Communicate with confidence: intensive
Time: 10:00 - 13:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DVX061
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
How our use of body language and verbal delivery can enhance our communication skills and the way we are seen by others and ourselves.
Mind/Body connection with breathing technique for strong vocal ability and overcoming nerves.
Clarity and dynamic delivery of the spoken word.
Developing rapport through flexible thinking for a feeling of shared understanding.
The opportunity to develop presentation skills to a higher level.
Gaining a deeper understanding of how we individually come across to others.
What will we cover?
Breathing and posture.
How our habitual tendencies affect how others see us.
Keeping nerves in check.
Voice and vocal variety.
Vocal tone, resonance and energy.
Articulation for clarity of message.
Gaining rapport with our audience.
Developing a sense of presence and status.
Good use of gesture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Feel more confident, positive and energised when communicating with others.
Be more aware about how your sense of presence can affect others around you.
Develop and project a pleasing personal style.
Establish and maintain a resourceful relationship through rapport.
Be more intuitive about using vocal variety and clarity in the spoken word.
Adjust your volume accordingly to suit the environment.
Have a greater knowledge of how gestures can strengthen your words.
Deliver a short presentation using tools and techniques learnt throughout the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students whose first language is not English will need to be fully competent in speaking, reading and writing.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently.
• Read and respond to a variety of text.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will comprise of practical exercises, role play and observation, with opportunity for group feedback and evaluation. There will be experiential activities, including individual, pair and small group exercises. The programme aims to build on the individual's skills, applying them to both social and work situations.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
'Improve your Speaking Voice'; 'Use Your Voice Assertively' and a range of other courses.
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.
Nikki has taught voice at City Lit since 2011, as well as other London drama schools. Her focus is the rigour and clarity of articulation aligned with proper breath technique and projection. She is best known to millions of viewers for her role as Sylvia in the 1980s show “Hi-de-Hi!” for BBC TV. Nikki trained at Rose Bruford College, and gained early theatre experience in rep companies in the UK and abroad, including “No Sex Please, We’re British” (Sweden), “Confessions of a Window Cleaner” in (Zimbabwe) and “Who Goes Bare” (South Africa). She toured with John Inman in “Bedside Manners,” to rave reviews. Other theatre credits include “Medea,” “Bleak House,” “Murder By Sex,” “Not Now Darling,” “Mixed Doubles,” and “Strip Poker.” On TV, Nikki has appeared in “The Sweeney,” “Life begins at Forty,” and “The Lenny Henry Show,” amongst others. At Christmas, Nikki can be found playing the Wicked Queen in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”or the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” Her distinctive voice has enabled her to work extensively in the voice-over field. Nikki comes from a large theatre family that included her great uncle, Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, a founder of RADA.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.