About this Specialization

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Learner Career Outcomes
55%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
23%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No background required. These courses teach foundational skills in writing, design, and speaking that everyone needs for professional success.

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Italian, Vietnamese

What you will learn

  • To Write Masterfully

  • To Design Elegantly

  • To Speak Powerfully

  • To Present Your Ideas and Your Best Self to the World

Skills you will gain

Business WritingPresentationGraphic DesignWriting
Learner Career Outcomes
55%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
23%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

No background required. These courses teach foundational skills in writing, design, and speaking that everyone needs for professional success.

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 8 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Italian, Vietnamese

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Business Writing

4.7
stars
1,317 ratings
428 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Graphic Design

4.7
stars
708 ratings
192 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Successful Presentation

4.7
stars
374 ratings
74 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Effective Communication Capstone Project

4.8
stars
30 ratings
6 reviews

Offered by

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University of Colorado Boulder

Reviews

TOP REVIEWS FROM EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: WRITING, DESIGN, AND PRESENTATION

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in four to five months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on demand, and may be taken at any time.

  • Basic knowledge of presentation software (like PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi) or design software, such as InDesign or Illustrator.

  • Although the three courses in the specialization can be taken separately, they are deeply integrated around their lessons. Upon completion of the three courses, learners will understand that the business of writing, design, and presentation is one continuous endeavor of personal branding, and that these skills rest upon the same fundamental, replicable principles. We recommend taking them in the order that they are offered.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You’ll learn straightforward, broadly serviceable techniques to improve your writing, design, and presentation skills. Upon completion of this specialization, you'll:

    --Understand and apply the fundamental principles that drive success in writing, design, and presentation.

    --Write well organized, clear documents.

    --Design impactful and elegant slides, reports, documents, and other visual products.

    --Speak with confidence and power.

    This specialization gives you the tools to present your ideas with impact and showcase your best professional self in your documents, slides, and speaking.

  • Wordprocessing software like Microsoft Word will be helpful for Business Writing. For Graphic Design, learners need some familiarity and access to presentation software, like Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote. Although it is not required, design students may also use programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. For Successful Presentation, the ability to record and upload short videos will be useful (a phone video camera or built in camera in a computer will be suitable).

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