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Jul 09 - Sep 10, 2024
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Course Length
9 weeks
Course Fee
7.2 CEUs
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Engineers and other highly skilled professionals may be used to speaking or presenting data to peers who possess extensive knowledge of the same field, complicating their ability to convey the same ideas to people with less technical experience. However, when speaking with professionals in other fields, these highly-skilled professionals may have issues conveying their ideas in an understandable way. This course gives you the knowledge to ensure that your message can be easily and correctly decoded and that your ideas are expressed in a persuasive method. 


An online course focused on interpersonal skills for today’s professionals. MIT Professional Education’s online course Persuasive Communication aims to help participants hone their interpersonal skills in vital areas such as public speaking, critical thinking, digital communication, visual persuasion, and audience adaptation both virtually and in person. This course is geared towards professionals who need to convey their ideas with precision, pitch projects, speak at events or presentations, or conduct interviews as an integral part of their careers.

This course is designed to refine participants’ communication and interpersonal skills, allowing clear, precise information to be delivered in an effective and persuasive manner. It also aims to guide highly skilled technical professionals to adapt their message to a non-technical audience. The skills and knowledge presented in this program can be applied across multiple industries, including engineering, tech, human resources, sales, sustainability, and entrepreneurship, among others. Due to its extensive application and the increasing need for universally effective communication, the expertise on offer can also be of great value in participants’ own personal lives.

Persuasive Communication: Critical Thinking to Enhance Your Message, with curriculum developed and taught by MIT faculty, is delivered in collaboration with Global Alumni. Contact Global Alumni for more information about this program:

Global Alumni is an ed-tech company that collaborates with institutions to manage enrollments (including all payment services and invoicing), technology, and participant support. 

Learning Outcomes

This program aims to guide highly skilled technical professionals to adapt their message to a non-technical audience. Other significant learning outcomes include:

  • Learn about disparate communication styles and how they influence attitudes and behaviors
  • Discover the psychology behind persuasion and implement it in your own professional interactions
  • Understand which characteristics make a great public speaker and learn to apply them to yourself
  • Master how to adapt your message to different audiences, including those with differing levels of technical knowledge
  • Explore the impact of digitalization in communication and learn to manage virtual communications in an effective, powerful manner
  • Find out which processes are behind critical thinking and how to use them to upgrade your message
  • Comprehend the importance of data visualization to clarify your data for any kind of audience
  • Devise a communication strategy for your organization
Who Should Attend

Professionals with diferent expertise and backgrounds may benefit from this program, including: 

  • C-level executives wanting to improve both vertical and horizontal communication to ensure that objectives are aligned throughout their organization. 
  • Engineers and other technical professionals who need to communicate with those from non-technical backgrounds, as well as people without technical knowledge who need to communicate with engineers and other tech professionals. 
  • Any professional looking to enhance their critical thinking skills by constructing and evaluating claims and arguments that can be confidently presented to persuade others within their organization and beyond it. 
  • Business leaders who need to deliver data and information across a variety of media channels to diverse audiences. 
  • Sustainability and climate change specialists looking to strengthen their arguments in person, virtually, and with supporting data. 
  • Entrepreneurs and other dynamic professionals who rely on effective communication to turn their ideas into actionable plans for presentation.


I highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to improve their public speaking skills and persuasion strategies. This program is highly encompassing in all areas in relation to communication and the psychology behind it. The professor is obviously educated on the subject and references his own work throughout the modules. The learning facilitator greatly assisted and was flexible in communicating with us. Furthermore, the assignments and discussion forums were engaging and educational.
PEARL CUTTING - Content Creator at Milton Education
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