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Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street

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Personal Impact: Ussher II Development Programme Year 3

This one-day course aims to increase the participants’ personal impact by giving a deeper understanding of the importance and qualities of clear and focused communications skills. The session will examine physical and vocal presence and will equip the participants with the tools to communicate more effectively in a variety of situations such as: staff briefings; leading meetings; effective networking; interviews and appraisals.

VOICE AND PHYSICALITY • Establish the basic link between breath, thought and voice • Examine posture, body language and how it affects presence and impact • Learn relaxation techniques to help you when you are communicating • Practice articulation exercises to improve the clarity of your speech

MAKING AN IMPACT • Develop an open style which portrays confidence and authority • Practice making an entrance and holding an audience’s attention • Learn how to better engage an audience • Discover how the use of tone, the pause and emphasis improve communication skills

This session is highly practical and includes theatre-based exercises.

Participants may be asked to make a short speech to the group at the beginning and at the end of the day to demonstrate impact before and after training. Each participant will receive individual feedback from the tutor.

Tutor: Sandra Miller, The Lir at Work / Rada in Business

Sandra has worked extensively as a communication skills consultant, trainer, coach and roleplayer for over twenty years. She trained at Manchester University (BA Hons in Drama) and at RADA, London. She has performed extensively in the West End and in repertory theatres throughout the UK.

Her specialisms include presentation skills, personal impact, assertiveness in meetings, influencing skills and storytelling. She also enjoys working on interview skills and facilitation skills training, as well as scrutiny training for local councils.She works in the private, public and third sector and hugely values the variety of clients she has worked with – from the Cabinet Office, Prime Minister’s office, Treasury and other government departments, to the BBC and many local councils and academic institutions. She enjoys working with several blue chip companies including banks, law firms, financial services organisations and management consultancies. Whist always maintaining the RADA philosophy and work ethos, her clients regard Sandra as being down-to-earth and as someone who brings a great sense of humour and warmth to learning.


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