RADA in Business - Recent blog posts - News & Blogs

News & Blogs

Welcome to our News & Blogs page. If you have any questions regarding the articles included on this site, please email laurapeatman@rada.ac.uk.

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".

596 Hits


Posted by (in Miscellaneous)

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.

800 Hits

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.

664 Hits

Transforming London’s transport

Posted by (in Miscellaneous)

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.

Let us know what you think of our ‘Transform’ butterfly displays by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Transform your communication skills butterfly logo
522 Hits

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.

1521 Hits

In his latest blog for The Leadership Coach, Client Director and RADA in Business Tutor Charlie Walker-Wise explores the notion that having the courage to fail in front of those you lead is a vital aspect of good leadership.

If leadership is about leading the way, then as a leader, you’ve got to be prepared to tread the path for others to walk on, not just plan the route.’

If you’d like to avoid the cliché of expecting others to do as you say yet not as you do, read Leading in the Training Room and learn how one company is challenging hierarchical training structures by coaching senior and junior teams together.

View the full list of our Open Courses, which range from mixed levels training to a flagship leadership programme.

Photo by J Tucker.

645 Hits

RADA in Business Ltd, 18-22 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7PA, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7908 4810, F +44 (0)20 7908 4811, E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registered No. 3999577