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The art of improvisation
Our latest research report positions improvisation as an art form that can be learned by anyone, allowing business professionals to think on their feet and respond 'in the moment' with greater confidence.
It looks into the key factors holding workers back from improvising and thinking more creatively, with insights from our tutors on how you and your workplace can become more open to new ideas.
Courses in Manchester
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Virtual meeting, authentic performance
Virtual meetings such as video calls and telephone conferencing are invaluable to many businesses. They are a necessity for global organisations that work with clients all over the world. Virtual meetings offer an obvious alternative at a time when budgets are under pressure and the impact of unnecessary travel on the environment is under scrutiny.
Growth mindset and finding your voice
‘Ouch, I have some of the traits of a fixed mindset.’ Such is my reaction as I’m listening to the keynote by entrepreneur and author Melanie Yusebe at this year’s two-day Arts Marketing Association (AMA) conference in Newcastle. Ironically, I envisage her telling me that this is the embodiment of a fixed-mindset - fearing that I’m doing something wrong and not appreciating that there’s something I can do about it.
The future of voice – artificial intelligence (AI) or human?
What can artificial intelligence voice development learn from the world of acting?
RADA Business Client Director Liz Barber joined speakers from organisations such as the BBC and Amazon at a recent event hosted by Apadmi in Manchester to consider this question. There are few people more experienced to have a voice on this topic. Liz holds a Postgraduate Degree in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with her Masters research focussing on ‘AI and voice’.
It was quite an event, here are just some of the things that stood out from Liz’s presentation.
Supporting our UK expansion and international business
Following a successful expansion in MediaCity, Greater Manchester, we've hired a new operations director as we gear up for future growth.
RADA is Audible
What Britain's best brands can teach the world
Learn how RADA has stood the test of time in an exclusive series by Audible, the online audio entertainment programmer, which focuses on Britain’s oldest and most famous institutions - to find out what makes them successful. The series: How to Outperform - What Britain's Best Brands Can Teach the World, is available now and is free to all Audible members, or purchasable through Amazon.
The Leading Role
Hold your space with confidence for International Women's Day
Earlier this month, we designed a bespoke one-day, in-house course for women consultants at Moorhouse, run by RADA Business tutor Abi Eniola.
Rebecca Farmer, Energy and Utilities Lead at Moorhouse and one of the course participants, fed back to us about the parts of the programme that resonated with her – and why – for International Women's Day 2019. #BalanceforBetter.
Investing and expanding in Manchester
We're investing in Manchester, as part of our ongoing growth plans.
As part of the expansion, we have opened a new office in MediaCity, appointed a new Client Director, and launched a regional advertising campaign.
An ExecLab in Hong Kong's new cultural district
Why we’re launching in Manchester
By Kevin Chapman, Director of RADA Business.
When RADA Business began in 2001 as the commercial subsidiary of our world-renowned drama school, it offered only a handful of open courses, but has rapidly grown to provide an extensive portfolio of courses, coaching and consultancy, working with over 7000 delegates every year, and in over 30 countries worldwide.
Tutor insight: Techniques to help business women thrive
Only 8% of women feel that they confidently make their voice heard at work, compared to 15% of men, highlighting the challenges that women in business can face when seeking to lead with impact.
By adopting and building on the techniques that RADA uses to train leading actors, women can increase their confidence, impact, and authority in professional situations.
Join us on 9 Jan for a unique book launch at RADA
We're delighted to host the book launch of Physical Intelligence: Harness your body’s untapped intelligence to achieve more, stress less and live more happily, written by our leadership tutor Claire Dale and her co-author and business partner, Patricia Peyton.
A poem of remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall
To mark the end of the centenary of the First World War, The Royal British Legion in partnership with Never Such Innocence invited young people aged between 9-16 years to create a piece of art, poetry or song that said thank you to the generation that served - as part of their Thank you competition. A selection of the competition winners will take part in the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 10 November 2018.
Supporting young people to find their voice is something that’s essential to us, and we’re pleased to be a part of this celebration by coaching one of the winners.
Tutor insight: How to make an impact in business
Making an impact is harder than you might expect, even for seasoned employees, as nearly 80% of business professionals say that they seldom come across people at work who make a lasting first impression.
