Melanie M. Long, The Great Courses – Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience


Any time you communicate with others, the way you carry yourself, the way you speak, and the way you interact with your listeners – your presence – is equally as important as the words you say. Great actors, musicians, and public speakers all seem to have strong presence, and to some degree, this same capacity is something we all need and use in many areas of life, both professional and personal. Is this ability to connect powerfully and authentically with an audience something youre born with, or are there ways to develop it? Can presence, in fact, be learned?

As youll discover in this illuminating and highly practical course, the answer is an unqualified yes. The skills of poise, physical ease in public, clarity of speaking, and engaging, effective communication are well understood and can be practiced and developed in ways that will greatly improve your success in presenting yourself in any setting.

In Mastering Stage Presence: How to Present to Any Audience, Melanie Martin Long, a celebrated teacher of acting and directing, leads you in an in-depth exploration of the skills – and the joy – of performance and self-presentation. Youll practice exercises to develop physical freedom and ease and to expand your vocal resources. Youll learn how to channel nervous energy into effective performance and how to keep your audiences attention. With the skills youll develop, you can confidently step forward as a performer or presenter, offering your best self to the world in any setting.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Melanie M. Long, The Great Courses
Narrator: Melanie M. Long
Duration: 12 hours 23 minutes
Released: 18 May 2012
Publisher: The Great Courses
Language: English

User Review:

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When I purchased this course, I had anticipated a course on how to present to any audience. What I received was a course far better suited to an actor than a public speaker. In spite of that fact, many of the lectures were applicable outside of the theater.

There are many sections in the book that are supposed to have an accompanying video. For those, you just have to use your imagination, as there is no video.