I live just outside St Davids, and have been a professional actress just about all of my working life; I am probably best known for playing Rowan Atkinson’s put-upon girlfriend, Sgt Patricia Dawkins in BBC’s “The Thin Blue Line “, but I have spent most of my career working in live theatre, with the RSC, The Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and many other theatres up and down the country.
My mission (and it IS a mission) is to help those who have to stand up and talk in front of others to feel OK; I want you to know and experience that you are enough, just as you are. I would like to help you to learn the skills (and they are learnable skills) of connecting with your body and your heart, so that you can access your natural charismatic storytelling qualities. I believe that we need to hear EVERYONE’s stories, not just those of the ‘confident ‘ people.
Having suffered from stage fright all my working life, I have developed workshops that are very suitable for people who would rather do ANYTHING than present, and who, consequently, may be underselling themselves in their lives and work. Of course the workshops are also extremely useful for those rare individuals who actually ENJOY going out there!!
Learning to communicate well is not about tricks or new skills, it is about returning to a place when we connected our breath, our bodies, our eyes, and our hearts; when we were willing to connect with others and to say what we felt & what we thought (which was probably somewhere around the age of two!).
I think a workshop is a very good place to learn and practice, and receive helpful feedback, but I also do 1:1 sessions, if you have something particular to work on. I can help with auditions, interviews , upcoming speeches, PLUS all the fear and anxiety that those things might bring up!!
Fearless Speaking- Level One
During this one day workshop, we will look at what stops you from feeling at ease when you get up to present (or in fact during any human to human interaction); we will look at why you can become tongue tied, terrified, blank and unable to ‘be yourself’. I will show you new ways to connect with your audience in an authentic and compelling way (which will have the by- product of helping you to feel at ease). We shall discuss the pros and cons of PowerPoint, and we’ll think about whether charisma can be learnt (I think it can!). I will encourage you to explore using your own story to become an authentic presenter.
I believe that we can learn and experience best when we work in a group, so over the day you will be working with feedback from me and the group to build up your confidence and new skills in small steps, and there will be plenty of opportunity to practice what you have learnt.
Contact me to find out more and get the dates for future workshops.
8 places, £45.00 for the day (includes refreshments and lunch).
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