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As guests at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference this month, it was heartening to see gender parity amongst its guest speakers and panellists – not least because it was also International Women’s Day.

Supporting women to find their voice, be heard and succeed in business is something close to our hearts here at RADA . We’ve worked with over 300 women during the last three years, at various levels, to enable them to successfully hold their space, land their messages with impact and achieve their goals.

Saying yes

In his opening address, Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC praised his team for their efforts to ensure gender equality on the day – stating that they had purposefully sent 75% of their invitations to speak to women, and 25% to men. He revealed that only 25% of the women invited said yes, compared to 75% of men. This was seen positively - proof that women were too busy running businesses to speak at events. Yet it highlights something we’ve found from running our programmes for women; that many women still lack the confidence to put themselves forward and step into the spotlight.

Brilliant speakers

However, it is clear that when women do take the stage, they do so to profound effect. Miriam Gonzalez, Partner at law firm Dechert, spoke with intelligence, passion and eloquence about the future of UK trade. Arlene Foster, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, used personal story to powerful effect. She shared some traumatic details of her life growing up on the Irish border and connected with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level.

GDP Parity

Much of the conversation on the day focussed on the future of business and work, drawing conclusions that in a high-tech world, as we enter a fourth industrial revolution, what will become most important are key human skills - skills like empathy, emotional intelligence, resourcefulness and creativity. Skills that Sahar Hashemi OBE cited as being ‘feminine’. Skills that many of the female speakers were putting to good use, and skills that companies like Sky know are highly valuable as they drive towards a 50:50 gender balance. Indeed, a recent McKinsey report into Gender Parity found that if women equally participated in the global economy, they could generate additional GDP worth $28 trillion by 2025.

Getting to yes

We see for ourselves the incredible levels of talent, intelligence, and drive in the women who come to us for training. Through our suite of courses, we help women at all levels of the corporate ladder to develop resilience and communicate with presence, effectiveness and credibility, so that when they speak, people listen. Our experience at the conference last week shows just how needed and powerful these female voices are and will be, both now and in the future.

Read more about our Womens Programmes.

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What made Oprah Winfrey’s iconic acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes 2018 so effective?

We asked RADA in Business Tutor, Sandra Miller, to break down what gave Oprah’s words so much impact, and how you could apply these techniques yourself:

There are three main reasons that this speech stands out as a piece that will be remembered: relevance, authenticity and delivery.

Relevance - Oprah has caught the mood of the audience. Every word she utters speaks to the feelings of the crowd - past injustices both racial and gender based, and an awakening of the belief that everyone in the audience can make a difference: “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have’’.

Authenticity – Oprah engages with us emotionally. By telling us her story of watching Sidney Poitier accept an Academy Award when she was little, to sharing her present moment with other girls with their own dreams, she touches on our own memories of childhood. She hooks us in so that we follow her on her journey. Her truth becomes our truth and even if we cannot relate to her personal experience, we understand the importance of it. We want to know more.

Delivery - Masterful. Her use of the pause, emphasis and vocal variety means that we are hanging on to every word, waiting for the next gem to fall. She cleverly flatters the press: "I value the press more than ever before” ensures that the story will be effectively reproduced. Her use of repetition “But their time is up. Their time is up’’ leave us with no doubt about the message she is leaving us.

Oprah Winfrey is a powerful presenter and an icon but she shared something of herself that touched an audience beyond intellect and reason - she moved us so that we were able to believe through the power of her words and the skilled delivery that "a new day is on the horizon".

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RADA in Business has released a research report that highlights how communication skills play a crucial part in beating workplace performance anxiety, the business world’s equivalent to stage fright. The report comprises the views and experiences of employees from across the UK.

The research highlights that 29% of employees believe that professional training would increase their self-confidence.

As well as revealing how often senior directors experience the physical symptoms of workplace performance anxiety, such as sweaty palms or an increased heart rate, our research also lists the situations that induce nervousness the most, from job interviews to having to make small talk with colleagues.

The report contains a range of fascinating insights from RADA in Business tutors on how to increase the confidence, clarity and impact of your communication through applying actor training techniques to the workplace.

Read the report here.

RADA in Business offers open courses and one-to-one coaching for individuals and bespoke training for companies. Find out more.

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We’re teaming up with the global organisation Room to Read this November, a non-profit that promotes child literacy and supports educational equality in Asia and Africa.

On 11 November 2017, we’ll be offering a series of Personal Impact masterclasses for companies and individuals at Room to Read’s exclusive fundraising auction in Zürich. The annual galas raise money to develop literacy skills, and to support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

One of our key training areas is our Women’s Programmes, developing and perfecting the communications skills of women at all levels of business from graduates starting their careers to senior executives. We’re very much looking forward to being a part of the event this autumn.

Learn more about Room to Read.

Learn more about our Women’s Programmes.

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You may notice a RADA in Business presence if you commute to or travel through London and the South East this autumn.

We’ve launched a new display campaign on trains and in underground stations and black taxis, encouraging people to transform their communication skills by refining their confidence, impact, presenting or leadership.

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If you'd like to learn how to become a great communicator and how to transform your confidence, impact, presenting or leadership, experience one of our unique and fully practical Open Courses.

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For the second time this year, RADA in Business is running a bespoke training course with Mums in Technology, the UK’s first baby-friendly coding school.

The training will take place on Mon 20 and Tue 21 November 2017, to give eight women the communications skills required to have more impact and influence over stakeholders in the workplace after returning to work, supporting them on their path to a successful career.

Excitingly, Mums in Technology is offering a 50% scholarship discount off the course cost supported by sponsors to all eight attendees, to help women realise their leadership aspirations. This will leave a remaining amount of £1,100 for the successful applicants to contribute, however full scholarships can also be requested.

Scholarship applications are open until Fri 27 October 2017 and can be found on the Mums in Technology website, with the successful candidates being announced by their Selection Committee on Fri 3 November 2017.

A full list of RADA in Business women’s programmes, which range from entry to executive level, can be found here.

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