Detail: Gloves off (Tom Uren) 1996 by Ralph Heimans National Portrait Gallery

Presenting effectively

1:00pm Friday, 2 November 2018
4:45pm Friday, 9 November 2018
National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace
Parkes, Australian Capital Territory 2600

Do you hate public speaking? Get sweats, butterflies, shaky voice? This workshop will make these unavoidable moments so much more comfortable! Whether you present to colleagues in meetings or deliver public tours, the ability to speak effectively in group situations is an essential skill for a career in the GLAM sector. Teacher, actor and gallery educator Karen Vickery, will help you reach your potential and communicate with confidence. Includes afternoon tea. This workshop, delivered over two Friday afternoons, is generously supported by the National Portrait Gallery. Book in quickly – places are limited!



Session 1:
Date:                           Friday 2 November 2018
Time:                          1.00 pm to 4.45 pm
Venue:                        National Portrait Gallery, Terrace Rooms 

Session 2:
Date:                           Friday 9 November 2018
Time:                          1.00 pm to 4.45 pm
Venue:                        National Portrait Gallery, Liangis Theatre



Members - $45
Non-members - $60


This workshop is for anyone who would like to become more effective, confident and comfortable when presenting to small or large groups. Whether or not you are working in a public-facing role, the ability to speak well in public is likely to assist your work, professional reputation and career journey. 


Workshop content

Tailored for our sector by Karen Vickery, this workshop delivered over two Friday afternoons, will begin by discussing what makes presentations effective. It will explore voice and body, how to use these to best advantage and how to best prepare for presentations – including overcoming nerves and nervous tics. Karen will work through how to engage an audience, keep them with you and how to make the words on a page alive and engaging. In the second session, Karen moves on to considering how to best organise and present material. With Karen’s coaching in this supportive workshop setting, you will leave with skills and techniques to help you use your mind and body to make your ideas come alive for your listeners in any presentation situation.  … And just in case you were wondering, this workshop does NOT involve watching a video of yourself speaking.


Workshop presenter

Karen Vickery joined the National Portrait Gallery in late 2011 where she is Director of Learning and Visitor Experience. Karen has had a long career in the performing arts in which she has worked as an actor for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir and Q Theatre, and as a translator and dramaturge of Russian play texts. Karen lectured at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 1996 and was Head of Performance Practices there for five years specialising in history of performance along with the history of visual art, architecture, literature and music before moving to Canberra.

Since joining the National Portrait Gallery Karen has focussed on broadening audience participation and, in particular, extending early childhood and family programs creating opportunities for informal and cross generational learning. Karen has a strong interest in the relationship between cross platform performance and visual art along with a passion for communicating about the arts to as wide a public as possible through arts education.

Karen has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and First Place from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from NIDA, and an MA in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of New South Wales. She regularly directs and appears in plays - most recently, she played the role of Patricia Highsmith in the play Switzerland at the Canberra Theatre.


Gloves off (Tom Uren) 1996
by Ralph Heimans
oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001



Offline: call us on 02 6230 0346 and book over the phone


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  • Organisational members: including staff working in member institutions - contact us here or call for the discount code
  • Non-members: click Register Attendees below and follow the instructions
$60.00 *
$60.00 *
* Price includes GST where applicable

Additional Information

START TIME (both Fridays): 1:00pm AEDT
END TIME (both Fridays): 4:45pm AEDT

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