Do you find conversations with some colleagues more difficult than others? Do you ever come out of meetings feeling that you've been misunderstood, or that you haven't been given the time you needed to express your ideas? Do you ever find it hard to explain yourself to your boss or to others at a more senior level than you? Do you ever find yourself wondering what exactly your boss is asking you to do?

These experiences can occur in all kinds of setting - during team work in university, work placements, part-time and full-time jobs. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then this course is definitely for you.

About the course

The course presents a set of ‘linguistic toolkits’ which you can use to create a linguistic profile of yourself and others, including your boss. It is designed for you to assess the effectiveness of the communication styles you use and identify the type of communications culture where you work. It will offer alternative strategies for future business talk. It aims to encourage you to become more reflective and self-aware language users when communicating at work.

How to Read Your Boss will be useful for anyone working within the public, private or third sector, including managers and those with leadership responsibilities. It will bring value to those aspiring to managerial positions or considering post-graduate study in a business school.

Starting date: 7 September 2015

Duration: 2 weeks, 3 hours per week

Language: English

Institution: University of Nottingham

Educator: Louise Mullany

Platform: Future Learn