Our top five tips will help you to have more impact in the first instance – whether you’re chairing a meeting or presenting to a large audience.
Building an executive presence for our women’s programme
We’ve been spreading the word about our pioneering three-tier women’s programme, to ensure more women can discover and practise the skills they need to perform and communicate with authority, authenticity and impact in the workplace.
We’re delighted that our commitment to upskilling women in business is encouraging a range of brands to feature us in their literature - and at their events.
A lesson in change
RADA Business Tutor Charlie Walker-Wise focuses on the tools that help us to be resilient leaders when our professional and personal lives are incredibly busy.
Gender parity at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference
As guests at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference this month, it was heartening to see gender parity amongst its guest speakers and panellists – not least because it was also International Women’s Day.
Supporting women to find their voice, be heard and succeed in business is something close to our hearts here at RADA Business. We’ve worked with over 300 women during the last three years, at various levels, to enable them to successfully hold their space, land their messages with impact and achieve their goals.
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Do you have the courage to fail in front of those you lead?
In his latest blog for The Leadership Coach, Client Director and RADA Business Tutor Charlie Walker-Wise explores the notion that having the courage to fail in front of those you lead is a vital aspect of good leadership.
‘If leadership is about leading the way, then as a leader, you’ve got to be prepared to tread the path for others to walk on, not just plan the route.’
If you’d like to avoid the cliché of expecting others to do as you say yet not as you do, read Leading in the Training Room and learn how one company is challenging hierarchical training structures by coaching senior and junior teams together.
Flown a spaceship, lost a million and fired by Simon Cowell
Watch this fascinating TEDx talk by RADA Business tutor Dominic Colenso about the power of telling your personal story in a business environment.
In a world of carefully constructed selfies and an obsession with displaying the perfect image in every aspect of our lives, how can we use our individual experiences to show the best and most authentic version of ourselves at work?
RADA Business courses are open to anyone and will develop your communication style, from storytelling for business to perfecting your presenting skills. A full list of courses can be found here
Margaret Heffernan: the voice of leadership
To weep or not to weep? That is the question...
Angela Eagle, MP and contender for the Labour leadership, came under the scrutiny of seasoned broadcaster John Humphrys this morning (12 July) on BBC Radio 4’s 'Today' Programme. “Do we really want somebody who weeps?” he asked of her.
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Becoming the person you want to be; is it all just an act?
RADA in Business tutor, Adrian Kirk, explains how practical communication skills training will help individuals to meet their aspirations and talks about his new book on the subject.
Being effective in achieving our aspirations is influenced by many factors. However, if we have practical tips on how to behave differently we are more likely to achieve that which we desire.
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To Prepare Or Not To Prepare?
Charlie Walker-Wise answers the question.
As the parent of a young son, I’m getting ready for the first time I have to announce “do as I say, not as I do”. It’s a statement I’m not looking forward to but whether so explicitly stated or not, it’s a dictum every child experiences.
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Training Zone Article - Soft Skills: Practice Makes Perfect
RADA in Business Development Manager, Emma Oakley, tells Training Zone why soft skills are hard to gain but vital to learn, particularly in a modern, technology-based business environment.
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Take Your Time When You Present
Taking Executive Presence Across The Pond
Last week, RADA Business flew across the pond to deliver our Executive Presence for Women open course programme in Toronto – and we made sure that we packed our hats and gloves in preparation for the -10oC temperature!
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Nicola Sturgeon: A Woman Seen And Heard
Well, the results are in – so how do they reflect the women’s pre-election performances? With the largest representation yet of senior-level women in the pre-election campaigning, and not without their gaffs (Labour’s pink van-gate anyone?) did the women leaders get heard is the real question. Certainly the increase in female MPS, currently at 190 from a pre-election figure of 147, would indicate so, at least superficially.
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Rada's Bite-Sized Presentation Skills Training
Having just completed tutoring on a four week evening course I wanted to take a moment to reflect on why I believe this bite size evening training is so beneficial to the delegates. Just a little over a month ago 8 diverse individuals met together with me to undergo our first Presentation Skills evening class. The group was made up of different ages, nationalities, backgrounds and job titles. All had in common a desire to be able to communicate with more clarity and impact.
