Discover a powerful, concise way to present information using infographics and data visualization. Learn about the types of infographics used in business, education and industry and where to find various web-based sources. Get started in the basics of planning, designing and presenting your own infographics.
Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.
Offered Fall 2018: No
Make your visual presentations look professional and communicate effectively. Get the latest most advanced techniques on graphic design principles, including page layout, typography and basic design considerations. Take away more skills to create an effective and beautiful visual presentation on any presentation software program that you choose.
Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. Practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties. You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them.
Presentation media skills are essential to creating an effective presentation today. Take away critical skills for both training yourself and others in your organization. You will come away with the latest, most advanced practical and design knowledge in presentation media. The certificate includes Infographics, Graphic Design for Visual Presentations, and Photoshop for Presentations.
Offered Fall 2018: Yes
Whether you are sending out a press release, communicating internally with a memo or promoting your own skills on LinkedIn, strong writing skills are the key to success. Come away with the tools and techniques you need to improve your copywriting skills and learn how to avoid the common writing mistakes that can hold you back.
The average manager spends more than 20 percent of their day engaged in or reacting to a conflict situation. Discover a workable conflict management model, discuss case studies in conflict management, and then take away successful conflict management strategies to apply in your workplace.
Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will help you learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers.
Understanding yourself and others will increase your overall effectiveness at work, home, and in all of your relationships. Learn how to improve your communication with others, convey your ideas effectively, and improve your ability to understand what is important to those who don’t share your same style. Course fee includes your own DiSC Behavioral Personality Profile assessment and review.
Good communication in the workplace is more important than ever and critical to your career advancement and success. Discover a workable conflict management model, along with successful and practical conflict management strategies. Then, work with a pro to learn how to improve your negotiation skills for a win-win outcome, including helping others to get what they want, so you get what you want. Finally, find out more about yourself and others using personality profiles for better work performance. You will be learning from some of our more popular instructors and taking away new how-to skills that work. The certificate includes the following courses, Conflict Management, Negotiation: Get What You Want and Using Personality Profiles to Improve Work Performance.
Webinars are a meeting format that save money and reach more people than in-person meetings. Use them for customer education, staff meetings and training, presentations, virtual seminars and much more. The technology is simple, but good webinar presentation techniques are critical. Learn the 4 key strategies to make your webinars more successful. Acquire techniques and tips that will make your webinars winners with your audiences.
Boost your success with webinars by getting the most advanced and latest information on managing and marketing. Find out when and how often to promote webinars, how to do follow up promotion to those who click-through on your initial emails, and how to generate more leads and inquiries. Discover a unique needs assessment model, and learn important tools to create high response surveys.
Lean principles can be used to streamline processes in the human resource functions such as recruiting, hiring, training, compensating and managing performance. Find out about Lean concepts, tools, and methods with which you can benchmark and assess problems, and lead continuous improvement efforts to resolve them.
Managers and aspiring leaders in the workplace are increasingly being asked to develop the personal skills and attitudes for implementing change as well as a technical understanding of how to apply the tools for change. Learn how to successfully plan, implement, communicate, create employee involvement and commitment, and add value during change.
If you are not reviewing your website statistics, then you are missing several key opportunities to profit from your website traffic. This course, aimed at non-technical users, will take you through all the key techniques and how to use website analytics using the world-standard Google Analytics, a free online tool. You’ll understand your visitor traffic better, learn how to calculate return on investment (ROI) for your online advertising, and find out how to get more conversions and sales from your website visitors. A must for anyone serious about leveraging more success from their website.
Google has variety of applications and tools to help you become more productive, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and more. Move beyond the basic features you figured out on your own. Be able to use them to work collaboratively and increase productivity. Learn how to run online meetings and webinars. Learn the ins and outs of all the tools Google has to help you become more productive and improve your work communication skills. You will learn time-saving tips and strategies to get more done in your work and personal life.
Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users, and grow your base and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas.
Certificate in Google Tools Increase your online savvy and ability to position yourself and your organization for greater success. Experience the interaction and big take-aways from studying with top notch professionals. Your instructors not only work with these tools every day, but speak at national conferences and train others. Your teachers have tips you have not discovered yet. Learn more about Google Analytics, Google Apps for Business, and Google+ . Acquire new tips and techniques. Just one new tip can mean greater productivity, effectiveness and even profitability for your work. The certificate includes Google Analytics, Google Apps for Business, and Google +.
