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More than just numbers

Relationships matter
At OSU School of Accounting, we shape exceptional early career accountants, combining technical knowledge and power skills positioning graduates as leaders building the future of accounting. Unleash potential, conquer challenges and join a transformative journey toward success in the accounting profession.
Communication skills encompass more than writing and presenting. Effective communicators need to develop proficiency in active listening, collaboration, emotional intelligence, financial storytelling, leadership, creative problem-solving engaging your audience and more.      

Beyond number crunchingProviding insights and facilitating decision making

Collaboration and teamwork

Accounting professionals collaborate with colleagues, clients and stakeholders. Effective communication enables clear expression of ideas, active listening, conflict resolution and teamwork. It ensures smooth information flow, leveraging diverse skills and perspectives to achieve shared goals.

Client relationships

Accountants interact with clients, department heads, boards of directors and more providing financial expertise. Clear communication explains complex concepts and instills trust. Active listening tailors advice to those stakeholders, while compelling communication facilitates their presentations.

Ethical responsibilities

Accountants must report financial information accurately to fulfill moral obligations. Communication skills are crucial for transparency, accountability and clear communication with stakeholders, shareholders and regulators.

Business strategy and decision making

Accountants aid strategic decision-making through effective financial data presentation. Communication skills enable informed decisions, formulation of strategic plans and implementation of business strategies.


Reserved for the Master of Science in Accounting Cohort
  • Personality and Communication Styles D.I.S.C. Assessment

    The D.I.S.C personality test categorizes individuals into Dominant (D), Influential (I), Steady (S) or Conscientious (C) types. This test assesses behavior and communication styles, aiding individuals in understanding strengths, weaknesses and preferences. By recognizing these traits, interactions can improve, leading to effective teamwork and adaptable approaches in various situations.

  • CliftonStrengths

    The CliftonStrengths Assessment unveils individual’s unique strengths through questions related to 34 themes. Emphasizing leveraging strengths for performance and engagement, the personalized report empowers individuals to succeed and find fulfillment in personal and professional life.

  • Are you Above or Below the Line

    Conscious leadership can be categorized as "above the line" or "below the line." Above the line leaders embody traits like self-awareness, accountability and a growth mindset, taking responsibility and seeking solutions. In contrast, below the line leaders display defensiveness and a fixed mindset, avoiding accountability and dwelling on problems. Leading above the line fosters positive and effective leadership, while below the line hinders growth and progress. 

  • The Art of Active Listening

    Mastering the art of active listening is the crucial skill in today's business world. Effective communication involves attentive listening, setting aside agendas and ego to truly understand others. Improved connections with peers, colleagues, bosses and loved ones result from this valuable ability.

  • Escape the Monotony: Unleash Your Creative Potential™

    Discover new perspectives, unlock your creativity and identified risks. Leave behind routine and embrace innovation. Engage in lively discussions, interactive activities and hands-on exercises. Transform your performance, ignite innovation and implement practical strategies in your professional life.

  • The Art of Better Business Writing

    Learn that business readers seek content-driven solutions and don't have time for lengthy memos or reports. Learn concise, direct business writing skills for effective communication. Improve emails, memos, reports and presentations.

  • Better Presentation Skills

    Start your journey of mastering public speaking, an essential skill in today's business landscape, which enables rapid career advancement. Learn to exude confidence, knowledge and captivate audiences by projecting a strong presence, establishing connections and igniting their imagination. 

  • The Gift of Giving and Receiving Feedback

    Begin to unleash the power of constructive feedback. Learn to provide uplifting feedback that fosters growth while developing active listening and empathy skills. Embrace feedback gracefully, using it as a catalyst for personal and professional improvement. 

  • Financial Storytelling

    You will be introduced to the tools to craft compelling stories with financial data. Breathe life into numbers, simplifying their interpretation for audiences. Explore visualization, storytelling theory and practical applications blending financial data with best practices. Effectively communicate your financial story with simplicity and impact.

  • Building a Stronger Professional Network

    Learn the secrets to a thriving professional network. Discover innovative strategies and practical tips to expand your connections, forge meaningful relationships and seize exciting opportunities. Harness the power of networking to skyrocket your career and become an influential force in your industry. 

  • Developing Your Emotional Intelligence & Empathy

    Discover the secrets to deepening your self-awareness, understanding others on a profound level and fostering harmonious relationships. Develop your empathy and become a compassionate force in this captivating exploration of the human heart.

  • Collaboration to Build Trust

    Unveil the hidden keys to successful collaboration and construct unflappable trust. Harness the potency of compelling communication, active listening and cultivating a nurturing atmosphere.

  • Developing Your Negotiation Skills

    Equip participants with the essential tools and techniques to enhance their negotiation prowess. Through interactive case studies and real-world simulations, learn effective strategies, communication techniques and problem-solving skills empowering individuals to achieve favorable outcomes in any negotiation scenario.

  • The Value of Collaboration: The Art of Relationship Management

    This capstone course enhances effective communication, emotional intelligence and leadership skills by revisiting active listening, probing for questions and utilizing emotional awareness to guide behavior of the individuals you will work with in the field.



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