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Enabling Confident Councillors
With May 3rd local elections fast approaching, local councils will be undergoing many changes. New councillors will be joining the ranks and experienced councillors will be embracing new roles. Whilst most councils have their own induction processes for new councillors, there are many skills the councillor needs in order to fulfil their potential and to serve their community as effectively as possible. At the heart of these skills is the ability to communicate with clarity and impact.
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US Presidential Election: TV Debates
The last fortnight has seen two TV debates in the US election campaign as Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump went head to head on 26 September and 9 October. Voice coach and Lead Tutor on our Executive Presence for Women programme Sheelagh McNamara was keeping a keen eye on their body language and public speaking skills at both debates. So – how did they do?
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Women In The Boardroom - What's Holding You Back?
Historically few women have occupied the most senior roles in business but things are changing rapidly. By 2015 the Government recommendation is that 25% of FTSE 100 boardroom places be held by women.
Research also shows that diverse boards make better decisions and are more effective as well as promoting equal opportunities for talented women.
Read the full story: Women In The Boardroom - What's Holding You Back?
How To Overcome Stage Fright
“Stage Fright” is a major issue for many people in business and, taking Michael Bay’s recent bout of stage fright into account, it can happen to even the most experienced public speaker.
Breathlessness, sweating and increased heart rate are all symptoms of stage fright – any of them sound familiar?
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Rada Offers New Shakespeare Team Building Activity With Elsewhere
RADA is working with Elsewhere to provide a new team building activity. Elsewhere are an uncorporate off-site organisation offering a range of imaginative and unique team building activities.
The RADA workshop, Shakespeare will Break You, is a three hour session that splits the group into teams using and excerpts from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V and The Tempest to end with a competitive live performance.
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Women.... Know Your Place
It is gratifying to witness the promotion of more women to the cabinet following the reshuffle this summer. And even more reason to cheer is the recent news that Glencore, a bastion of male industry became the final FTSE company to appoint a female director. All signs that we are ever moving nearer to the government target of 25% female board representation by 2015. Whilst we still fall short of the target, the fact remains that there are significant cracks appearing in the ceiling. And every reason, as a woman, to push through to grab those top jobs.
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Tips From A Tutor: Personal Impact
We've cherry-picked some top tips from our Personal Impact Course.
- Open your window
The next time you go into a meeting, before you put your hand on the door handle to open the door, check you are entering with an “open window”. Don’t’ get caught in the “OK, here we go…” frame of mind; as you will be entering anticipating defeat or a battle. Before opening the door, stop. Breathe. Raise your eye line so that when you enter the room your head is up and able to see who is in the room and where they are.
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Transforming London’s Transport
You may notice a RADA Business presence if you commute to or travel through London and the South East this autumn.
We’ve launched a new display campaign on trains and in underground stations and black taxis, encouraging people to transform their communication skills by refining their confidence, impact, presenting or leadership.
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How Relevance, Authenticity And Delivery Shaped Oprah Winfrey’s Iconic Acceptance Speech
What made Oprah Winfrey’s iconic acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes 2018 so effective?
We asked RADA Business Tutor, Sandra Miller, to break down what gave Oprah’s words so much impact, and how you could apply these techniques yourself:
There are three main reasons that this speech stands out as a piece that will be remembered: relevance, authenticity and delivery.
This Is A Voice (The Wellcome Collection)
"It's not what you say, but how you say it"
Caroline Kilpatrick, Voice Tutor
At RADA in Business, the voice is one of the most important tools we train. Clients are often amazed at the significant impact that can be made with relatively small changes. The Wellcome Collection current exhibition ‘This is A Voice’ explores the unique grain of a human voice, the voice’s utter flexibility, and the ways in which it can be altered with treatment and training.
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Rada Business Teams Up With Room To Read
We’re teaming up with the global organisation Room to Read this November, a non-profit that promotes child literacy and supports educational equality in Asia and Africa.
