Taking The Stage ® - Developing Women Leaders
Taking the Stage® was developed by The Humphrey Group for women who wish to become strong, confident leaders. We bring this exciting program to you in several formats: an enterprise program, a seminar, a workshop and a keynote talk. Taking the Stage® shows women how to become comfortable in the spotlight; unlock the power of their voice; create strong scripts; and achieve a dynamic presence.
These skills enable women to speak with strength on any 'stage' - from board rooms to meeting rooms, from town halls to phone calls.
The Enterprise Program
This video-based offering allows organizations to build the leadership capabilities of numbers of women across their enterprise – whether 200, 2,000 or 20,000 female employees. It is based on a Train-the-Trainer model that uses a set of four videos that are excerpted below.
The program has three goals:
First, it develops female leaders. In a modular series of in-house workshops, participants learn how to (1) develop a leader's mind-set; (2) create strong scripts with powerful language; (3) unlock the power of their voice; and (4) achieve a dynamic presence on any "stage."
Second, it provides a structure for mentoring. The workshops are taught by women in your company who want to take on this mentoring/facilitation role and lead 15 other women through the program.
Third, it fosters networking. The Taking the Stage® self-directed corporate program brings women together not simply to learn new skills, but also to share their experiences and ideas, and provide mutual support.
Why Choose the Enterprise Program
There are several reasons to choose this format:
- It can be rolled out through the entire organization or a geographical region.
- It enables women to mentor women
- It creates strong networking.
- It is cost-effective.
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The Workshop Series is for companies that wish to have The Humphrey Group conduct the four-part Taking the Stage® series within their firm. Typically the Workshop format is for up to 200 women, in groups of 15.
This format may be an end in itself, or a stepping stone to an Enterprise rollout. The Humphrey Group delivers four video-based sessions on the client premises. The video modules used in the Enterprise program provide the basis for instruction in the Workshop Series. Each session is two hours long, spaced one month apart.
Why Choose the Workshop Series?
There are several reasons to choose this format:
- It takes women through an intensive, four-step learning process that helps them speak confidently.
- It provides for mid-size rollouts -it accommodates more women than the seminar, and fewer than the Enterprise Program.
- It is taught by a senior instructor from The Humphrey Group -no need to train your own trainers.
- It can provide a stepping stone to a larger, Enterprise rollout.
Achieving a Leadership Presence
Women increasingly are playing a prominent role in private and public organizations, but they often do not know how to project a leadership presence. That's because women have been taught to listen, respond, and reinforce. This course shows women how to take the stage, and speak so others listen, believe, and follow them.
This intensive two-day course explores the challenges of working in environments where women have to move beyond traditional behaviours and seek recognition for their views. At the core of the seminar is The Humphrey Group's Leadership Model, which teaches participants how to deliver a clear, convincing message. This is a course about inspirational leadership.
Participants learn how to communicate effectively, and get their points across without sounding shrill, defensive, or tentative. They discover how to achieve a strong presence through message, words, eye contact, pace, body language, and voice. Actor-led workshops provide personalized coaching and each participant will be videotaped and given feedback several times during the course.
Participants will learn to:
- Be assertive rather than aggressive.
- Stop waiting in the "wings".
- Psychologically take the stage.
- Speak with a clear message.
- Use powerful language.
- Avoid female language "traps."
- Develop a leader's voice.
- Use powerful eye contact.
- Adopt a confident physical presence.
What Others Say About The Course
"Thank you for the wonderful experience of Taking the Stage®… I came away with a renewed sense of confidence and many suggestions that I have incorporated into my everyday life."
– Cathy Gunn, Regional Manager, Bell Canada
"Outstanding instructor, candid feedback, and practical information that can be used right away…an extremely valuable session!"
– Christine Swystun, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Nortel Networks
"You have given me a profound understanding of how important leadership is in every single communication situation."
– Georgia Sievwright, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard
"The videotaping was tough but worthwhile. This is not a run-of-the-mill course!"
– Karen Secord, Human Resources Development Manager, Microsoft
"Keep giving the course… you're fabulous!"
– Mary Jane DeKort, Vice President, Marketing, Mattamy Homes
"Any woman can learn from this course."
– Wendy MacLeod, Project Manager, Network Planning and Provisioning Ontario, Bell Canada
This inspiring address is perfect for your next conference, women's network meeting, or team building event.
Our keynote speakers can deliver either a one-hour speech with Q&A or a 2-hour workshop. Both are powerful options that show women how to adopt the mindset of a leader, develop a dynamic presence, and be assertive without being aggressive.
No wonder clients say our Taking the Stage® speakers are "brilliant," "inspirational," and "invaluable in the development of our women."
The roster of speakers:
- Judith Humphrey
- Kate Lynch
- Linda Griffiths
- Nicky Guadagni
- Maggie Huculak