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The Apprentice Final 2016

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We can finally talk about our role in coaching Courtney Wood, a finalist on The Apprentice 2016.

Courtney may not have won, but listening to him in defeat, and to everyone else who watched him develop throughout the series, you could be forgiven for thinking that his pitch represented an unmitigated victory. From Karen Brady to Rhod Gilbert of The Apprentice: You’re Hired, everyone seemed to breathe a sigh of disbelieving relief that his presentation had gone so well.

Courtney came to RADA in Business the day before his pitch for a crash pitching course. The techniques used became the dominating topic of You’re Hired, with everyone noting the extraordinary transformation. Even Karen, in the final scenes in the boardroom, complimented Courtney on how well the pitch had gone. Everyone agreed that it made a huge difference. Courtney himself said that he felt he was on safer ground talking about his own brand which he lives and breathes everyday, but that being pushed outside his comfort zone before he pitched was a great help.

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US presidential election: TV debates

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The last fortnight has seen two TV debates in the US election campaign as Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump went head to head on 26 September and 9 October. Voice coach and Lead Tutor on our Executive Presence for Women programme Sheelagh McNamara was keeping a keen eye on their body language and public speaking skills at both debates. So – how did they do?

Click here to see our analysis of the second TV election debate.

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How can I make sure I'm heard at meetings?

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The Guardian money feature 'Dear Jeremy' regularly publishes career-related questions and concerns from readers. Recently the feature included one reader's problem about being listened to and respected in meeting scenarios:

"My contributions at meetings – formal, informal, by email or telephone – are always ignored... This is sapping my confidence and self-esteem, and probably the way I present whatever it is I would like to say. I am also aware that I am not a particularly assertive person. Can you give me some handy hints on how best to make effective contributions to meetings?...I sense that people switch off to what I am saying."

We asked RADA in Business tutor Claire Dale how she would answer the reader's problem:

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What can a business leader learn from the role of a theatre director?

A theatre director needs to act like a leader, bringing together a disparate group of people under a common purpose.

Client Director Charlie Walker-Wise has written on this subject for the blog of leadership coach Trevor Sherman, exploring techniques used by theatre directors that can be equally effective for leaders within business organisations - key principles that range from sharing values to maintaining status.

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Angela Eagle, MP and contender for the Labour leadership, came under the scrutiny of seasoned broadcaster John Humphrys this morning (12 July) on BBC Radio 4’s 'Today' Programme. “Do we really want somebody who weeps?” he asked of her.

It’s an interesting question. Our leaders of today are expected to be inscrutable: examples of controlled, poised statesmanship. Yet ironically, we as humans build greater rapport and trust with those who show us their authentic selves.

So how do our leaders of today flex their styles to match the leadership modes they need to operate within, on a daily basis? RADA in Business run courses on all aspects of communication, including our embodied leadership programme. We examine how you resource yourself, to access qualities which enable you to be authoritative one minute, inspirational the next, flexible, stable or creative.

“There’s more than one way to be a leader,” responded Eagle to Humphrys' question. She may well have a point…

Click here for more information about RADA in Business training.

Alison Sutherland, Client Director

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"It's not what you say, but how you say it"

Caroline Kilpatrick, Voice Tutor

At RADA in Business, the voice is one of the most important tools we train. Clients are often amazed at the significant impact that can be made with relatively small changes. The Wellcome Collection current exhibition ‘This is A Voice’ explores the unique grain of a human voice, the voice’s utter flexibility, and the ways in which it can be altered with treatment and training.

We have come to think of speech as just words, merely there to carry information from one brain to another. But the power we have to communicate and connect to people with our voice is much greater than that. And of course, pure sound is how humans originally used their voices – to bond, attract and connect with sound – far before using it for information exchange.

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