theatre based workshop communication skills

Next Saturday the 27th of October, el CEFIRE Valencia, the postgraduate course Theatre and Education and the University of Valencia, organize the event “Training days Theatre and Education”. Dianne Stronks of Purple Presentations will give a workshop “Theatre for Professional Development, improve your communication skills in English”.

During the workshop you will learn how to communicate in English with more confidence and ease. The methodology used is based on theatre and experience and is similar to the one of the workshop “Speaking English in Public” ( TEDxValencia Adventures).

Organization: CEFIRE Valencia, postgraduate course Theatre and Education, the University of Valencia.
Collaborators: MUVIM, Teatre Micalet, Avecteatre i educació, Fundació Bromera
Registration: CEFIRE Valencia or on the day itself

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Where: MUVIM, taller de Velluters, Teatre Micalet
Time: from 9:30 till 22:00

You can find more information on the blog of the postgraduate course Theatre and Education and on the site of the event “jornadas de teatro y educación” on Facebook.

I hope to see you there!

‘Give’ your presentation

Reading the book ‘Give your speech, change the world’ by Nick Morgan, I realised that there is something curious with languages regarding presentations. In Spanish you ‘do’ a presentation (hacer una presentación), but in English (and in Dutch, maybe in even more languages) you ‘give’ a presentation. That makes sense! To whom do you give one? To the audience of course.

A presentation is not about you or about what you have to say, it’s about what the audience will remember. So make sure you get your message across properly and that you really ‘give’ your presentation to the audience. Make a movement towards them.

How?
By taking all the parts of communication into account: sender, medium, message, receiver, feedback and noise.

the parts of a communication process

Many presenters think about the medium and about the sender, or maybe the message as well, but they completely forget about the rest. They are obsessed with their PowerPoint slides, with themselves, they might worry about the content, but they completely forget the receiver. The other parts of the communication process are feedback and noise. Most presenters try to avoid feedback. “What if they ask me a question I can’t answer?” The noise you can see as all the little mistakes or errors due to the lack of rehearsing.

As I wrote in a former post, start by thinking about the audience. Why should they care to listen to you? Make sure you inspire them. Give audience-centered presentations!