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ESI International Expands Curriculum with New Course, Communicating Up: Winning Strategies for Successful Executive Conversations

New Course Offers Scenario-Based Learning Through Comprehensive, Hands-on Role Playing

Arlington, VA - November 01, 2012

ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the introduction of its newest course, titled Communicating Up: Winning Strategies for Successful Executive Conversations. The new course offers hands-on practice and scenario-based role play exercises to allow students to practice communication techniques in a risk-free environment.

“We are excited to offer this new course because ESI knows that project outcomes depend on effective communication with executives and stakeholders,” said Patrice Collins, Vice President, Global Learning, Technology and Delivery at ESI. “Whether project managers are gathering requirements, reporting results or securing additional resources, communicating effectively with executives is essential to the successful execution and completion of projects. How well project managers are able to communicate the value they deliver to the organization may be the difference between expanding their influence and fighting for survival.”

The course focuses on preparing students to interact with executives in difference types of situations. Students will have an opportunity to practice newly learned skills and techniques, so they’re prepared for various types of executive interactions including hallway conversations, difficult conversations, presenting to an executive committee, and other common scenarios.

“There is currently a gap in training,” said Collins. “While we know that communication is a critical, required skill, it is often not taught by organizations. Our new course is an effective way of meeting this requirement and giving project managers the skills they need to communicate effectively and professionally.”

Communicating Up: Winning Strategies for Successful Executive Conversations is currently available. In conjunction with the release of the new course, ESI has also authored a new article titled, Executive Conversations: Five Keys to Communicating so the C-Suite Listens. The paper outlines five strategies that can be taken to ensure that each executive conversation is productive and effective.

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About ESI International

ESI International is a global project-focused training company, helping people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative training in project management, business analysis and contract management. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit