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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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CEO and author Margaret Heffernan, on the Board of Directors for RADA in Business, gives the keynote speech at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference 2016, titled 'The Voice of Leadership'.

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Tips from a Tutor: Personal Impact

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We've cherry-picked some top tips from our Personal Impact course.

1. Open your window
The next time you go into a meeting, before you put your hand on the door handle to open the door, check you are entering with an “open window”. Don’t’ get caught in the “OK, here we go…” frame of mind; as you will be entering anticipating defeat or a battle. Before opening the door, stop. Breathe. Raise your eye line so that when you enter the room your head is up and able to see who is in the room and where they are. This will help you feel more confident as you enter and signal to the people that are already in the room that you are open and ready to engage.

2. If in doubt, breathe out
Make sure you are balanced and grounded. Make sure your knees are not locked, put your hands on your belly and breathe out. As you exhale make an “s” sound. As the air leaves you think about squeezing toothpaste out of a tube from your centre. Be careful not to add any tension to your throat or chest. Become aware of the muscles that engage to help expel the air. This will give you great strength and support in your voice.

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Take your Time when you present

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Take your time when speaking and thinking. Listen to what our tutor Abi says about keeping a steady pace when under pressure.

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