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Some people have a natural authority that’s often called gravitas. When they speak others listen. When they walk into a room others take notice. Others have levitas – a playful quality that can lighten the mood.

Some people can exhibit both gravitas and levitas, but many default to one or the other – while some come across as bland, lacking either characteristic. They can seem a little ‘grey’. This training will give participants a thorough understanding of gravitas and levitas – what they are, why they matter and how to go about developing them.

This interactive, engaging and informative workshop is for individuals at any level. Using a variety of learning interventions, from facilitated discussion to pairs/small group work to video clips of people with gravitas and levitas, participants will have several opportunities to practise and improve their own gravitas and levitas.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be able to flex their impact between gravitas and levitas as well as be able to identify when each style is appropriate
  • Know how to develop authority, presence and ‘weight’ and when to do so
  • Understand the impact body language has in conveying gravitas and ‘toxic traits’ to avoid
  • Be able use their voice more powerfully through emphasis, pausing and other techniques
  • Know how and when to lighten the mood and display more levitas in a range of situations

Please note that these outcomes are a guide only and the precise outcomes will vary with the delivery method and duration of the session.

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This outline provides a great flavour of the skills and knowledge your people will benefit from by attending any Speak First training or coaching on this topic – whether standard, tailored or bespoke.

Here’s how Speak First can make the training even more relevant for you and your people:

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Working in partnership with you, we develop bespoke solutions that incorporate this, and other topics, to create custom solutions for your organisation’s specific needs

Sample Participant Journey

The learning solutions featured on our website can all stand on their own as high-quality and high-impact learning interventions for your team – however, they are at their best when delivered as part of a wider learning programme, helping you achieve your strategic imperatives and your people benefit from much deeper and expansive learning journeys. We work with you as consultants, collaborators and design partners to establish learning outcomes and create the perfect programme - below is an example of what your people’s learning journey might look like.


Overall scope of programme agreed with client
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
In-between work: on-the-job assignments
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Facilitated learning group sessions (group coaching)
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Programme closing session – a celebration of success
Continuous learning support, virtual or face-to-face

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