Having just completed tutoring on a four week evening course I wanted to take a moment to reflect on why I believe this bite size evening training is so beneficial to the delegates. Just a little over a month ago 8 diverse individuals met together with me to undergo our first Presentation Skills evening class. The group was made up of different ages, nationalities, backgrounds and job titles. All had in common a desire to be able to communicate with more clarity and impact. This involved them in pitching for new business, running a training course, delivering information and exchanging ideas. We had two and a half hours a week to work together to make the magic that creates a transformation in the way people communicate.
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Historically few women have occupied the most senior roles in business but things are changing rapidly. By 2015 the Government recommendation is that 25% of FTSE 100 boardroom places be held by women.
Research also shows that diverse boards make better decisions and are more effective as well as promoting equal opportunities for talented women.
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RADA’s Tenth Annual Business Lunch took place on Wednesday 7 November at The Savoy, London. The event was a huge success, raising over £127,000 for the Academy.
To mark a decade of the event, the entertainment celebrated 10 years of performance at the Lunch. Bertie Carvel, who performed at the first Business Lunch in 2003 kicked off with ’It’s Hard to Speak my Heart’ from Parade, Rebecca Blackstone entertained with ‘Ladies who Lunch’ from Company, and current students Jessie Buckley and Peter Hannah performed ‘Looking at You’ from the upcoming 2013 RADA Spring production of Six Pictures of Lee Miller. We also commemorated the event with a short film starring graduates Maxine Peake, Tom Hiddleston, Fiona Shaw, Juliet Stevenson and Mark Rylance looking back on their time at RADA.
In Monday's Evening Standard Jasmine Gardner speaks about her experience of attending our two day Personal Impact in Meetings course, below is an extract, read the full article here.
'There are now just two women left running major listed companies in the UK. It's time to take a lesson in how to beat the men to the top
The RADA Cabaret is a night of carefree entertainment, nestled away in our secret Bloomsbury cabaret venue, The Club Theatre. Expect music, song, and first-class theatrical entertainment from our very own graduates, performing in their element at home at RADA Studios.
A review of the show was recently featured in Bargain Theatreland which you can read here RADA Cabaret review.
Every time I give a Presentation Skills Workshop the same questions crop up:
"What do I do with my hands?"
"I feel so self-conscious standing in front of people."
"I've been told to stay still and not to use gesture."
"I can't talk without using my hands!"
Well I'm not surprised. There's no way you can talk credibly and passionately without using your hands. Try describing how Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins crossed the winning line and won gold for GB in rowing, or how Mo Farah out-paced the field in athletics and how Tom Daley, despite an emotionally searing year, won bronze for diving, without using your hands. Go on, try it right now. It's not impossible but without gesture your account is likely to be as dull as ditchwater.