respond to the following:
In this discussion please identify a workplace communication that
you initiated to motivate someone to action or to make a request of that
person(s). What persuasive techniques and communication channels did you use?
Based on this week’s lesson, how would you initiate that communication
differently, if you were to do it again, to improve the outcome? Please apply
relevant ideas from this week’s readings and lectures by integrating them into
your discussion. Please focus on developing several well-developed and
well-composed paragraphs that demonstrate application of learning. Please check
the Course Guide for further information on how to post great discussions.
Week 2 | Discussion Question
“Effective Writing Style” – Please respond to the following…
Role Play Situation: You and your coworker are working on a
presentation for your next project progress meeting. You both agreed that you
will take the first section of the presentation, your coworker will take the
second section, and you will complete the final plan of action together. You
have met the schedule and completed your section, but your coworker has not
completed his section. You still have not set a meeting time to collaborate on
the final piece, and the complete project is due on Friday. You are aware that
your colleague has several competing work demands, and as the point person, you
know your supervisor will want a status update from you by the end of the day.
Your task: Please compose an email message that you would
send to your co-worker to make sure the project is on track or to get it back
on track. Please make sure to (1) Post the email message that you would send to
your colleagues and (2) Explain, using well-developed and well-supported
analysis your thinking in why you composed the email as you did emphasizing
your choice of words, tone, focus, etc., ensuring application of your learning
from this week by supporting your statements and analysis with your reading
from this week.
Bottom of Form
“Rethinking Emails.” Respond to the following:
First, Select a 4-8 sentence (minimum)
professional email you have written and sent to someone. Please make sure to
use any necessary de-identifiers and delete any sensitive information. Please
post this e-mail at the beginning of your discussion posting. Second, please
analyze the email using the principles discussed in our lectures and text.
Please make sure to develop analysis and application in your discussion
highlighting issues related to the topic, tone, length, structure, and style.
Finally, please discuss at least 3 potential changes you would make to the
e-mail that will have a significant impact on your professional effectiveness.
Please note how these proposed changes are related to your DiSC style.
Week 4 |
Presentation Design and Guidelines” Please respond to the
In Week 5
you will prepare a PowerPoint and paper on a business topic of your choice.
This week in our discussion we will focus on how to grab the audience’s
attention and how to prepare a great presentation. In the discussion for this
week, using great communication skills, you will:
- State your presentation
topic in a fully developed sentence and then explain why you choose this
- Share some ideas, in
well-developed paragraph format, on how you will grab the audience’s
- Based on the Munter
readings, what presentation guidelines will you use and why to create an
exciting and relevant presentation?
respond to the following…
you are actually developing a PowerPoint on a business topic of your choice.
This week in our discussion we will focus on preparing a draft and even a final
version of the PowerPoint that you will submit as a part of the Week 6
assignment. Please post your PowerPoint, as complete as possible, thinking
about ‘look and feel’ as well as the substantive content. Please then review at
least 2-3 of your colleagues’ PowerPoints and post appropriate candid feedback
on both the strengths and weaknesses of the work. Apply concepts from class readings,
videos and other sources (cited appropriately). Take your classmates’ feedback
into consideration while finalizing your presentation and feel free to post a
revised version of your PowerPoint in the discussion (optional) for additional
In this discussion,
reflect on the preparation to deliver your presentation. If you were to deliver
your presentation, or are preparing to deliver it in reality, what are your
greatest strengths and challenges as a presenter, given the learning this
Then, determine the nonverbal delivery skills, listening skills,
and relaxation techniques you will apply to deliver a memorable presentation.
How will you practice these skills?
If your presentation will be virtual, what ideas from the McNeill
article will you incorporate? In the discussion, coach each other
regarding techniques to deliver a powerful presentation.
all relevant concepts from this week’s lectures, text and articles,
in well-developed and formatted paragraphs
professional experience, identify an organization with a culture of candor and
examine some of the mechanisms or techniques their leadership uses to establish
and maintain this culture. Describe some of the challenges they face. How did
the culture of candor contribute to the organization’s performance?
Alternatively, you may discuss how to create a culture of candor in an
organization that would benefit, identifying the anticipated performance
readings and lectures this week to support your assessment.
- Note: If you cannot identify
an organization from your professional experience that can be assessed in
this discussion, go to the Rittenhouse Corporate Culture and Candor
rankings to select an organization to examine. httpss://rittenhouserankings.com/
Moments” Please respond to the following…
values of your current (or past) employer, discuss how values are made
“concrete” by the actions of the organization, leadership, and employees.
Critique the values and associated behaviors in terms of impact on the business
achieving its mission. To what degree are the two pillars of ethical
intent of the discussion is to share examples of leadership activities that
demonstrate and embed the values in the organization, along with the benefits
of doing so. Clearly apply concepts from this week’s reading and lectures.
2010, Toyota recalled a large number of vehicles for faulty accelerator pedals.
On February 2nd, the President of Toyota Motor Sales released a
letter to the public regarding the recall. Read Toyota’s initial response
regarding the accelerator pedal recall found at: httpss://pressroom.toyota.com/images/document/ToyotaCustomerLetter.pdf.
Note: You may have to paste this url directly into your browser.
The letter resulted in a negative response from a variety of stakeholder
groups, including customers, business analysts, government, and media.
1. This discussion
includes two tasks:
Evaluate the letter to determine the cause of the negative response from
stakeholder groups. Why do you think the letter negatively impacted Toyota’s
reputation, market position and value?
As the leader of Toyota, explain your
crisis communication strategy for each stakeholder group, applying course
materials. A sufficient post will be two to three paragraphs in length.
2. Assuming you are the
CEO of Toyota, prepare and post the letter to stakeholders you would
issue regarding the pedal recall crisis. A sufficient letter probably
will be three paragraphs in length. Paste your letter at the close of your post
under the title LETTER.
3.Week 10 |
Discussion 1: Your Learning Inventory
Distill your learning from this
course into a succinct list. Use the following questions as your guide:
What have you mastered aboutBusiness
What do you now understand but may want to learn more about?
What questions can you now articulate aboutBusiness Communicationbased
on what you have learned in this course?