Dynamic Presentations Workshop

30 November 2011

Kate Bartlett and Lisa Brickell

Continuing Education tutors, Lisa Brickell and Kate Bartlett, recently offered a workshop as part of The University of Auckland’s 11th Annual Teaching and Learning Showcase.

As Kate explained, “The Dynamic Presentations session connected to the theme of ‘Active Learning’ as it was an interactive, experiential workshop encouraging participants to actively take part and learn through doing.”

The aim was to show the attendees, mostly University lecturers, how to use performance skills to engage, persuade and connect with their audiences – both large and small. Lisa explained that the session used drama and comedy techniques and covered the following content:

• A discussion about what makes a presenter engaging
• Communication skills, voice techniques and the use of vocal dynamics
• Warm-up exercises and exploration of how physical dynamics bring alive presentations
• Performance exercises exploring your objective as a presenter and what you want your audience to gain from your presentation. Discovering that committing to your objective 100% increases focus, purpose and energy, motivating and inspiring your audience.

At the conclusion of the session participants brought together all the skills learnt into a short presentation using personal storytelling techniques.

Kate and Lisa were pleased with the way the participants got involved and explored and recognised their strengths. “They got feedback from us and the other participants throughout the workshop and after the final presentation. We also really encouraged them to incorporate what they had learnt into both their personal and professional life.”

If you are interested in improving your presentation skills then Kate and Lisa have a one-day course, Presenting with Confidence, coming up in the 2012 semester one programme.

Kate Bartlett has a BA in English Literature and a Post Graduate Diploma in Drama from The University of Auckland. She has a teaching diploma from Auckland College of Education, a teaching diploma in Drama from Trinity College London and a Diploma in Professional Acting from Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School. Kate has extensive experience as a teacher of performance technique and communication skills (including The University of Auckland, Waikato University and TAPAC). She is also an actor and co-director of the business education company ‘2B’.

Lisa Brickell has a BA in English and Italian and a postgraduate Diploma in Drama from The University of Auckland, the CELTA from Cambridge University, and a Diploma in Comedy and Drama (Lecoq Theatre School, Paris and Kiklos Comedy School, Italy). She has had extensive experience as a trainer and teacher of presentation and communication skills, EFL drama and comedy in New Zealand, Japan, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. She is also an actor, comedian and co-director of the presentation skills company ‘2B’.


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