Course dates

Online teaching

We are now offering many of our courses online due to the developing Covid-19 situation. Continue learning with us by taking courses remotely via live distance learning.

Starting date, Tuesday 3 Nov 2020
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 workshop (again!) 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’ll 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.

Why study this course?

  • Increase your confidence and become more self-possessed
  • Gain more control of both formal and relaxed workplace or social situations
  • Become a better listener and collaborator
  • Become more creative and imaginative
  • Feel more comfortable and relaxed in the present moment

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, Tuesday 3 Nov 2020
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

Online course structure:

Week 1: Reset and Refresh. A relaxed look at who and how we are. Studies, careers, families, digital overload and pandemic trauma all make us less flexible. This session will reset us all, introduce the vital element of play and bond the group.

Week 2: Accept and Build. We nail down the foundational improv principle of ‘Yes, And’ to explore positivity. When we accept each other’s offers, we create infinite creativity. You’ll practise being positive, taking risks and thinking on your feet.

Week 3: Deep Listening and Generosity. Being in the present moment, even when new concepts are on the table, results in every idea being heard and acknowledged. You’ll nail moving forward happily in conversation, even when holding a differing viewpoint.

Week 4: Authenticity and Trust. This week we explore what makes the group and its individuals tick and how each of us can reach in and find the best in ourselves. We examine our ‘inner critic’ and begin to push past self-doubt.

Week 5: PMA and Commitment. The group makes a leap forward in presenting its ideas with positivity. We use a range of approaches to find personal confidence and compassion for others while committing to our own viewpoint.

Week 6: Practical Presentations and Collaborations. The final week is an entertainment-based reinforcement of everything you’ve learned. The group revisits fun exercises and games. Notice with pleasure how far you’ve come since Week One.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you will have gained:

  • Increased confidence and charisma as you present yourself or your ideas
  • Increased mental flexibility and open behaviour with new ideas and collaborators
  • Better command of a space or a group through positive, agile communication
  • Increased imagination and creativity as you think outside the box
  • Greater resilience

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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