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Smith School of Business

Developing Your Leadership Presence

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Jun 12—13
2 days
Toronto, Canada
CAD 3700 ≈USD 2755
CAD 1850 per day
Oct 16—17
2 days
Toronto, Canada
CAD 3700 ≈USD 2755
CAD 1850 per day


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...


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