This week Amy Botes is feeling PEPPED about corporate role play: “At a workshop I was involved in this week, we concentrated on the use of forum theatre to recreate a difficult situation at work in order to look at the different ways this could have been approached and dealt with. The premise of forum theatre is to use the power of the group to find the best solution through role-play. Using role play can have several benefits: it allows you to enter into the same mind-set you were in, when facing that difficult situation, but gives you the safety of a make believe situation in order to play with various options available and create different outcomes. A form of life rehearsal.
We are all guilty of creating habits that are negative and we can sometimes not realise that a slightly different turn of phrase or the art of listening with one eye open can change a situation drastically. In this scenario, an appraisal that went bad in real life was changed into a positive experience, mainly due to simple suggestions made by the audience but also by addressing the mind-set the delegate had entered the appraisal with. It emerged through hot-seating (a form of quick fire questioning) that on the day of the appraisal the delegate holding the appraisal had had a very difficult journey into work, they had not had much sleep and they were entering into the situation in an irritated state. This then started the appraisal off badly and led to the employee leaving in tears. We can sometimes not realise that emotions from other corners of our life can feed into our professional life and colour it. By tweaking this mind-set, the employee left with constructive criticism and a clear pathway towards improving without feeling personally attacked.”
Do you think your company would benefit from a Corporate role-play workshop, using professional Actors to re-enact difficult situations that could be improved upon? Then do not hesitate to give us a call and PEPPED Productions can fundamentally improve your approach to communication.
This week Amy Botes is feeling PEPPED about body language: “A new client of mine has been working for the same company for many years. Now she has decided to take the leap and has opted for voluntary redundancy. As she has been out of the job market for some time, she wanted to boost her personal impact through a series of 1:1 coaching sessions with PEPPED. In this first session we concentrated on working on her voice, physicality and confidence but one thing that really seemed to be apparent was her lack of awareness with regards to her body language. Your body says as much as your mouth and if you are sending out the wrong signals, you could scupper your chances at interview. Using elements of the Alexander Technique and rehearsing what you are going to say can release the inevitable tension in an interview scenario. What was very revealing was when we videoed some of the session and showed this back to her, she immediately noticed the habits that had been entrenched over the years and it was remarkable how quickly she transformed. Eye contact, a more upright posture, an awareness of the spine and her centre allowed her to break free of her inhibitions and she went away from the session feeling energised, positive and PEPPED. We are looking forward to the next session when we will be concentrating on rehearsing this through role play and improvization.”
Are you in a similar situation? Would you benefit from 1:1 coaching and would like to improve your personal impact? Then do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss a bespoke PEPPED 1:1 coaching package.
Amy Botes feels PEPPED about confidence this week: “So…confidence was an issue with one of my clients. They are good at what they do. They like their job. In fact they are GREAT at their job but they just lacked the confidence to speak on the telephone with clients in an assured manner. As a Professional Actor I have learnt how to press the reset button on this point. If you aren’t confident – just act as if you are until that is your reality. I have been slowly working with this client to give her several tools that are easy to master and easy to maintain. Anyone can use them and it has given her a suit of armour to wear when tackling a situation where she lacks confidence. Using basics from body language, to tone of voice, use of breath, tempo, even tackling her negative thought process, has allowed her to tackle her inner demons and flourish.”
Are you in a similar place? Do you think you or your company could benefit from 1:1 coaching to develop and increase your confidence? Then give PEPPED Productions a call!