People During Workshop

BESPOKE CORPORATE WORKSHOPS
Online or in-person 
Delivered in French or English

During these Intensive Courses and Workshops, you will be encouraged to reflect on your communication style and habits in a constructive and detailed way. All the exercises proposed in those courses are highly practical and applicable to immediate use in your professional and personal communication. The online options are delivered on ZOOM or TEAMS. 

WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTION 

1. MASTERING POWERFUL TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Whether you're planning to speak at conferences, pitch to investors or deliver an inspiring talk for a non-profit organisation, this workshop is designed to help you harness both the form and content of your speech to share your ideas with power, presence and authenticity. Delivering powerful talks and presentations is essentially about knowing your audience, establishing a clear intention throughout, displaying an effective use of non-verbal communication and finally, going through careful preparation to gain ease and confidence on the performance day. This interactive workshop will help you with practical tips and strategies to engage your audience and share your ideas powerfully. What you will learn in this workshop:

 

  • Work on researching your audience to create the most relevant content for them.

  • Define a clear objective throughout your presentation to persuade and influence your audience.

  • Create impactful slides and use storytelling strategies for engaging your listeners.

  • Perfect your verbal and non-verbal communication (work on the bodily impact, the vocal presence, the gestures, the art of persuasion and the storytelling), ensuring you gain and keep your audience's attention and communicate your ideas fully. 

 

 

2. HOW TO PROJECT YOUR BEST SELF DURING VIRTUAL COMMUNICATIONS

 

Working from home and presenting online is now the new normal and we have all realised that virtual communication has its own specific challenges and requires a completely new set of skills if we want to keep people’s interest and make the right impression on our audience. Therefore, mastering the nuances of virtual communication has become paramount if you want to project professionalism, authority and credibility. Whether you use Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, Google Meet or any other video conference platform, this masterclass will provide you with practical tips and techniques to make a great impression online and enhance your virtual communication skills.

  • How to set up your studio by selecting effective lighting, sound and camera position

  • How to curate your background so that it reflects both authenticity and professionalism

  • How to look great online by selecting an effective wardrobe and mastering body language to hold the attention

  • How to keep people engaged throughout your online meetings by using ice breakers and interactivity

  • How to sound great by bringing vocal variety and clarity to your message • How to deal with Zoom and vocal fatigue

 

 

3. VOICE AND POWER FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS

 

This workshop is intended for all women who wish to explore their communication habits in the workplace and develop their ability to speak up and be heard in all professional settings. The workshop aims to provide the participants with a set of practical and useful tools to overcome habitual ways of using their voice and find a communication style that conveys confidence, presence and authentic power. Contrary to certain beliefs, these qualities of communication are not predetermined and can be acquired through self-awareness and careful practising, hence becoming available to anyone wishing to develop a communication style based on self-confidence, natural authority and authentic connection. What you will learn in this workshop:

 

  • To work on your voice, breath and posture to perfect your bodily impact. These are essential elements for a communication style that expresses authenticity, natural authority and the ability to connect with an audience.

  • To gain strategies to embody and boost your self-confidence, the trust others have in your being able to communicate your ideas.

  • To gain strategies to create a fertile ground during meetings, resist boors and bullies in the workplace, manage interruptions and be heard in all professional settings.

 

4. WHY AND HOW TO PERFECT YOUR BRITISH ACCENT

 

Speaking English as a second language and remaining clear and confident in all situations can be a challenging task. You might feel frustrated at times when your colleagues or friends don’t understand your pronunciation. You might feel a lack of confidence in professional situations to fully express your ideas. Or perceive that people make occasional judgements on your competence due to your accent patterns, and that this might lead you to missing opportunities. This course, designed primarily for people who speak English as a second language, will be made of three 90min live interactive group Zoom sessions. Packed with downloadable practice texts and exercises, it aims to provide straightforward strategies that shed light on the rules of English pronunciation, capture and practice its unique musicality and rhythm and implement these new skills in your social and professional communication.

 

5. TECHNIQUES TO PERSUADE AND INFLUENCE

 

In a world where ideas and communication matter more than ever, the ability to persuade and influence is a fundamental skill that can help you win hearts and minds, share your ideas effectively and convince people to act upon them. This highly interactive workshop will provide you with a wealth of practical tips and techniques to become a more effective communicator. From building a powerful argument, balancing logic with emotion to using both verbal and nonverbal communication styles - you will learn some of the most iconic and compelling tools of persuasion. What you will learn in this workshop: 

  • Work on your communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, persuasion, storytelling) to gain impact and generate engagement.

  • Develop your listening skills to better understand your audiences' challenges. 

  • Reframe your perspective on networking to expand your influence. 

  • Develop your areas of expertise. 

  • Foster your creativity to bring new and fresh ideas. 

6. HOW TO ACE YOUR INTERVIEWS

 

Interviews can be stressful and difficult experiences. You may feel that your nerves hold you back or that you struggle with clarity and poise when asked a tricky question, especially in English as a non-native speaker. However, a great performance on the day is completely achievable as long as you invest in careful preparation. This Interactive workshop is designed to help you pinpoint any aspects you find challenging and then using strategies and techniques to overcome them and feel confident and calm when going into the interview process. Communication skills are crucial in order to clearly and confidently get across what you have to say. We will work on strategies and techniques, both verbal and non-verbal, that will help you show your best self in the interview. Finally, nerves are one of the key things that can hamper an interview. Therefore, this workshop aims to provide you with tools and strategies (e.g. breathing, visualisation and relaxation techniques) that can be used in the run-up and during the interview so that you remain calm and collected throughout the whole process.

 

 

7. ACING YOUR 60-SECOND ELEVATOR PITCH

 

The ability to deliver an effective elevator pitch can make all the difference and help you attract instant engagement, whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur, fundraiser, charity advocate or anyone in need to pitch your ideas and projects. However, pitching in front of an audience is a subject that causes most of us a great deal of anxiety. When we’re asked to stand up and introduce what we do, we can often suffer a great deal of fear and dread, and it doesn’t always come out as we had hoped. This workshop will provide you with straightforward strategies to:

 

  • Structure your pitch in the most compelling way

  • Get a clearer sense of your vocal presence and how to use it at your best advantage

  • Overcome your fears of standing up and speaking in front of an audience

  • Last but not least, project confidence and charisma to leave a lasting impression on your      audience and create instant engagement.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Marie-Laure Vaganay, 

Communication Consultant 

If you want to know how to improve your public speaking skills, attend the workshop, and you'll learn very concrete tips to help you grow.

Gaojing Cao, 

Manager at Schlumberger

Valerie is an excellent professional in accent softening and public speaking domain. She demonstrates great passion to the subject and her clients and I enjoyed the sessions with her. Her opera background is a strong addition to the training she provides. She has a wonderful toolbox on how to own the ‘stage’, which is key to an excellent public speaker. Don’t miss out your chance to become excellent if you come across Valerie. 

Justine Filipovic,
Student

I couldn't recommend Valerie more! She is very encouraging and precise in her tips and feedbacks. She also tailors her classes so perfectly to her stidents' needs that great progress are made rapidly.  

Claire Bruce,

Lawyer and Trustee

Excellent preparation for anyone who needs to be more effective in public speaking.