Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season

Any time you present yourself before others, your way of interacting with your listeners is equally as important as what you say. In 24 dynamic sessions, you'll learn how to present yourself successfully, practice exercises to develop physical and vocal freedom, and grasp how to keep your audience's attention. With the skills you'll develop, you can confidently offer your best self to the world.

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Stage Presence - A Way of Life
24. Stage Presence - A Way of Life
August 29, 2014
Conclude by contemplating what great performers do, and how presence can be a way of life. Consider how master performers engage and question the world by reflecting what they see, telling the truth, taking risks, transforming what they receive from others into something new, and finding what gives them the greatest joy.
Working the Crowd with Confidence
23. Working the Crowd with Confidence
August 29, 2014
Connecting with your audience and holding their attention is essential to an effective performance or presentation. Here, grasp three strategies for sustaining attention: learn to claim your power and set the scene; keep your structure, language, and movement simple; and engage your viewers from start to finish through variety and creativity.
Using Stage Fright Energy
22. Using Stage Fright Energy
August 29, 2014
Look closely into the phenomenon of nervous energy or stage fright. Study key principles of mental focus for performing at your best, such as putting your performance experience in perspective, subduing self-judgment, using mental images of success, focusing on your partner or audience, and pinpointing specific fears.
Preparing for the Performance
21. Preparing for the Performance
August 29, 2014
Building on all the work you've done, this lecture takes you through the rehearsal process step by step. For both stage performance and public speaking, begin with hands-on exploration and practice of your material in small sections, moving gradually to run-throughs and final dress rehearsals, approximating your performance conditions as completely as possible.
Acing the Audition
20. Acing the Audition
August 29, 2014
The principles of auditioning in the theatre apply equally to interviews of any kind. Learn a comprehensive approach to presenting yourself in high-stakes settings. Study each phase of the process, from entering the room and introducing yourself to doing your audition or interview, the moments after, and your exit.
Accents and Dialects
19. Accents and Dialects
August 29, 2014
As performers or public speakers, we may at times need to either acquire or reduce a dialect or accent. Study the process of adopting a new way of speaking: learn to place your voice where it needs to resonate, incorporate new ways of shaping sounds, and find the intonation and rhythm of the new speech pattern.
Vocal Color - Pacing and Phrasing
18. Vocal Color - Pacing and Phrasing
August 29, 2014
Learn to keep your audience engaged using the rhythms of speech. Begin by studying pace, how vocal pace affects listeners, and how variety of pace aids clarity and communication. Then learn about phrasing - how you group words and punctuate your speech with pauses - and ways to improve phrasing and change limiting speech habits.
The Muscles of Speech
17. The Muscles of Speech
August 29, 2014
Here, exercise and strengthen the muscles we use in shaping words, an important practice for clear expression in both professional and everyday life. After warming up the breath and voice, work out your vocal articulators using combinations of consonants and vowel sounds, followed by practice phrases and tongue twisters for enunciation and clarity.
Clear, Energized Speech
16. Clear, Energized Speech
August 29, 2014
Now study the tools that make speech clear and energized. Consider how vowels carry the feeling behind words, and practice clearly pronouncing our language's 20 vowel sounds, including pure vowels and diphthongs. Continue with consonants, both plosives and continuants, building awareness of how consonants communicate meaning and create emphasis.
Vocal Dynamics - Your Best Voice
15. Vocal Dynamics - Your Best Voice
August 29, 2014
What makes a voice expressive or lackluster, rich or strident? Explore the parameters of resonance (sound placement), pitch, and volume. Understand how they give your voice its overall quality, and experiment with altering them at will. Also delve into inflection and intonation, see how they convey meaning, and learn about vocal projection.
Your Vocal Energy
14. Your Vocal Energy
August 29, 2014
Building on our previous breath work, experiment with the range of your vocal potential, letting go of any preconceived notion of how you should sound. Using text from the Prologue to Shakespeare's Henry V, invoke the element of play in exploring tone, sustained breathing, vocal variety, and free, spontaneous vocal expression.
Accessing the Breath
13. Accessing the Breath
August 29, 2014
Continue with an extended session on breath, the source of sound. Begin with a full-body warm-up to release any physical tension that may obstruct sound production. In a neutral, lying position, practice free, clear breathing, using deep, natural breath to connect with the voice and to access vocal power without creating tension.
The Glorious Human Voice
12. The Glorious Human Voice
August 29, 2014
