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Self-Confidence/ Esteem

What is self Confidence? Having good self confidence is having a  feeling of belief in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement.  Breathing techniques that help you talk clearly are one way that creative tactics can help you achieve self-confidence. These abilities allow you to sound more confident when you speak. These are also techniques that are used in theatre often.

Studies have shown that stagecoach can help build confidence in children in the early years, it can make them learn to understand themselves and the world around them. It also has been suggested that these traits have lead to children becoming better at all of their school subjects. Maybe its the confidence they have learned through their drama classes?

Self- expression

Stagecoach is yet another useful resource that has been shown to help children and adolescents. Finding your voice can be a breakthrough to having self-expression, developing the confidence to speak up after maybe being misunderstood, which will have led to you losing confidence.

Self-expression allows you to produce new understandings, experiencing the world from different perspectives. Theatre gives you a platform to express yourself, in an environment where everyone is aiming for the same outcome.

Self-expression is vital when it comes to communication, it helps you open up to others and build relationships.

Arts are the ultimate form of self-expression, in terms of being creative. Self expression leads to self confidence, which leads to good self-esteem finally resulting in greater happiness. So if you want to have good skills for a future employer, starting off with gaining good self confidence, maybe through arts, is the best place to start.

Developing the right Employability Skills

Theatre can contribute to lots of skills essential for developing good employability skills as lots of them link, for example, confidence and leadership skills are both important for being employable and are learned in theatre.

 Communication skills

Body language is important when communicating with people, your must learn to beagle to give off good body language and also read other people, this is done a lot in theatre. Listening is also an important factor when developing your communication skills, as if you are not listening to your colleague then you will not be able to develop a good relationship. Another good skill to use when communicating with people is to write things down and ask questions to clarify, this will assure you have understood everything correctly. Making eye contact is also important and something which is learned in theatre a lot especially when performing, and being enthusiastic when speaking to a large group of peers or even just one on one, shows that you are confident and it can help you communicate your point.

Digital skills

Digital skills are important to have in the fast-evolving world, it is important we learn to adapt to different appliances. Communication is also important when using digital skills, as technology is the main way we communicate now.  They are found in every job nowadays and can be utilized in lots of ways such as for research, communication, presenting, storing files, and teaching online. So in this day and age, having a good understanding of digital skills is essential when looking to be employable.

 Leadership skills

To have good leadership skills, you must also have effective communication skills, they need to be able to engage with and motivate their team. You can develop good leadership skills through utilizing your body language and vocal projection, something which can be taught through theatre. Self-confidence is also developed when working in a theatre, which are important skills for being a good leader.

Emotional intelligence

Having empathy is always something employers desire, and to be very socially aware. A good leader will have empathy for their team, this can be nurtured through theatre as actors always have to put themselves in someone else’s shoes in order for them to play their role.  Having good emotional intelligence, also means you are able to understand and use your own emotions in a positive way. This will also help you to develop good relationships with your team and colleagues.

Creativity

Creativity is a key skill in being employable, this is also an essential part of theatre as theatre requires you to use your imagination. Creativity has been recognised as important to learn at an early age and Ofsted has recently proposed that drama and arts should be an essential part of the curriculum framework.

Teamwork

Lots of theatre groups put on theatre courses for people to develop their teamwork skills, where you will learn to identify the characteristics of a successful team, grow your communication skills, develop self-awareness, learn ways of becoming an effective team member.

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