eloquential

Eloquential specialises in the art and science of effective communication. Our support is often identified within three areas: public speaking, public engagement and public presence. We offer consultancy support for specific events, coaching, training for skills development and tutoring towards communication and performance qualifications.

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Eloquential specialises in the art and science of effective communication. Our support is often identified within three areas: public speaking, public engagement and public presence. We offer consultancy support for specific events, coaching, training for skills development and tutoring towards communication and performance qualifications.

We have a wealth of knowledge and experience including:

  • extensive knowledge in the psychology of communication, inter-personal behaviours, influence, motivation and persuasion

  • experience of the dramatic arts and how to harness methods and techniques involved in stage presence and performance

  • understanding of person-centred psychology and a passion for the application of person-centred beliefs for generating long-term psychological change in others

  • years of experience coaching individuals and running workshops which really work

  • confidence and experience in adapting our approach according to individuals and groups to ensure that our support is valuable for their specific needs

We tailor all of our work according to your goals, ensuring that you receive the most effective support from us within your time frames and budget restraints.


Products and services

Public Speaking - Performance Review (Online)

Whether it’s an important speech that you want to perfect, a pitch that needs refining, a new approach or skills that you want to embed, or simply an MOT to keep you on track, a performance review will provide a focussed environment to rehearse, review and refine your public speaking.

Available for individuals or small groups, this is designed to minimise time and cost while maximising results. 

Typically consisting of two 45min sessions focussed entirely on you and your performance. The first session provides a space to examine objectives, rehearse and review. Following this, you will be sent video footage from the session along with a detailed evaluation report. Our second session focuses on coaching targeted at the key aspects which will have the greatest impact. Again video footage will be shared so that you can track progress.

Sessions may be spaced according to your timescales and subsequent coaching is available on request with reduced rates for block booking.

Now for Something Completely Different (Online)

Want a little creative interlude?  In need of something to help you re-energise and re-focus? Then this might be just what you are looking for. This 45 minute session on Zoom runs quickly through a variety of performance exercises, attentional focus games and improvisation activities to provide a little creative interlude to help you re-energise and re-focus.

This web-workshop is run via zoom for a maximum of 20 people. In-house sessions for teams may be adapted according to numbers. We can even adapt to include family groups.

We will run rapidly through a variety of performance exercises and activities both in the large group and in smaller breakout sessions.

Why should you do this and how will you benefit?

  • This provides a completely different focus to break away from normal work activities. This type of creative interlude can help: Improve concentration, Increase productivity, Enhance creativity, Lower stress, & Increase a sense of wellbeing
  • Letting go and having fun enables your brain to wander and this Default Network is one of the big three neural networks identified with creative problem solving so can help you ponder some of those issues you dealing with and may enable a lightbulb moment
  • Games developed for performing arts have been designed specifically to promote areas such as: collaboration, concentration, focus, creativity etc
  • Doing something completely different together as a team or family can help boost morale and wellbeing

Our web-workshops are run using the Zoom platform and feature a high proportion of interactivity utilising breakout rooms, whiteboards, polling and chat to recreate the environment of our normal workshops as much as we possibly can in this virtual world.

Presenting online (Online)

Delivering an effective presentation online takes skill and practice. What you say AND How you say it are equally important. This workshop will help you get both of them right.

This workshop will give you the skills and practice to maximise your verbal and non-verbal communication for most effective online presentations. We will cover the following:

  • Understanding that everything is connected and how your face, hands and body affects the voice
  • Vocal involvement and emotional engagement
  • Power of the pause and chunking information for maximum retention
  • Content and structure for engagement and memorability
  • Performance skills to appear spontaneous

Our online workshops are run using the Zoom platform and feature a high proportion of interactivity utilising breakout rooms, whiteboards, polling and chat to recreate the environment of our normal workshops as much as we possibly can in this virtual world.

PLAY: Art and Science of Creative Thinking

The art of playing is well recognised for it’s creative benefit in childhood development but is often overlooked in adults. Yet exercising the brain’s creative pathways through play based activities is hugely beneficial and results in quicker processing and greater breadth of problem solving potential.

This workshop is hugely practical, warming up with a variety of theatre games to unlock creativity, following on with some problem solving tasks to put skills in to practice, some research based tips for exercising creative potential, and finishing with exploring delegate specific scenarios.

This is beneficial for those wishing to unlock, enhance and exercise their creative thinking abilities, or learn activities to repeat in house with groups in preparation for meetings which require creative approaches.

Duration

2.5 hours (10-12:30 or 1-3:30)

Group size

Max 8

The Engaging Speaker Series - Performance Skills - Via ZOOM

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker. This workshop puts the spotlight on performance skills to enhance the non-verbal aspects of your communication.

It’s not just what you say, it’s often how you say it that really captures attention. This workshop explores the non-verbal aspects of your communication and provides a variety of performance skills to enhance the way you engage with your audience both face to face and remotely.

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered online via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Difficult Conversations

Not all conversations are easy, some make us feel very uncomfortable. For example: asking for something personal, giving a response that we know the other person won’t like, broaching a sensitive issue, talking about something which raises strong emotions, giving unwanted feedback etc. This workshop explores these conversations, why they feel difficult and provides skills and techniques for handling them effectively.

