The Art and Science of the TED-talk

How to find your voice and craft your signature Keynote

We know from personal experience how tough it is to find the time to write the perfect keynote or presentation in between more urgent daily demands. But the truth is that the time and effort it takes to hone your message and tell your story is one of the most important investments of time and energy you can make if you want to raise the bar for yourself as a leader and position yourself as an expert in your field.

We launched our Coaching for Speaker Circles Series earlier this month and the improvements are already starting to show. The combination of expert coaching and peer mentoring is one that we’ve honed through our WeLead Circles over the last 18 months and now we’re extending the offering to provide specialist learning circles – The Coaching for Speakers Circle is our very first to be launched.

QualityLife Company is known for showcasing some of the best speakers in the country at our various events and as a result we’re also constantly scouting for new talent. However, we understand that new talent needs nurturing and the advice of a coach can be invaluable in identifying your unique voice and message.

We will be guided by the particular needs of the group itself but chances are good that we will cover the following during our time together:

1. Discuss your presentation in groups and refine its unique message
2. Find your own authentic voice: pitch, pace, pause, tone and power
3. Structure a presentation and phrase your ideas effectively so that you hook your audience immediately and keep them hooked throughout
4. Overcome any nerves and realise your power as a presenter
5. How to market yourself and your message
6. Hone your presentation with guidance and support, which will be filmed and reviewed to identify ways to improve

And lots more!

The true value of this training is that the results are obvious immediately; the change in confidence and assertiveness with which you will be capable of communicating your views and perspectives will be dramatic. By the end of the course, you will be QualityLife and TEDx-ready

The course is provided over six 2-hour sessions spaced two weeks apart to give you time to practise in between. The last session will be a “public” event where you will be offered the opportunity to invite anybody you would like to hear you present. Family, work colleagues or friends – anyone whose opinion of you as a speaker you really value. To ramp up the experience, you will present in an auditorium, and you will be filmed.

Details of the next course are:Dates: 15, 23, 30 November 2016, 11, 18, 25 January 2017
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am

Venue: TBC, Johannesburg

Cost: Your investment is R1650 ex vat (R1881 incl vat) per session or R9500 ex vat (R10830 incl vat) upfront for the six sessions (max 10 delegates).

Feedback from a previous delegate

“I would like to thank the team at QualityLife for the worthwhile lessons I was taught at the Coaching for Speakers course. As I am responsible for Business Development, I need to speak / present to audiences of all sizes. This course gave me the tools to be confident in the story I will be telling as I now know how to structure my mind. Once I have the confidence in my story, the rest will be perfect.” Francois Warrington, Imperial Health Sciences.

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claudine150Claudine Ullman is the founder and managing director of the Jittery Citizens. She is an actress, improviser; stand up comedienne, public speaker as well as expert facilitator. Having completed her BA in Dramatic Arts at Wits, Claudine travelled widely, refining her craft at top international performance schools such as LISPA (UK) and Helikos (EU). She has received specialist improvisation training at renowned American schools such as The Second City, Improv Olympics (US) and the Magnet Theatre. Claudine has been invited to speak about “Improv Your Life” at the IEB Dramatic Arts Conference and will be presenting at TEDx Johannesburg. She recently completed a successful run at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in “Wretched”.

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