Executive Certificate in Business Communication

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Today’s business world is interconnected and highly collaborative 

In business, good communicators are able to grab attention, motivate action, and create lasting impact. Meet the demands of today’s business environment by advancing your communication skills by earning our Executive Certificate in Business Communication. Whether you’re a rising manager vying for a promotion or a small-business owner trying to grow your client base, this certificate program fits the needs of a wide range of professionals with different industry backgrounds, and can help you grow your network for the future.

Through a dynamic curriculum, you will develop skills to captivate your audience, communicate as a leader, advocate for yourself in a business context,  provide constructive feedback, and maximize efficiency in the workplace. You will also learn how to make your presentations and public speaking engagements impactful and motivational, ultimately driving your bottom line.

Our courses are developed by diverse faculty and industry leaders with expertise in a wide range of business disciplines. In addition to expanding your skillset, the Executive Certificate enhances your resume, creates leverage for promotions, and better prepares you for salary negotiations.

The Executive Certificate in Business Communication consists of three, three-day courses. Participants may choose to register for face-to-face or blended virtual delivery formats:

**While these courses may be taken in any order, we strongly encourage students to take Public Speaking for Professionals as the last course in the Business Communications certificate. This course serves as the certificate capstone, and students will complete a final presentation that ties together all courses in the Business Communications certificate program.

Learn to speak, write and present confidently with the Executive Certificate in Business Communication from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Team Communication and Conflict Management

Strengthen your ability to build trust and rapport, allowing colleagues to feel heard and valued by actively improving your interpersonal communication skills. In this course, you will learn concrete strategies built from the pillars of self-awareness, empathy, inquiry, and expectation management based on insights from behavioral and organizational sciences. Engage in a communication competence self-assessment and learn about the dynamic elements of interpersonal interactions. This foundational course will help you more adeptly engage in constructive dialogue practices.

This course prepares participants to:
  • Navigate difficult conversations and give and receive constructive feedback;
  • Employ active listening methods;
  • Promote trust in workplace interactions; and
  • Identify personal communication strengths and weaknesses.


Written and Visual Communication

Advance your ideas by constructing a compelling written and visual message. In this course, you will learn to apply basic principles of storytelling, narrative, and design literacy to create captivating presentations that hold your audience’s attention.

This course prepares participants to:
  • Incorporate design literacy into professional presentations;
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of effective design communication;
  • Deliver strategic business-focused writing through the use of words and images;
  • Utilize storytelling and narrative in your writing; and
  • Advocate for yourself and others through written and visual media.


Public Speaking for Professionals

Realize the power of your own voice and how to share information and ideas with confidence! The Public Speaking for Professionals course will help you to develop new strategies to inform and persuade a variety of audiences. You will be guided through the step-by-step process to craft and deliver a short presentation on Day 3 allowing you to receive quality feedback from peers and instructors.

This course prepares participants to:
  • Manage public speaking anxiety;
  • Convey confidence through tone, voice, and body language; and
  • Structure clear and concise presentations and persuasive pitches for both in-person and virtual speaking engagements.