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Helen O’Grady Training & Development

T:  0845 603 7220





About Us

Established worldwide for 40 years, The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy has had huge success in the private sector, providing training in confidence and communication skills. 

Renowned as a drama school for self-development in children and adults, the Academy has over 100,000 students attending classes each week. Each class coaches and supports the students to build confidence, creativity and positive verbal communication skills.

The Academy is rapidly expanding in the world of business and continues to provide verbal communication, confidence & self-development training to adults in the workplace in a fun, fresh and unique way. The objective is to develop people for the future by helping companies build enthusiastic, efficient and effective workforces through a variety of drama techniques.

The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is fronted by a team of professionals who are experts in building confidence; thereby increasing self-esteem and improving self-presentation.

All trainers are experienced in the coaching of vocal skills – passing on knowledge of public speaking and improving presentation techniques.


Drama in the Workplace

Our fresh and unique approach is one of self-development; a journey which both the individual and the workforce are taken on. This is achieved using a detailed and creative programme, with a focus on tailor-made training. Our bespoke courses are designed to build the confidence of both the individual and the team, so improving interpersonal communication skills.

The Helen O’Grady approach:

  • We help forward thinking businesses assist with the personal development of their workforce.
  • We help with the motivation of people at work so they are inclined to perform to their highest standards.
  • We use tried and tested drama techniques in an innovative way, creating a practical, engaging and inspiring approach to motivation and development of the workforce and individuals.

We strive for development through drama therefore developing your workforce creatively.

Our Aspirations:

Here at Helen O’Grady Training & Development we aspire to:

  • Develop imagination and creativity to enable open mindedness, enthusiasm, critical and creative thinking.
  • Improve verbal communication skills, to encourage positive dialogue amongst colleagues and collaboration with others in times of conflict. This facilitates the improvement of effective public speaking and presentation skills, as well as increasing general communication within the workforce.
  • Build self-confidence when presenting by encouraging the understanding of body language and non-verbal body communication.
  • Expand emotional intelligence, which can help with self-reflection and empathetic skills.

We also offer training and support. Training picked by you and on-going support from our team of experts.

We aspire to develop people for the future.




The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy was founded in 1979 when Helen O’Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, commenced after school drama classes for children.

Her aim for the Academy was to provide a self-development programme, specialising in building confidence, self-esteem and verbal communication skills resulting, through drama, in a more positive approach to life.

We believe the performing arts are an exciting, stimulating way to develop long lasting skills which transfer easily to the workplace. 

“Development through drama” is a unique and exciting premise, so relevant to our Training and Development Programme where everyday life skills can be imparted, through drama, to people of all ages and in all situations.

We offer creative and exciting drama activities, written and collated by experts in training and development, which will easily transfer to common situations encountered in the workplace.

Whether imparted to individuals, small groups or a more substantial number, we guarantee delegates will leave feeling enabled and confident.


Course Information

Our training focuses on three key areas of training & development:

  • Confidence and communication skills
  • Public speaking & presentation skills
  • Leadership and team building


Confidence and Communication Skills

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Leadership and Team Building Skills

  • Assertive and effective communication skills 
  • The importance of body language 
  • Building rapport with colleagues 
  • Customer service skills 
  • How to project confidence 
  • How to increase vocal energy and power 
  • Introverts and extroverts working together 
  • Using a projected voice in the work place 
  • Quick thinking and conversation skills
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Delivering effective and interesting presentations 
  • Delivering key messages in presentations 
  • Conversational presenting • Speech terms and definitions 
  • The importance of breathing for vocal variety 
  • Changing the way we breathe 
  • Useful presentation tips 
  • Relaxing safe place imagery 
  • Storytelling techniques for presentations 
  • How to engage your audience 
  • Posture awareness 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Connecting and engaging with people 
  • Motivating and managing people 
  • Active listening 
  • Mindfulness 
  • Composure as a leader 
  • Conflict resolution in the workplace 
  • Managing confrontation as a leader 
  • A Growth Mindset in the workplace

Drama Provision for Children






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