In order to be a more persuasive ISD professional in the work place, the ability to influence others is important. This is true whether you need to convince someone to take on a service you’re offering or learn something new. By doing so, you could be leading a team to success. Therefore, your ability to drive others can have a large impact on your overall success.
How can an ISD professional learn to be more persuasive?
The ISD Master’s Program at UMBC incorporates this skill into many of its courses and encourages students to practice their powers of persuasion. The program helps develop influence further with its portfolio curriculum.
The purpose of the curriculum is to provide students with a win-win opportunity. They get to demonstrate what they have learned in their coursework and the program. They also get to create a tangible product. This provides students, employers, clients, colleagues, etc. with evidence of knowledge, skill, abilities and competencies. Portfolios are a fantastic career tool that may assist graduates in getting jobs, promotions, new clients, and other professional opportunities.
Furthermore, students gain the chance in almost every class to create basic artifacts that go into the portfolio. With some polishing and improvements, these artifacts may be used to satisfy the portfolio requirement.
Additionally, another way an ISD professional can beef up skills is following leaders in the industry. Analyzing what successful leaders do can up the advantage for any serious professional. The e-learning coach is a helpful resource that includes business-minded articles. Topics include, Persuading Clients To Accept Your Course Design which can help students develop these skills. Another, great resource is The Rapid eLearning Blog by Tom Kuhlman.
To further help you develop your skills, we’ve put together an infographic with some tips to help you become more persuasive in your ISD career.