Words matter. The same message can be delivered with a bang or whimper depending on how you deliver it. In the very short term, this can be achieved by various tricks you can learn on YouTube. In the long run, however, effective communication depends on human connection and emotional intelligence. It is an art that we can learn best from the greatest influencers in history: God’s messengers themselves.
This workshop is an introduction to the art of prophetic communication, drawing on examples from the lives of Joseph, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (on them be peace)—and then cross-pollinating them with insights from contemporary psychology, philosophy, politics and art—in order to enrich our personal and professional communication.
This workshop is for three kinds of people:
- You are a weak communicator, and want to become a strong communicator.
- You are a strong communicator, but you are looking for a more ethical approach to marketing, communication or negotiation than what you have come across so far.
- You are familiar with prophetic wisdom in other domains—e.g., education, parenting, or leadership—and are curious to see what prophetic communication looks like.
The workshop is designed for people of all faiths interested in learning from the Abrahamic tradition.
While the workshop will be practical and interactive, it is not a substitute for individual coaching on specific communication techniques (e.g., drafting an email or projecting your voice).
What do you need?
A basic familiarity with the Abrahamic tradition, including key Biblical and Quranic prophets.
Willingness to participate in individual and group exercises in a mixed gender setting
Curiosity and an open mind
While there are no pre-requisite readings, participants interested in a more in-depth exploration of some of the workshop themes will find any of the following books to be beneficial before or after the workshop:
- Influence by Robert Cialdini
- Give and Take by Adam Grant
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
- The Five Love Languages by
Discover the six rules of prophetic communication: listen, give, connect, imagine, invite and love.
Examine your personal and professional relationships in the light of prophetic principles.
Practice your communication skills, including listening, speaking in conversation and speaking in public.
Develop your capacity for human connection and emotional intelligence.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Abdur-Rahman Syed is an international business advisor and communication expert with a special interest in the Islamic economy and in prophetic approaches to the human sciences.
Abdur-Rahman is the founder and executive director of Algebra, a UAE-based advisory firm that helps business and non-profit leaders identify and communicate their vision and strategy. He has more than fifteen years of experience in branding, communication strategy, marketing and corporate strategy in financial services, hospitality, education and philanthropy. He has advised clients in the US, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brunei and Malaysia, in addition to serving in strategy and marketing positions in the international Islamic finance and investment industry.
He is also a visiting faculty member at the Karachi School of Business & Leadership, where he teaches MBA students and facilitates corporate workshops on management communication. He is also working on a book on prophetic communication.
Abdur-Rahman holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and religion from Harvard University, with post-graduate study in political philosophy at the University of Chicago and Boston University. He was an active member of the Boston and Cambridge Muslim communities from 1995 to 2000 and 2005 to 2011 before moving to the United Arab Emirates.