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Authentic You 1 Masterclass: Sydney

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Annandale Community Centre , 79 Johnston St,, Annandale, Sydney

Returning to Sydney for the third time after sold out workshops across Australia. A TWO-day masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers.

Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi share performance techniques to create rapport and real audience connection, explore who you are and how best to communicate uniqueness in your presentations. Not just for professional speakers we have worked with a range of people who want to be more confident, more authentic and more powerful in how they speak. To not be fearful about expressing their ideas. We work on building your inner strength and confidence so that you are more comfortable in your own skin when in front of people.

All fees include lunches and morning teas

Sat: 9 -5 Sun 9 - 2

"WOW, that was a sensational weekend and I feel like I have participated in something really special. Thank You..." Sharon Styman, Business Coach and Entrepreneur

Early Bird $650 (until 13th March) - Full Price $720 Cancellations: Due to the small class sizes please note refund amounts if you cancel: 100% up to 14 days 50% up to 3 days 0% from 2 days before. All Fees are transferable to other AY courses

Authentic You 1 Masterclass: Byron Shire

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Bay Vista Retreat, Ewingsdale

A TWO-day masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers held at a beautiful retreat just outside Byron.

Sold out workshops across Australia.

Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi share performance techniques to create rapport and real audience connection, explore who you are and how best to communicate uniqueness in your presentations. Not just for professional speakers we have worked with a range of people who want to be more confident, more authentic and more powerful in how they speak. To not be fearful about expressing their ideas. We work on building your inner strength and confidence so that you are more comfortable in your own skin when in front of people.

All fees include lunches and morning teas

Sat: 9 -5 Sun 9 - 2

"WOW, that was a sensational weekend and I feel like I have participated in something really special. Thank You..." Sharon Styman, Business Coach and Entrepreneur

Early Bird $650 (until 29th January ) - Full Price $720 Cancellations: Due to the small class sizes please note refund amounts if you cancel: 100% up to 14 days 50% up to 3 days 0% from 2 days before. All Fees are transferable to other AY courses

Authentic You: Elephant in the Room - Byron Shire: a comedy masterclass in Funny Business

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Rockinghorse Studios, 36 Keys Rd , Coorabell, Byron Bay

AY Presents: Elephant in the Room

Everyone knows the elephant in the room. It’s the problem or the issue that people aren’t addressing. It’s the thing people pretend that isn’t there. But it’s ALL they can see. Of course! It’s an elephant. In a room. It’s hard to ignore! So what happens when you talk to the elephant? Comedy is an incredible tool for speaking to elephants!

Comedian Richard Pryor once said ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people’. Humour has the capacity to create connection, to speak to difficult subjects in an accessible way and bring the unspoken into the conversation. Humour has the capacity to shift the narrative and to instigate challenging conversations. Humour is engaging, powerful, and at times, disruptive.

Elephant in the Room is a comedy masterclass in Funny Business where you learn a variety of comedy techniques to reframe and repitch your ideas.

We work with you to find your unique brand of funny and how you might use your humour to connect best with your target audience.

Can you be funny AND be taken seriously? How do you speak to complex topics? When is it appropriate for you to use humour in your messaging?

In our two day masterclass, we teach you how to create comedy that is relatable, appropriate and on message. Humour can drive home an idea in a way that can transform the way people think. In a public presentation, speakers who use humour often are the ones who are remembered. Because humour makes your message not just educational and informative, but entertaining and enjoyable. It wakes your audience up. It’s fun.

Humour is also a powerful tool in the workplace to develop better collegial relationships, it helps forge a resilience that can diffuse stress and conflict.

Mandy Nolan is a comedian of over 30 years, who has taught in excess of 2000 people how to perform stand up. Her most successful student won an Emmy. George Catsi is a comedic character performer, and AWGIE winning writer and academic who teaches character and script development at UTS to animators and filmmakers.

Together, as Authentic You, Mandy and George have a unique skill set. After two years of delivering their Masterclass in public speaking around the country, they have created a course to address the elephant in the room: ‘how do I use humour?’

Everyone wants to be funny. But it’s risky. How do you deliver complex ideas without diluting their potency?

In this masterclass in Funny Business George and Mandy teach you how to bring humour into communications making comedy feel like a natural part of the way you talk. The Elephant in the Room will explore numerous comedy techniques such as stand up and character work, alongside storytelling, music comedy and group work. The process will finish with a live performance where each person presents a 5-minute comedy presentation.

