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Online course

How to Read Your Boss

How can we talk more effectively in the workplace? This course introduces linguistic techniques to enhance business communication.

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  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
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How to Read Your Boss

Why join the course?

Think about the conversations you have had in your workplace over the past few months. Do you come out of business meetings wishing you had said something differently, or felt misunderstood? Do you have difficulty talking to people more senior than you? What about when talking with other colleagues? ‘How to read your boss’ introduces you to the world of business communication through linguistics.

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 reflexive and self-conscious language users when communicating at work.

How to Read Your Boss is the second in a series of ‘How to read…’ courses which will be presented by applied linguists, discourse analysts and literary critics at The University of Nottingham.

How to Read Your Boss will be useful for anyone working within businesses/organisations in the public, private or third sector, including managers and those with leadership responsibility.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsWelcome to the University of Nottingham. I'm Louise Mullany, a professional communications specialist from the Centre for Research and Applied Linguistics. This is How to Read Your Boss. 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 wanted to express your ideas? Do you ever find it hard to explain yourself to your boss or with others at a more senior level than you? Do you find yourself ever wondering what your boss is actually asking you to do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is definitely for you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsAlong with colleagues, I've spent the last 15 years investigating communication styles in a wide range of workplaces, from small to medium sized enterprises right through to large multinationals. How to Read Your Boss draws upon the findings of this research. The course will provide a basic introduction to a sample of linguistic toolkits to help you produce a quick and effective analysis of your own and others' talk. You will also have a suite of different strategies to draw upon, which can enhance your persuasive presence and impact in the future. This course is unique, as it is based upon the analysis of authentic business conversations that have actually taken place.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds How to Read Your Boss provides access to cutting edge academic knowledge and practical activities based on how people really talk at work. I hope that you will take the opportunity to join us, and discover how linguistics can help you read both yourself and your boss.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

There are no previous requirements needed to take part in this course.

Who will you learn with?

Louise Mullany

Dr. Louise Mullany is Director of Business Engagement and Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham

Who developed the course?

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students with world-leading research and benefitting communities all around the world.

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