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Learn to Speak Effectively on the Spot

Influential Communication

People who can speak clearly and persuasively in any given scenario, on the fly, have a significant professional advantage. Whether you have a natural knack for speaking or not, our program will develop and strengthen this skill.

Knowing how to communicate effectively is invaluable in every industry. Have you frozen when asked for your perspective mid-meeting or in an out-of-the-blue conversation with a colleague at your desk? Individuals who are able to effectively communicate in speak-on-the-fly scenarios have a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. These skills can be learned and applied immediately. Strengthen your communication skills and improve your ability to speak confidently, clearly, and effectively with the Influential Communication program.

Our small class sizes create a collaborative learning environment, and help you get real experience communicating by tapping into your new network of other business professionals and leaders. Sessions are held on the downtown Minneapolis campus. There are no prerequisites for this program.


Abbey Welle

Program Manager
Phone Number
(651) 962-4616
Student at Opus College of Business commencement ceremony. 

Is This Program Right For You?

Regardless of your level within the organization, influential communication skills can help you clearly convey your ideas. Developing the ability to speak on the spot can be a game-changer in your current role or as you prepare for a new job.

Common program participant job titles include:

  • Operations Manager 
  • Office Manager 
  • General Manager 
  • Sales Professional 
  • Marketing Director 
  • Marketing Manager
  • Director of Finance
  • Project Manager
  • Human Resources Partner
  • Program Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Account Executive
  • Sr. Engineer 
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Brand Manager 
  • Project Manager 
  • Business Consultant 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Management Analyst 
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners

Benefits of the Program

Plenty of Practice.

Spend the day practicing key communication concepts to gain confidence and ease. By taking these concepts from theory to reality in class, they’ll come more naturally at work.

The Ability to Influence Colleagues, Supervisors and Clients.

When you present your ideas in a clear and concise manner, it’s easier to gain the trust of those around you.

Tools to Aid in Everyday Situations.

These include tools to help you speak well on the spot, lead a high-level meeting, and manage conflict. Our goal is for you to leave every session with skills and strategies you can use at work right away, to influence and strengthen your team.

A New Network of Professional Peers,

which you can turn to for support and advice long after the program ends.

Scott Nelson, program instructor and senior partner, Clarity Central talks about the Influential Communication Program and how it impacts participants.

Program Overview

Between email, meetings and office conversations, we all have various impromptu situations requiring a clear message. Individuals who are able to effectively speak on the spot will be at a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. Take the steps to improve your ability.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Organize your ideas clearly to deliver your message concisely
  • Master the skills necessary to respond persuasively
  • Become flexible without compromising your authentic style
  • Present an idea, product or service convincingly
  • Explain technical information simply and passionately
  • Use facts, statistics, examples and stories to make your point
  • Speak confidently in a variety of situation

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