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Developing Your Leadership Presence

Oct 16—17
2 days
Toronto, Canada
CAD 3700 ≈USD 2788
CAD 1850 per day

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This powerful 2-day program teaches senior managers and executives to communicate more effectively, develop their executive presence, and forge higher quality relationships with customers and colleagues. The program employs theatre-based, experiential techniques combined with practice and personal coaching.

This popular program was created in partnership with The Ariel Group - an international training and coaching firm comprised of performing artists and business professionals.

In the Program, you will learn to:

  • Sell yourself and your ideas with poise, power and passion
  • Develop an authentic executive presence
  • Listen effectively to build relationships
  • Deliver succinct, clear and articulate messages
  • Inspire, motivate and lead more effectively

Personal Benefits

  • Inspire, motivate and lead more effectively
  • Build more positive relationships
  • Deliver succinct, clear and articulate messages

Organizational benefits

  • More effective and inspiring leaders
  • Improved motivation amongst employees
  • More authentic communicators in your leadership team

Built on the PRESence model for leadership

  • Present – The ability to be completely present in the moment and to handle the unexpected with confidence and flexibility.
  • Reaching Out – The ability to build relationships through empathy, listening and authentic connection.
  • Expressive – The ability to express thoughts and feelings appropriately to deliver one congruent message and motivate others.
  • Self-Knowing – The ability to integrate personal values into leadership communication to inspire those you lead.

The Program is built on four modules:


Honing Personal Style for Projecting Confidence and Competence

  • Using acting skills to command the respect of your audience
  • Using emotion, imagination, spontaneity, passion and energy to develop a powerful personal style


Forming Relationships through Self-Reflection, Listening and Empathy

  • Identifying ways to make your personal values more apparent through communication and presence
  • Communicating authentically


Using Story-telling to make Communications Compelling

  • Using story-telling skills as an effective tool for sharing personal experiences and building relationships


Integrating Personal Presence into Client or Colleague Interactions

  • Integrating story and image into business content
  • Communicating in one-on-one, group discussions, facilitation and presentations contexts

Who should attend

This program is designed for senior managers and executives who rely heavily on relationships for success, and must motivate and connect with a diverse group of people through verbal communication.


Chris is an actor, educator, and consultant who specializes in the integration of theatre and human development. He designs and delivers theatre-based programming in leadership and professional communication for clients across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Corporate clients ha...
For more than two decades JOSH BRODER has been an executive coach, curriculum designer focusing on experiential learning, a communications & leadership trainer, and a keynote speaker. Initially that work was focused primarily in the not-for-profit and public sectors, in particular supportin...
Elizabeth Callahan brings more than 25 years of teaching and acting experience to her work. She has facilitated leadership training workshops for organizations such as General Electric, Capital One Services, Inc., CVS Corporation, American Express, and the Harvard Leadership Institute. As a teach...
Byron Darden is a consultant with a background in professional theater and an accomplished skating coach. He has conducted leadership development programs for organizations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Harvard Business School, CVS, Praxair Gases, American Express, AT&T, Staples, Capital One, ...
Julia Douglas is a skilled facilitator who has designed and delivered team effectiveness and leadership development programs across multiple industries and time zones for over two decades. A specific area of expertise lies in her ability to create and integrate experiential learning opportunities...
Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT, is a Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach for The Ariel Group. He was the first affiliate selected to lead The Ariel Group’s theater-based workshops in leadership communication, beginning in 1994. Since then, Joel has partnered with The Ariel Group as a trainer, coach, and...
Leilani Henry, MA and licensed Educational Kinesiologist, is a pioneer in bringing innovative whole brain strategies to personal, professional, and organization transformation. Leilani served as Director of Training and Development with Jones Intercable and was an Organizational Development Spec...
Carolyn Holland is a senior corporate trainer and executive coach who combines business experience with professional theater training. She spent seven years at Morgan Stanley, where she facilitated meetings of senior managers and developed and delivered a software implementation program. She has ...
Jeff is a seasoned business coach and has been with The Ariel Group since 1997. He has led Ariel senior executive programs, coached leaders for major organizations, and taught leadership development at respected business schools. Jeff is also an accomplished actor and singer who has performed aro...
Sharon works in the field of organizational development, is a leadership and communication coach, and an actor. Her clients include Harvard Executive Education, Columbia Senior Executive Program, Darden Business School, American Express, Booz Allen Hamilton, BlueCross BlueShield, Deloitte Consul...


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Next dates

Oct 16—17
2 days
Toronto, Canada
CAD 3700 ≈USD 2788
CAD 1850 per day

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