On 11 November 2017, we’ll be offering a series of Personal Impact masterclasses for companies and individuals at Room to Read’s exclusive fundraising auction in Zürich. The annual galas raise money to develop literacy skills, and to support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
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Rada Business Featured On CNN
RADA Business has been working with Richard Quest to help combat his unlikely fear of public speaking. His experiences of training with us were broadcast in a three-part segment aired on Richard’s show, Quest Means Business.
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Return To Work With Impact And Influence: Mums In Technology
For the second time this year, RADA Business is running a bespoke training course with Mums in Technology, the UK’s first baby-friendly coding school.
The training will take place on Mon 20 and Tue 21 November 2017, to give eight women the communications skills required to have more impact and influence over stakeholders in the workplace after returning to work, supporting them on their path to a successful career.
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The Collaborative Leader: Learning From The World Of Theatre
What can a business leader learn from the role of a theatre director?
A theatre director needs to act like a leader, bringing together a disparate group of people under a common purpose.
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Good Customer Service Starts With Communication...
As simple as it sounds, it is so easily forgotten. Ever more so apparent in my experience recently when travelling to Italy. Two planes, a week apart – both delayed with the same problem, resulting in us sitting on the tarmac both times for over an hour. And yet, both experiences had an entirely different effect on the passengers, as a result of the communication we received from the captain… or didn’t.
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Rada Is Working With Inneventive
RADA has teamed up with events company, Inneventive. The unique partnership aims to deliver teambuilding activities tailored specifically to the corporate sector using the unique and creative powers of both organisations. The relationship has been featured in the lastest issue of Events Magazine.
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This Summer we trialled a new series of evening courses a Foundation Suite designed to teach the basics in presentation skills. Members of the RADA Business team, Charlie and Emma reflect on the experience of designing and attending the courses respectively.
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A Taste Of Rada Business
RADA Business held its quarterly Taster Session on Wednesday 10 June, here at our RADA studios. The session invites people unfamiliar with our approach to learning to come and experience it in an informal and relaxed manner, under the guidance of one of our highly experienced RADA tutors.
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The Power Of Play
Charlie Walker-Wise, Business Development Manager, RADA Business
I have a theory. It goes something like this: first we celebrate play in children, then we indulge it, then we tolerate it, and then we squash it.
When a baby becomes a toddler and begins to interact with their environment we are thrilled and encourage its experimentation through play. As toddlers become children we accept the games they play, the make-believe worlds they create, understanding that these are important for them to make sense of the world around them.
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Conflict Management In The Workplace
Without a doubt conflict occurs in all human relationships. If handled badly, it can harm important connections we may have spent years building and developing, and at its worst it can have detrimental effects on our jobs, our reputation and even on our emotional and physical well-being.
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Hands Up And Go For Gold!
Every time I give a Presentation Skills Workshop the same questions crop up:
- "What do I do with my hands?"
- "I feel so self-conscious standing in front of people."
- "I've been told to stay still and not to use gesture."
- "I can't talk without using my hands!"
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While teachers are experts in their subject matter they often lack experience of performing in front of a crowd, particularly when new to the job. In fact, many teachers don’t acknowledge that they are performers despite the obvious presence of an audience of thirty Year 9s.
Read the full story: Classroom Presence
How Rada Helped Me Find My Inner Gordon Gekko - Personal Impact Course Is Featured In The Times
If you aren’t a natural master of the universe RADA might teach you to act like one in a day, says Richard Morrison
My mind has blanked. The old limbs feel like jelly. Nine people, all strangers to me until two hours earlier, are sitting in a semicircle. I am in the middle, trying to hold their attention. Not by speaking or gesticulating. Simply by standing still and exuding such an air of friendly but confident ease that all present will feel the impact of my charisma.
Rada's Tenth Annual Business Lunch
RADA’s Tenth Annual Business Lunch took place on Wednesday 7 November at The Savoy, London. The event was a huge success, raising over £127,000 for the Academy.
To mark a decade of the event, the entertainment celebrated 10 years of performance at the Lunch. Bertie Carvel, who performed at the first Business Lunch in 2003 kicked off with ’It’s Hard to Speak my Heart’ from Parade, Rebecca Blackstone entertained with ‘Ladies who Lunch’ from Company, and current students Jessie Buckley and Peter Hannah performed ‘Looking at You’ from the upcoming 2013 RADA Spring production of Six Pictures of Lee Miller.
