Course dates

Online teaching

We are now offering many of our courses online (over Zoom or similar platforms). No prior experience with these platforms is required. Continue learning with us by taking courses remotely via live distance learning.

Starting date, Saturday 20 Feb 2021
10am-5pm | 2 days
Starting date, Tuesday 23 Feb 2021
6.30-8.30pm | 6 weeks

Course overview

Do you feel anxious interacting with people one-to-one or in groups? This entry-level course will give you the tools to become more confident, in work, and life in general, and help you feel more confident in group settings, and improve how you feel internally when facing new situations.

“I loved the course and got so much out of it. I was starting a new job and it really helped. I got less stressed and did the job really well. Thanks so much.”

 

Sarah, Administrator/Creative Writer

“Vic creates a completely safe environment to gradually experiment and have fun improving without the fear of ‘getting it wrong’.”

 

Richard, Luxury Goods Brand Ambassador

This course draws on a range of social science theories and uses improvisation techniques to unlock your best potential. We create a safe space through play, in which you will be encouraged to take risks, with lots of warm connection along the way.

Do you feel under pressure in groups?
You’ll become more embodied and empowered, which will improve your team cohesion, proven to make teams are more productive.

Do you feel exposed by direct interactions?
Your one-to-one attention will become more grounded, authentic, relaxed, and connected, which will lead to better relationships in work and in life.

No matter your age, job, or experience level, we all want to learn how to manage our nerves when in unfamiliar situations, and how to be creative and relaxed when put on the spot. This course will train you to think on your feet while having fun. You will grow your confidence and improve your body language across a range of situations.

The class invites those from a wide range of backgrounds, including those whose first language is not English.

Please note: This short course is currently being delivered over Zoom.

Fees

£195

Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses@gold.ac.uk so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 

Starting date, Saturday 20 Feb 2021
10am-5pm | 2 days
Starting date, Tuesday 23 Feb 2021
6.30-8.30pm | 6 weeks

Enquiries

If you have any questions about this course please contact shortcourses (@gold.ac.uk) .

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Location

Online

Tutor information


Course tutor, Victoria Hogg

Victoria Hogg

Victoria Hogg is a business coach specialising in creativity training. She delivers low-risk, high-reward sessions and creates safe space, through play, to a group’s lasting advantage. Her teaching is grounded in social science sub-genres of psychology, sociology, and verbal and non-verbal communication. She increases any individual’s agency and skill in a fun environment. Vic’s MA in Applied Theatre (Goldsmiths) informs her career as a creative arts practitioner and her weekly improv comedy show with DDG Improv (now on Zoom) keeps her teaching grounded, relevant and fresh. Vic’s company The Offer Bank (www.theofferbank.co.uk) guarantees positive outcomes in a wide variety of settings.

 

Course structure

Two-day course

Day 1: Reset. Play. Discuss. Repeat.
A fun, relaxed overview of who and how we all are. It’s true to say that studies, careers, family, digital overwhelm and inevitable pandemic trauma can make us all less flexible and more stressed. Day One introduces the vital element of play with new friends. We’ll explore human social interaction through an improvisational lens, using the key improv tenets of ‘Yes, And’, ‘active listening’ and ‘making your partner look good’. There’ll be plenty of time to try stuff out, get it wrong and chat about what we’ve learned – all in a low-risk, high-reward environment. 

Day 2: Trust. Status. Presentation.
The first part of the morning revisits the previous day’s lessons and invites a positive mindset. There’ll be exercises that explore trust (don’t worry, though: no ‘trust falls’ here) and status, both from the point of view of the person speaking and the audience. The afternoon is a rich creative table of games and low-risk presentational work that encourages everyone to be comfortable with stepping out of the ‘comfort zone’ (how far you push yourself is up to you). Expect an encounter with your inner critic and lots of positive opportunities to try, fail, and try again. 

Six-week course

Week 1: Reset and Refresh.
A fun group invitation to explore who we are and how we are. Studies, careers, family, digital overwhelm and inevitable pandemic trauma all make us less flexible, less creative and more stressed. This first week bonds everyone and swiftly introduces the vital element of play. 

Week 2: Agreement.
We explore social interaction via key social-science research and through the lens of tentpole improv tenets: ‘Yes, And’, ‘active listening’ and ‘making your partner look good’. Try stuff out, get it wrong and chat about what we’ve learned, in a low-risk, high-reward environment. 

Week 3: Story.
This week, take the focus off yourself and put it on your material. The session invites cohesion via group presentation and, building on the previous week, experiments and discussions around how to engage and maintain audience attention while remaining pleasantly in control. 

Week 4: Trust.
You’ll practise exercises that explore trust in a safe way from the viewpoint of both speaker and audience. We examine status, and discuss how body language colours every offer. Expect an encounter with your inner critic and find lots of opportunities to try, fail, and try again.

Week 5: Authenticity.
The group makes a leap forward in presenting subject matter with authenticity in the quest to crystallise each participant’s unique voice. We use a range of approaches to unlock personal confidence with a commitment to our own viewpoint, while still having compassion for others.

Week 6: Consolidation.
The final session is a reinforcement of learning outcomes as we revisit fun exercises. There’s a rich creative table of games and presentational work that continues to encourage stepping outside of the ‘comfort zone’ (however, the distance you push yourself is up to you). Notice with pleasure how far you’ve come since Week One. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will:

  • Become more confident and self-assured
  • Feel more in control in formal, relaxed, work, and social situations
  • Become a better listener and team-player
  • Develop your creativity and imaginative
  • Feel more comfortable in the present moment

About the department

Our Department of Theatre and Performance is committed to approaching performance in exciting and challenging ways, both within and beyond European traditions. The Department is ranked 22nd in the world for performing arts, and has a strong focus on balancing academic study with creative and technical practice. This enables our students to explore hands-on theatre making while developing their knowledge of theatre history and culture. There is a particular onus on interdisciplinary learning throughout the department, as well as international networks within the industry. The Departmental facilities include our 160-seat George Wood Theatre, four performance studios, scenic studios, a sound studio and open-access media lab.

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