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Barry O'Halpin and Susan Wild

Workshop: Presence in Front of a Group

Or the Art of Being Comfortable Being You

By Susan Wild and Barry O'Halpin

Brussels: 26 October 2016

Speaking in public can be nerve-wracking. And it’s often harder in front of a small group of colleagues, because we can feel particularly visible and even judged. Join us to discover ways to get more comfortable in these situations. This is a practical session. You’ll be discovering and trying out techniques from theatre and storytelling performance, which help increase confidence from the feet up, and using posture and voice to give you more ‘presence’.

About Susan Wild

Susan spent 20 years of her professional life sitting at a desk working as a marketing communications specialist, writing content and running projects for major international companies. But throughout that time she longed to be moving and to communicate beyond words on the page. So in 2014, Susan decided to come out from behind the screen for good. She took a course in storytelling (Your Journey, Your Voice) at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College in the UK. Since then, Susan has combined freelance writing with creating and performing stories. Her experience of learning to perform has convinced her that confidence starts with our posture and movement, not what goes on in our heads.

About Barry O'Halpin

Barry moved to Brussels in 1994. Always a gregarious person, though also rather shy, he moved into English Language Teaching, taking his TEFL diploma from the Dublin School of English. A teaching method based on ‘suggestopaedia’ (where learning is aided by employing the right, or creative, side of the brain), re-awoke Barry’s dormant love of acting and theatre. In 2010 he took a Teaching Certificate in Communications with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, followed two years later by the certificate in Performance. Barry has worked in communications training throughout this time, including incorporating it in his EFL work, and has used the skills he has learned in his drama teaching to help others achieve a sense of presence and confidence through posture and voice. Barry has also both acted in and directed plays with a range of amateur dramatic groups in Brussels and Antwerp.


Practical Information

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 18h45-21h00

Boulevard St Michel 47, 1040 Brussels

Public transport: Metro: Montgomery; Tram: Boileau

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How much?
A contribution of €12 to cover expenses including materials, drinks, snacks, etc.

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  1. Jeffrey Baumgartner
  2. Andy Whittle
  3. Susan Wild
  4. Barry O'Halpin
  5. Jeroen Walravens
  6. Gilles Maréchal
  7. Carolyn Moody
  8. Lenka Grackova
  9. Stewart Foster
  10. Pia Bech Nielsen
  11. Stephen Lawson
  12. Frank Turley *
  13. Denis Elslander *
  14. Miriam Tessens *
  15. Sylvie Gosme *
  16. Claire Schonbach *

  17. Tom Meyers **
  18. Marie-Agnès Delvaux **
  19. Oliv Ange **
  20. Tom Meyers **
  21. Sascha Siegmund **
  22. Jana Gál **
  23. Lidija Stopfer **
  24. Gordon Buhagiar **
  25. Catherine Cohet **
  26. Barbara Silvestri **



* Registered on Facebook or Meetup

** Registered as "Interested" on Facebook which, in practice, means they probably won't come. But we appreciate their enthusiasm and support nonetheless.


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