What do actors and business professionals have in common? They can both benefit from acting techniques as a method to boost their careers – and their executive presence. In a recent article entitled “From the Drama Room to the Boardroom” (insert link here), Ivana Chubbuck, acting coach and owner of Ivana Chubbuck Studios, discusses how she uses empowerment to train stars of the likes of Beyoncé, Brad Pit and Halle Barry. Her method has began to catch on, and is finding its way to Fortune 500 companies as a training method.
The essence of The Chubbuck Technique is using emotions, pain and trauma to fuel and enhance a person’s ability to get what they want. It is about taking the negativity in one’s life and harnessing that power into manifestations of positive energy.
Positive energy leads to confidence, happiness and personal power. These are all aspects of executive presence (or specifically, gravitas) that are necessary for any high level executive to possess, especially if they are to be considered for the next promotion.
Needless to say, acting lessons and techniques can also be an extremely effective way to boost your confidence in the realm of public speaking and presentations. For many, presenting a major project in a boardroom in front of colleagues can be daunting at best, however a clear, concise, and confident presentation is necessary to be effective. Practicing speaking in front of others in the form of an acting lesson may take the edge off, if ever so slightly, when you’re getting ready for your next boardroom presentation.
Evidently, there are a number of reasons why thinking outside the box and looking into acting lessons to heighten your EP is a good idea. These techniques can help boost confidence, increase your presentation skills, enhance your ability to speak publicly (and confidently), and turn negative energy into positive energy. Additionally, it might be a great place to network!
At Corporate Class, we are extremely lucky to have Marjorie Malpass on our team of consultants. Marjorie is an actor, writer and educator and is currently, among other things, faculty at the Second City Training Center in Toronto. Her CV is extensive, including performances on Broadway and winning the “Best new stand up” award with the Laff Riot Girls in Vancouver. Marjorie plays an integral part in our two-day executive presence workshop as she offers top-of-the-line communication skills training to our participants in a fun, charismatic and effective way.