Communicating for Influence and Impact online short course

Course starts 13 May 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
5 May 2020
Course Starts:
13 May 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,100
Payment Options
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
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Companies across all industries need leaders who can leverage communication to better meet business objectives, influence stakeholders, and drive positive change.

The Communicating for Influence and Impact online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides comprehensive insights and a range of tools to develop impactful communication.

You'll learn how to embed purpose-driven communication to overcome barriers to success. Assess your personal leadership style and adopt communication techniques to help shape the future you want.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of completion from CISL on this online course and be empowered to:

  • Communicate persuasively and effectively with various stakeholders within and beyond your network

  • Create a Personal Impact Plan to achieve meaningful change within your organisation

  • Inspire and motivate others to drive innovation and sustainability at a systems level

  • Collaborate with professionals around the world and become a member of the CISL global alumni network

Course curriculum

Learn to influence change as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: The need for impactful communication
  • Module 2: The role of communication in shaping society
  • Module 3: Attributes of an effective communicator
  • Module 4: Communicate effectively using listening and storytelling
  • Module 5: Purpose-driven communication and influence
  • Module 6: Influence change within and beyond your network
  • Module 7: Collaborating to achieve impact
  • Module 8: Maximising your influence and impact

Develop communication skills for more effective leadership

This CISL online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Learn from industry thought leaders as you assess the importance of purposeful communication and influencing change.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by CISL faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Zoe Arden

Zoë Arden 

Fellow and Associate Director, Leadership, CISL

Arden specialises in leadership, stakeholder engagement, and storytelling. Before joining CISL, she served as director of SustainAbility (a global think tank and advisory firm) and as the director of communications and social responsibility of British Telecom. She has also held the position of managing director of the global communications consultancy Golin, among others. Arden draws on three decades of global business experience, 13 years of which were spent in managing director/director roles in complex organisations. She is also a co-author and contributor of research and reports on leadership development.

Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts

Director of Online Learning at CISL 

Roberts is an expert in online learning, sustainability, and business leadership, having worked in diverse fields and sectors in Europe and Africa. Before joining CISL, Roberts provided strategic leadership to several organisations, collaborating with government and the private sector throughout Africa. He draws on his own experience of supporting business leaders around the world to effectively reshape their organisations.

Earn a certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of completion from CISL – and use it to set yourself apart as a leader who motivates and inspires others.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 13 May 2020.

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    When paying for your programme, you can choose to pay the full amount, prior to programme start, or you can opt for a two-part payment plan option when you register.

    The two-part payment option requires one payment up front, followed by a second payment during your programme. 

    If you want to find out more about payment options or the programme itself, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.