For the past three decades my work has been about communicating with an audience. As a professional actor I’ve gained a wealth of experience in addressing audiences of all kinds. Whether speaking to an auditorium of over a thousand people, or delivering a performance to camera, I’ve learned the techniques necessary to capture an audience’s attention, to make myself clearly heard and to convey complex ideas so that they can be understood. I don’t believe that any performer will be a stranger to ‘first night nerves’. It’s been claimed that the adrenalin coursing through an actor’s veins on a first performance is the same as if one had been in a car accident! I’ve learned from experience that managing this state is crucial to my output.
I originally trained as an actor, graduating from LAMDA in 1992. In my long career I’ve worked in all the traditional areas of the acting profession, I’ve played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in the West End and at regional theatres throughout the UK. I’ve also clocked up numerous screen appearances – for television, feature films and short films. Other work includes radio drama, voiceovers and commercials. It’s this art of communication that I now enjoy sharing with my clients.
During my three years training and subsequently throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best voice coaches – including Cicely Berry and Patsy Rodenberg. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with world-renowned directors. Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage, Michael Winterbottom (amongst others) have given me a wide range of insights into how to convey meaning to an audience. My technique as a ‘communicator’ is the sum of all this input.
I’m fascinated by people – as well I might be, as an actor who strives to bring truth to a role. As my career has progressed I’ve developed a love of passing on my skills to others. In more recent years this has led me to explore neuroscience and psychology in the additional courses and qualifications that I’ve undertaken. I’m finding huge fulfilment in leaving my ego at the door and focussing on the needs of my clients and sharing with them what I’ve learned. So that they can find their own unique style when it comes to the art of communication.
For this reason, for the past eleven years I’ve also used my communication skills in the realms of communication training. I’ve worked as a facilitator for Active Training Team (ATT) and I regularly lead communication workshops for them, for such clients as Tideway, BP, Ringway Jacobs, Bristol Ports, AB Ports, Joseph Gallagher Limited, Woodford Heating & Energy, Lower Thames Crossing and Ørsted.
I’ve also worked on communication skills programmes (in the UK and worldwide) for: KPMG, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, SCB, UBS, Close Brothers, BNP Paribas, Crossrail, Siemens, Circle Housing, Camargue, TFL, EIB, NHS England, Braas Monier, Rabobank, Lazard’s, Cisco Systems, SMBC, Nomura, BAA.
I have an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring and hold a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from the Open University.
In addition to these skills I’m also a Cognitive Hypnotherapist. I trained with the highly regarded Trevor Silvester at the Quest Institute and have gained a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. This unique approach blends hynotherapy with cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, evolutionary psychology and the very practical tools of Neuro Linguistic Programming. I’m proud to be a member of Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association (QCHPA) and a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). I am bound by the codes of conduct, ethics and performance of both these institutions.
Mine is a dynamic toolkit that enables clients to present themselves with confidence – whatever the situation.
Using all these techniques and my wealth of experience with all sorts of audiences I work as a communication and performance coach, supporting clients with their fears and anxieties around audience address and performance.
It’s not just actors who need to get their message across to an assembled audience – whether that’s an audience of one or one thousand. And it seems this particular skill is a common stumbling block for a great many people, across every sector of employment. It’s been suggested that an inability to speak publicly is the number one factor that holds us back from advancement at work.
Whatever your level of confidence around communicating with an audience, I’d be delighted to take your audience address skills to the next level.
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?”
(Hillel the Elder)
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