The purpose of this Business Acting course is to unlock your potential for greater expressive power for later use in business communications. This is done through learning & then practicing the use of communication tools from live, stage-to-audience acting. Participants must work from an enthusiasm to gain greater mastery of their ability to influence others.
This participatory & experiential course concerns itself with live, interpersonal, face-to-face communication in public space. The course teaches empathetic listening & assertive influence achieved through Seven Stages to Expressive Power – cumulative steps through which a Speaker influences Listeners, & presents the Speaker’s “Best Possible Self”. Through The Seven Stages of the course provides a change in self-perception, & practical tools of influence rooted in the basic concept of “Action”.
This is not a course in professional lying. Instead, it teaches expressive power with which to better communicate what you believe to be true; it does not prescribe formulaic, “correct” answers regarding behavior in a boardroom, etc. Nor does this course deal with the mimicry of the acting of movies or television. Instead, the course teaches how to influence & impact people live in a room.
The course attempts to introduce each speaker with better perception of his or her Best Possible Self and equip him with an arsenal of individually-chosen practical tools of influence; it does not attempt to turn out uniform, interchangeable public speakers. The course has been referred to as “cross training for business people”, “ethical acting”, “executive presence” & even “Charisma 101”. It’s a course that will not improve your PowerPoint – but the person in front of your PowerPoint.
Key take-aways of this course are:
1) New awareness of your public self & public credibility;
2) a useful & empowering understanding of “Action” and how to use it to influence others;
3) a new, empathetic & assertive Speaker-to-Listener mindset;
4) visual, aural & temporal communication tools with which to create a greater human connection between Speaker & Listeners, including: focus, body language, posture, stillness & movement, gesture, key words, inflection, vocally commanding a room, progression of thought, objective, & dynamic diversity;
5) methods to manage tension or “stage fright”; and
6) greater involvement of your humanity when communicating.