity and conviction. We must put our worries to the back of our mind and focus solely on the opportunity at hand.


Why you should attend

  • Explore the basics of public speaking.
  • Learn how to present your ideas more effectively.
  • Improve your ability to deliver memorable and motivating messages.

Program highlights

  • Explore key elements of successful workplace presentations.
  • Develop a compelling informational briefing through individual and group exercises.
  • Learn how to forge emotional connections with listeners and speak with confidence.


Courses are held in Room 201 at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Harbor East campus, located at 100 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Check-in and breakfast for this course is from 8:30-9:00am each day. The seminar begins promptly at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm. 

Space is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to the first day of class, if seats are still available.


This program serves individual contributors and managers who want to improve their workplace presentation skills. It is especially appropriate for business leaders, faculty/staff members, consultants, salespeople, and project managers who regularly deliver workplace presentations. Participants in both public-facing and internally-oriented roles will find this program directly applicable to their professional endeavors.


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Steven D. Cohen

Assistant Professor & Academic Program Director for Executive Education, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Dr. Steven Cohen is a leading expert on persuasive communication and effective presentation skills. He is an accomplished scholar and dynamic trainer who has brought research-based insights to clients in a wide range of industries. Dr. Cohen is well known for helping leaders and professionals speak with authority, confidence, and influence. He has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, Huffington Post, Inc., and New York Magazine and was featured in the BBC Radio documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” He holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Dr. Cohen’s scholarly interests include persuasive speaking, workplace presentations, and public speaking training. 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. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cohen was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and later became a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services. 


$3800 for the 3-day seminar. This fee includes materials, gourmet breakfast and lunch and on-site garage parking.

JHU employees can submit for tuition remission for the entire cost of the course. JHHS employees receive a 20 percent discount on all seminars. 

The new JHU tuition remission form is available online here. Please return completed forms to


Program Dates:  November 6, 7, 9, 2017. Register now
                           December 4, 5, 7, 2017. Register now.
                           March 5, 6, 8, 2018. Register now
                           May 9-11, 2018. Register now.
                           August 20-22, 2018. Register now.
                           November 7, 8, 9, 2018. Register now.

To cancel or transfer your registration, please write to Registrants who do not cancel and do not attend the program will not receive a refund.

JHU employees should refer to the Non-credit Courses section of the Tuition Remission policies (available on the JHU Benefits page) regarding cancellation policies. Registrants not employed by JHU must notify the Office of Executive Education of cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program in order to receive a full refund.