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Business and Professional Communication Playbook- Vantage Learning Platform

Business and Professional Communication Playbook- Vantage Learning Platform
Essential Skills for Tomorrow's Workplace

December 2022 | SAGE Publications, Inc
About Business and Professional Communication Playbook: Essential Skills for Tomorrow's Workplace

Recipient of the 2024 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Most Promising New Textbook Award
This award recognizes excellence in 1st edition textbooks and learning materials.

Business and Professional Communication Playbook 
teaches students the essentials of business communication and necessary skillset that employers look for today through skill building exercises, engaging examples, practical and professional tips, and real-world experiences and insights from recent graduates and working professionals.

About Business and Professional Communication Playbook: Essential Skills for Tomorrow's Workplace - Vantage Digital Option

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Business and Professional Communication Playbook – Vantage Learning Platform
 is offered in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative

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Section 1: Foundational Skills
Chapter 1: Introducing Communication
Chapter 2: Listening Skills
Chapter 3: Perception
Chapter 4: Communicating Ethically
Chapter 5: Audience Analysis
Chapter 6: Intercultural Communication
Section 2: Preparing for the Workplace
Chapter 7: Résumés
Chapter 8: Cover Letters
Chapter 9: Elevator Speeches
Chapter 10: Interviews
Chapter 11: Thank-You Notes
Section 3: Presentations
Chapter 12: Building Speeches
Chapter 13: Delivering Speeches
Chapter 14: Team Presentations
Chapter 15: Creating Visual Aids
Chapter 16: Persuasion and Compliance Gaining
Chapter 17: Motivation
Section 4: Succeeding In the Workplace
Chapter 18: Leadership and Followership
Chapter 19: Working in Groups
Chapter 20: Conflict
Chapter 21: Meetings

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Penn State Scranton

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Ohio University

“What I most like about Vantage is that my students are coming into class preparedStudent performance after implementing Vantage is incredible. It used to be out of 40 or 50 students, I had 4 or 5 A’s… and now instead of having that bulk of grades in the C’s, they’re in the A’s. We know that reading increases performance, but this is a really tangible way to see that.” 

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Merced College

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University of Scranton

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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San Jacinto College

“My learners really enjoyed the SAGE Vantage experience. Many of them said it forced them to read, which aided in their comprehension…The feedback I received is that they all really enjoyed the interactive nature of the program, as well as the [number] of activities…”     

Daniel Amoruso, Instructor
Boise State University

“…[It’s] easy to read, it’s just straightforward.”

Melissa, Student
Stockton University
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  • Enables Easy, 3-Step Course Creation. Our simple interface enables you to create your course in minutes so you can focus on content. Just enter your course information, select your assignments and grading preferences, and review your settings.  
  • Drives Student Engagement. An evidence-based learning design integrates text content with frequent multimedia activities and learning assessments to facilitate better student preparation, engagement, and learning retention. 
    • A student dashboard offers easy access to text content and visually tracks progress on assignments and assessments.  
    • Study tools, including flashcards and note-taking, highlighting, and definition look-up capabilities, give students all they need for class preparation and course success. 
    • Assignable Knowledge Checks (with helpful hints) provide formative assessments after each major section of text content to reinforce retention of key concepts. 
    • Critical Thinking Checks and Chapter Quizzes provide summative assessments at the end of each chapter to measure progress and long-term retention.   
    • Assignable multimedia activities with assessment—including video and self assessments—build critical thinking while consistently engaging students in an interactive application of text content. Focused feedback on correct and incorrect answers eliminates any guesswork in the learning journey. 
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  • Offers Best-in-class Technical Support and Training. Our personalized support for instructors, students, and LMS administrators facilitates an easy transition to Vantage and the quality service you’ve come to expect from SAGE.
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    • Live and Self-Service Training. Synchronous training sessions are available to every Vantage adopter and complement our full suite of self-service “how-to” tools. Guided walk-throughs of basic and advanced Vantage features and live Q&A discussions empower you to personalize your course design and determine how Vantage can best support your teaching goals.


  • Focused, bite-sized chapters cover a single theory, concept, or skill providing flexibility for today’s on-the-go students.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes and real world case studies provide students with fictional and real-life examples of how to use the skills they learn in the workplace.
  • Pro-tips boxes feature practical skills ad tips to help students be successful in the workplace and make communication accessible to all.
  • Chapter activities engage active learning by providing applied exercises students can use both in and outside of class to build their brand and portfolio.
  • Insider Insights from working professionals give reflections from recent graduates on business communication topics and how they translate to the professional context.
  • One self-assessment per chapter, created by the authors. Students complete a self-reflection survey to assess their skill level for each chapter's topic and receive personalized feedback on how to improve their skills and identify areas for growth.

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