Full Price $650 Early Bird $590 till Oct 15 - Cancellations: Due to the small class sizes please note refund amounts if you cancel: 100% up to 14 days 50% up to 3 days 0% from 2 days before. All Fees are transferable to other AY courses 

Authentic You: Elephant in the Room - Sydney: a comedy masterclass in Funny Business

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Annandale Community Centre , 79 Johnston St, Annandale

AY Presents: Elephant in the Room

Everyone knows the elephant in the room. It’s the problem or the issue that people aren’t addressing. It’s the thing people pretend that isn’t there. But it’s ALL they can see. Of course! It’s an elephant. In a room. It’s hard to ignore! So what happens when you talk to the elephant? Comedy is an incredible tool for speaking to elephants!

Comedian Richard Pryor once said ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people’. Humour has the capacity to create connection, to speak to difficult subjects in an accessible way and bring the unspoken into the conversation. Humour has the capacity to shift the narrative and to instigate challenging conversations. Humour is engaging, powerful, and at times, disruptive.

Elephant in the Room is a comedy masterclass in Funny Business where you learn a variety of comedy techniques to reframe and repitch your ideas.

We work with you to find your unique brand of funny and how you might use your humour to connect best with your target audience.

Can you be funny AND be taken seriously? How do you speak to complex topics? When is it appropriate for you to use humour in your messaging?

In our two day masterclass, we teach you how to create comedy that is relatable, appropriate and on message. Humour can drive home an idea in a way that can transform the way people think. In a public presentation, speakers who use humour often are the ones who are remembered. Because humour makes your message not just educational and informative, but entertaining and enjoyable. It wakes your audience up. It’s fun.

Humour is also a powerful tool in the workplace to develop better collegial relationships, it helps forge a resilience that can diffuse stress and conflict.

Mandy Nolan is a comedian of over 30 years, who has taught in excess of 2000 people how to perform stand up. Her most successful student won an Emmy. George Catsi is a comedic character performer, and AWGIE winning writer and academic who teaches character and script development at UTS to animators and filmmakers.

Together, as Authentic You, Mandy and George have a unique skill set. After two years of delivering their Masterclass in public speaking around the country, they have created a course to address the elephant in the room: ‘how do I use humour?’

Everyone wants to be funny. But it’s risky. How do you deliver complex ideas without diluting their potency?

In this masterclass in Funny Business George and Mandy teach you how to bring humour into communications making comedy feel like a natural part of the way you talk. The Elephant in the Room will explore numerous comedy techniques such as stand up and character work, alongside storytelling, music comedy and group work. The process will finish with a live performance where each person presents a 5-minute comedy presentation.

Full Price $650 Early Bird $590 Cancellations: Due to the small class sizes please note refund amounts if you cancel: 100% up to 14 days 50% up to 3 days 0% from 2 days before. All Fees are transferable to other AY courses

Authentic You: Writers Masterclass - Byron Bay (In association with Byron Writers Festival)

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Rockinghorse Studios, 36 Keys Rd , Coorabell

In association with the Byron Writers Festival a TWO-day masterclass for writers who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers.

Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi share performance techniques to create rapport and real audience connection, explore who you are and how best to communicate uniqueness in your presentations. They focus on giving writers the skills to present themselves as writers and talk about who they are and what their work is about. Prepare for success as you aim to be part of writer's festivals, talk to the media or promote you next book or work.

Wed: 9 -5 Thurs 9 - 2

"Was amazing and such a privilege to witness and be part of such a group. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could do that. Mandy and George are both so encouraging yet gently persuasive" Kerry S

Early Bird $590 until 30th JULY. Full Price $650 Cancellations: Due to the small class sizes please note refund amounts if you cancel: 100% up to 14 days 50% up to 3 days 0% from 2 days before. All Fees are transferable to other AY courses 

Authentic You Masterclass for Writers and Creatives - Wollongong (In partnership with South Coast Writers Centre)

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South Centre Writers Centre, 745 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coledale NSW

In partnership with the South Coast Writers Centre a TWO-day masterclass for writers and creatives who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers.

Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi share performance techniques to create rapport and real audience connection, explore who you are and how best to communicate uniqueness in your presentations. They focus on giving creatives the skills to present themselves as writers, artists, musicians etc and talk about who they are and what their work is about. Prepare for success as you aim to be part of writer's festivals, talk to the media or promote your next book or work.