This workshop is relevant for those who have to face difficult conversations as part of their job, wish to tackle conversations that they may have so far avoided, or wish to enhance their skills at handling any difficult conversation.

Course outline: 

  • What makes a difficult conversation
  • The human process: personal differences and influences
  • Emotions and how they influence behaviour and communication
  • Recognising triggers and harnessing the unbiased neutral stance
  • Verbal & non-verbal influences and maximising positive influence
  • Listening, exploring and steering conversations
  • Handling questions, objections and concerns
  • Planning and practicing for confidence

Course Duration: 1 day 10:00-3:30

Maximum number of delegates: 16

The Engaging Speaker Series - First Impressions - via ZOOM

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops online via zoom, which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker. This workshop puts the spotlight on first impressions and how to ensure that yours is positive.

We establish whether or not we like someone within the first few seconds of meeting them. This judgement is fundamental in the potency of their influence over us. We gravitate towards and are influenced more by people we like, whilst resisting people we dislike. This first impression is generated from their physical appearance, posture, facial expressions, gaze, gestures, proximity to others, and vocal cues. This workshop examines these non-verbal aspects and helps you to generate a positive first impression.

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered online via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker.

Duration: 1.5 hours

The Engaging Speaker Series - Impromptu Speeches - via ZOOM

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker. This workshop puts the spotlight on impromptu speeches and how to use the muinikmum time available to prepare yourself and present most confidently in any situation.

Would you just say a few words? This question can be terrifying. What should you say? How long should you speak for? How do you come across as confidence and eloquent and not just waffle? This workshop looks at how to plan for those impromptu speeches so that you can use the minimum time available to prepare yourself and present most confidently in any situation.

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

The Engaging Speaker Series - Handling Questions, Challenges and Objections - Via ZOOM

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker This workshop puts the spotlight on handling questions, challenges and objections most effectively.

What do you do when you don’t know the answer, when you do know but can’t say, when you don’t understand what’s being asked or the questioner is simply wrong! This workshop looks at how to deal with those difficult questions, objections and challenges including creating some useful phrases to keep you out of trouble!

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered online via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
Level 3 Qualification: Communication Skills

What are the soft skills companies are looking for most in 2019? They are:

  • Creativity
  • Persuasion
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Time Management

This programme offers the opportunity to enhance and showcase the skills that companies value most highly with a nationally recognised professional qualification, equivalent to an A-Level, in Communications. Providing you and your employers with significant proof of your achievement, and helping you stand out from the crowd when applying for a new role or promotion.</p>

What are the soft skills companies are looking for most in 2019? They are:

  •     Creativity
  •     Persuasion
  •     Collaboration
  •     Adaptability
  •     Time Management

This programme offers the opportunity to enhance and showcase the skills that companies value most highly with a nationally recognised professional qualification, equivalent to an A-Level, in Communications. Providing you and your employers with significant proof of your achievement, and helping you stand out from the crowd when applying for a new role or promotion.

There are 3 grades within the Level 3 qualifications and each have differing tasks:

  • Grade 6 includes pitching an idea, presenting on a social issue and exploring differing views, and presenting on and discussing the communication process in advertising, politics or education and the skills used in the presentation
 
  • Grade 7 includes taking part in an interview for a job or training course/opportunity including the use of a prepared CV, discussing the content and delivery of an advertisement provided by the examiner, and providing a public address in response to one of three scenarios provided by the examiner
 
  • Grade 8 includes discussing the content and delivery of the text of a speech provided by the examiner, expressing and explaining views on a social or political issue introduced by the examiner, and presenting an overview of a contentious issue of own choice from current affairs, social media or politics to discuss, and explain both sides of the argument to the examiner
 

We believe that learning soft skills is similar to learning to play an instrument. It takes time and regular practice. This programme follows a similar pattern to music lessons. with short sessions every week spread over an academic year, and the opportunity to sit an external exam at the end of the programme. This spaced repetition approach to learning is shown to be most effective in gaining skills with long-term retention and essential for building confidence and experience.

Given the practical nature of this skill and the short intensive sessions involved in the programme, groups are kept small (max 6) to ensure sufficient time for individual focus. This also helps to build a social and supportive nature to the programme enabling the group to benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.

Other communication qualifications also available: Public Speaking, English as an Additional Language, and Interview Technique.

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The Engaging Speaker Series - Script Reading Techniques

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker.  This workshop puts the spotlight on script reading techniques for when you must ensure you deliver the message exactly as planned.

Many of the greatest speeches in history were spoken using a script. Sometimes it is the best way of ensuring that you say exactly what you want to say in exactly the way you want to say it without the risk of forgetting or getting your words muddled. However reading from a script takes skill and unless we are practiced at this form of presenting, all our hard work writing the best words can get lost in our inadequate performance. This workshop gives you the techniques for writing a good script and practical skills for an engaging delivery.

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered online via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

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The Engaging Speaker Series - Creating Persuasive Arguments - via ZOOM

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker. This workshop puts the spotlight on creating persuasive arguments.

Whether creating a presentation, preparing for meeting or crafting a written document, the way your argument is presented is paramount to your ability to persuade.  Based on psychology and rhetoric this workshop aims to give you a toolbox of techniques to create the most persuasive arguments for any situation.

The Engaging Speaker Series are a collection of short workshops delivered via zoom which focus on specific skills to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker. 

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

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