At the age of 6 years old, I decided I wanted to be an actress. I was completely obsessed with the art and practice of performance, so it was the fulfilment of a childhood ambition to study at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) where I arrived, at 19, and trained as a classical theatre actress.
3 glorious years of exploring, experimenting and living the dream were followed by 12 years of professional work. I started with classical theatre, moved into TV, film and voiceover and then carved a niche as a presenter. I facilitated conferences, presented videos, spoke on behalf of business leaders and voiced business content for a wide-range of organisations, coaching in-house speakers organically along the way – using what I knew to help them through the experience.
My early fascination with performance skills grew…I recognised there was an available toolkit for people to make their desired impact and I wanted to develop it. I studied for an MA in Voice and an MSc in Performance Psychology and my work became enjoyably diverse.
Here’s what followed:
I learned a simple, easy-to-implement methodology for communicating with audiences fluently and with impact by coaching leaders on presentations to groups of all sizes - face-to-face, in the media and online.
I discovered a shorthand for connecting with people and helping them understand how to have brilliant conversations that get results by facilitating groups in business schools and organisations across the world. I learned how to listen and understand the challenges that people face in their day-to-day working experience and how to act upon that insight.
Fascinated by people’s stories, I trained as a listener with Samaritans UK. I learned how to listen deeply, not judge, but to harness people’s power to find their own solutions and transform their lives for the better.
In the last 20 years, I’ve realised that my actor’s hat is still worn every day. I am a chameleon and have an approach that allows me to connect with any audience to start a conversation and build trust, affinity and rapport - the foundation of success in life and work.
It’s a useful skillset and I look forward to sharing it with you.