Certificate in Agile Communications

Effectively communicate in today’s working climate

Being agile may not be something you equate with communication, but you should.  Every aspect of today’s workforce is constantly changing. So, to be on top of your game, you must be on top of the latest trends and technological tools in order to be an effective communicator and leader.

Technology is constantly advancing and plays a vital role in how we communicate with each other. Because of this, we are losing our ability to simply talk to each other when needed.

Most millennials now live in the “gig economy.” This means that our workplaces basically have “revolving doors,” as our co-workers constantly change. And with that change comes having to adapt to how they communicate. With increasing diversity, we must also be able to communicate with those from other cultures and generations.

With these constant changes taking place, we must never accept the status quo. You must be aware of your values, judgements and how you respond to certain situations. This certificate program examines all of these factors and how you can keep up in our constantly changing workplaces. You can choose which aspects are best suited for your future needs.

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Details at a glance

Instruction method: Online
Certificate length: To earn this certificate, you must complete four courses (three required and two electives) within two years.
Cost: Individual courses are priced at either $495 or $995 each.

Who should attend?

This certificate program is for you if you are:

  • A leader or aspiring leader seeking to improve your communication skills across generational and cultural barriers;
  • Seeking knowledge in relation to technology and its ever-changing role in the workplace;
  • Striving for self-improvement in developing your own personal brand

What will I learn?

With this certificate program, you will learn:

  • To embrace cutting-edge technology and use it effectively;
  • Digital literacy - Do you know how to use data in your decision-making processes? Are you familiar with the terms data mining, blockchain, AI or IoT? If not, now is the time to understand their meaning, how they work and can used to your advantage.
  • How you can stay on top of the rate of change in the workplace;
  • How to communicate successfully with people of different generations and/or cultures in-person or remotely - both verbally and in writing;
  • About yourself, your values, judgements and how you react to certain situations

What courses can I take?

Required Courses (Choose three):

Engaging the Superpowers within Each Generation
For the first time in history, four distinct groups with different life experiences, perspectives, and values must work together (Boomers, Millennials, Generation X and Generation Z). This course will give you an in-depth understanding of each generation, their perspectives, how they do things and where you fit into the equation.

Persuasive Writing
To write persuasively is to move readers to action. That requires a strategic approach, particularly when you’re creating complex documents, such as formal proposals. Focusing on reports and proposals, this course will give you practical strategies that will enable you to use writing to make action happen.

Grammar Tune-Up 
Worries about making “grammar mistakes” can slow down your writing process and cramp your personal writing style. This course will enable you to gain control over grammar and punctuation so you can be confident that you’re expressing yourself correctly and clearly.

Grabbing the Spotlight: Communicating about Yourself
The need to be more agile in our communications is increasing exponentially, especially with the advent of the COVID-19 virus. It has had tremendous impact on our working environment, but also social media, the gig economy, the improvement and integration of “Smart” technology, and the increasing options in hiring practices such as the use of recruiters and online hiring platforms. This course will help you present yourself as a valuable and effective person worthy of hiring, retention and/or advancement in an organization, which is an absolute necessity in today’s job environment.

Electives (Choose two):

Personal Leadership: Leading the Self During Challenging Times
One of the biggest challenges current and future leaders face is to be able to "lead themselves" before going out and attempting to lead others. Being grounded and as clear as possible on your own values, preferences, ways of working and communicating with others and ways of doing things, especially in times of stress and pressure, is a vital first step to becoming an effective leader. This online course offers participants a chance to assess how they respond to ambiguous situations, decision points and conflict.

Virtual Presentations for the New Normal
Welcome to the new normal of presenting - virtual presentations!  Zoom, Teams, WebEx, Collaborate, Jira, and other online communication tools are here to stay. Being able to communicate effectively in the online environment has become an essential skill almost overnight. You may already be comfortable presenting in person, but the online environment is different. This course will help be a skilled, confident online presenter.

Increase Your Personal Impact using Persuasion and Influence
This evidence-based course will demonstrate how persuasion and influence really work. Learn simple techniques to increase your personal impact and change your world for the better, both ethically and subtly.

Digital Literacy and Acumen
In this course, you will learn how to analyze and use data to strengthen your organization. You will gain an understanding of elements of the enterprise IT landscape and learn what the megatrends are that drive change, such as processing power and connectivity.