This course has concessions available

Public Speaking Workshop

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Who is this course for

This course is suitable for all who wish to improve their ability to speak effectively in public, and to convert what may be regarded as an ordeal into an exciting opportunity to express opinions and share ideas.
Students must attend the first session in order to gain the full benefits of the course. If you miss the first day, you will need permission from the tutor to attend the second day.

What does this course cover

The course will explore the idea that the voice is an expression of an individual's physical and emotional identity. Students will be encouraged to enjoy language, exercising their imagination and creativity to discover a way of speaking which accurately reflects 'who they are'. In parallel, students will focus upon technical skills necessary for good voice production, such as controlled breathing and posture, clarity and projection.
The first session looks at the experiences of students and aims to re-examine the process of speaking in public from a new perspective. In a relaxed atmosphere, we will look at how our awareness of space may be a key factor in our efforts to take control of sometimes stressful situations in order to get our message across. We will acknowledge the magical power of words to convey meaning and see how we may exploit this creatively. The practical aspects of voice production will be examined through a series of exercises which address common problems and provide a basis for further development of good vocal technique.
The second session will build upon the experience of the first, focusing more closely on individual difficulties culminating in each student, delivering a speech to the class prepared in advance.
By the end of the course , amongst other things, you will:
1. Have explored positive body language
2. Be able to identify ways to improve diction and maintain correct posture
3. Have practiced using breathing techniques to support the voice and begin to identify a personal style of making a speech.

What will it be like

We shall work together as a group, in sub-groups, pairs and individually, sharing feedback and observations in an atmosphere of mutual support.
At the beginning in tutor discussion with students
Int he middle through tutor feedback an observed group work.
At the end by individual presentation, with tutor feedback.

What else do you need to buy or do

Wear loose comfortable clothing, bring a pen and some paper for your own notes. About 15 minutes per day between session 1 and 2, practicing controlled breathing and speech exercises.

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
Advice will be given by your tutor and you can visit or regular Advice and Guidance sessions for an assessment at Mary Ward Centre and Blackfriars Settlement.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’