By: Wong Tuck Cheong
Prof Sue Jennings, Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Education at HELP University, conducted a third workshop for HELP staff, this time on techniques to develop the effective use of voice in communication: in presentations, teaching or in daily communication. According to Prof Jennings, “Posture and breathing awareness can reduce tension and change how we feel. Confident posture encourages confident communication. Confident communication leads to listener awareness and interactive narrative.” Prof Jennings is the pioneer of Dramatherapy and Playtherapy in the UK and Europe. She is the author of over 30 books on Dramatherapy, Playtherapy, Storytelling, Puppetry, Groupwork, Fertility, Ritual, Folklore and Theatre.
For the workshop, Professor Jennings used the first stanza of a poem by AA Milne: The Four Friends:
Ernest was an elephant, a great big fellow,
Leonard was a lion with a six-foot tail,
George was a goat, and his beard was yellow,
And James was a very small snail.
Rajesvare Rada (School of Hospitality and Tourism) as the Elephant looks the part as she thunders forth as demanded by the script.
The Elephant, the Lion, the Goat and the Snail introduce themselves…
No marks here for correctly identifying which is the (old) Goat…
Prof Jennings keeps a watchful eye on her students…
…occasionally intervening with new guidelines.