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Public Speaking *BEGINNER/ IMPROVER LEVEL* (8 week course)
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 BST
This 8-week course is for people who a) have already done the 5 week course or for people who b) are interested in practicing public speaking in a faster pace than the complete beginner's course.
On Wednesday's from 6.30pm-9.15pm beginning the 3rd of May for 8 recurring Wednesday's.
This course will follow a structure of relaxation/mediation exercises and playful exercises - leading into speaking exercises and speeches. However, the warm-ups and feedbacks will be done quicker, allowing the attendees to have more speaking opportunities.
What to expect from this course
The 8 pillars of public speaking are:
· Physicality (body language and eye contact)
· Content (structure)
· Tone variety
We will be monitoring and doing additional exercises to make sure the 8 pillars are settled in strongly in all of our speakers, however a large focus of this course will be on the elements of Intention, Emotions and Tone Variety, which go hand-in-hand, and prove to be the toughest elements to master. We aim to reach a place, where our speakers can easier tap into their emotions to fuel their speeches with stronger emotional content, for the purpose of achieving the overall objective, which is to inspire people. In addition to these elements we will be practicing:
· Emotional engagement
· Stage Presence
· Story Telling
· Techniques to inspire people
· Vulnerability and Authenticity
The latter half of the course will focus on maintaining and building the audience’s energy. We will learn and explore the dynamics of attracting an audience’s attention and learn how to sustain and grow this energy. It is vitally important that we do not loose our audience’s attention by dropping the energy that we have built between the speaker (the giver) and the audience (the receiver).
We will constantly monitor your progress throughout this course and discuss them with you. Tailored-made exercises will be made for each speaker, depending on your needs. Throughout the course there will be many opportunities to prepare speeches to gain as much practice as possible.
At the end of the course you will be offered the opportunity to present a final presentation to a live audience of approximately 30-40 people. (This will not be compulsory, but simply an opportunity for those who are willing to take it)
Who is the course aimed at
This course is aimed at people who have completed the 5 week course or have some experience with public speaking and aren’t completely new to it. This is for people who have already begun practicing public speaking and wish to take their confidence to the next level.
Price and Payment details
* Super Early Bird till 27th of March (275GBP).
£275 for the 8 weeks working lasting 3 hours each week.
3 hours x 8 sessions, working out at slightly over £10 per hour.
To book the course you need to pay a £85 deposit, remaining £190 can be paid throughout the course*.
*Early bird price 27th of March till 19th of April (295GBP).
£295 for the 8 weeks working lasting 3 hours each week.
3 hours x 8 sessions, working slightly over £11 per hour.
To book the course you need to pay a £95 deposit, remaining £200 can be paid throughout the course*.
*Regular price 19th of April till 3rd of May (325GBP)
£325 for the 8 weeks working lasting 3 hours each week.
3 hours x 8 sessions, working slightly over £12 per hour.
To book the course you need to pay a £125 deposit, remaining £200 can be paid throughout the course*.
Deposit can be paid here or on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/London-Fear-of-Public-Speaking-for-Beginners/events/237427545/
Size of class
Approximately 18 people
What you will be able to do by the end of the course
· Delivering engaging and inspiring speeches.
· Feel much more confident about your public speaking
· Be in control of your fears
A small note on our philosophy on how we approach in helping people to overcome their fears; We do not mould our speakers into a one fits all model, where we try to shape you into someone who you are not. Our principles are grounded in authenticity, where we encourage our attendees to express and grow more of their authentic selves. In the class we aim to identify what is authentic and natural to our speakers and we focus on brining more of that out, which enables our attendees to identify their natural speaking style. The way we achieve this is by encouraging our participants to explore being vulnerable and experiment with how it feels to have 'your guard' down. We believe being vulnerable = strength and not weakness. Instead of always attempting to be someone who we are not, which forces us to hide certain qualities from the public we encourage our attendees to be themselves, because what we are is already as great and 'full' as we can be. When we aim to be more, or change/hide our weaknesses we allow our fears and anxieties to prosper. Hence, our goal is to help people reach a place of self-worth, self-love and self-acceptance. In short learning to be vulnerable is a big theme underlying our philosophy.
Should you prepare or bring anything:
No. Just bring is a willingness to grow and challenge yourself! That is the best to overcome your fears.
Background about the facilitator:
Michael Sokolin holds a BA in Entrepreneurship and Management and a MA in Consultancy and Coaching. He has previously worked as a management consultant in A.T. Kearney and managed an international team in the strategy department of Groupon.
Having a strong passion for public speaking and drama, Michael has constructed a strategic step-by-step approach for gaining more confidence in public speaking. His approach draws from various public speaking trainings, improvised comedy, drama classes and actors training methodologies.
Michael's goal is to identify your weakest areas, and focus mainly on them, so you can grow your confidence in the most proven and practical way.