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Rada Is Officially One Of The Coolest Venues In The Capital!
RADA has been featured in this month's Event Magazine as part of their 'Capital of Cool' publication. The supplement provides an in-depth look at some of London's coolest venues and RADA was proud to be included!
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Think, Breathe, Speak - Rada Business Goes Underground
Noticed these posters on the underground? Intrigued to know more? We’ve just launched our second RADA Business tube campaign, encouraging people across London to focus on their body, breath and voice when communicating.
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Rada Business Offers PR Week Readers Top Tips For Successful Audience Engagement
RADA Business has been featured in PR Week with an article about how to use actors' techniques for engaging audiences effectively. The article includes 5 top tips for PR professionals to use when speaking with people in meetings and presentations.
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Cameron’s Triumphant Performance
The UK enthusiastically welcomed the American-style televised leader’s debates with seven-million of us tuning in to see the seven major contenders represented on stage. Some thought that the presence of women added a human, authentic, touch - perhaps even a ‘moral’ element. Others felt it was tokenism for the smaller parties and merely done to increase the quota of women on stage. Either way, the strongest performers in that seven-way debate, Sturgeon and Cameron, both having physical and vocal presence, came out winners post-ballot.
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All At Sea
Kevin Chapman, Director of RADA Business
This month I had the pleasure of joining our latest company of RADA actors for a week as they set sail to perform shows on Cunard’s flagship; the Queen Mary 2.
Performing in the fully equipped Royal Court Theatre, over 1,000 guests enjoyed abridged versions of Pride and Prejudice (in “moderate” seas) and Romeo and Juliet (in “slight” seas).
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How Can I Make Sure I'm Heard At Meetings?
Lunch With The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
On 06 November 2013, our annual Fundraising Lunch returns to The Savoy, London.
Lunch with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, now in its 11th year, is a celebratory event presented by the English-speaking world’s premier drama school. The lunch offers a drinks reception overlooking the Thames and a three course lunch in one of Britain’s most iconic hotels. Musical entertainment is provided by RADA’s third year acting students and graduates, along with a colourful display of RADA’s expertise in costume and property making.
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Use Your Body To Create Presence - Rada Featured In The Times Educational Supplement (Tes)
Whatever their personal style, all teachers are performers and the classroom is their stage. But success can depend on the kind of show they put on. Kerra Maddern reports.
Why do some teachers struggle to control a class while others manage to get a lesson flowing seamlessly with apparently little effort?
Why Finding The "Right" Word Isn't So Important
As the geographical reach of our work continues to expand, I seem to have been working in Europe a great deal recently. This means I am working with delegates for whom English is not their first language. As ever it makes me feel embarrassed about my meagre attempts to speak anything other than my mother tongue and the issues it can throw up are interesting.
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Are 'Killer Heels' Killing Women's Impact?
The findings of ‘High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes’, a report by the parliamentary committees for Petitions and for Women and Equalities, was published yesterday. The report urges the government to fine companies that force their employees to wear high heels, responding in particular to the case of London receptionist Nicola Thorp, who was sent home from her job after refusing to change from her flat shoes into high heels.
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Presenting Without Props
Charlie Walker-Wise, Business Development Manager, RADA Business
I’ve been reflecting on the experience for non-theatre professionals when they come to work with us at RADA. Over the last couple of months we’ve had major events here with large numbers of people from media agencies, banks, consultancies, government and retail brands.
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Don't Hold Your Breath - It's Bad For Business!
When we are stressed our natural response is to hold the breath. Our tendency is to lift the chest and reduce the length of our exhalation. This raises our heart rate and can make us appear lacking in confidence, unapproachable and sometimes aggressive. We either play small and take up less space - or we do the opposite, puffing the chest and chin out. Neither is optimal!
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News and blogs Rada Business At TEDx Whitehall Women
We were delighted that RADA Business Tutor Sheelagh McNamara was invited to speak at TEDx Whitehall Women in May 2015. Over 200 women heard her talk, 'Heard' Mentality, and you can watch it here now.
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