• Owner of Communication Works

Betty Parker Ellis has spent the last 29 years honing her communication skills and professional presence in the corporate and academic worlds. She holds a bachelor's degree in French and education from Furman and a master's degree in media management from Kent State University in Ohio. Having spent the first part of her career with Michelin Tire Corporation, she now owns Communication Works, a public relations and business communications training company. In addition to providing media relations and writing services to clients such as Metaprise Consulting and Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Hospital, Ellis offers customized training in business writing, business grammar and business etiquette. Training clients have included The Palmetto Bank, the City of Greenville, Charter Communications, Lockheed Martin and Fluor Corporation.

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Communications in Leadership

This course focuses on giving presentations as well as conducting productive meetings. Learn to work with guest speakers, handle difficult participants and effectively use visual aids. Gain hands-on experience in giving a prepared or impromptu presentation. In addition, you will learn the mechanics of conducting a smooth-flowing meeting that will yield results instead of criticisms.

Writing More Concisely

If solving wordiness is at the top of your self-improvement list, this course will identify key areas where this problem occurs. In this hands-on workshop, participants will polish their routine correspon- dence from e-mails to special reports and develop the tools for writing more concisely. As a result, they will communicate more clearly and will see their projects run more smoothly.

Clear Communications for the Professional

If drafting memos, e-mails and business letters is a chore for you, this class will equip you with the right tools for getting the job done. Learn effective business correspondence outlines and formats, and receive vital tips for better business writing.

Face-to-Face Communications

This course will examine all the verbal and nonverbal aspects of interpersonal communications such as improving listening skills, practicing common courtesies and exhibiting professional behavior. Learn what it takes to be a professional, regardless of one’s position, and discover the power of increased listening skills and the impact of nonverbal communication.

Dining with Confidence

Meeting clients in restaurants, attending business luncheons and dinners, and networking at business socials are an integral part of the successful professional’s calendar. Let this course boost your confidence as your instructor navigates you through a social hour and a three-course luncheon or four-course dinner with tips on networking, making conversation, polishing your table manners and eating difficult foods.


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