Past Program

Apr 04 - Apr 06, 2014

Professional Development Workshop: Using Theater Techniques to Improve Your Leadership Impact


Building Leadership Skills through Theater

A transformational experience for executives and professionals from all sectors who want to flex, adapt and evolve their leadership style to suit different audiences. Explore skills to engage an audience of any size: how to be seen, heard and taken seriously at all times in the ‘spotlight’ when presenting or pitching to clients and colleagues. Take charge of how people see you, your first impressions and body language: Walk Your Talk!

Program Content

As a leader you are constantly in the spotlight, with everything you do, highly visible and subject to interpretation by all those with whom you interact: your team, your public, and your clients. From research we also know that the culture of an enterprise is determined very largely by the perceived behaviour of its leaders – how you behave therefore sends powerful messages to those you wish to lead and inspire, the influence of a leader is determined significantly not just by what you say but by how you say it.

This workshop gives you, like a rehearsal room, a safe space to build on your strengths, to develop a new range of possibilities, and to be yourself with more skill. You will learn the foundations of communications that guide your personal and professional success. 

One of the most powerful forms of communication is our ability to be an inspirational storyteller. Consider the opportunities and strengths of a theatrical lens which has two perspectives. One is a personal axis: what you do and how you communicate. The second axis considers the impact you have on others: what an audience wants and needs. In theater, impact, visibility, passion, presence, vision, flexibility, resilience, authenticity, creativity and courage are all crucial components of performance.

Participant Profile

This workshop is designed for executives and professionals from all sectors with experience in leadership roles, including MBA graduates seeking to refresh their leadership and public speaking skills. The program welcomes participants from all functions and units within all kinds of organizations who are eager to learn a new set of capabilities. Fluency in English is required.

The Salzburg Global Experience

The workshop will provide a safe and intimate space in which participants can build on their strengths, develop new techniques, and enhance their self-awareness and skills. This two-day workshop will take place in one of the most beautiful and state-of-the art conference and training centers in the Salzburg area: Schloss Leopoldskron.


  • Learn how to step up into the spotlight so that you are commanding, assertive and inspiring.
  • Walk away with an understanding of what your default style of communication is, and what your default style is when you are under pressure.
  • Learn what alternatives there are to feeling that you do not have got enough armor.
  • Connect your body and voice for compelling communication.
  • Communicate your vision, values and message with passion and precision.
  • Increase your openness and listening skills for your own performance.
  • Receive feedback on your style and impact.


“This training should be mandatory. I want more!"
KW Financial Services

“We spent a day with Theatre for Business. An unforgettable day that focused all eight senior team members on how to present not what to present. Within three months sales have increased by over 20%. Coincidence? I think not, and I congratulate Theatre for Business on their huge contribution.”

“Use Didi. She is excellent: She pushes every single person to focus on what they are doing and she doesn’t remove that focus until everyone has achieved the necessary outcomes.”
PD. Principal Consultant

Fees and registration

The fee for the workshop is EUR 400.00 per participant including the cost of the program, program materials, lunch and dinner. Bed & breakfast for two nights in the newly refurbished Meierhof, on the grounds of Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, is EUR 250,00.