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Become a stronger communicator with upcoming learning opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about big changes in how we work and increased stress levels. Key to navigating this new normal together is clear, respectful communication. If you’ve been struggling to build connections, express yourself, or articulate your point of view — or if you’re simply ready to build new professional skills — check out these upcoming learning opportunities.

Live virtual classes

MS PowerPoint: Dynamic Presentations
May 12 and May 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this two-part course, you’ll learn to develop persuasive, dynamic slide-show presentations that combine graphics, text and animation effects to maximize the impact of the information you want to convey. To get the most out of this class, bring a PowerPoint presentation to work on. (If you do not bring a presentation, one will be provided.)

NEW — Understanding Your Conflict Resolution Style
May 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn about the five conflict-resolution styles and how and when to use them to reach your goals, enhance your relationships and improve your performance at work. This course will be taught by UCOP Ombudsperson Bodi Regan.

Remarkable Remote Team
May 20, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This highly interactive online live workshop is designed to help remote teams overcome traditional and new challenges, leveraging the latest research in mindfulness and emotional intelligence along with the latest technologies, tools and collaboration practices to maximize team performance and achieve crucial goals.

NEW — Microaggressions Part 2:  Individual and Institutional Strategies
May 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | June 9, 1 – 3 p.m.
A continuation of the Microaggressions 1 training, this session will further develop participants’ understanding of how to respond to microaggressions in the workplace. Participants will learn when and how to respond to microaggressions, understand adaptive and maladaptive responses to microaggressions, learn organizational and structural interventions, role-play activities to practice responding to microaggressions and learn tips and tools for how to recover from receiving a microaggression. Microaggressions 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Write Right
June 16 and 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Highly rated trainer Barbara Nelson of Nelson Communications will facilitate this virtual writing program, in two half-day sessions. Writing error-free messages can enhance both your image and UC’s, while boosting career opportunities and saving your department time and money. In this course, you’ll tackle the basics of business writing and feel confident that your communications are clear and correct.

Emotional Intelligence —Attain Results Through People
June 22, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Discover the fundamentals of emotional intelligence. Participants will learn the various aspects of emotional intelligence, then practice formulating strategies and behaviors to cultivate it and develop it into an ongoing practice.

LinkedIn Learning collection

The wealth of online courses available through our LinkedIn Learning subscription is amazing! But so much choice can sometimes be intimidating. If you’re not sure where to start, a great place to begin is with UCOP’s LinkedIn Learning collections — courses that have been personally watched and recommended by our Learning and Development team. The communications collection includes tips on all types of communication, including writing, communicating with empathy and diplomacy, communicating in times of change, difficult conversations, body language and more.  Check out the full collection here! Here are some examples of the courses it includes:

Need a class or have ideas for more collections? Contact For more info about your UCOP LinkedIn Learning membership, read our FAQs.


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