Micro Course Information: CMWR180 - Influence and Persuasion in the Workplace

With so many competing demands on people's time, it is important to communicate clearly and persuasively. In this micro course, you will learn strategies for becoming more persuasive in your speech and writing to gain traction on your ideas or proposals and to be as effective as possible in your workplace communication. Build your influence in your organization through developing your powers of persuasion! This course will cover four units devoted to helping working professionals become more persuasive in their understanding of information sources used to frame an argument (information literacy), speech and writing, and professional credibility. 

After successfully completing this micro course, you'll be able to:    

  • - Identify appropriate and credible sources to support your position
  • - Discern optimal opportunities to present a well thought out position regarding matters in the workplace
  • Develop skills for persuasive writing and verbal communication
  • - Demonstrate the value of personal credibility in workplace communications

Micro Course Outline: 

Unit 1 -  Introduces three central features of workplace persuasion: understanding workplace culture, persuasive techniques, and credibility of sources.


Unit 2 - Teaches you how to identify and use certain techniques to improve your written communication. In this unit, you'll become familiar with passive/active voice, email etiquette, and continue your learning about persuasive messaging.

Unit 3 - Explore strategies for persuasive speech in various mediums, including formal presentations, contributions to work meetings, and informal conversations

Unit 4 - Learn how to build up your credibility through consistent persuasiveness in writing and speaking.

This micro course is 100% online, features 15 hours of engaging content, and is self-paced over 4 weeks. You will receive access to the micro course on the 1st of the month, but you are free to work through the material when it works best in your schedule! More information is available on our CareerPLUS website or on our FAQ page.

This micro course counts towards the CareerPLUS Professional Writing badge.

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