Voice and Presentation Skills with Roberta Kerr

Date(s) - 26/06/2018 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

Leeds University Business School

Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers

Roberta Kerr studied Drama and Education at Middlesex University.  In addition to teaching in Colleges and Universities, including Lancaster, Cumbria, and Salford universities, Roberta has been facilitating presentation skills courses in universities and for businesses in the corporate sector for over 20 years. Recipients have ranged from trainee teachers to senior academics and from shop floor to Managing Directors.  Within the third sector, Roberta recently worked with asylum seekers and refugees. Other CPD courses at Manchester, Liverpool, UCLAN and Southampton universities have involved aspects such as recruitment, leadership and difficult conversations. Roberta also holds one-to-one coaching sessions.

Using both practical and strategic techniques, the course aims to:

  • Explore ways of using voice effectively both vocally and verbally, with consideration given to the well-being of the voice.
  • Explore physicality both personal and performed.
  • Practice methods of gaining and maintaining audience interest.
  • Provide the opportunity to experiment in a safe environment
  • Offer an opportunity for Individual feedback.

The course is practical with the emphasis on participation. In addition to the various techniques being explored, each participant will have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on their prepared presentation.  As this is a practical workshop please wear loose, casual clothes and flat shoes or trainers.

At the point of registration, please include details of why you wish to take up a place on this workshop as decisions will be made based upon this.

When places are confirmed, participants will be asked to complete a Personal Action Plan and prepare the following:

  1. A Personal Anecdote:  This should be a true story; it could be the sort of anecdote that you might use to illustrate a point during a lecture/presentation. It should last no more than one minute and should include the use of a visual aid which must not be a piece of “presentational equipment” e.g. not PowerPoint, OHP, whiteboard.
  2. A Two Minute Presentation:  The subject need not be work related.  It could be an issue/interest that you feel passionately about or a holiday you have had. It should include the use of one visual aid which, as above, must not be a piece of “presentational equipment”.


09.45 Coffee and registration

10.00 Prompt start

11.15-11.30 Coffee

13.00-13.45 Lunch

15.00-15.15 Tea

17.00 Close