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Workshops

Workshops are available in person or online and can be tailored to suit your goals, time and budget. Contact me to discuss your needs.

ACTING LESSONS FOR LIFE

What can ‘regular people’ learn from performers? How does ‘stage presence’ translate to presence in all aspects of life? What steps can we take to connect with joy and authenticity to those around us? Through hands-on guided activities, we explore what it means to truly pay attention, take risks, and connect authentically with ourselves and those around us.

ACTING LESSONS FOR LEADERS

This two-part workshop first helps leaders clarify purpose and goals, then sharpens communication skills to foster brilliant performances in a variety of settings. Just as performers hone character through exploring context, motivation, and objectives, a strong leader shapes a clear vision through focused research, listening and goal-shaping.

PRESENCE IN TEACHING

How do teachers present themselves and their information in today’s classroom? This workshop offers concrete instruction on configuring your space (or your screen), owning and presenting yourself, your platforms and your material, and connecting effectively with students.

PRESENCE IN PREACHING

In any faith, effective preaching requires both discernment of message and craft in delivery. This workshop focuses on the practical challenges specific to clergy and religious services: focus and acoustics in large spaces, microphone and podium considerations, spacing and visibility of sacraments and mitzvahs, and stage techniques to support reverence, meaning, and belonging during weekly and special ceremonies.

PAGE TO STAGE: CREATING CAPTIVATING CONTENT AND SHARING IT WITH THE WORLD

Great speeches start with knowing your purpose, understanding your audience, choosing what you’ll say, and shaping how you’ll say it. This two-day workshop focuses on generating and structuring compelling content for an audience, and then on live and/or virtual speaking techniques to share your ideas with the world.

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"Melanie M. Long is a master at more than stage presence. Her wisdom and knowledge can help us understand ourselves and live better. She is fun, down to earth, and cares."

- Audible Listener

“I have never before learned real and practical strategies to addressing my speaking behaviors or my own needs when preparing to speak. I found this to be novel, engaging, and useful.”

 - Presence in Teaching Student

“Modeling the art (and science) she addresses, Professor Long teaches skills that serve pretty much every situation and occasion.”

- Lou Marzeles, Participant

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