Free Courses

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Ten Tips for Improving Your Analytic Writing

Free Course!

This mini-course offers 10 key tips for improving your analytical writing from a former senior CIA analytic manager who reviewed thousands of analytic products. By the end of this course you’ll be able to avoid common pitfalls that can distract your reader from understanding your product’s message, believing it, or even deciding to read it in the first place. If you consistently follow these tips, your managers and editors will spend less time fixing your work and more time appreciating your analytic skills.

Chris Savos

An Insider’s View on Being a CIA Analyst: Pros, Cons, and Some Tips for Applicants

Free Course!

This course is for anyone considering applying to be an analyst at the CIA who wants to know more about the job, how to apply, and how to improve their chances of being hired. There’s very little useful, accurate, and honest information available on what being an Agency analyst is really like; this course effectively and efficiently fills this gap. 


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Mastering the Unwritten Rules of Executive Presence: How to Craft a Confident, Captivating Professional Persona

Executive presence isn’t just for executives. Every professional consciously and unconsciously communicates their competence to bosses, coworkers, and customers. Learn how to hone your presence to become a more effective, trusted, and respected professional

Chris Savos

Writing for Your Executive Customer: The Keys to Analytic Writing With Impact

This course will help you sharpen your writing skills to create more effective analytic products that will meet the needs of your senior customers.  You’ll learn from a 30-year CIA analytic veteran how to produce, organize, support, and present analytic judgments that will provide value and unique insights to your readers.

Chris Savos

How to Craft an Insightful Leadership Profile: Assessing Leaders From Politicians and CEOs to Terrorists and Technologists

In this course you’ll learn from another of Proficiency1’s 30-year CIA analytic veterans how apply rigorous analytic standards and leadership theory to craft portraits of any type of leader.  He’ll show you how to provide unique insights into the leadership styles, negotiating tactics, decisionmaking process, and personal details of figures in the public eye.

Our First Wave

We’re working on more courses right now that we plan on launching in the next few months, including:

  • Ethics Fitness Training: How to Make Ethical Decisions as an Analyst
  • Strategies for Success as an Analyst
  • Understanding China’s Worldview
  • An Overview of China’s Military
  • How Pakistan Works
  • Leading in a Crisis
  • An Introduction to Terrorism Analysis
  • An Introduction to Public Health Analysis
  • The Fundamentals of Risk Management

If there are other courses you’d like to see for yourself or for analysts working for you, please contact us below and let us know. If there’s a course you think you could add to this list, please visit our Proficiency1 page for potential instructors.

Course FAQs

If you have ideas, suggestions, or questions we haven’t answered, please let us know.

What will your courses be like?

Our first offerings are self-paced courses ranging from roughly two to eight hours in length, with a modular design that makes them easy to complete. They combine video, screencasts, and other elements. In the future, we will offer live webinar courses.

Can I take courses on my phone?

Absolutely. We know you’re busy and looking for ways to make every minute count. Our courses will be available through the Teachable app.

What will courses cost?

Most of our initial course offerings will range in price from $199 to $399. Sign up for the mailing list to receive limited-time launch discounts and other special offers.

Do you offer training for organizations?

Yes. We can develop custom training programs and provide multi-user discounts for your organization.

What do you want to learn?

Join our email list for 25% off your first course.

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