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NSANZ Wellington April Meeting


Thu 28 Apr 2011, 5:30pm–8:00pm

Where: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Member: $20.00
  • Non-member: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: NSANZWellington

First speaker: Free Your Voice, presented by Suryagita Cox.

This workshop will give you tips on how to find resonance, power and projection in your speaking voice, as well as how to stand and balance your body in order to enhance your presence in front of an audience. We will work with calming nerves through “alive relaxation”, freeing the breath and vocal exercises to bring musicality, clear communication and magic to your voice when commanding a crowd.

This workshop is a taster session. If you would like to do a longer workshop, Suryagita will be offering this to NSA members. She also gives individual voice coaching lessons in Wellington, and is offering NSA members a discounted follow-up session. Suryagita Cox (BA, ATTSNZ, STAT) is an experienced Alexander Technique teacher and voice coach. She trained at the Brighton Alexander Training Centre (UK, 1993-6), has studied the Estill Voice Training System and has worked with voice teachers in the UK.

Since moving back to NZ in 2008, she has been teaching Alexander Technique and voice in Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. She has worked with individuals and groups, and has taught drama students at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) and Wellington Performing Arts Centre. She has a particular interest in helping singers, actors, and public speakers to free their natural resonance and ease performance anxiety. For more info, see

Second speaker: Standing Out On Film, presented by Brendan Cunningham.

Brendan has been involved in public speaking for a number of years. At school he suffered terribly from glossophobia - the fear of public speaking - and found it near impossible to present to a group of colleagues, let alone to strangers. Brendan has built up the confidence not only to speak in public, but has also worked in video presenting and became a tour guide, giving lectures to groups in excess of 100-150 people. Brendan has delivered presentations on Zulu culture for BBC television, Australian, German, Canadian and American travel documentaries for television. In his presentation, Brendan will be speaking about the importance of filming your presentations and the advantage of selling these as extra products. He will cover how to look good on camera, how to brief your AV team and how to make film work for you.

Brendan is now also working with video production and is assisting presenters with the filming of their presentations so that they are able to use this video for personal viewing, analysing their presentations, portfolio and training purposes video sharing websites, marketing and selling off stage. Brendan will be able to assist and advise you on talking in front of a camera, what to wear, how to stand, and how to be ready to be filmed at any time. For more info, see

We look forward to seeing you there!

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