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Master the language of leadership.

In this online program, you will learn how to influence, motivate, and persuade through communication frameworks, expert guidance, and practice.

How much does productivity increase within well-connected teams?

By 20–25%

What percentage of the United States believes that communication is crucial to building trust?


What percentage of employees believes that communication affects effectiveness and efficiency?


Build confidence. Inspire change.

Designed to grow your executive presence


Adaptable Learning Method

This program’s curriculum blends self-paced activities with live-online sessions for you to put learnings into practice through real-world experimentation, observation, and reflection.


Personalized Practice and Feedback

The program is designed to meet you at your current skill level and grow your communication skills with an approach that is more like customized coaching than classroom teaching.


Tailored Guidance

Throughout the program, you’ll be guided by a learning facilitator to mentor and advise you. You’ll improve your skills in real time and be able to track, observe, and reflect on your progress.

Your Chicago Booth Professor

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Hal Weitzman

Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science

A former reporter and editor at the Financial Times, Hal Weitzman is executive director for intellectual capital at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, editor-in-chief of Chicago Booth Review, and host of The Big Question.

By completing this program, you’ll...

  • Enhance your ability to persuade by learning and using frameworks that will make your communication engaging, memorable, and compelling.
  • Become clear, concise, and confident when communicating your ideas and thoughts to others.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the process, structure, and style of effective communication.
  • Strengthen your executive presence by learning how to project confidence, empathy, and thoughtfulness when communicating, both in person and online.
  • Discover a range of tools to deploy in the real world, practice them, and receive detailed feedback on your performance and concrete guidance on how to improve.
  • Acquire the ability to analyze an audience quickly and identify how to win them over.
  • Learn how to structure your arguments to make them clear and powerful.

Upon program completion, you'll also...

Have learned from a world-class faculty within a university associated with 97 Nobel laureates.

Be awarded a certificate of completion and a digital credential of your accomplishment.

Become a member of the global Chicago Booth Executive Education network.

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Have learned from a world-class faculty within a university associated with 97 Nobel laureates.

Be awarded a certificate of completion and a digital credential of your accomplishment.

Become a member of the global Chicago Booth Executive Education network.

Program Modules

Module 1: Life Is Not a TED Talk

  • Understand what persuasion is and is not.
  • Analyze your current communication skills and identify areas to improve.
  • Make your daily communication more deliberate and focused.

Module 2: Not about What You Say, but about How You Are Heard

  • Learn about why companies so often misjudge their audiences.
  • Develop tools to analyze the audiences you want to win over.
  • Explore the power of good questions.

Module 3: Building Up, Not Cutting Down

  • Discover the role of narratives in influencing your audience.
  • Explore the narrative structure and process, beginning with the nutshell paragraph: the “big why”.
  • Learn how to frame problems in a way that will make your audience want to help you solve them.

Module 4: Narrative-Openings and Closings

  • Learn how to hook and engage an audience from the start.
  • Explore communication techniques such as dropped introductions, calls to action, and outros.
  • Examine how to close a narrative by framing the follow-up conversations.

Module 5: Articulating Your Superpower:

  • Discover how to identify and convey your personal brand.
  • Explore how to capture the value you bring to the organizations for which you work.
  • Learn how to build and maintain professional networks.

Module 6: Turning Skills into Habits

  • Identify the skills from the program that will be most valuable to you.
  • Evaluate how to turn those skills into habits through regular practice and reflection.
  • Build a six-month personal development plan that sets goals, measures progress, and will hold you accountable.


This program features three live-online sessions—a unique opportunity to put theory into practice immediately to amplify your learning and see results. These required sessions not only offer an opportunity to reflect and receive real-time feedback from faculty and peers but also integrate exclusive content that can only be taught in a live environment. Participants are expected to attend at least two of the three live sessions to maximize their growth. If a participant is unable to attend a session, an extra asynchronous assignment must be submitted to complete the program.

This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Managers who seek to improve their interpersonal communication skills in working directly with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders.
  • Leaders and emerging leaders across various industries and functions, including operations, sales, business development, technology, marketing, and relationship management.


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What our participants have to say:

Opeyemi Familade

Senior Manager at Visa Direct

“This program ticked all the right boxes. I’m prepared to leverage the skills I learned in day-to-day operations.”

Ken Nupert

“Professor Weitzman’s teaching style is extremely engaging, which allowed easy uptake of the material. The communication strategies and supporting structures that he delivers in this program have given me a useful framework for presenting.”

Christina Wagener

System Director, Clinical Service Lines

“I enjoyed all the online learning as well as the live sessions. I was able to apply my knowledge immediately and see results at work.”

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