So much of our professional success is built on our ability to communicate.
Communication might be one-to-one with our team members or our managers; in front of stakeholders in a presentation, or to a large group in a public speaking scenario – but whatever the situation, your ability to communicate confidently will make a huge difference to the outcome.
As a professional actor, I have spent years training to give a confident performance. I’ve learnt and developed great techniques to help me communicate and I’ve developed the skills to overcome any fear of standing up in front of an audience.
The techniques and skills I use as an actor will work for you too.
Acting Coaching for Real Life.
Alongside my work as a professional actor, I increasingly spend time using the techniques of acting training and performance to support personal and professional development.
I work with individuals and small groups as a coach and trainer, focused on increasing confidence in public speaking, effective communication skills, and techniques for giving powerful presentations.
The coaching I offer is not a standard ‘one size fits all’ offer. I work with organisations through their L&D departments to develop bespoke coaching sessions that meet the needs of the teams or individuals involved.
I also work directly with private clients; people who have decided to invest in building the skills and confidence to communicate effectively, and who are seeing their benefits in both their professional and personal lives.
I am passionate about the value of using acting techniques to deliver development. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and am dedicated to improving my understanding and experience in this area, which is why I’m currently studying for the CIPD’s Level 5 Award in Learning and Development.
Actors are trained to get the right reaction. Together, we can use the same techniques to help you get the right results too.
Public Speaking: Forget the Stage Fright
An awful lot of people feel nervous or anxious about speaking in public – and that includes an awful lot of actors!
You might assume that someone who chooses to spend their life performing to an audience was born with the confidence to do it, but many famous names have worked hard to over-come natural feelings of fear and anxiety.
Some corporate training techniques approach public speaking training by asking you to examine yourself – but that focus on ‘you’ can leave you feeling self-conscious just when you don’t want to be.
The acting techniques I use as a coach work slightly differently. As we develop your skills and the power of your communication, you’ll find a different focus, and start to build a better relationship with public speaking.
Presentation Skills to Deliver a Powerful Performance
As a professional actor, I go to auditions.
A lot of them.
For many auditions, the Casting Director will have already specified the physical ‘type’ they are after. So I might find myself sitting in a waiting room with several other middle-aged men with beards – in fact with several other middle-aged men who basically all look like me. It’s a strange experience at first!
So there we sit, similar looking, similar experience. And then we audition, often using exactly the same script. With so much in common, how does the casting team choose who to give the part to?
What makes every actor unique is how they deliver the lines.
In auditions, different actors will deliver the lines in different ways. Getting the delivery spot on can make all the difference for an actor, and developing great delivery is also the key to powerful presentations for you.
As a coach, I work with individuals and small groups to grow their presentation skills in the same way that I learnt to improve my delivery as an actor.
It’s a combination of building confidence in your public speaking, learning to find your identity as a presenter and developing the skills to find the really powerful points in what you want to present.
Delivering a great presentation can have a huge impact for so many reasons, so coaching these skills is something I find very rewarding and worthwhile.
Rehearsing conversations using role play is a great way to understand how to communicate more effectively
Communicate Clearly for the Right Reaction
There aren’t many job descriptions where ‘Communication Skills’ don’t feature.
If you can get a specific message across, do so in a way that creates a positive reaction and have the confidence to respond to unforeseen challenges and even conflict, then professional and personal opportunities will appear!
As an actor, effective communication means doing your job well. And my training and ongoing development are focused on just that.
So many of the tools of the acting trade can be applied to real life – and all of my communication skills coaching is built on doing just that.
Effective communication training is useful for anyone who needs to build a relationship, however quickly and for however long.
Using acting techniques, I work with people from all kinds of backgrounds to help them improve their communication in any situation. That said, there are some tasks and challenges that come up for all of us, and where the acting techniques approach has proved invaluable. Here are some examples:
Sales & Customer Service:
- Emotional Responses
Creating the right feeling in the person you’re talking to
- Moving Away from the Negatives
Recognising and managing negative feelings
Choosing your words to show you understand
Staying clear to your message when the unexpected happens
- Communication Styles
Understanding the same words sound different to different people
Finding an authentic voice to encourage your team
- Building Trust
Communication skills to build relationships
- Difficult Conversations
Rehearsal techniques to prepare for challenging discussions
Speaking to show you care
How to retain your own voice when you are also the voice of a business
Standing your ground without having to shout
Rehearsing your role and preparing to improvise