Influence and Persuasion in Leadership

Persuasion is essential to success in our professional lives. With every business challenge comes an opportunity to influence an outcome. An ethical application of persuasive skills lets you achieve unmatched results. Whether you need to convince clients to sign a contract, garner support for a proposal, or win new business in competitive bids, persuasive skills are the driving force that will help you accomplish your goals.

In this fast-paced and highly integrated program, we go “inside” the persuasive mindset in an attempt to understand how and why it works. We focus on the successful techniques that salespeople use to design compelling messages, and explore why some messages are more influential than others. Through hands-on exercises and simulations, you will improve your ability to influence and motivate others to buy products, services, and ideas.

Program Benefits

  • Appeal to an audience by analyzing and responding to their needs
  • Engage your listeners and captivate them with your message
  • Master effective persuasive techniques to motivate and influence others
  • Use logic, emotion, and credibility-based appeals to create a convincing argument
  • Design a compelling pitch that influences buy-in
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Managing first impressions
  • Assessing the needs of your audience
  • Writing persuasive emails
  • Influencing without authority
  • Using the building blocks of persuasion
  • Developing a strong professional presence
  • Preparing for a sales opportunity
  • Using the persuasion “formula”
  • Closing the deal

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for managers who want to strengthen their leadership and communication skills to meet strategic goals. This course is a variation of our previously offered Communicating with Influence: The Art of Persuasion, and Advanced Public Speaking: Persuasive Communication programs. If you already have taken Communicating with Influence: The Art of Persuasion, or Advanced Public Speaking: Persuasive Communication, we encourage you to consider our other communication programs.

Program Information

Program Dates

July 8–9, 2020
Instructor Steven D. Cohen

Class Times

2019 Class Times: 9am-5pm
2020 Class Times: 8:30am-4:30pm

Program Fee

2019 Program Fee: $2,850
2020 Program Fee: $2,895

Location

One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.

Instructor

Steven D. Cohen is a leading expert on persuasive communication and effective presentation skills. Cohen is an instructor at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and holds a faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Cohen has been quoted in media outlets such as the Financial Times, Slate, Huffington Post, Inc., and New York Magazine and was featured in a BBC Radio documentary. Cohen is the author of two books, Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art. He earned a PhD in communication from the University of Maryland and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.  

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