Learning to communicate for impact and influence

Due to the changing situation relating to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this workshop has been deferred. The health and wellbeing of participants, faculty and staff is paramount, as such we have come to this decision based on publicly available information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its potential implications for participants, faculty and staff. All registered participants will be contacted and a new date for the deferred program will be communicated in due course. Applications and expressions of interest will remain open and we encourage interested participants to fill out a form via the button below as we intend to reschedule once the impacts of the situation have passed. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It can be difficult to learn how to communicate with impact and influence. Developing a communication style to authentically represent who we are and what we are trying to achieve is not a given. In fact, in a drive to be a professional, we often mask our individuality and obscure our authenticity. The goal of this workshop is to help you develop an effective communication style that will help you be more impactful and influential at various levels and situations.

In this one-day course, Dr Zina O’Leary will share best practice communication strategies to help you to communicate with impact and influence. The program involves discussion, small group work, role plays and individual practice.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand why you sometimes feel like an imposter and how to move beyond it
  • think and communicate with purpose, clarity, and focus
  • use body, voice and language for maximum impact
  • manage verbal attacks without becoming defensive or aggressive.

What will you learn?

  • the importance of developing an impactful communication style
  • how to overcome imposter syndrome and own your space
  • verbal defence without being defensive
  • how to become more resilient
  • conveying presence with body, voice and language,

Who should register?

  • Executives, managers and staff - The workshop is aimed at public sector, local government and not-for-profit executives, managers and anyone who wants to boost their confidence, develop an authentic and effective communication style, and better impact and influence people.

This workshop gets at the core of what blocks you from communicating at your best. It tackles fears, and challenges you to tap into your strengths. This course will give you the skills and confidence to hold your space and speak persuasively.

Who will lead the course?

  • Dr Zina O’Leary - Sociologist and social psychologist with expertise in impactful communication and applied research methodologies.


$1,075 (inc. GST)

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.*

Please note the combined price of this event and Powerful presentations: Motivating an audience to action is $2100 incl. GST instead of $2150.

*Every person that completes the Executive Masters of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni.

To enquire about this workshop, please complete the executive workshop enquiry form.

Read our cancellation, transfer and refund policy.

Got a question?

Please contact ANZSOG's Executive Education team on +61 3 8344 1984 or email with the program name as the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Enthusiasm! The workshop is exactly that, a workshop. So be prepared to engage and even take risks. Stepping out of your comfort zone can bring great reward.

Venue information

  • Venue: TBC

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