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Professional Development

Certificate in Business and Professional Communication

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Certificate Fast Facts

FORMAT Classroom, SMU-in-Plano
TUITION $1,795
BEGINS Fall 2014
Many people have anxiety about speaking in public or under pressure, and poor communication skills hold them back from reaching their full professional potential. This unique certificate program is designed to prepare you to make dynamic and confident presentations in a variety of public and professional settings.

The program focuses on preparing students to be effective communicators through delivery, organization and content. Personalized evaluation and feedback will allow you to hone your skills in each of the five sessions. 

You will learn how to:

  • Speak intelligently, confidently and persuasively at work
  • Read the body language of others and gain control of what your body language says about you
  • Focus your thoughts and ideas into well-reasoned, effective communication
  • Leverage your memory to maximize your potential

Whether you are a seasoned executive or in the early stages of your career, completing this program will prepare you to be a more persuasive, effective communicator with strategies that you can put into practice in your professional and personal life right away. Register today!

Course Instructor

Christopher Salinas, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Public Discourse in the Division of Communication Studies at SMU

Christopher Salinas has been teaching public speaking, communication and debate for nearly 20 years. Currently, he teaches in the Division of Communication Studies at SMU where he is also the coach of the national champion debate team. He also serves as SMU’s Director of Public Discourse. He holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University and a Master’s from Baylor University, both in Communication Studies. He also earned his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Baylor.

Developed in conjunction with SMU Meadows School
of the Arts, Division of Communication Studies