Future Skills

SFA Skillnet: Presence - Impact - Influence

Course Overview

As leaders, powerful and authentic personal Presence allows us to make the right impact to influence our customers, employees and potential investors. The building blocks of Presence are physical, vocal and in your mindset. The cues are in your body language, your speaking and listening clarity, the type of attention you pay and your ability to understand the needs of those you wish to influence.
In this one day course, as well as understanding the cutting-edge neuroscience of communication and influence, you will learn the practical skills needed to own and authentically embody your leadership presence. This will bring the impact of your influence in meetings, presentations and daily communication interactions to a new level of connection, credibility and confidence.
This highly interactive learn -by- doing workshop is designed to address the specific challenges and ambitions of the people in the room on the day. Every participant will receive one-to-one training as well as learning from observing the successes and challenges of your peers as they work. Each participant will leave with a toolkit of exercises to sew into their daily work life to help develop their authentic presence, impact and influence.

About the Trainer
Mark Downey works with leaders of companies and organisations, big and small, to optimise the impact and influence of their communication. From Samsung and Siemens to Start Ups and SMEs, Mark works internationally across the spectrum of corporate concerns to the unique needs of small business owners and the people they choose as their leaders.
 A UCC Arts graduate and former pupil of Ecole Jacques Lecoq Paris, Mark is among a handful of trainers worldwide to have been certified under world renowned voice and presence guru Patsy Rodenburg in her Master Teachers Program in NYC. His work derives from the crossroads where the ancient communication arts meet cutting edge neuroscience to yield practical results from a transformative process.
A small business owner himself, Mark is passionate about helping small businesses move to the next level. He believes that their ability to be able to communicate their uniqueness clearly and confidently, internally and externally, is key to their evolution and success.

David McWilliams, Economist, Author, Broadcaster:
“Mark introduced me to some very interesting and practical concepts and techniques which had an immediate impact on my public talks. I would highly recommend his professional, friendly and effective coaching to anyone who communicates for a living.”
Orlaith Carmody, Coach & Leadership Consultant:
“Mark offers a truly unique perspective on speech and performance. He is a delight to listen to and his messages are so relevant and applicable to anyone interested is speech and presentation”.
Liam O’Donoghue, IBEC Deputy CEO/COO:
“I’ve really benefited from what I believe is Mark’s unique take on communication. Mark provides super insights and tips on body language, body posture and using the immense power of the voice to improve communications skills whether it be on a one to one, team meeting or large-scale presentation. Training sessions with Mark are both rewarding and great fun and he’s a master at pushing you outside your comfort zone to become a better communicator”.
Geoff O'Donoghue, CEO Solvar Ltd:
“How you enter a room, greet people, listen with interest but also get across your point of view or expertise is how engagement and trust are built, not just in business, but also in life.
My initial takeaway from Mark’s first session was to focus myself on preparing my presence both mentally and physically to the circumstance I am about to enter, be that a one-on-one meeting or addressing a large group.
Mark’s method of instilling self-confidence in your presence leads perfectly into the detail and tiny nuances he then imparts in the art of communication which are what get you, and your subject matter, remembered.
It’s not always a conventional learning journey with Mark but it’s got real purpose and that’s part of his engagement process! If you put the effort and attention into the course work it all becomes a matter of routine in a short period. Noticeable results across different levels within all the Solvar team who worked with Mark.”

In this course, you will learn to:

Develop and elicit confidence with powerful physical and vocal presence
  • Listen effectively with empathetic equality to understand your audience
  • Communicate with clarity, gravitas and humanity
  • Inspire and move your team and colleagues with the focused energy of your communication.
  • Find consistency between your authentic style and the demands of high stakes events.
  • Know how to prepare and have true impact at any presentation / sales pitch.
  • Create a message that makes your audiences’ brains respond to truly influence.
  • Learn to speak on your feet, in a calm, confident and connected manner.
  • Understand the neuroscience of communication and influence and how you can hack into your own power to influence.

Who should attend:

Any small business owner/manager/employee who wishes to improve their communication & influence skills.


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SFA Skillnet: Presence - Impact - Influence

Training Days

1 day

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Course Cost

Member rate: €129
Non-member rate: €159
Payment required in advance of the course
* Cost quoted per person
* Cancellation Policy: Any cancellations received in writing up to 5 business days prior to the event are refundable. All bookings are provisional until full payment is received.

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