AN EXTENDED range of professional development courses have been launched by RADA Business, the commercial arm of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, following its regional expansion into Manchester last year.

The leading global training and consultancy provider has designed courses to take place in Manchester, working with delegates at each stage of their career to equip them with the skills and techniques to communicate with authenticity and impact.

The courses, which are taking place in February and March, will focus on a range of themes including: personal impact, presenting, leadership, and the challenges facing women in business – all created to cater for a range of career levels and needs.

Personal Impact is a one-day course that teaches those at every stage of their career to perform with more gravitas and impact through the foundations of human communication – body, breath and voice. By the end of the day, delegates will be able to communicate with clients and colleagues more effectively, leading to stronger and more successful working relationships.

To align with this, Personal Impact in Meetings is a two-day course that looks at how to accomplish the most from face-to-face communication in a range of settings and develops an understanding of how you come across and how others relate to you in the workplace. A professional role-play actor joins the group on the second day to bring to life challenging scenarios so that participants can practise how to impress in one-to-one conversations, or in the boardroom.

Courses that develop presenting skills are also a focus for RADA Business over the coming months. Presenting Made Brilliant is a practical one-day course for those who need to become a powerful and confident public speaker. This course encourages delegates to take risks, push themselves and maximise impact when communicating in highly pressured environments. It takes the focus away from what you present, and instead focuses on how you present.

Storytelling for Business also focuses on presenting but differentiates from the other courses as it examines how stories work, why we are so drawn to them, and how we can apply this essential human characteristic in a corporate setting. The aim of the course is to learn how to ‘hook’ an audience from the offset, through to the very end of a speech.

Aimed at women in management who want to drive towards the next stage of their career, Impact and Influence for Women focuses on empowering women with the skills, confidence and belief to put themselves forward for more senior positions. By examining the power of physicality, voice and language, it reflects on delegates’ current management style and teaches tools and strategies to use these attributes to affect the attitude and behaviours of key stakeholders.

Courses are also available in London, such as the presenting course Voice of Influence. This teaches trainees to become dynamic, influential communicators, by practicing advanced voice techniques. Participants learn how to apply these techniques to a short presentation or topic of their choosing, gaining detailed feedback from an expert tutor, and from peers with a similar level of experience. It gives them the space to practice their pitching, presenting and meeting skills. The course is aimed at those who have experience of presenting but want to improve their skills.

Finally, a two-tiered senior leadership programme for both men and women is available.

Leadership in Action is an interactive programme designed for those in the early stages of a leadership role, who want to practise the skills and techniques needed to refine their personal brand of leadership and realise their own ambitions alongside the goals of their team. It is transformational and boundary-pushing, and teaches participants to have greater presence, clarity and confidence in their day-to-day leadership decisions.

The Leading Role is an intensive three-day course designed for those with at least 10 years’ leadership experience. It goes beyond the pages of leadership theory and allows you to test, practise and build communication skills across the full spectrum of leadership characteristics. It’s highly practical with role-play scenarios and simulated conversations that invite participants to refine and master their own leadership style.

Katie Lightfoot, Open Courses and Tutor Manager at RADA Business said: “We’re delighted to offer these courses, specifically tailored to women in business, future senior leaders, and those at every stage of their career. We have worked for well over a decade to overcome the common challenges employees often face in the corporate world.

“Our aim is to equip them with the skills they need to make sure they are heard, own their space, and have the impact they desire to be the best and most authentic version of themselves at work. Our regional expansion to Manchester means that we are now able to introduce our work to a wider audience.”

Each programme can be delivered for individuals through the RADA Business open course portfolio, or in-house for businesses looking to upskill a number of employees through tailored training.

RADA Business has worked and consulted with a number of businesses across the UK and the world including Stella McCartney, CooperVision, and GE (Baker Hughes).

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