How it Works:
In this course the learner is encouraged to follow impulses and trust their heart’s voice while becoming more aware of the needs of the person/persons with whom they are engaged. In a group setting, participants form a close bond through games and exercises that afford them a whole new perspective of their colleagues. The learner finds a truthful place to express themselves. Trust is built when the learner becomes genuinely curious about how their words and/or actions are received and then when the learner feels the impulse, good timing is used to build on a conversation that serves both parties involved, encouraging a deeper level of connection and a channel for services to be delivered.
These skills are delivered through theatre techniques including kinetic body and verbal language examination, as well as games that encourage a sense of childhood play and freedom of expression. Storytelling and improvisation games are used to exercise the new knowledge using scenarios from the particular workplace. These help the learners become aware of their natural strengths and as they receive helpful tools to drop habits that are holding them back, a clear and fruitful expression of themselves is commanded. As a result, these new skills are very practical and powerful.
In a spirit of camaraderie, support and genuine curiosity, a group can reach a whole new plateau of connection to one another, which can dramatically affect the group’s work environment.
*This course can be delivered to a group of between eight and 20 students. The material can also be delivered in a one-on-one coaching setting.
*The course is delivered over a day, usually from 9am-4pm. It can also be separated into three parts of three hours each and extended over three days.
*Two weeks’ notice is required in order to customize the course to the work environment of the client.
About the Artist:
Louise Gauthier is trained in theatrical clowning and has had a career in acting for 20 years. She has performed all over the country with companies such as Magnus Theatre, Drayton Productions, Three Planks and a Passion of Nova Scotia, Cercle Moliere of Manitoba and National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She has also performed in several CBC radio dramas and has taught master classes at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College focusing on yoga, movement, improvisation and clown. Currently employed with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador as a drama teacher, Louise offers extensive experience and knowledge on verbal and non-verbal communication and is fluent in French.
Both workshops actually exceeded expectations, and the work of all staff who attended this one day has substantially improved…Louise was caring, aware, smart, engaging and strict. I loved how she pushed people, in a very gentle and subtle way, through and beyond barriers of interpersonal connection that they had built as front line staff. The course was fun, engaging and moved at an excellent pace. Staff responded very well to her teaching style, and some staff that have been with parks said it was the best training in 25 years of training…In a very short time she substantially improved the work of both front line park staff and the interpreters. – Kirsten Oravec, Interpretation Coordinator, Gros Morne National Park, The Discovery Centre
Nous ne savions pas trop à quoi nous attendre… En une surprenante journée de formation, Louise a su nous léguer un extrêmement précieux bagage. À vous dire la vérité, cette journée que nous avons passée avec Louise a eu, et a encore une influence considérable sur ma vie professionnelle, et personnelle. La façon dont je me présente, dont j’aborde et accueille les gens, etc. est maintenant complètement différente. Plus posée, plus alerte, complètement là pour l’autre, pour la personne qui écoute. La formation que Louise nous a offerte est sans aucun doute l’une des meilleures formations que je n’aie jamais suivies. – Cédric Davignon, Interprète de parc, Unité de gestion de l’Ouest de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador, Agence Parcs Canada