MBAexpress: Key Concepts of Powerful Communication – V 2.0 | BUNDLE (6 COURSES)

This course provides an overview of the key elements of a traditional MBA to help you improve your business writing, presentation, social media, and professional networking skills.
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This course provides an overview of the key elements of a traditional MBA to help you improve your business writing, presentation, social media, and professional networking skills.

Format: Online
NASBA Field of Study: Communications and Marketing
Level: Intermediate
CPE Credits: 6
Author(s): Peter Margaritis, Jennifer H. Elder
Availability: 1 year
Prerequisites: None

This is a digital product. You will have access to the content for 1 year after purchase date.

This course has been developed by the Business Learning Institute. The Business Learning Institute, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) USA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Product Details

MBAexpress provides essential business savvy over the course of 6 1-hour online learning modules.
  • Building a Stronger Professional Network – V 2.0: Having a strong network will assist you in launching a new idea or plan, developing new business and clients, reducing costs in recruiting, and leveraging your career.
  • Communicating for Connections with Coworkers, Clients, and Customers – V 2.0: This course will discuss different personality styles and demonstrate the different ways to communicate information to them.
  • Listening for Leaders – V 2.0: Listening is harder than you think. It’s not about you, it’s about the audience – about the person you’re talking to. Listening is about setting aside our issues, our concerns, our biases, and our judgment so that we can truly listen to what someone else is saying.
  • Powerful Presentation Skills – V 2.0: Discover how to stand in front of an audience, project confidence, and knowledge, all the while making a connection and capturing your audience’s imagination to be powerful and persuasive.
  • Presenting Financial Information – V 2.0: In this course, you’ll learn general tips, common mistakes and ways to improve your financial presentations.
  • The Art of Effective Writing – V 2.0: Your company is only as good as your writing. Despite all your efforts, are you still trying to explain the difference between good and bad writing?

Learning Outcomes

This course will prepare you to:

  • Identify network types
  • Identify four steps to building your network
  • Recognize key influencers for building your network
  • Recognize best practices when attending conferences or business networking events
  • Describe the three types of misconceptions of communication
  • Identify the different types of personality styles in the workplace
  • Recognize how to communicate with the different types of personality styles effectively.
  • Recognize why listening is harder than we think.
  • Identify eight listening “don’ts”
  • List three steps for quality listening
  • Illustrate techniques in increasing your confidence before your presentation
  • Identify ways to connect with your audience and capture their imagination
  • Recognize the importance of restating questions during a presentation or Q&A
  • Describe steps to becoming a more polished presenter
  • Identify techniques for presenting to various audience demographics
  • Identify the importance of your presentation opening and closing remarks
  • Identify 5 tips that are key for presenting financial information
  • Recognize the value of using charts in financial presentations
  • Describe ways to give context to help explain your data
  • Describe how to write more effectively with increased clarity and a stronger impact
  • Recognize the benefits of being a good writer
  • Identify 9 rules of effective writing

Who Will Benefit

  • Corporate finance teams and other financial professionals.
  • Business leaders & Owners of SMEs.
  • Undergraduate Students seeking professional skills development.

Key Topics

  • Social networks
  • Professional Networks
  • Clique versus entrepreneurial networks
  • Types of Influential People
  • Building Your Network
  • Following-up with new clients
  • Characteristics, Strengths, and Weaknesses of Personality Styles
  • Connecting with Personality Styles
  • Audience Demographics
  • The importance of scheduling time and environment
  • Types of listening
  • Levels of listening
  • Listening to respond
  • Introverts and Extroverts
  • Listening bias
  • Body language
  • Using visualization
  • Practice is essential
  • Positive energy
  • Slide count calculation
  • A speech versus an experience
  • Fear of questions
  • Know your audience
  • Communication styles
  • Turn off the adrenaline
  • The power of a pause
  • Presentation Tips
  • The importance of audience demographics
  • Winning the trust of your audience
  • Providing context with your numbers
  • Tables and charts
  • Formatting words for readability
  • Making your point
  • Active versus passive writing
  • Choosing words for understandability
  • Using emoticons and punctuation
  • Bad writing examples


Peter Margaritis
Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA, CSP, is a keynote speaker, communication strategist, and improv virtuoso. Peter is the author of two books, Improv Is No Joke: Using Improvisation to Create Positive Results in Leadership and Life and Taking the Numb Out of Numbers: Explaining and Presenting Financial Information with Confidence and Clarity. Peter works with financial professionals to help adapt their mindset and believes that strong communication skills are the most effective way of delivering technical knowledge and building strong business relationships. The underlying premise in everything Peter does is the power of applied improvisation. He focuses his strategies using two powerful words, YES AND along with the concept of listening to understand. This strategy promotes a better connection with customers and clients leading to higher profits and higher retention of employees. Peter has delivered over 500 keynote speeches and workshops in 38 states in the U.S. and across Canada and the Caribbean. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses, national, regional & local public accounting firms, and national and state associations. Peter earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University and he is a licensed, non-practicing, CPA in Ohio. He has worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Victoria Secret Catalogue (not as a model), two large banking institutions and has managed restaurants in his day. Don’t be surprised – he is Greek. He was also an assistant professor of accounting and taught in the MBA program at THE Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH. Peter is also a blogger, writer, humorist and a podcaster. His podcast, Change Your Mindset can be found on his website, along with iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. You can visit his website ( to watch his videos and read his promotional resources which include a variety of magazine articles, along with his weekly blog. Peter lives in Westerville, OH with his wife, 17-year-old son, and two Labrador retrievers. His passion is his family and improvisation, along with a love of humor, and at times he performs both improv and stand-up comedy.
Jennifer H. Elder
Jennifer Elder, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA is a keynote speaker, trainer, and business coach dedicated to business transformation. For more than 20 years, she has been helping businesses by peeling back the layers of “administrivia” and finding the hidden strengths and core values that make you and your company awesome. Ms. Elder works with businesses to develop a compelling business strategy that is quick to implement that transforms your company from what you are now to what you have always wanted to be. Known for being energetic and enthusiastic, Ms. Elder has been delivering high-quality, customized training that make complicated topics easy to understand, relevant, and useful for years. She has conducted seminars for the Fortune 500, US Government, State CPA Societies, and CPA Firms in 33 states. Her sessions are highly interactive, full of discussion, and even entertaining. Ms. Elder received her BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Organizational Management from Antioch University New England. She lives on her boat near Annapolis, Maryland.


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