You can - and should - enhance your career marketability by always keeping your interpersonal and written communication skills up to snuff. By so doing, you can remain competitive in a competitive workplace environment. A first step is to take a non-credit professional development course, "Effective Communications in Business" for eight weeks starting in March at Union County College's Cranford Campus.

The course will address verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills, dealing with such important areas as managing conflict in the workplace, active listening, choosing just the right words that you want to say to convey your message, interpreting body language and other non-verbal communication. It will also cover group problem solving, and writing effective letters, memos, e-mails, and short reports. Grammatical questions will be consistently addressed.

Students will walk away from the course with a more insightful understanding of the inner workings of the communication process and how each aspect plays an integral role in the total communication effort. A textbook and worksheets will be used, along with relevant handouts, exercises, and writing assignments to correspond with each class topic.

The course is highly interactive, focusing heavily on individual student concerns through practical exercises as well as full-class discussions and partnering to emphasize issues that face individuals in their workplace settings.

"Effective Communications in Business" will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 2 through April 27 at the College's Cranford Campus. No class will be held on March 16 due to the College's closing for Spring Break.

For further information or to register, call the College's Division of Economic Development and Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600.