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Communicating to Inspire and Influence

Communicating to inspire and influence key stakeholders is a critical skill at any level of leadership. It is especially important now as leaders are required to deliver greater business impact in a dynamic environment. We see the need for it everywhere: A CEO inspires her company with vision, strategy, and near-term actions to drive results. A Director or VP communicates strategies and plans to get cross-company buy-in. A manager aligns her team’s work to company goals and communicates key decisions. An individual contributor communicates the importance of her work, tees up issues and proposals, and identifies opportunities to drive greater impact.

The goal of this course is for you to learn common leadership communication expectations and leave with an impactful narrative to pilot in your day job. You’ll learn a narrative framework, see examples, and then workshop and rehearse your own narrative, aimed to help you communicate, inspire, and influence others.

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Grace Chau
Marketing VP (Discord, Lyft, Meta)
Real-world projects that teach you industry skills.
Learn alongside a small group of your professional peers
Part-time program with 2 live events per week:
Next Cohort
July 17, 2023
2 weeks
US$ 400
or included with membership

Course taught by expert instructors

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Grace Chau

Marketing VP (Discord, Lyft, Meta)

Grace Chau is a Marketing VP, Board Member, and Advisor passionate about sharing lessons learned over 20 years of leading happy and high performing organizations through growth and change. Most recently Grace was VP Communities Marketing at Discord, responsible for all things community across marketing, community management, partnerships, and sales. Prior to that, Grace ran the business marketing function at Lyft for 3 years and was a pre-IPO consumer marketer at Meta building out the function over 7 years. Grace serves on the board of, speaks on diversity, and earned her BA and MBA from Stanford.

The course

Learn and apply skills with real-world projects.

Who is it for?
  • You’re looking to inspire and influence others

  • Relevant for non-technical and technical audiences, individual contributors, managers, and executives.

Prerequisites / Commitment
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for developing your skills

  • Readiness to actively participate and engage

  • Commitment to confidentiality

  • Openness to giving and receiving feedback

  • You have a current issue where developing a narrative to inspire and influence will unlock impact

Not ready?

Try these prep courses first

  • What is a narrative and why is it important?
  • What is a framework I can use to develop a compelling narrative?
  • How can I start crafting a narrative for my current issue area?
Begin to craft your narrative
  • Pick your most important goal and topic
  • Populate a messaging doc for your business goal, communication goal, risks, data points, gaps
  • Draft key messages
  • Practice, get feedback, evaluate impact
  • How to test, socialize, and make your narrative most compelling
  • How to decide on the best format and channel
  • Practice, get feedback, evaluate impact
Finalize your narrative
  • Build your updated narrative to deliver a clear, inspiring, compelling message
  • Create a launch plan for your message, including risks, FAQs, format, channel

Real-world projects

Work on projects that bring your learning to life.
Made to be directly applicable in your work.

Live access to experts

Sessions and Q&As with our expert instructors, along with real-world projects.

Network & community

Core reviews a study groups. Share experiences and learn alongside a global network of professionals.

Support & accountability

We have a system in place to make sure you complete the course, and to help nudge you along the way.

Get reimbursed by your company

More than half of learners get their Courses and Memberships reimbursed by their company.

Hundreds of companies have dedicated L&D and education budgets that have covered the costs.


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