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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 objectives

By the end of the 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
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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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Sample Participant Journey

All our training and coaching can be booked as a one-off course or session where your people will leave with the confidence, tools and skills needed to put their learning into practice Many of our clients work with us to reinforce this learning, while following the 70:20:10 framework, with 1:1 coaching, virtual webinars and learning bites to embed the learning and make it sustainable Here’s a sample of how that journey could look for your people:

Participant needs identified
Line managers briefed on learning programme
Attend face-to-face training course
Workplace activities and line manager coaching
Participate in virtual webinar
Workplace activities and line manager coaching
Individual 1:1 telephone coaching
Follow-up activities and/or action learning

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