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Presenting with impact and confidence

Date: 4th December 2019

Location: Burleigh Court, Loughborough University

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Training Provider: Kate Connolly, Communications Coach 
Date: 4th December - 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Loughborough University 
Price: £250 +VAT per person (includes refreshments and lunch)

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Course overview 

This course gives you the tools to more confidently present in a professional setting. The techniques employed are based in scientifically proven methods, and furthermore inspired by practices employed world over by professional actors to ensure powerful communication, a calm and confident presence, and clarity in speech.

Here, with these techniques re framed for the commercial sector by our highly experienced practitioners, participants will have the opportunity to develop a toolkit for presenting with credibility, gravitas and impact.

A highly practical course, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of how your body language and tone of voice affect your ability to make an impact as a speaker
  • Find a present and open manner of communication conveying authority and confidence
  • Learn how to hold the attention of an audience
  • Develop techniques to help combat nerves
  • Understand how to ensure your key message not only reaches your listener, but carries weight and truly lands

Participants will leave the course feeling enthused, inspired and confident in their understanding of how to present their ideas with strength, clarity and precision. 

View the course agenda

This event is open to all Higher Education Professional Staff who are members of AUDE, BUFDG, HEPA and UHR. If you have a query about whether you are eligible to book a place, please email Corinne. 

Course speaker 

Alongside her colleagues Louisa Clarke and Anita Reynolds, Kate now heads up FORTIS, training and developing individuals to be exceptional communicators. Taking techniques used by some of the most respected performers from the world of theatre and performance, FORTIS apply those skills to the commercial sector. Kate and her team work to train confident and credible communicators in any life setting. Having trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and obtaining a BA Hons in acting and later an MA in musical theatre, Kate has had a successful career in television, radio and theatre for the last 20 years. She has played a variety of characters in both Welsh and English productions, voiced countless radio programmes and audiobooks as well as having performed in some of the UK’s and Ireland’s most prestigious theatres and concert halls. Kate now draws on her wealth of experience and expertise in communication to provide bespoke workshops, one to one sessions and coaching others in performance and communication.

Speaker feedback

"A thoroughly enjoyable session, packed full of hints and tips and useful advice. Kate was delightful, really easy to listen to and I thought she did a great job and gave us a really fun 90 minutes at a time when everyone was feeling tired."

"Fantastic way to assist in improving presentation skills. Much better than any other courses of this type that I have done before."

"An excellent session, one of my most enjoyable of the week. Again it was something different and an area/topic that you can and need to continually improve and learn."

"What a presenting style - outstanding. All of the content could IMMEDIATELY be used. I used it again today, and will again tonight when I give a talk at a students' union event. Fantastic."

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