Communications masterclass with storytelling and theatre training

The Rising Tide: Communications masterclass

Speakers: Dr Ghina Halabi and Dr Judita Vivas
Date: 25 Apr 2020 Venue: Cambridge Assessment The Triangle Building, Shaftesbury Road Cambridge CB2 8EA
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Type: Workshop Fee: Free

The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge is a festival of exhibitions, events, and displays exploring the past, present and future of women at Cambridge. Programmed by Cambridge University Libraries, created by students and staff from across the University, and running across the city, The Rising Tide, will facilitate assembly, debate and conversation. This communication masterclass forms part of the program as it combines storytelling and theatre training to help women communicate with authenticity, authority and impact. Participants will explore techniques that boost confidence, increase spatial awareness and enhance presence, whatever the stage.

Women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend these workshops which are being held at The Triangle by our Women in Leadership Network. Due to popular demand, the workshop on Thursday 27 February has already sold out however spaces are still available for the event on Saturday 25 April.
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Further information

Recent studies show that women and minorities are less likely to speak up in conferences and meetings, which often stems from a feeling of intimidation by male-dominated environments. This casts a shadow on their lived experiences and strips them the opportunity of shaping their own narrative and normalising their presence in positions of power. To influence and stand out, your voice and personal story are differentiating factors that make you unique and authentic. This masterclass combines storytelling and theatre training to help participants find their own story and speak with power and authenticity to win hearts and influence minds.

A key strategy to help women become more visible and vocal in professional environments is to boost their confidence by providing them with effective communication techniques. This two and a half hour long communication masterclass with storytelling and theatre training aims to provide participants with these techniques. The masterclass applies two aspects of theatre methodology 'Psychophysical Training' and 'Positive Feedback' to help participants communicate clearly and with confidence in a unique model that is not available commercially.

Actor training techniques create spatial and self-awareness that enhance stage presence, boost confidence and create resonance with the audience. This enables speaking with power and authenticity which amplifies one's charisma. Psychophysical training focuses on connecting with the body to minimise physical and mental blockages. It pushes one out of the comfort zone and enhances interpersonal connections and improvisation. All these aspects are crucial for visibility and public speaking. The masterclass combines the scientific narrative (story creation) with the theatrical delivery (storytelling) thereby allowing applicants to draw on techniques from both approaches.

It is designed and delivered by Dr Ghina Halabi and Dr Judita Vivas. Dr Halabi is a communications consultant and storyteller with a PhD in astrophysics. She is a public speaker at international conferences and global forums including the United Nations and TEDx. Dr Vivas is an actress and theatre artist with a PhD in theatre studies and more than 10 years of theatre experience. She teaches drama, leads theatre workshops, and has performed 20+ productions in UK and Europe.

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The Triangle Building, Shaftesbury Road Cambridge CB2 8EA