Professional Development Courses


We combine skills, concepts and behaviors, providing an impactful learning experience to address the most pertinent business needs.

Our Professional Development Courses simultaneously develop new skills with the associated behaviors required to execute results. The courses are focused on skills that need to be applied in various situations, whether normal conditions or under pressure. Skills are developed and strengthened first, then practiced in simulated settings that reflect your organization’s reality. Our offerings are best in class and can be customized specifically to meet development needs.

Course: Professional Branding

Background What enables alignment of perception and reality of individuals and groups? How do behaviors relate to one’s professional brand? What are the components of a brand and how can they be managed? What’s an ideal structure for a personal network?
Key Topics
  • Setting a Career Vision supported by Values
  • Goal setting and Performance Metrics
  • Strategic Networking
Description This open skills course links authenticity and values to demonstrable behaviors. The elements of the professional brand are unraveled and adjusted to align intentions to behaviors. Goal-setting and personal networking exercises are administered in small groups.

Course: Presentation Skills

Background What are the ingredients to building an outstanding presentation? What delivery styles are appropriate for a meeting room versus a podium? How can some presenters seem to connect with an audience seamlessly?
Key Topics
  • Sustainable Presentation Skills Fundamentals
  • Comprehensive Audience Analysis
  • Delivering for Impact and Retention
Description This open skills course spans the entire lifecycle of presentation development and delivery. Exercises range from the initial construction stage to the psychological challenges of delivery. All modes, including virtual delivery, are studied and practiced.

Course: Business Critical Writing

Background How do you best match writing style to modality? What style is right for communicating process and procedure versus influence and negotiation? How do you make sure your messages are read and retained?
Key Topics
  • Connecting Style to Mode (e-mail vs. document)
  • Concise writing for the Reader
  • Writing under Pressure
Description This open skills course takes a focus on writing in a business setting. The principles of active voice and reader focus drive the course exercises and lessons. A simulation is conducted which puts writers and readers under realistic pressures while communicating.

Course: Difficult Conversations

Background What is the ideal setting for conducting an intentional feedback session? What are the different modalities and realistic circumstances that are not ideal? What can be done? How do you perform your best on both sides of difficult conversations?
Key Topics
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Active Listening
  • Positioning Views Upward
Description This open skills course identifies methods that can be applied in different situations and circumstances. Conversation topics range from feedback to negotiation. Methods are then applied through roleplay exercises under dynamic circumstances.

Course: Virtual Teamworking

Business meeting in office, group Of Businesspeople In video con
Background What are the challenges of working across geographies and time zones? What can be done to optimize team performance at the management level? What can team members do?
Key Topics
  • Optimal Design for Maximum Team Performance
  • Building Trust in Virtual Environments
  • Defining and Executing Communication Protocols
Description This open skills course helps participants identify with the most effective interdependencies for results. Charting team strategy against clear vision and goals with virtual teamworking methods turns restrictions into opportunities. Exercises are performed under simulated virtual conditions.

Course: Cross-Cultural Awareness

Background How do the key elements of collaboration differ across cultures? What are the best approaches to identifying gaps and adapting appropriately? How does this vary in group-to-group dynamics?
Key Topics
  • Developing Cultural Awareness
  • Values-based Behaviors
  • Decision-making and Collaboration
Description This open skills course dives into the hidden elements of cross-cultural behavior. By analyzing core cultural values, participants develop awareness and understanding, putting them in a position to respond efficiently. Case studies are tackled in small groups to practice decision-making and collaboration.

Currently offered Public Group courses can be found at the following link:

Melini Group Public Courses