September 21st 2017 | Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, London and Manchester

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Manchester 2018 Breakout Sessions

Please find below your breakout session choices for Women into Leadership Manchester 2018.

Please read through the below, then follow the link in your joining instructions to sign up for your choice of sessions.

You will be able to select one morning breakout session (A-C) and one afternoon breakout session (D-F).

Morning breakout sessions

Breakout session A

Presenting with impact: building confidence with communicating (beginners)

"It’s not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages" - William Carlos Williams (American Poet).
In this session “Presenting with Impact”, Cath Baxter uses her extensive experience as Head of Voice at one of the UK’s leading drama schools to deliver tools that resonate in the business world. Her audience will experience the 5 essential steps that will quickly add greater impact to their verbal and physical communication, and allow them to develop their public speaking skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Cath Baxter, Professional Voice & Public Speaking Coach and Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session B

Resilience and mental wellbeing: performing during times of stress

Consider the many roles you fulfil in your day-to-day life and the various challenges these present.  When you’re feeling resourceful and resilient you’re better able to skilfully navigate and steer through adversity and overcome setbacks.  This engaging and interactive bite-size session will build your awareness of how to optimise your real-time resilience, allowing you to feel happier, more motivated and ultimately more confident in all that you do. 

Purdy Smith, Project Lead, The Wellbeing Project

Breakout session C

How to build great relationships: overcoming the behaviours holding you back

The two most challenging things to deal with in life is yourself and others. What would it be like if you were not stopped by your thoughts, feelings, excuses and reasons?  What would be possible for you in your business and personal life?  During this interactive session, we will begin to look at the self-imposed barriers that we put in place that hold us back, discover new ways of being and actions that we can take, that will give us different results with ourselves and others.

Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd


Afternoon breakout sessions

Breakout session D

Mastering vocal impact: finding your full voice (intermediate, or as a follow-on from session A)

Our voice is our primary means of communicating our ideas. We can, however, underestimate its power and flexibility.  In this session participants will explore fun, practical exercises that will enable everyone to develop their vocal potential.  Participants will explore how they can find more resonance, colour and impact with their voice.  Whatever the vocal demands of your job, this session will give you the tools to find more vocal and physical authority, conviction and strength and resilience.  This session builds on the fundamentals explored in the "Presenting with Impact" session. Although not essential, participants ideally will have attended one of Cath Baxter's previous WIL sessions.

Cath Baxter, Professional Voice & Public Speaking Coach and Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session E

Imposter syndrome: tackling the challenge of owning your talents and accomplishments

The fear of being exposed is crippling. According to research, 70% of us will feel like an “imposter” at some point in our career. We fear being exposed as frauds, tell ourselves that we were hired by mistake, and tend to discount our qualifications and experience.
In this interactive session we’ll explore the psychological and social factors that keep the “imposter syndrome” alive and well. We’ll then work through the key elements that will increase your self-worth, allow you to feel entitled to success, and become a better role-model for women coming up the ladder behind you.

Jess Baker, Psychologist & Women's Leadership Coach

Breakout session F

Networking with confidence: creating rapport, respect and relationships

Like it or loathe it, effective networking is key to a building a successful and sustainable career. The ability to connect, influence and build strong relationships is what enables people to thrive. This breakout session will build on your communication skills, increase confidence, create an elevator pitch, learn how to networking effectively and build rich relationships and connections.  It will also incorporate a speed networking session, to have fun whilst you practice all that you have learnt during the session.

Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Training & Consultancy Ltd