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Boost your communications skills with upcoming courses

No matter what your role is at UCOP, becoming a strong communicator can help you succeed. Build your skillset and connect with UCOP colleagues at all locations by participating in these upcoming live virtual workshops offered by UCOP Learning and Development.

Delivery Skills for Connecting with Your Audience
March 22 & March 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
No matter who you’re presenting to, how you share your information matters. UCOP Learning and Development Specialist Oscar Lara will lead this interactive workshop focused on helping you gain the skills needed to make your next presentation a success. We’ll identify common presentation and public-speaking anxieties, then learn to prepare for and overcome them; explore presentation styles and techniques to keep your audience engaged; and discover new tips and tricks to make your presentations stand out!

Come with a recent presentation, outline or presentation idea to practice and workshop. In response to feedback from participants — who have rated this course 5/5 — we have extended this offering to two sessions to allow for more time to practice skills and receive feedback from peers in breakout rooms and the group setting.

  • “Oscar was easy to follow and incredibly engaging.”
  • “I appreciated that Oscar shared several strategies that can be applied for effective delivery.”
  • “Oscar was very animated and easy to follow.”

Language and Leadership — New!
March 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Language is an incredibly powerful resource and motivator, and a medium through which we make our intentions, values and beliefs known to others. As leaders, the language we use can make the difference between a high-functioning and positive environment, to disgruntlement and high turnover. When leaders have a greater awareness of language that is aligned to core values, they can impact the changes they desire individually and as a team. This course will explore the science of gratitude, define discourse and uncover how it affects teams, identify the language of leadership and explore steps for shifting language for a positive team culture. This course is presented by Nicole Williams Browning, E.D. Nicole has more than 25 years’ experience in public education. Her background includes educational nonprofits, charter management organizations, traditional K-12 school districts, community colleges and private and public universities.

For managers: People Leaders Forum — Difficult Conversations
April 14, 1 – 2 p.m.
The People Leaders Forum is a monthly opportunity for people managers to connect with one another to develop leadership skills, build community, share best practices, swap strategies for navigating current challenges and learn to better support themselves and their teams. Our April session, featuring Callale Concon, Annie Prozan and Oscar Lara will provide guidance around addressing difficult topics with your manager, your team and others.

Self-paced communications classes

Want to build your skills but don’t have the bandwidth to participate in a scheduled class? Check out the LinkedIn Learning Communication Collection for courses that have been personally reviewed and recommended by the Learning and Development team. (For help, check out the LinkedIn Learning FAQs.)

For questions contact ucopld@ucop.eduView all upcoming classes on the Link Classes and Workshops page.

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