Effective communication is a skill that everyone needs yet few fully develop. In order to be an effective leader, you must develop effective communication skills. This is especially important in security leadership as other projects and initiatives constantly compete for funding, resources and visibility. In this course, Security Leadership through Effective Communication, you'll learn the necessities of being an effective and impactful communicator and leader. First, you will discover the importance of understanding your audience, tailoring the message to meet their needs and having them see your vision. Next, you will explore the essentials of engaging your audience through story telling and visual aides such as capability maturity models and metrics. Finally, you will learn the importance of being laser focused in your message, focusing on strategy vs. technology and delivering the message using terminology and vocabulary that resonates with senior leadership. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills necessary to become an effective communicator and security leader.
Chris is a lifelong learner and professional information technologist, trainer and IT Manager. Married with 3 children, Chris is interested in martial arts, working out, spending time with family and friends and being creative whenever possible.
Course Overview Hey, everyone. My name is Christopher Rees, and welcome to my course, Security Leadership Through Effective Communication. I'm both a Pluralsight author and also a Senior Enterprise IT Ops Leader. I've trained students all around the world, as well as managed teams that have served millions of customers around the country. Part of my career in IT, I was a police officer and a detective who specialized in computer crime investigations. Communication is a crucial skill that everyone needs to develop, regardless of position, industry, or location. As a security leader, being a skilled communicator is critical to being able to express your vision, to get funding and buy‑in from senior leadership or the board, and ultimately being able to put your plans into action. Without proper communication, your chances for success are greatly reduced. So in this course, we're going to cover all of the elements of effective communication and how these skills can enable you to become more effective and impactful as a security leader. So some of the major topics that we'll cover include how to define goals and show the value that senior leaders want to see, understanding your audience and also tailoring your presentation for maximum effect, the importance of developing a business case and an impact analysis, along with methods of communicating, including storytelling, maturity models, and metrics, and then also some of the key elements to engaging senior leadership and the board of directors. By the end of this course, you'll have a good understanding of effective communication strategies, how to tailor your presentation to your audience, and achieve your goals with precision targeting. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with security fundamentals and the courses in the security management path. From here, you should feel comfortable communicating and presenting to executive leadership and putting your vision into action. I hope you'll join me on this journey to become a more effective communicator with the Security Leadership Through Effective Communication course here, at Pluralsight.