In the UK, women are paving the way in technology to create an impact and redress the gender imbalance, but they still only make up 19% of the industry’s workforce and only 22% of leaders and decision makers. It can sometimes be difficult for women to exert influence and communicate with confident credibility: skills which are exceedingly in demand as women define and develop their professional roles and career paths within the technical sector.

This interactive, one-day course has been designed specifically for women in technology. It offers a highly effective toolkit of transformative, performance-based techniques, involving body, breath and voice. These will be practised and then applied to different communication settings and a number of role-play scenarios specific to the industry. These will enable you to develop greater flexibility and choice in how you react, respond and communicate in a sector dominated by male leaders.

Explore interchanging between different communication styles and language choices to assist you in communicating assertively, from a position of personal power, knowledge and confidence.

This toolkit can be practised repeatedly to enable you to increase your sense of personal power, credibility and nascent leadership capacities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Network with like-minded women in technology
  • Discover powerful performance techniques for building status and credibility
  • Learn innovative voice and speech techniques to maximise your presence
  • Understand how your choice of language can create new and varied outcomes
  • Develop the ability to be assertive and dynamic
  • Practise different communication styles to deliver maximum impact
  • Leave with the confidence to create a positive attitude towards change
09:15 - 09:45

Registration and Light Breakfast

09:45 - 10:20

Introduction - What is Confidence for Women in the Technology Sector?

  • Discuss personal experiences and what confidence means to you and your organisation
  • Equality and inclusivity: Inspiring confidence in tomorrow’s leaders
  • Generating Presence – Power Poses
  • Exercise: Breath is the key to relaxed, posed credibility
  • Be present to have presence!
  • Exercise: Creating confidence and credibility through optimal centred alignment               
10:20 - 11:4

Developing the Toolkit

  • Body, Breath, Voice equals personal power – Vocal and Physical preparation
  • Breath powers speech
  • Voice and Vocal performance skills – Pitch, Pause and Pace for maximising credibility
  • Vocal and physical Resonance
  • Acting as If: Performance skills for high-status and credibility
  • Role Play: Archetypal High-Status
  • Rhetoric: The Language of High-Status
11:45 - 12:00

Morning Break

12:00 - 13:00

Exercise: Finding Your Feet to Speak Up in Meetings

  • Role Play: Speaking confidently with clarity of intention and impact in meetings
13:00 - 13:45

Seated Lunch

13:45 - 14:45

Flexing between different communication styles: flexibility is the key

  • Exercise: Persuasive Language
  • Exercise: Naming your strengths – Partner Pitch
  • Exercise: Owning and voicing your strengths
  • Asking for what you want
  • Role Play: Pay and Reward Discussion
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 15:45

Confident Communication

  • Exercise: Overcoming blocking and holding your ground
  • Role play: Interview/Meeting with a potential new employer/in-house promotion
15:30 - 15:45

Action Planning

  • Recognising and naming your strengths and weaknesses with objectivity
  • Identify areas where we are stuck and consciously welcoming change
  • Building a practical plan going forward
  • Select realisable, achievable goals and objectives stemming from your learning on the course
15:45 - 16:00

Evaluation

16:00 - 16:15

Feedback and Close

Central London