Abbey Centre (Booth Room) 34 Great Smith Street London
(Limited number of places available, please note that to guarantee a place in this event you have to book a place online)
FREE for first-timers
£30 for returning customers
Public speaking is a very useful skill to develop in life. It not only helps you to do things such as presentations at work and university but also develops your inner qualities in other areas of life allowing you also to improve your social relationships with people, as you learn how to express yourself better.
Even if you are not interested particularly in public speaking, we guarantee that by attending this session you will build confidence.
Come by to our taster class to learn some new tips on how to overcome your nerves when giving a speech. You will get involved in some breathing exercises, speaking games and impromptu speaking.
This event is for newcomers who haven’t been to any of our workshops.
We are all about getting rid of our fears and practicing public speaking. We have a very friendly, supportive and non-judgmental environment, which means we encourage people to make mistakes here and learn from them.
A note about 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 get in touch with themselves on a deeper level, which as a result enhances their communication skills and delivery. 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 fear of public speaking, alongside other socially-derived anxieties to prosper. Hence, our goal is to help people reach a place of self-worth, self-love and self acceptance and VULNERABILITY is a big theme underlying our philosophy.
Playfulness and Awakening Instincts
From running these workshops since 2013 we have discovered a physical way of building confidence, which involves playing, as through playfulness you can reconnect with the inner child that sits within you, this child is not self-conscious but is more impulsive and intuitive.
Our brains help us to a certain extent with breaking down and procession information, however, there needs to be a limit where we stop thinking and do. It is our instincts that guide us in making the right choice, which requires leaving the constantly analyzing/worrying mind to connect with our bodies; the heart and the gut, which already has the right answer. In short, we strongly believe that we can ease our anxieties and worries if we reawaken our instincts.
What to Expect
The workshop follows the structure of first having warm up’s and stress diffusing exercises, after which public speaking exercises will be conducted. These exercises will increase in difficulty (subject to the speakers comfort zone), as the event progresses. At the end of each exercise/speech, the class will, primarily, discuss the strengths of the speaker, followed by potential areas for improvement.
The structure will follow a session of relaxation and meditation exercises, warm up and energy building games, as the evening progress we do speaking exercises and impromptu speeches.
8 Pillars of a Confident Public Speaker
In this workshop we will be practicing some of the pillars of a confident public speaker.
Confident public speaking is comprised of the following 8 pillars:
· Breath and pace
· Voice projection
· Physicality (body language and eye contact)
· Content (structure)
· Intention and congruency
· Emotions and tone variety
Should You Prepare or Bring Anything:
No. Just bring is a willingness to grow and challenge yourself! That is the best strategy to overcome your fears. Refreshments will be provided.
Background About the Coach:
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.
Since 2012, Michael begun training as a coach and an actor alongside explore an array of performing arts: clowning, improvisation, physical theatre, stand-up. Using different elements from these different disciplines, Michael has constructed a strategic step-by-step approach for gaining more confidence in public speaking.
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.