In today’s world, Lean is a part of the business environment. Lean Six Sigma attacks inefficiencies, non-value added wastes caused by defects, non value-added flow of information or materials, non-productive time, data storage, stacks of inventory, overproduction and extra processing. With Lean Six Sigma techniques you will have the skills to lead successfully in both service and manufacturing industries.
In today’s business environment, employers expect employees to have a solid set of interpersonal skills. The ability to solve problems quickly and effectively is a critical interpersonal skill well worth developing. Using the problem solving model in this course will enable you to be more successful. Interpersonal and business relationships fail because of poor problem solving. Find out how to recognize problems and deal with them more appropriately. You will take home techniques relevant for any organization or group context, but can also be easily adapted to work at an individual level.
With over 100 million users, Instagram is a marketing gold mine. Discover ways to have your audience generate excellent content for you. Build your community while doing it. Learn how to make hashtags work for you, how to make and keep your followers happy and how a small input can cause exponential growth. We'll also explore Do's and Don'ts of Instagram to get you on the fast track to success. Make the most of Instagram and lead your business to unending exposure. An android or iOS device is needed to take full advantage of the exercises in this class.
Find out what goes on behind the scenes on Facebook Pages and how to increase the chances that your message is seen and acted on. Discover new tools and proven techniques to increase business and expand your reach. Discuss how to adapt your marketing message for the Facebook platform and how to integrate Facebook across all marketing areas. This is an advanced class and assumes you have started a Page on Facebook and have some basic knowledge of the platform. It includes the most current updates Facebook has made to Pages.
Take away the key practices you need to develop and hone your business writing communication effectively and successfully. Get the best practices for crafting effective, professional business documents. Find out how to avoid grammatical pitfalls. And acquire business writing principles that will be good for years to come.
Being able to write a good news story, press release or publicity notice is a skill that can set you apart in the workplace. Getting the word out is an essential activity for every organization. Acquire the skills good journalists have and learn how to craft a news story, press release or publicity notice that will get attention.
Discover the keys to successful writing for the workplace. Whether you are writing a report, memo, letter or publicity notice, business writing has some defined characteristics for success. Successful communicators in the workplace move forward, others move back. Enhance your career by improving this critical communication skill.Begin with understanding the format, construction, and successful techniques of writing good business reports and proposals. Then improve your skills with editing and proofreading. Finally, discover what good journalists know. Learn how to write a news story, press release or other publicity notice that zings. Help your organization stand out with your new skills in business writing. This certificate will take you to the next level where business writing is a skill for personal and organizational success.
Explore the principles of collaborative management and gain insight on how to expand your collaborative skills for success of your team or organization. Collaborative skills are essential to help harness the energy of groups and teams for maximum performance and productivity. Learn to gain participation quickly, get input and buy-in for building consensus and plan for cooperation to get crucial projects completed.
Work more efficiently and uncover more time in your day to become a more productive worker. Learn the latest eTools, sites, iPhone and iPad applications to turbo-charge your work and simplify your life. Discover how to select the right tools for your needs, evaluate your productivity system and develop a framework that gets things done. Explore new productivity tools each week, while also evaluating your own productivity needs.
Acquire the four new management systems and procedures to maximize productivity in your work organization and successfully manage both on-site workers and those working remotely. Move your skill set from the last century’s system of managing time to this century’s managing of productivity. After completing this course, you will have a new set of management skills to manage both your own productivity and that of others in the new work environment of this century.
Boost your productivity by managing your time better. Discover the Top Ten most effective time management techniques to increase your work outcomes without spending more time. Take home new 21st century techniques and strategies, find out about the exciting Productivity eTools that are available, use technology to boost your productivity and get the latest best information on documenting your own productivity and managing the productivity of others.
Six Sigma professionals are in strong demand by organizations around the world. On the front-lines of Six Sigma efforts are Green Belts. Green Belt training teaches participants problem-solving skills, using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model. After completing this challenging course, Six Sigma Green Belts serve their organizations as a trained specialist able to work on Six Sigma projects that benefit the organization.
