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General Professional Skills

No matter where you are in your career, there is always room to grow professionally. Courses in this topic, such as Career Professionalism, Writing an Effective Email, and Enhancing Work Relationships, will enable you to develop and improve your skills.

Course Name Course Description Length
An Introduction to Requests for Proposal – NEW! If you have never done a request for proposal (RFP), it can seem like a daunting task. Even if you have some experience with requests for proposals, there are a number of elements, features, and requirements that both the one requesting and the one responding to an RFP need to provide. In this course, we will discuss the steps of an RFP, how to write an RFP, how to respond to an RFP, the pitfalls, and best practices. 1h
Basic Math Concepts – NEW! This course is designed to ensure all workers understand basic math concepts and how to apply them. There are many different types of math concepts, each with its own functions and uses. As a tool used to measure and quantify things, numbers shape the way we live our lives and do business. Despite its dominating influence, however, many people have forgotten some of the basic concepts of math that were learned at a younger age. Many of those concepts will be reviewed in this course. 1h
Basic Telephone Skills This course is designed to ensure all workers understand how to make a positive impression by the way they manage calls and messages. While technology allows for more communication, good communication still depends upon the people handling the conversations. With a few basic communication skills appropriate for today’s workplace, anyone in an organization can handle telephone calls professionally and effectively. 30m
Career Professionalism This course illustrates how accepting personal responsibility for our own actions and everything that happens in our life helps us raise our level of expectations regarding our behavior and our goals. We stop acting like victims and start acting like persons in control of ourselves and our lives. 30m
Cybersecurity Incident Response – NEW! Every member of your organization is responsible for preventing a cyberattack. This course is designed to enhance your ability to respond to a security breach. In this course, you will learn the phases of a cyberattack, how to plan and execute a response, and why hackers target local governments in the first place. We will also review some of the resources available to help you construct an Incident Response Plan that meets local, state, and federal guidelines. 1h
Developing Effective Communication Skills Communicating with coworkers, clients, and management is a core activity for most positions. If you communicate effectively, you are more likely to achieve success in your career and personal life. Being a good listener and knowing how to write effective documents will also ensure your success as a communicator. This course will provide you with tools and suggestions on how to accomplish this goal. 1h
Developing Leadership Leaders are at every level of an organization. Developing the necessary leadership skills is essential to the organization’s success. This course will present leadership development planning, characteristics, styles, and opportunities to expand the learners leadership talent. 1h
Effective Presentation Basics Public speaking is one of the biggest fears for most people. Just the thought alone of having to stand in front of a large group of people and speak for any length of time is enough to send some people into hiding. But public speaking is an important part of life for some, especially those whose jobs require it. In this course, we will explore the components of effective presentations, how to best prepare for a presentation, and strategies for giving a presentation that engages the audience with passion and energy while decreasing anxiety levels for the speaker. 1h
Emotional Intelligence for Leaders There are many traits and characteristics of a good leader, but recent research has discovered the impact emotional intelligence plays in a leaders success. This course will instruct and provide leaders with techniques to grow and develop in their emotional intelligence and become better leaders. 1h
Enhancing Work Relationships The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. This means that the relationships we build with our co-workers play a significant role in our lives. In this course, learners will explore a variety of tips and techniques for engendering and enriching relationships at work such as building trust and respect, focusing on listening, assertiveness, and conflict resolution. 1h
Finance 101 for Non-Financial Managers Successful managers create budgets that align with the department and the organization’s strategic goals. They are diligent to manage and yet flexible to adjust their budgets as needed. This course equips non-financial managers to successfully analyze financial data, and create and manage budgets. 1h
Leadership v. Management Management and leadership are terms that are frequently used interchangeably; however, they are not the same thing. They have quite distinct meanings. The two do have similarities, but they also have important differences. This course is designed to help you understand the difference between leadership and management and why these differences are important. 1h
Press Conference and Briefing Basics Holding a press conference or briefing is an essential way to spread important information to a variety of sources. This course focuses not only on when and why to hold a press conference but the elements involved in planning a successful conference. The event planning element includes determining the optimal time, date, and location, while media planning includes how to assemble a media kit, the key to successful talking points, and creating an event timeline. This course also includes information on developing a crisis response plan that can be utilized for a press conference. 1h
Skills for the New Trainer – NEW! Sharing one’s knowledge and experience can be highly rewarding, and whether you’ve become a recent trainer due to interest or professional request, you may not know all the important skills a trainer needs to successfully impart his or her knowledge. In this course, learners will examine the necessary skills of an effective trainer and adult learning principles, as well as an in-depth view of the ADDIE model and other ways to plan and manage any training program. 1h
Supervisor Skills This one-hour course provides an overview of the skills supervisors, and managers need to manage employees effectively. Supervisors and managers are the backbone of the business – linking upper management to the body of the organization. Effective supervisors and managers must possess a variety of skills to be successful in the workplace. This course focuses on effective communication, responsibilities of a Supervisor, leadership skills, and organizational development. 1h
Transition from Peer to Supervisor Congratulations! You have just been promoted to a leadership role in your company. This marks a significant milestone in your career, and with it comes greater responsibility. Not only is your title different but so is how you are viewed by your fellow employees now that you are their supervisor. Recognizing how to handle the transition from peer to supervisor will make your recent advancement go much more smoothly. There are a number of communication and leadership strategies as well as recommendations on how to create a successful management style your peers can get behind. 1h
Working from Home – NEW! In our ever-changing world, many employees are finding themselves navigating a new terrain – working remotely. Some employees are feeling overwhelmed as they try to figure out how to work from home, while others are excited about this new opportunity. Employees can put specific steps in place to help smooth the transition from working in the office to working from home. This includes establishing a remote work environment, learning the different forms of remote communication, and determining how to collaborate with your team when you are no longer in person. 1h
Workplace Stress Resiliency Stress in the workplace is a normal occurrence, and it doesn’t always have to be negative. But when stress does become too much to bear, it can interfere with productivity and performance, and it can even impact your physical health and emotional well-being. In this course, learners will explore how workplace stressors can affect your life both in the workplace and at home, as well as the ways you can reduce stress, improve job satisfaction, and increase your physical and emotional health. 1h