What to do with my hands?

What do I do with my hands?

It seems we travel through life with no question of the importance or purpose of our hands until we are speaking in public. Then, these alien extensions seem to do nothing but work against us. The power of gesture is extraordinary. We decipher meaning from gestures every waking moment of our personal and professional lives. … Read More

Tara Winkler

Tara Winkler’s road to TEDx Sydney – part two

Read Tara Winkler’s next instalment on her journey to conquering her fear of public speaking. We had the pleasure of working with Tara in preparation for her upcoming Tedx talk at the Sydney Opera House and here is what happened next.   My public speaking training began in Sydney with three life-changing two-hour sessions with … Read More

Tara Winkler’s road to TEDx Sydney – part one

NIDA Corporate is working with Tara Winkler, the Managing Director of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) which she established with Jedtha Pon in 2007 in order to rescue fourteen children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage. In 2011 Tara was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work with CCT, she has been … Read More

What is endowment, and how can I use it to succeed in the workplace?

Ask any NIDA-trained actor what endowment is and they’ll tell you that they use it to create truthful and engaging performances with their co-stars. But how can this help in the working world? Endowment is about the way we relate to one another, and how our expectations and preconceived opinions shape our responses and interactions … Read More

Blog: Becoming a Better Presenter

Becoming a Better Presenter (even if you’re already awesome)

We were thrilled to invite digital strategist and experienced keynote speaker Joanne Jacobs to attend our recent Presenting with Confidence course. She has generously shared her thoughts about the course with us and it’s great to hear that she found our unique approach to learning the skill of effective presentation worthwhile, even for a seasoned pro … Read More

Face Your Fears and Enjoy the Ride

Why do we expect ourselves to overcome obstacles without ever doing the thing we fear? We swerved toward the edge of the precipice. This road had been carved by men who abseiled down the cliff face and hurled blocks of TNT into the rock. It is a sheer, cavernous drop and one of the most … Read More

Be Heard - 3 minute warm-up

Be heard – 3 minute voice warm up

The voice enables us to engage, excite, enthuse, calm or persuade. NIDA’s Corporate Performance team has worked with people from many different industries to help them learn how to make the most out of the best communication tool they have – their voice. Course Manager and NIDA Graduate, Lyn Lee has worked extensively with coaches … Read More

Are we hardwired for trust

Are we hard-wired for trust?

When I heard the words ‘the soft stuff is the hard stuff, nothing beats face-to-face’, I had gone from intrigued to genuinely captivated. I was attending Wired for Wonder in Melbourne, a richly rewarding program of diverse speakers from the arts, business and science. I was there in support of a colleague who was giving … Read More

Straight Down the Barrel

It’s interesting that people use the phrases “Looking down the barrel of the camera” and “Looking down the barrel of a gun”. For a lot of us, both are equally terrifying. I’ve spent my professional performance career ricocheting from stage to screen and learning the techniques of both mediums. What I have learnt from this … Read More

Top tips for networking with confidence and ease

It is part of my good fortune to have worked at sea as an Entertainment Officer on board ship. In this capacity I organised all the entertainment, from making paper flowers to singing with the band, directing the floorshows, organising the deck sports and being hostess at the Captain’s cocktail parties. We had cocktail parties … Read More