How to be present whilst presenting
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How to be present whilst presenting

A RADA trained Actress' guide to using acting techniques to transform you into a polished professional public speaker.
5.0 (8 ratings)
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Created by Amy Botes
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 29 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • warm up the voice, body and mind in preparation for a presentation.
  • write a script.
  • deliver your presentation with clarity and conviction.
  • calm your nerves.
  • inspire, engage and drive home your objectives through a presentation.
  • learn a script more easily.
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  • You need to be ready to be brave physically, mentally & vocally but don't need any specific equipment other than a pen & pencil and computer with internet connection.

We all have to communicate right? Whether you are a baby crying for milk or you are a businessman pitching his next big idea! What amazes me is that many of us forget how to use our natural skills and develop unhelpful habits that can inhibit us, leave us a nervous wreck and make us unable to communicate effectively. This course teaches you easy to implement acting techniques which will press the reset button and allow you to present with flair and presence. 

I will guide you from nervous wreck to polished performer:

  • I will teach you how to be present whilst presenting, using the skills I have learnt as a Professional RADA Trained Actress.
  • By the end of this course you will have a 'carpet bag' of tools to help you get  your message across including vocal techniques, a greater awareness of physicality and how to train your brain to help you overcome inhibition and unhelpful self-analysis.
  • You will learn about how to warm up your voice before a presentation, how to use effective body language to keep your audience engaged and how to keep your mind clear and focussed.
  • You will have a clear understanding on how to structure a presentation both from the point of view of writing it and performing it.
  • You will learn how to help your brain memorise your presentation whilst being free and easy in your delivery.
  • You will be introduced to elements of the Alexander Technique which can help you free your mind and body of tension and stress.
  • Although I am going to let you in on the secrets of professional acting, I will not expect you to be any good at acting, all I am asking is that you tap into those natural skills we all have had since birth which have been covered up by years of bad habits, learned behaviours and past experience which has made you feel you are unable to present effectively.

Being able to speak publically can open up many doors in the business world. From being able to pitch effectively to selling your products through sales presentations, this course will give you the skills to speak confidently and professionally and this in turn will allow your business to flourish. The more confident and engaging we are, the more likely people are to listen to you. You will be free of the shackles of inhibitions and able to take the world on by storm.

Sign up for my course today and you will be let into the secrets of RADA's world renowned training - something that has only been afforded to 3000 people in the last 100 years. Too good an opportunity to pass up? See you at rehearsals soon!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is needing help with presenting skills whether that is live to an audience, a talking head video or doing voiceovers.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
2 Lectures 07:56

Are you a nervous wreck? Are you needing someone to guide you through step by step, to get you to a place where you can present with ease, and dare I say it, maybe actually ENJOY it?? Well you are in the right place. Amy Botes is a passionate, master communicator who wants your presentation to be BRILLIANT! She will be using acting techniques and exercises she has learnt through her training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and her acting career that has spanned the West End in London, New York's Broadway and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon. Come join her in rehearsals!!

Preview 03:16

Amy outlines the basics of this course and what we will be covering from physical warm ups to vocal techniques, from mental visualisation to going with the flow. Amy is determined to make you the best presenter you can possibly be and peak your potential!

Preview 04:40
4 Lectures 30:20

Amy takes you through a quick five minute vocal warm up typically used by professional Actors before they perform. This will not only allow you to deliver your presentation with ease but also project with clarity. Being heard is one of the fundamental basics in making your presentation a success and a vocal warm up can be the difference between mastering a speech and failing miserably.  


Amy uses one of Winston Churchill's famous speeches to analyse using the voice effectively during a presentation. Having a clear understanding of and being able to implement simple vocal techniques can have a huge impact on how your presentation will be received by an audience. In Churchill's case you could easily argue that, had he not been an amazing orator, he may well have lost the war.  


Amy will take you through a typical physical warm up used by professional Actors. Getting in touch with the body before a presentation has huge benefits as it not only allows you to relax but it also allows you to connect your physical action with your voice and mind. 


Amy introduces you to the Alexander Technique. A technique that was developed by a professional Actor who lost his voice at the turn of the twentieth century who went on to create a physical technique that allowed him to regain his voice but also reaped many other benefits such as: connecting the voice with the body and mind, creating a sense of wellbeing and allowing physical movement to be as free of tension as possible. By adopting this technique, you will have greater presence onstage and a better understanding of the importance of posture.

THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: marrying the body, mind and soul

3 questions
13 Lectures 01:06:28

This is a 'how to' guide on writing a script from scratch, using examples from William Shakespeare and Steve Jobs. 


Having a clear understanding of what your overall objective is when writing and delivering your speech can help you pinpoint the intention behind each line and get your message across clearly and concisely. In this lecture, Amy describes how to identify your overall objective and use examples from Shakespeare's Henry V to teach you how to do this in your presentation. 


