I love a great story, whether seeing an amazing play, telling a story to friends or being on stage myself. Some of my stage highlights include playing Billy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, co-directing and acting in The Vagina Monologues, and devising and performing a physical comedy sketch, which I took to a festival in Finland. More recently, I received some standing ovations for the show I acted in at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2022.
My drama background informs my work helping you to build your presence so that you can captivate your audience (whatever the size), be noticed when you walk in a room and develop yourself as a leader. It also helps to make sure your message is heard, delivering the right words in the right way at the right time. And, of course I can help you use the power of storytelling to make your public speaking even more compelling.
I’m trained in Qi Gong. Like a tai chi, it’s an ancient Chinese art form which works with the energy of the body. I first started practising Qi Gong in London to recover my health after being burnt out from working as a Probation Officer. It is a fantastic tool to help us connect with our own energy and that of others, which is so vital for great communication whether pitching for a new piece of work or speaking up in a meeting.
When I worked in London as a Probation Officer, I coached people to move from a place of deep unhappiness to a life filled with more purpose and satisfaction. After many years of coaching people, I can hold your vision of public speaking for you, holding your hand, metaphorically speaking, to help you get there.
BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work
Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic-programming
Qi Gong Teacher
Coaching qualification from the Mind Store School of Coaching
LAMDA drama examination ~ distinction
Actor Training at Bristol University
Preparing to teach in the Life Long Learning Sector qualification
I’ve always believed we all have the potential to change if we want to. With some courage, focus and the right support this is not only possible it becomes inevitable. And I’m also convinced we all have the right to take up our space in the world, be seen and be heard. I think this because when I was growing up my Step Dad didn’t allow me to do this, so as an adult, part of my journey has been to find my voice and take up my rightful space.
And, I have done this and do this through drama as well as coaching and training in public speaking. So, in this sense, my journey could reflect yours. I look forward to working with you.
Thank you for reading, Julia