About Programme

Executives today more than ever are required to use their communications abilities both within their role and beyond it. Leaders who can influence and persuade with rhetorical flair, across different settings using their presence and the art of communication will always remain an invaluable to their business.

This programme has been designed by Professor Mihir Mankad, an award-winning global professor in Leadership Communications. The programme will help you transform into a more persuasive and effective leader and public speaker. You will learn how to build a commanding presence by speaking with ease, confidence, clarity, and gaining modes of persuasion that are critical in today’s corporate, non-profit, and policy worlds.

The programme will cover a range of speaking scenarios, including presentations, impromptu and prepared podium speeches, elevator pitches, simulations of media interactions on camera, and how to shine on zoom and online platforms.

Programme Start Date & Duration

July 03, 2021  |  5 weeks (2 sessions per week)

Programme Fee

85,000 + GST @ 18%

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How does this Live Virtual programme help?

Executive education redesigned for a radically different world. This programme blends the discipline of the on-campus experience that ISB is renowned for with our global faculty and advanced curriculum. You will gain immediately applicable advanced skills, relevant for the uncertain times we live in.

LIVE Virtual Classrooms

Experience a new way of immersive learning through group discussions, case reviews, peer networking and engaging dialogues.


Gain an official certificate awarded by the Centre for Executive Education at ISB, recognised by executives and employers for its world-class education.

Research-Based Teaching

Learn at India’s most research-productive B-School. Gain from the advanced, up-to-date research being conducted by world-class faculty at ISB.

Alumni network

Expand your network with ISB’s 40,000+ high-performing alumni community. Join this group of senior executives and entrepreneurs spread across the entire world.


Learn how to deliver added value to all partners and stakeholders while you juggle the new work-life balance from the safety of your home.

Real-world application

Learn real-world skills that you can immediately apply to push the innovation agenda at your organisation, giving it a distinct advantage over competitors

Who should attend?

The programme has been designed to benefit both novice and experienced speakers. Senior executives and functional leaders from across industries and functions responsible for public speaking, and delivering presentations, both internally and externally will benefit from attending this programme.


  1. Enhance your leadership by building executive presence
  2. Sharpen your skill at public speaking and leadership communication
  3. Discover how to win an audience over by connecting with them
  4. Exercise your ability to handle media facing responsibilities
  5. Master the art of the elevator pitch with pithy, impromptu reasoning
  6. Learn how to communicate persuasively on new media platforms

Module 1

  • Discover the origins of rhetorical study.
  • Understand the concept of “sound bites”.
  • Discover specific tools for speech planning.

Module 2

  • Understand the concept of elevator pitching
  • Sharpen your impromptu speaking abilities
  • Learn from a speaker who picks an “impromptu” style to public speaking
  • Understand the five most commonly asked interview questions

Module 3

  • Understand the concept of Adaptive Leadership
  • Differentiate between technical and adaptive challenges
  • Develop tools for leadership communication in challenging settings

Module 4

  • Interpret tools for style, structure and finding your voice
  • Assess the components and structure of a speech

Module 5

  • Understand the concept of framing
  • Simplify, persuade, and shape understanding of complex issues

Module 6

  • Assess the tools for sharing values/personal beliefs
  • Differentiate between the private and personal when delivering a speech

Module 7

  • Master a strong media message and learn to anticipate questions
  • Develop effective relationships with journalists and while facing a camera
  • Learn the fundamentals of video and visual communication
  • Understand and internalise some key “shines” for online communication

Module 8

  • Summary and wrap-up of the programme learnings
  • Participate in a group-based Crisis Communication exercise

Meet the Faculty

Mihir Mankad

is an award-winning Professor of Practice in Leadership Communication at Tufts University, and has led major public speaking and media initiatives at the Fletcher and Friedman Schools since 2013.

His flagship course, The Arts of Communication, has become the highest enrolled elective at the school, with over 700 course enrollees (including 90+ Harvard cross-registrants) over the past 7 years.

Professor Mankad has also instructed over 100 executive and senior official group to dates, including Indian and Greek diplomats and defense ministry officials, Central Bank heads from over 20 nations, and top executives and CXO’s of large corporates across industries.