Pearson and the Ariel Group Partner to Provide an Online Learning and Development Service that Helps Organizations Improve Business Communication Skills

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Online Learning Experience Focuses on Helping Companies to Develop the Presence of their Employees to Advance Careers and Improve Productivity and Business Results in Today’s Workplace

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Pearson is partnering with the Ariel Group to deliver a new online learning and development service that empowers organizations to improve employees’ communication skills and develop their presence in the workplace. Presence is the ability to make authentic connections through dynamic communication and is identified as an essential business skill in many global organizations. In today’s increasingly remote and fast-paced workplace environment, presence – which is sped up by technology and challenged by remote and virtual team collaboration – can advance careers, cements relationships, and gets ideas heard and valued. The two organizations are working together to take a unique approach to teaching presence, which uses principles from actor training, to deliver an online learning experience that works at scale – so that an entire organization can develop the presence of their people.

Through the partnership, leading organizations in sectors such as financial services, insurance, consumer products, and high-tech will have access to the Presence Essentials, an online training course, via the Intrepid Learning Hub™ online learning environment, which delivers effective instruction through short-form content, applied practice, and highly interactive social features. This learner-centered experience allows people to assess their own skills, learn the four elements of a powerful presence, create a personal value proposition, and practice presence techniques from the stage that will help them in business. Practical guidance to authentically engage in person, in writing, and in the virtual world round out the experience.

Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, North America, Kenna Ose, said, “As the world’s leading learning company, we are committed to helping organizations improve their employees’ personal development and advance their careers to drive continued organizational growth. Through our strategic partnership with the Ariel Group, our innovative online learning and development service is designed to help professionals develop the presence they need to increase their success and improve business results.”

Sean Kavanagh, CEO of the Ariel Group, said, “Too often business-people focus on the transfer of data at the expense of building relationships. Presence is a skill that allows you to do both by connecting with the head and the heart of others. Most people think you’re either born with presence, or without it. In reality, it’s the result of a series of choices you make, actions you take or fail to take. It’s a set of skills that virtually anyone can develop and improve. We’re delighted to be launching a highly effective online solution that allows presence to be learned and applied at all levels, to help organizations not just increase skills but create an environment built on authentic connections, or what we call a ‘Culture of Presence’.”

Pearson’s Professional training and development group partners with corporations, associations, non-profits, and government agencies such as the American Health Information Management Association, the Gender Intelligence Group, and the U.S. Green Building Council, to create effective services and solutions that align with their online and blended learning and professional development goals to improve business and organizational results. To learn more, visit

Sean Kavanagh will be leading the workshop, “Ready for Disruption: Teaching the Most Technologically Connected Generation to Make Authentic Interpersonal Connections” at the CLO Symposium on Tuesday, October 13th. To learn more, visit the website:

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

About The Ariel Group
Combining best practices from actor training and adult learning, The Ariel Group helps business professionals develop presence: the ability to connect authentically, communicate effectively, inspire action and build relationships to drive results. Many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations rely on our theater-based methods to help their people make the authentic connections that set them apart from the competition. To learn more, visit

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