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28 Free Online Courses to Improve your Communication Skills at Work


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Being able to communicate effectively is vital for good teamwork, good leadership and ultimately to business success. Indeed, strong communication skills are often top of the list of qualities demanded by employers and, more than any other factor, may be the key to professional success.

Whether it's public speaking and body language, presenting, writing or active listening and negotiating, chances are you can improve your technique with one or more of the courses below.

N.B. These courses do come with fees, but they are all available to audit free of charge. To find out more about learning with MOOCs (including how to audit a course), check out our Guides.

Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution
Coursera, University of California, Irvine

Speaking to persuade: Motivating audiences with solid arguments and moving language

Coursera, University of Washington

International and Cross-Cultural Negotiation

Coursera, ESSEC Business School

The Art of Negotiation

Coursera, University of California, Irvine

Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiato

Coursera, Yale University

Presentation skills: Speechwriting and Storytelling

Coursera, Tomsk State University

Presentation skills: Designing Presentation Slides

Coursera, Tomsk State University

Negotiation Fundamentals
Coursera, ESSEC Business School

Business Writing

Coursera, University of Colorado Boulder

High-Impact Business Writing
Coursera, University of California, Irvine

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Coursera, University of Michigan

Effective Business Presentations with Powerpoint

Coursera, PwC

Communication in the 21st Century Workplace

Coursera, University of California, Irvine

Teamwork Skills: Communicating Effectively in Groups

Coursera, University of Colorado Boulder

Interpersonal Communication for Engineering Leaders

Coursera, Rice University

Conflict Resolution Skills

Coursera, University of California, Irvine

Communicating Effectively: How to Inspire and Convince
edX, Delft University of Technology

Communication Skills for Bridging Divides
edX, Catalyst

Communicating in a Global Context

edX, Arizona State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management

Communication Skills and Teamwork

edX, Fullbridge

Evidence-Based Business Communication

edX, Australian National University

Business Communication

edX, Rochester Institute of Technology

Business Communications

edX, The University of British Columbia

Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication
FutureLearn, The Open University

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