Dramatic presentation skills

Dramatic presentation skills – overview

There are many hugely successful, long running West End shows which continue to impress their audiences for years and even decades. But where does the success start? The cast learn their lines and then rehearse their roles, receiving feedback from the director until every aspect of the production is perfect. In business the rules are the same. Learn, practise and perform! Give your staff the same opportunity and you’ll be amazed at the results they achieve on their first night and on every other performance.

Drama-based learning brings theory to life and engages your people on an emotional level, which means that what goes in, stays in. Emotional engagement is one of the key components in achieving successful, long-term behavioural change. With a high level of interactivity, the sessions are delivered using visual, audio and kinaesthetic techniques, ensuring that the learning points are absorbed, practised and committed to memory. This methodology is exciting, entertaining and very effective. Participants learn the theory and put it into practice, taking ownership of their own development.

Every session is tailored to the needs of your organisation, with participants gaining valuable insight and feedback from those around them. This is a highly practical, skills-based day, injected with humour and fun throughout the day.

Dramatic presentation skills

There are many great speakers and many famous performers who stand effortlessly before us and present in an engaging and inspirational fashion. But how do they do it? The answer is simple. They practise. These seasoned professionals are no different from anyone else, except that they have one advantage. They understand the value of developing skills and practising until they get it right.

We are often asked to make a presentation, based on the assumption that we have already developed our public speaking skills – or that perhaps we were born with them! Yet standing up in front of others and speaking is generally regarded as one of our greatest fears. We worry that we will forget our words, freeze on stage, take a question we cannot answer… the terrifying possibilities are endless. Or are they?

Professional actors do this successfully every day. They present themselves at auditions, they stand on stage and perform to thousands, they speak with the media and they achieve this success through developing skills and rehearsing.

Our highly interactive presentation skills workshop will give you the opportunity to benefit from drama-inspired techniques, learning how to do it, trying it and then receiving accurate technical feedback from an experienced coach.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

This unique programme will help you:

  • Overcome nerves and learn techniques to deal with fear on stage
  • Understand the technical components of a professional presentation
  • Apply the learning through practice
  • Finish with a highly polished professional presentation
Who should attend?

Ideal for those who:

  • Are required to present information in an engaging and effective way
  • Are nervous about presenting and, as a result, are not fulfilling their potential
  • Have an important presentation or conference approaching and need buy-in from key stakeholders and members
  • Are required to sell an idea or product to large numbers of people
Course format

The workshop combines a series of drama-based practical exercises, theory and practice sessions with feedback and development points. With your own specific development areas injected into the day, you will finish the session with a tailored and highly polished presentation which is ready for performance. Every workshop is tailored to your needs, focusing on your specific presentation requirements.

Expert trainer

Stephen and his team of drama-based learning specialists have been delivering highly successful, hands-on, practical presentation and personal impact training solutions for the past six years. With a combined experience of over 50 years’ in theatre-style training, Stephen and his team can help you to overcome the challenges associated with standing up and speaking in front of others, resulting in a highly polished professional presentation using drama inspired techniques. Stephen’s clients include, among others, Boston Borough Council, Camden Council, Kent County Council, EBP, Oxford University, Westminster Council, British Telecom, Legoland Windsor, Nutricia, Sodexo Jeans for Genes, Vizards Tweedie, Biz Unlimited and Vodafone.

‘For a presentation on social enterprises, I came to Steve for help and advice. He helped me communicate in a relaxed and natural way, giving me the confidence to face my audience and engage them by expressing my style and personality.’

Lynne Brooke, Partner, Vizards Tweedie Law Firm

‘I’d just like to say how liberating the experience with Darren was! As he said, I “know my subject back to front”. Unfortunately that was exactly the way I was used to presenting. The two sessions with Darren made me look at structure, posture, delivery, tone, words; in fact just about every aspect of telling a story in such a way as to engage the audience and have the maximum impact. I would certainly recommend Darren to other business people who need presentation coaching.’

Judith Hunt, Director, bizunlimited!

Dramatic presentation skills – course outline

1 Meet the cast

  • Introduction
  • Establish personal development areas

2 Your favourite actor

  • A look at expert presenters and their secrets

3 An award-winning show

  • What makes a great presentation?
  • A breakdown of the structure require to create the perfect presentation

4 Communicating with your audience

  • How to communicate with your audience using:
    • – Voice
    • – Breath
    • – Pitch tone
    • – Eye contact
    • – Body language
    • – Humour
    • – Facial expressions

5 The dress rehearsal

  • Putting learning in to practice with a presentation in front of your colleagues

6 Director’s notes

  • What went well?
  • What could be improved?
  • Observations and feedback from colleagues and trainer

7 The first night

  • Perform your presentation again, taking the feedback into account

8 The curtain call

  • Group discussion
  • Key learning points