In this first session on vocal technique, take a tour of the physical mechanisms of sound and speech. Practice free and expansive breathing, and experiment with the principles of phonation (sound production) and resonation (sound amplification). Conclude by exploring articulation - how speech shapes sound into words.
Stage Movement Savvy
11. Stage Movement Savvy
August 29, 2014
Discover the physical techniques that stage performers use to direct the audience's focus and maintain visual interest. Learn how to take and give focus onstage, using body position and orientation, as well as movement and stillness. Learn also to create visual variety through stage geometry, as well as the use of physical planes, balance, and rhythm.
Playing Status Relationships
10. Playing Status Relationships
August 29, 2014
How do our movements and gestures communicate our purpose? Study how our interactions with others are governed by our status or power position within the relationship. In life and onstage, observe how we "play" status with others through specific physical tactics, stances, and gestures that convey our intentions and further our objectives.
Intent, Purpose, and Character
9. Intent, Purpose, and Character
August 29, 2014
Learn about the work of movement pioneer Rudolph Laban, who created a system for understanding and notating qualities of movement. Explore eight fundamental movement types, which describe the range of direct and indirect forms of movement we use in daily living, and consider how we can shape our physical movements to tell stories.
The Body Balanced in Motion
8. The Body Balanced in Motion
August 29, 2014
Beginning with a physical warm-up to bring freedom to the joints, experiment with vertical, horizontal, lateral, and sagittal planes of movement, and how using all the planes in performance gives visual and emotional variety. Find ways of moving through space with balance and freedom, and observe how ways of moving affect and evoke emotional states.
The Body Balanced at Rest
7. The Body Balanced at Rest
August 29, 2014
In this course, "balance" is a state of equilibrium produced by an even distribution of weight, through which we can direct our energy in the most effective ways. Begin to balance the body in a lying position, practicing small movements that create release in the connective tissue of the shoulders, hips, and joints.
Recovering Your Natural Alignment
6. Recovering Your Natural Alignment
August 29, 2014
Learn the principles of the Alexander Technique, a system of movement training designed to achieve natural physical alignment and freedom from unnecessary tension. Explore the relationship between the head, neck, and spine, and practice a series of exercises to bring awareness and freedom to basic movements such as sitting and standing.
Identifying Your Unconscious Habits
5. Identifying Your Unconscious Habits
August 29, 2014
The "habitual self" is the complex of physical and vocal habits that we adopt as a response to our life experience. Through the stages of life, observe how human beings develop habitual physical patterns that may be limiting, and how awareness of these patterns serves freedom of expression and the needs of performance.
Analyzing Backstory and Motivation
4. Analyzing Backstory and Motivation
August 29, 2014
Continuing with the Nine Questions, learn how a dramatic character's circumstances affect their behavior, and how actors use a character's obstacles and tactics to overcome them in pursuing the character's purpose onstage. Then, see how to use the Nine Questions in public speaking, using the example of a famous speech by Barbara Bush.
Building a Character
3. Building a Character
August 29, 2014
Now learn an effective system for clarifying and connecting with your purpose onstage, or in front of any audience. Using the characters of Blanche and Stanley from Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, explore acting teacher Uta Hagen's "Nine Questions," which elucidate a character's identity, given circumstances, and motivations.
Modern Acting Technique
2. Modern Acting Technique
August 29, 2014
Discover how modern acting technique is built around a commitment to enact a specific purpose onstage. Then explore two psychological approaches to performance: performance from the "inside out" and performance from the "outside in." Begin to look at ways to find purpose in dramatic material, and also as it applies to public speaking and presenting.
The Performance Triangle
1. The Performance Triangle
August 29, 2014
Consider how people learn stage presence - a process of cultivating self-awareness and practical skills in an environment of trust and support. Begin with the three building blocks of performance technique: a "triangle" formed by mental focus, your physical life, and your speaking voice. Create a safe and comfortable physical space for the work you'll do.#Better Living
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Any time you present yourself before others, your way of interacting with your listeners is equally as important as what you say. In 24 dynamic sessions, you'll learn how to present yourself successfully, practice exercises to develop physical and vocal freedom, and grasp how to keep your audience's attention. With the skills you'll develop, you can confidently offer your best self to the world.

Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on August 29, 2014.

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Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience is available for streaming on the The Great Courses Signature Collection website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Hoopla.

  • Premiere Date
    August 29, 2014