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Speaking to Inspire

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Communication excellence is an essential leadership tool. As leaders ascend in their organization, they must speak in public more often as they shape the organization’s mission, vision, and values. In this course, you will learn how to develop, write, and present an inspirational speech.

As a leader, people will be looking to you to guide them through challenging organizational changes and unfamiliar new projects. Learn how to examine your audience, implement rhetorical strategies, and deliver your message effectively and confidently.


  • Looking to Leaders
  • Growth vs. Fixed mindset
  • Hostile, Neutral, Uninterested, and Friendly Audiences
  • Strategic Communication Choices
  • Using Effective Organization
  • Mindful Planning & Preparing
  • The Mindset of a Leader
  • Insecurity and Confidence


This class is designed for anyone who finds public speaking intimidating. This includes individuals who are comfortable talking, but may have room to grow when communicating in a more formal situation. It is especially useful for leaders who are looking to develop their public speaking and communications skills.

Personal Impact

  • Develop and present inspiring speeches

  • Address diverse audiences effectively

  • Speak persuasively and confidently

Organizational Impact

  • Foster growth and inspire new leaders

  • Improve communication in teams

  • Empower leaders as public speakers


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12 weeks

5-6 hours


Available On-Demand

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MBA Foundations Certificate

This course is a part of the MBA Foundations Certificate. Participants who complete the certificate will receive a $1,500 scholarship applicable towards the tuition of any of the four MBA programs at the University of Utah.* Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to meet with one of our directors to discuss career goals.

*To qualify for the scholarship, participants must apply for the MBA program and be admitted. The scholarship is eligible for up to 18 months after completing the MBA Foundations certificate.

Proof of accomplishment

SHRM Recertification Provider 2020

In addition to developing knowledge and skills, you will receive SHRM credits as proof of your accomplishment.

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 5.5 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRMCertification.org.


Georgi Rausch

Georgi Rausch, Ph.D.

Dr. Georgi A. Rausch is an Associate Professor, Lecturer in the Department of Management at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah, she received a B.A. degree in Communication Studies and English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Utah. Before graduate school, she worked in advertising and media planning at J. Walter Thompson in San Francisco and in nonprofit development at the California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Rausch loves to incorporate mindfulness practices in communication and ethics instruction. She teaches topics such as public speaking, business ethics, and emotional intelligence to a broad variety of audiences, and enjoys making these topics practical, relevant, and engaging.

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