Personal development and authentic presentation
A workshop by Felix Ritter and Marta Pisco
Empower your students with a workshop that trains presentation skills and offers insights into contemporary communication theory.
Join the renaissance of public speaking!
We have spent the last few years developing and perfecting this programme for students at the New School for Information Services in Amsterdam. It can be applied to any group of students, teachers or any other professionals who need to stand in front of audiences of any size.
There’s this student, let’s call him Thomas. He’s been up all night, working on his speech. All his points seem equally important. He can’t decide what the focus of the speech should be. He’s worrying about pleasing his audience, but failing to address what’s most important to him.
There he stands, in front of the audience. His throat’s dry. The crowd of people in front of him are just a blur. He can’t stand still. He doesn’t know what to do with his arms. The PowerPoint slides are packed with too much information; people start reading instead of listening. His voice gets louder and louder, but he’s still not directly addressing his audience.
Do you know someone like Thomas? Do you recognize some of his difficulties? Our workshop can help solve them.
We focus on public presentation technique. We also explore authenticity, awareness of body language and personal identity. Our students learn and apply specific models and theories of personal development, such as creative personal branding, core qualities and the personal vision statement. There has been a renaissance of public speaking in the last decade, mostly due to the success of presentation platforms such as TED Talks. We have researched “TED strategies” and we use some of them in combination with theatre technique exercises for body and voice training. We create a safe environment where people are able to learn about themselves, think out of the box, and help others to do the same.
Our students discover their talents. Increased awareness of body and voice empowers them to let their authentic beliefs shine through.
We provide training sessions and workshops in Dutch, English, French and German.
Shooting a video of a presentation can be a great tool for helping people become aware of things they do unconsciously, so if necessary or requested I also provide on-camera training – working together with the video professionals at videomachas.com
About the trainers:
Marta Pisco: theatre maker, born in Lisbon, educated as an architect, did her master at DasArts in Amsterdam. Currently working as a teacher and curator and as producer of her own and others’ work – both in Brazil and with Space theatre group in the Netherlands. Marta is also part of Ondertussen, an Amsterdam platform for artists, with and without a refugee background.