Frequently Asked Questions:
How much time will I need to invest?
Courses in the Connect and Influence levels typical span a six to eight week period, The Emerging Leader programme runs over a 10-12 month timeframe.
Typically there are 5-8 hours worth of video training, each video lesson ranging from 5 min-25 mins. Some of the exercises you can complete within that time frame. Others you will need to take additional time to complete.
Some of the exercises benefit from daily repetition but it is up to you when and where you do this. Or, if you do it at all!
As with most training the more you put in the more you'll get out.
How will you support my learning?
Each module is made up of videos explaining theory, practice and exercises for you to access and complete in your own time frame.
At the end of each module you will book yourself into a coaching session to review your learning, receive peer and coach feedback and set the scene for your next module. So on most courses you will get three sessions of coaching, of between 1-2 hours, in a group, with at least 10 mins one-to-one in each session.
Some of the lesson there are downloadable documents that will assist you in completing the exercises.
You will also have email access to a coach for the duration of your course should need clarification about any aspect of your learning.
You also have the option to purchase additional one-to-one coaching sessions if you feel that would benefit your learning.
Are you going to try and make me into someone I am not?
Definitely not! The whole purpose of this training and coaching is that we amplify the very best of your natural communication skills and give you new tools and strategies to extend what you can do into more areas of your work and life. Authenticity is key to real connection with your audience.
How do I choose the right level for me?
Take a look at the criteria for the different levels we teach on our home page for more info.
In a nutshell, the Connect Courses are for beginners or returners, the Influence Courses are for those who are good but would like to improve and the Lead Courses are for those who like to begin to finesse their communication skills.
Why not book in for a complimentary Clarity Call on the coaching page to determine the best course for your needs.
Can I book my whole team in for training?
Absolutely, we are able to provide both off the shelf and tailored training depending on you needs and budget.
If you lead a team or are and HR professional then let's speak to determine how we can best serve your organisations needs.
You can book in for a Complimentary Consultation Call on the coaching page.
Actors are just pretending why would you use theatre skills?
Actors are trained to have stage presence. Great actors can do very little and still capture your attention. Effective actors find the real truth of a situation and when they do it has the power to move us.
At Speaking at Work we take the training that actors receive in relation to physical and vocal presence and apply it to business scenarios.
As an entrepreneur you want to authentically connect with and influence your audience, moving them towards your ideas, product or service; presence and truth with do just that.
Are you going to make me pretend to be a tree or melting ice-cube?
We use theatre theory and practice but we also blend that with business theory, organisational psychology and coaching practices.
We will move around and use our body, breath and voice perhaps in ways you haven't before, but always with the end goal in mind of creating engaging, impactful pitches.
You will also be able to do all the exercises in the privacy of your own home or meeting room.
Is there a test?
No. There are no tests and, in fact, I would encourage you to ditch the idea of right and wrong they aren't helpful concepts when it comes to working on your communication delivery. If we think we are getting things wrong the body and voice tense up which is the opposite of what we are aiming for.