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Engaging an Audience

Making a presentation is essentially having a conversation with your audience. Think about presenters who have engaged and held your attention. Do you feel that they are actually talking to you? Does the presentation feel personal? Does the presenter seem natural and easy? Does it feel that that the presentation is happening for the first … Read More

Did you leave your communication baggage at the door?

What is the first thing you think of when you think of communication? Is it the words? Is it the tone? Is it the body language? Is it silent communication? There is a saying in the theatre ‘leave your baggage at the door’. It means that you are present in the moment and not thinking … Read More

Do you have an invisible behaviour?

Imagine being held at gunpoint. Now reflect on your reaction to being held at gunpoint. Would you yell or scream? Duck and run? Look the perpetrator in the eye and fight? Or would you do the completely unexpected?  Our reactions and what we communicate – through our body language, voice, and actions – can drastically … Read More

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

Could you handle the political hot seat?

Navigate tricky on-the-spot moments with these acting tips. Who do you think is a good political speaker these days? This is a difficult question because politicians are no longer simply seen and heard giving impassioned speeches, having been coached for weeks. Particularly in the lead-up to a national election, today’s tech savvy society and hungry … 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

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