Insider tips on becoming a better speaker

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Whether you work in the theatre or medicine, finance or customer services, the chance of you having to communicate with other human beings is fairly high. You don’t have to be a performer to understand the importance of communication, but there are some secrets that performers are privy to which might just help us all in our day-to-day.

Here at The Old Vic the worlds of business and theatre collide through the wonderful work of our innovative Corporate Training programme. We spoke to Consultant Training Manager Jen Fordham to reveal some of her secrets to success.

1. PREPARE

Know what you are going to say or the themes you will talk about. But also consider why you want to say it to your audience.

2. DON’T FIGHT THE NERVES

Accept the nerves and adrenaline rather than fighting it. Harness nervous energy and transform it into positive energy to make you sharper and more focused when in the ‘spot light’.

3. TAKE DEEP BREATHS

When we’re nervous our muscles tighten and we tend to shallow breath or even hold our breath. Take a few deep breaths, remembering to exhale for longer than you inhale to get more oxygen to your brain and help relax your body.

4. THE POWER OF A PAUSE

Slow down and use pauses in your speech. Your audience needs longer than you think to process what you are saying. Pausing can also be used to emphasise certain points for dramatic effect.

5. SMILE

Remember the power of a smile! Smiling increases endorphins which can help decrease anxiety to calm the body down. Smiling also helps to exhibit confidence.

Our Corporate Training has four main objectives – to motivate, inspire, engage and empower participants to begin communicating authentically using their full presence.

‘The quality of the training, the expertise of the specialists, and the entire experience was outstanding’

Training Participant 2017

As a world leader in creativity and communication over last two centuries, The Old Vic has mastered the art of creating compelling personas and connecting with audiences to tell powerful stories.

We take a unique approach to Corporate Training by honing the transferable skills from the rehearsal room and stage and transposing them into a business context through energising and practical performance challenges, combined with detailed, personal coach and peer feedback.

Delivered by facilitators with business coaching backgrounds and extensive creative industry experience, courses can be delivered in the inspiring and breath-taking setting of The Old Vic auditorium.

Where better to learn how to communicate and tell your brand story than on one of the most iconic stages in the world? After this, the board room will be a walk in the park…

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