Taking the Stage®: Achieving a Leadership Presence
Taking the Stage® is a ground-breaking program that shows women how to speak with courage and confidence so they can be seen and heard as leaders.

Why This Program?

You'll work with an experienced communication coach from the Humphrey Group Inc., who will guide you to speak with a clear message, persuasive structure, and compelling language. This two-day course includes workshops and personalized coaching sessions in a small, supportive group that will enable you to practice speaking as a compelling leader in a variety of situations. You will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a brief talk, receive personalized voice and presence coaching and roleplay off-the-cuff conversations.

Through this program, you will learn to:

  • Explore challenges faced in leadership roles
  • Portray yourself as leaders, not just a doer
  • Adopt a ‘taking the stage’ mindset
  • Confidently share your vision with others
  • Deliver clear messages using a logical structure
  • Use strong language that is assertive, not aggressive
  • Use your vocal power to engage others
  • Achieve a dynamic presence that will position you as a strong leader
  • Avoid ‘minimizing’ behaviors
  • Turn spontaneous interactions into leadership conversations

Find out more about Taking the Stage®, The Humphrey Group's powerful program for women who wish to become strong, confident leaders.

Who Should Attend?

This program is ideal for women of all levels who wish to strengthen their ability to convey their ideas and project a strong leadership presence.

Details & Registration

DATES  October 9-10, 2019
TIME  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
PROGRAM COST  $1,650 plus GST
Program fee includes continental breakfast,
and afternoon coffee/tea and lunch
LOCATION  James W. Burns, Executive Education Centre


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Rae Farrer, Consultant, The Humphrey Group
moderator_raefarrerRae is a Consultant with The Humphrey Group and blends a strong background in business, where she spent a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, with a strong set of acting credentials. This union of skills enables her to help clients achieve business results by communicating with a confident yet genuine presence. For Rae, the most important part of her work is assisting her clients in building an awareness of how communication and preferences impact relationships. As a strong presence coach, Rae is skilled at helping business professionals develop their leadership presence and voice, and hone their communication skills with clarity and conviction. She is proud of her ability to help her clients move past their initial reservations and tap into their most authentic self. She enjoys inspiring her clients and sharing in their excitement when they choose new behaviors. Her clients say that she is a great facilitator who creates a comfortable and active environment for learning who is enthusiastic, engaging, clear and knowledgeable. Rae received a BSc in Biological Sciences and a BA in English Literature from the University of Windsor. She also obtained a Master Class certificate from The Company of Rogues Actors' Studio


"Thank you for the wonderful experience of Taking the Stage®… I came away with a renewed sense of confidence and many suggestions that I have incorporated into my everyday life."
– Cathy Gunn, Regional Manager, Bell Canada

"Outstanding instructor, candid feedback, and practical information that can be used right away…an extremely valuable session!"
– Christine Swystun, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Nortel Networks

"You have given me a profound understanding of how important leadership is in every single communication situation."
– Georgia Sievwright, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard

"The videotaping was tough but worthwhile. This is not a run-of-the-mill course!"
– Karen Secord, Human Resources Development Manager, Microsoft

"Keep giving the course… you're fabulous!"
– Mary Jane DeKort, Vice President, Marketing, Mattamy Homes

"Any woman can learn from this course."
– Wendy MacLeod, Project Manager, Network Planning and Provisioning Ontario, Bell Canada

Custom Program

Do you have 10 or more team members who would benefit from taking this program? Many of our Open Enrolment Courses can be customized for your team and delivered exclusively to your organization. Find out more about our Custom Programs or contact us today!


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All course materials are included in the course fee. Course materials are provided in class. A reading may be emailed to the participant prior to the class.