This Speech & Communications workshop is built on a range of tools taken from the world of the professional theatrical rehearsal room. Joshua Roche, professional Communications Coach and Theatre Director, will use these tools to coach confidence, clarity and personal impact when speaking publicly or communicating to teams.
The workshop is participative but does not involve any ‘acting’ or physical performance exercises (you will not need to take your shoes off and roll around on the floor…). The workshop begins with a brief explanation of the tenets underpinning theatrical performance, and how they are directly applicable to communications in the professional world outside of theatre.
Thereafter the workshop progresses in a series of interactive exercises in small break out groups of peers (2-4 depending on group size).
In the late afternoon we discuss practical worries and anxieties in the light of what has been discussed during the morning; what constitutes a useful ‘script’ for a presentation, how to integrate slide decks into presentations, how to adjust when speaking to larger or small groups and so on. This takes the form of a peer-led discussion, with guidance and insight from Josh.
Public speaking is a terrifying thing for lots of people, and their relationship with it is deeply personal given that it can involve embarrassment and nervousness. Therefore the session ends with time for questions and discussion, where participants can share experiences and ask questions.
By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
- Deliver messages with passion, clarity and confidence
- Understand what is useful and what is prohibitive when communicating
- Learn some new tools and techniques soothe personal anxieties or fears
- Speak confidently on their given topic
- Understand that all public speaking is about personal voice. You can only speak well by unlocking the voice you have, rather than mimicking others
This session is appropriate to all managers and staff, at all levels.
This session is designed for a workshop size of between 10-30 people and delivered as an all-day event.
Each participant should come equipped with a presentation, idea or message that they might feasibly need to deliver in the near future. This might be very vague, or well developed.
Josh is an experienced Speech and Communications Coach, regularly working with C-suite executives in the British tech sector to unlock clarity and confidence. He has also worked for 11 years as a professional theatre director, and brings that expertise to bear in this workshop.