At #upfront we believe that speech is power. It is more important than ever before we all learn to influence, persuade and inspire. Everyone is welcome and we particularly encourage those who are naturally quiet, shy or introverted. We know that you don’t often push yourselves forward into the limelight but it’s time for you to get those brilliant, creative ideas out into the world!
Our aim is for you to leave feeling the most confident you've ever felt, equipped with new tools to use when speaking in public, in meetings or networking situations, in a pitch or during a formal presentation.
We will cover how to introduce yourself, how to strengthen your voice, how to stand whilst talking to a group of people, how to combat nerves and low confidence and do and don't's when it comes to vocabulary. In this beautiful venue, we will try out what we've learned on a real stage!
This workshop will be designed and led by award-winning designer, public speaker and entrepreneur, Lauren Currie and actor and theatre-maker, Lindsay Dukes. We've teamed up with Mariana Morris, co-founder of UX Oxford and we can't wait to meet you!
A word from Lauren:
"I want to influence how we think about ourselves and our potential. Having spoken at over one hundred conferences worldwide, in front of audiences of over one thousand people I want to give it all away - my fears, my learnings and my triumphs! We are all capable of holding more space and owning our power."
A word from Lindsay:
“I’m an introvert and I stand on stages for a living… I know how scary this can feel. Lauren and I work hard to create a safe space where we can explore and overcome this fear. We have two main tools as communicative beings: our bodies and our voices...but because we are born into these tools and we don’t need to learn how to use them, we use them habitually and innately and thereby often don’t realise how much more potential they have. In this workshop, I’ll help you to realise the full capacity of your fundamental tools and how to utilise them."
A word from Mariana:
"I believe that lack of confidence can hold many talented people back so it's a pleasure to support this project and help bring this workshop to Oxford. We have so much talent in the design, creative and tech scenes in Oxford that I hope this workshop can help us tell our stories louder and prouder."
What others have said about these workshops:
“Brilliant energy, pace, pitch which made everyone feel included and excited.”
“It was a really amazing session. Ranging from practical tips that will definitely help navigate nerves and pitfalls next time I speak in public to more intangible, but really awesome boosting of confidence and mutual appreciation.”
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