ImpactWorks International

Understand the drama inside you, understand the drama around you.

Theatre-based communication training

Create an Impact that Works
internationally and interculturally.

Use simple narratives to show
You mean what you say
and
Say what you mean
with
confidence and clarity.

Who are we?

Alexis Latham, managing director and lead trainer of Impactworks International, first introduced the use of theatre workshop techniques into the Central European training world in the late 1990’s. Constantly developing and refining his approach, he now delivers the ImpactWorks "Perform" Method worldwide with his team of dedicated trainers. 

All ImpactWorks International trainers are passionate about helping you become:

Agile Communicators through improvisation

Conversation Leaders - balancing what you say with how you say it

Communication Trust Builders - keeping conversations open

Storytellers - realising everyone’s role in the story

Ultimately helping you to make a "Performance" out of your communication.

Why Choose Us?

Because through our intensive theatre-based training techniques, we help people see how they can change, why they should
change and how to make that change happen.

What is the Impact "Perform" Method?

Why has this been developed?

How easy is it to "perform"?

What is the “Perform” method?

Our unique “Perform” training method brings the insight, skills set and working methodologies of the professional actor to enhance and develop your communication in real world situations.
About 20 years ago Alexis Latham, creator of the "Perform"Method realised there was a significant overlap between the skills needed for an an actor to rehearse, develop and play their part and the skills needed to successfully communicate in the public-corporate-political world. He began to develop a training method to merge the exercises and workshops from the world of theatre -especially improvisation theatre- with the experience and life stories of executives from multinationals, politicians and high achievers. The result and positive feedback from this early application of acting methodology to public speaking and communication training led him to fully develop a complete programme of theatre-based verbal and non-verbal communication coaching: the Impact "Perform" Method. This is constantly being tested and updated in the real world; our participants have found this unique blend of theatre and training helps them understand the theoretical concept and embed the routines and practices to make it come to life.



Like it or not there is a lot of “theatre” involved in communication.  Just as there is in most walks of life, sport, politics, art, family. If you think about it when someone walks into a room we size them up.  At important meetings we don’t just listen to what is being said we are interested in how it is said; how confident the person is in portraying their ideas. When we talk about how convincing someone was the words, sincere, confident, passionate, authoritative, will be part of our reasoning.

Now more than ever in what is referred to as the “Post Truth” world we can’t expect facts to speak for themselves. The structuring of those facts into an engaging narrative or plot line is very important if we are to engage others and perform our text well.

Not only that but for different situations a different type of performance is needed.  At presentations we are expecting the speaker to be able to work the audience and put on something of a show, this requires the speaker to raise their energy and expression and use more emotive and active language.  In more intimate communication situations such as negotiations or influencing we may need to adapt our performance and perform more like a “Social Worker” show we are listening and inclusive. Other times we may want to be like a “Sports Coach” decisive and challenging.  Or maybe “The Charmer”, quietly confident, holding our corner.

This concept is not new, the groundbreaking work by the sociologist Erving Goffman in his book “The Presentation of Self in EveryDay Life”  uses the concept of “Theatre” to portray the importance of human social interaction. Shakespeare’s famous lines “All the world’s a stage...” even more so.

Most of us may find the concept of “performing” a challenge.  There is a risk involved, we are putting ourselves “out there”. To perform well our whole level of communication and expression should increase and because of that there is an expectation from those around us that we will make something happen. So not only do we feel we are stepping out of our comfort zone but then we also realise we are raising the expectation of the audience and this also increases the pressure on us.  To do this consciously can be even more challenging, we may not even know how to. Some of us may shy away from this challenge others may take a more combative or aggressive approach.  Either way confusion is often the result.  
 
On top of this we rarely take time to evaluate how other people or situations may affect our performance.  Walk into an interview and see 3 serious faces and immediately we may feel we are being examined, this will make us then perform in a way that may not be the best for us. The feelings and preconceptions we may have on the inside will definitely affect our performance on the outside, maybe positively or negatively.  If we are aware of our sensitivities and how these affect us then we can begin to consciously work on creating a positive performance to overcome this.

Forced recently to think about what is the one thing that really differentiates the work that me and my team does in  our training and coaching from others I realised it is this. We get people to “Perform" their communication. We help them:

● Understand why it’s important to be able to think of their communication in terms of a performance.

● To work with triggers and tools from the actor’s tool kit to give them a technique and quick solutions so they know how they should perform.

● Use simple narratives, stories and plot lines that are easy to perform and help them structure and deliver their ideas.

What do our participants think?

● "...never had a training about the intra-personal aspects of presentation which was as helpful as this, even after 20 years in consulting!"

● "I feel sure that the benefits of this presentations course will remain for me."

● "From the beginning on, personal experience through exercises. Very experienced instructors who gave valuable feedback."

● "Individual training in small groups and hence high-learning impact. An excellent course that should be mandatory for professional staff."

                                                                                                                                                              - Internationally-based Partners and Directors

Training Courses and Coaching

Presentation Skills Training and Coaching

 

Communication Skills Training and Coaching


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Our training style

IS LIKE A THEATRE WORKSHOP

Step 1 through simulation/role play we discover the challenges faced and the solutions to overcome them

Step 2  through theatre and improvisation game playing we discover the skills necessary to successfully implement these solutions 

Step 3  through simulations and feedback we give an opportunity for these skills to be practiced and embedded.

Our trainers

Alexis Latham

Actor/Director and Founder and developer of the “Impact Method”

John Webber

Actor/Writer with more than 20 years experience in role play and facilitating workshops

Matt Devere

Actor/Coach specialising in developing energy and physicality in communication

Garai Judit

Judit is a playwright, lecturer and workshop 
leader

Graham Knowles

Former CEO with extensive executive and non-executive board experience

The Story of Impact

Over 20 years ago Alexis Latham introduced the concept of using theatre workshop techniques into the Hungarian Training world. It was a technique he was experienced in using in the UK but was a first at that time in Hungary. The spontaneous live improvisation shows with his Scallabouche Theatre Company were another first in Hungary preceded only by Halasz Peter the renowned Hungarian avant-garde. He began to introduce more improvisation techniques into the training. Demand quickly spread to countries in the region. To cope with this he helped found Dramatrix, where he was head of training until 2007. He then teamed up with Hungarian TV presenter and ex-government spokesperson Andras Batiz. Andras was a strong believer in the technique and having been coached in it by Alexis, found it easy to adapt to the world of media and media training and together they founded Impactworks. To simplify the logistics of a growing client portfolio and  to satisfy their respective interests Andras will head the Hungarian Impactworks and Alexis will lead Impactworks International focusing on the International demands for the training.

References

Impactworked Partners !

Industry, government and non-governmental leaders in 17 countries across 4 continents have chosen ImpactWorks.

Foundations

IT/Telecommunications

Pharmacy

Financial sector

FMCG

Energy and Industrial

Media

Service sector

Public sector

Contact us

Contact

Alexis Latham alexis@impactworksinternational.com +36 20 912 6371

Company info

Company name: Scalla Művészeti Kft.
Company address: Szondi str. 56. II. floor 18
1063 Budapest, Hungary
ID number of the company: 01 09 889571 IBAN: HU93-1070-0079-4679-1508-5000-0005 SWIFT: CIBHHUHB