Gain insight into the characteristics, knowledge and skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. Identify the abilities required of successful entrepreneurs and how to acquire them, develop goals to help establish your business, develop an outline for your plan, and take home techniques to successfully manage your new business.
Evaluate the many aspects and potential hurdles of the business and build your business plan, one step at a time. This practical, hands-on approach encourages you to immerse yourself in the vision and planning aspects of your business. Focusing on the most critical components of a business plan enables you to uncover hidden risks and assess the business from a marketing, management, and financial vantage point.
From elected officials to the CEO of Apple, leaders are now urging people in the workplace and community to participate in community and social change to help improve communities and society. You will discover how social change happens (or doesn't happen) and how you can influence change. Explore working within an established organization versus creating your own group for change. Finally, you will learn different change strategies and techniques to highlight issues and improve your community and society for all.
Onboarding is the process of socializing new employees into the organization. Ensure a smooth transition from best candidate to star employee. Onboarding of employees begins well before traditional new-hire orientation and has long reaching implications. At the conclusion of the class you will have constructed an onboarding program for use in your own organization.
Project management skills and processes are critical tools in meeting your organization's strategic talent and management objectives. You will develop and demonstrate skills in leadership, organization, planning, and understanding of the essential aspects of project management. Broaden your understanding of project management principles, develop skills needed to successfully facilitate projects as well as develop an understanding of potential risks that often prevent successful project implementation.
This challenging Introduction to Six Sigma Green Belt course teaches critical skills required for Six Sigma practitioners. This first course in the certification program explains the basic terms and proven Six Sigma problem-solving methods, team building tools, and descriptive statistics that are the basis for the statistical tools that contribute to the success of improvement projects and to the overall success of your organization. Topics covered include Lean Principles, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Team Tools, Project Charters, and Basic Statistical Tools.
This Intermediate Six Sigma Green Belt course builds on the ideas and skills learned in the Introduction to Six Sigma Green Belt course that organizations use, specifically their Six Sigma teams, to improve. In this second course in the certification program, you will learn process analysis, data collection and analysis, probability and valid statistical conclusions, and hypothesis testing.
The final course in the Six Sigma Green Belt program teaches you to improve and control processes while you apply the concepts learned in the Introduction and Intermediate Six Sigma Green Belt courses. Topics included in this course include hypothesis testing, design of experiments, and statistical process control. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
To succeed in today's marketplace, entrepreneurs must know how to effectively market their product or service. Whether you are starting a business or growing an existing one, you will take away practical marketing tips and tools that you can use to improve your marketing efforts. This course offers you a step by step approach to attract and keep customers, all within a realistic budget. With an emphasis on customer-driven marketing decisions, you will learn how to build a strong brand, analyze which tactics to use, and implement your marketing plan.
Boost your chances of success for your new or small business and reduce your risks. Get the latest on planning your business, brainstorming business ideas and a checklist for going into business. Learn how to create a business plan and take home a step by step approach to attract and keep customers, with an emphasis on customer-driven marketing decisions and building a strong brand. At the end of this certificate, you will be able to identify the abilities required of successful entrepreneurs and how to acquire them, develop goals to help establish your business, develop an outline for your plan, and take home techniques to successfully manage and market your new business.
Discover proven strategies for moving your efforts, and those of others, from advocacy to managing and achieving social change within the workplace and/or community. Learn to strategically apply various disciplines to cause organizational change as well as develop the personal skills and attitudes organizations need for implementing change. Find out how to address change in the workplace and learn different change strategies to improve your community and society for all. The series certificate includes Change in the Workplace, Change Management Skills and Creating Community and Social Change.
Take home strategies on how to deal with changes in your work environment and how to introduce changes to your workplace culture. Most people perceive changes in careers to be too difficult to accomplish or they are too old, not skilled enough and may lack the funds to change their skill set. The good news is that those who are willing to embrace change are much more likely to thrive under new conditions.
Discover the power of successful webinars for your business organization and learn key strategies to make your webinars more successful. Learn the latest information about presenting webinars, as well as managing and marketing them. Acquire techniques and tips that will make your webinars winners with your audiences and acquire the webinar planning skills involved in budgeting, pricing and marketing webinar meetings.
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