Amy shows you in this lecture how to mark a script so that you can clearly road map how you are going to deliver your presentation. Using symbols to indicate when to pause, breathe, stress a word etc. will help you shape your delivery and add colour to it. 


Amy describes how speech is formed in this lecture. This goes beyond just explaining the anatomy but goes into detail about how vowels, consonants, syllables are formed and how this can help you shape your delivery in your presentation. 

ARTICULATION & DICTION: How is speech formed?

Amy takes you through how to form sounds in the English accent received pronunciation (R.P.). The aim of the lecture is not to make you speak in a 'posh' accent but to give you an idea of a centrally formed accent which can then allow you to work out where your accent is placed in the vocal zone and get you to think about how clarity and articulation can be improved.  


This is longer version of lecture 11 which includes all of the consonants and vowels in the R.P. accent - this can be used if you want to practice the various sounds created with the R.P. accent. 


This lecture goes into more detail about how to optimise your articulation through using various vocal exercises, including tongue twisters. This sort of preparation prior to a presentation can link your vocal, physical and mental warm up together which in turn can feed into your performance whilst you are presenting. 


Amy goes through various learning techniques that she has found useful during her career as an Actress. Learning your presentation and being able to deliver it without notes is really important. The more free we are from relying on technology, pieces of paper and other distractions, the more likely we are to be able to engage with an audience, read their cues and allow the message to really land with them. 


Amy sets the challenge to learn your presentation in this lecture. She highlights that getting feedback from family and friends is very useful and encourages you to get a feel for what it is like to perform your presentation prior to 'doing it for real'. 

Preview 02:18

Amy drives home the point that our mind is as important as our mouth in this lecture. Mind over matter being the key to being able to deliver your presentation to the best of your ability. 

Preview 01:52

This lecture explores body language and asks you to analyse how you are using different parts of your body whilst presenting. Body language is just as important as the words we say but this can often be ignored when preparing a presentation. 


'Say your lines and don't bump into the furniture' is a piece of wisdom that has been handed down the ages in the theatre. Amy describes how you can become spatially aware and how to use the space you are presenting in effectively. 


Amy outlines how you can do a last minute preparation before show time! Having a last minute routine before you present can not only calm you but allow you time to focus. 

5 Lectures 26:21

This lecture includes tips on how to project, how to deal with the sight of a large crowd and how to command the audience with a combination of vocal, physical and mental techniques. 


Nerves can be the downfall of a would be great speaker but Amy describes in this lecture how to overcome them and describes some of the instances where she has been very nervous but still managed to turn in an amazing performance. 


Amy describes in this lecture how to 'get a feel for a room' and how to not let your preconceptions and assumptions of how your audience is going to react, to get in the way of you delivering a great presentation. 


This lecture is a pep talk of sorts. Amy asks you to give yourself the license to be great and go with the flow and not get bogged down with negative thoughts or nerves. 


This lecture takes you through how to take questions and deliver answers in as confident and professional a way as possible. Using the principles of improvisation in the theatre, it will allow you to enter into a 'conversation' with the audience and come out smiling. 

1 Lecture 05:00

This lecture rounds up the course and invites you to stay in touch and come back for more! Thanks - it has been a real blast! :)

About the Instructor
Amy Botes
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RADA trained Professional Actress

Amy has worked as a professional Actress throughout the UK and the United States. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2004 and went on to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Company both at Stratford Upon Avon and London's West End. She also took on main parts in a multitude of theatres including Salisbury Playhouse and the Birmingham Rep. After having her daughter in 2011, she became an Entrepreneur and launched EPM Services which helped start up companies reach their potential. After 5 years of EPM services she decided to marry her knowledge of business and professional acting by creating a new company called PEPPED Productions.  PEPPED Productions offers training and coaching in personal impact, presentation skills, storytelling for business and acting for business (corporate role play) incorporating all the skills of an Actor such as vocal/physical techniques and acting exercises. Amy has a wealth of professional experience and has worked with world renowned Voice Coaches such as: Cicely Berry (Voice Director at the RSC), Ellen Newman (Head of Voice at RADA from 2004-2011), Robert Palmer (Head of Voice at RADA for over 40 years and vocal coach to Prime minister Margaret Thatcher). She has also worked with Olivier award winning theatre Director, Rupert Goold (Artistic Director at the Almeida Theatre, London), Bill Gaskill (Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre 1965-1972) and Tim Carroll, (currently Shaw Festival's Artistic Director and previously Associate Director at the Globe Theatre, London from 1999-2005). Amy also had the opportunity of working with Jane Campion (Oscar winning film Director and - thus far - only female film maker to win the Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival) on her feature film 'Bright Star' and has acted for both the BBC and Channel 4.  Amy is passionate about performance and is very excited about sharing this with the UDEMY community. If you would like to join her tribe, please like us on Facebook or twitter and we will keep you updated about what PEPPED is up to! Let the show begin!! :)