VOICE IN ACTION: Understanding Your Voice and Using it Effectively

VOICE IN ACTION: Understanding Your Voice and Using it Effectively

2 days, Saturday 23 February and 2 March, 10am – 3:30pm
The University of Auckland City Campus
Presented by Kirstie O’Sullivan 
$265.00 incl. GST

O, how wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul!’ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Have you ever wondered how you can develop a richer, more flexible and interesting voice? Would you like to speak with greater confidence? Does your voice feel tired or strained after speaking for long periods of time? Voice in Action explores the basic tools of voice production, and how you can use these to your communication advantage, both in your personal and professional life.

Limited to 12 participants

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course learners will be able to speak with increased confidence in public; express themselves with greater confidence; understand the anatomy and physiology of the voice; project their voice effectively and safely; demonstrate an awareness of how to keep their voice healthy and functioning well; express themselves clearly and articulately; express themselves with greater vocal strength, persuasiveness and commitment.

Course outline

Practical application of the concepts and information introduced during Voice in Action is vital to the learning and success of the participant.

A close interaction between theory and practice is encouraged and enjoyable and accessible exercises encourage an exploration of the following topics:

How the Voice Works: A detailed and practical exploration of the anatomy and physiology of the voice, and how you can use this to your advantage

Relaxation Techniques: Exercises to assist the release of unnecessary physical and muscular tension, which may be impeding vocal power

Fundamental Breath work: Exploring the connection with your breath as a foundation for sound. This also forms the basis for developing vocal resonance

Pitch, Pace and Volume: Three of the most important tools for any speaker. We’ll take a look at how the use of these can improve your vocal variety and flexibility, thereby increasing the chance of capturing the attention of your listener

Articulation: An appreciation and application of clear articulation (otherwise known as ‘good diction’) assists in clarity of communication. Ensure that WHAT you’re saying is supported by HOW you are saying it!

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those who wish to release the full range and vitality of their voice. A close interaction between theory and practice is encouraged and participants will be introduced to the basic tools of voice production. As a result, this course will appeal to those interested in improving their personal communication style as well as those who are required to use their voice professionally (teachers, barristers, contact centre operators, trainers, auctioneers etc.).

About the Presenter

Kirstie O’Sullivan is a graduate of Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting), Kirstie has also studied acting and voice in the UK and New York. Kirstie’s work includes regular appearances in television, film, theatre and radio. She is the Managing Director of BOLD Communication Ltd, a communication training consultancy based in Auckland. Kirstie has been teaching for the Centre for Continuing Education since 2003.

Public Speaking with Confidence

Public Speaking with Confidence

1 day, Saturday 19 May, 9:30am – 4:30pm
The University of Auckland City Campus
Presented by Lisa Brickell and  Kate Bartlett
$210.00 incl. GST
1 day, Saturday 17 November, 9:30am – 4:30pm 
The University of Auckland City Campus
Presented by Lisa Brickell and  Kate Bartlett
$210.00 incl. GST

Do you ever feel nervous speaking in front of groups? Do you need to give presentations in the workplace, at social occasions, or as part of your studies? Recent surveys have shown public speaking to be the number one greatest fear, above being afraid of spiders, snakes or even death! Using comedy, drama and storytelling techniques, this one-day intensive course will:

  • Develop your public speaking skills
  • Explore your unique presentation style
  • Increase spontaneity
  • Develop storytelling and vocal techniques
  • Overcome fears and help you enjoy being in front of an audience

Presenters: Lisa Brickell MA, DipDrama, Cambridge CELTA, DipTheatre (LeCoq, Paris) and Kate Bartlett BA; Dip Prof Acting(NZ Drama School); Dip Drama; Dip Tchg; ATCL

Course outline

This course will cover: Presentation skills: building skills in the following areas-non-verbal communication, creating audience rapport and having a clear intention Relaxation Techniques: exercises used to overcome tension and fear associated with presenting in public Improvisation skills: building participants confidence in the area of spontaneity Storytelling techniques: content and structure Vocal skills: exercises to encourage vocal strength and confidence.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course learners will be able to identify the characteristics of effective presentations; utilise physical and vocal techniques to enhance presentations; use relaxation techniques to help release tension; demonstrate an understanding of storytelling and improvisation techniques; apply the above when presenting.

Who should attend?

Those who feel nervous speaking in front of groups and/or those who wish to improve their public speaking skills, whether it be in the workplace, at social occasions, or as part of their studies. Lecturers and teachers would also greatly benefit from this course.

About the Presenters

Lisa Brickell has run public speaking skills seminars both in New Zealand and overseas. She has taught at Unitec, Auckland, Waikato and Brighton Universities, and has worked with many companies including Genesis Energy, Coca Cola and DDB. Lisa trained at The Lecoq Theatre School in Paris and at Kiklos Drama School in Italy. She also has a MA in Drama from Auckland University. She was the Key Note Speaker at the Drama New Zealand Conference in 2014 and is a professional actress and comedian, teacher and director.

Kate Bartlett is an actor and trainer with over twenty years experience in the performing arts and training industries. She has taught at Auckland and Waikato Universities, and has delivered Executive Presence, Presentation Skills, Storytelling and Improvisation courses throughout NZ. Kate trained at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) and has a BA and post graduate Diploma in Drama from Auckland University. She has performed professionally in theatre, film, TV and radio.