Sat: 9 -5 Sun 9 - 2

"Was amazing and such a privilege to witness and be part of such a group. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could do that. Mandy and George are both so encouraging yet gently persuasive" Kerry S

Early Bird $490 (until 29th May) - Full Price $590

Authentic You 1: Byron Shire

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Barefoot Bungalows, 38 Lawson St,, Byron Bay

A TWO-day masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers held at a beautiful beachfront Byron location.

Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi share performance techniques to create rapport and real audience connection, explore who you are and how best to communicate uniqueness in your presentations.

Sat: 9 -5 Sun 9 - 2

"WOW, that was a sensational weekend and I feel like I have participated in something really special. Thank You..." Sharon Styman, Business Coach and Entrepreneur

Early Bird $590 (until 3rd APRIL) - Full Price $650

Authentic You 1: Gold Coast

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Currumbin RSL , 165 Duringan St, , Currumbin QLD

A Two Day Masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers with Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi. Our successful masterclass program comes to the Gold Coast for the first time.

Day 1: 9-5 pm Day 2: 9-2:30pm

*EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 3rd MARCH*

Early Bird: $590 Full Price: $650 If you need to pay by instalments please contact us

Price includes lunch and refreshments

Early Bird $590 (until 3rd MARCH) - Full Price $650

Authentic You 1: Sydney

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Annandale Community Centre , 79 Johnston St,, Annandale, NSW

A TWO-day masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers. Mandy and George share performance techniques to create rapport and real audience connection, explore who you are and how best to communicate uniqueness in your presentations.

Sat 9-5 Sun 9-2 SPECIAL COVID PRICE FOR CREATIVES: $390 (it's been a tough time in the creative world so we want to help out) For Everyone Else: Early bird $590 till February 15th Full Price $650 (Includes lunch and refreshments) If you need to pay by instalments please contact us

"WOW, that was a sensational weekend and I feel like I have participated in something really special. Thank You..." Sharon Styman, Business Coach and Entrepreneur

Special Covid Price for Creatives: $390 - Early Bird $590 (until 15th FEB) - Full Price $650

Authentic You 2: Enhance your Performance - Byron

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Byron Theatre and Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW

A Two Day Masterclass that will enhance your performance to drive a more powerful narrative. This advanced course offers you the platform to push your speaking, your confidence, your ability to speak without notes to a larger audience.

A final presentation will be held on the main stage of the Byron Theatre that will be opened up to the public to see you talk. The final presentation event is called TALKBANK and comes after our first succesful event in August where over 30 guests came to hear the speakers. Day 1: 9-5 Day 2: 9-3.00

*EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 11th JANUARY*

Thanks Mandy and George

Early Bird: $650 Full Price: $750 Price includes lunches and refreshments

Authentic You 1 Masterclass: Byron Shire

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Rockinghorse Studios, 36 Keys Rd, Coorabell

A Two Day Masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers with Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi.

Rockinghorse Estate, home to Australian and Internationally renowned recording artists, is set on a 70-acre property situated in the heart of the Byron Bay Hinterland. Surrounded by green rolling hills & subtropical Australian bush scenery, giving you hinterland views like no other.

Day 1: 9-5 pm Day 2: 9-2:30pm

*EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 21st OCTOBER*

Early Bird: $590 Full Price: $650 Price includes lunch and refreshments

Thanks Mandy and George

Early Bird $590 (until 21st OCTOBER) - Full Price $650

Authentic You 2: Enhance your Performance

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Barefoot Bungalows, 38 lawson St, Byron Bay

A Two Day Masterclass that will enhance your performance to drive a more powerful narrative. A final presentation will be held in the Byron Theatre that will open to the public.

Day 1: 9-5 Day 2: 9-3.00

Early Bird $590 until 1ST AUGUST. Full Price $650

Authentic You Masterclass: Stage 1 - Byron Shire

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Rockinghorse Studios, 36 Keys Rd , Coorabell

A Two Day Masterclass for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers with Mandy Nolan and Dr George Catsi.

Day 1: 9-5 pm Day 2: 9-2:30pm

  • EARLY BIRD TICKETS UNTIL 13th of JULY *

Early Bird: $590 Full Price: $650

Rockinghorse Estate, home to Australian and Internationally renowned recording artists, is set on a 70-acre property situated in the heart of the Byron Bay Hinterland. Surrounded by green rolling hills & subtropical Australian bush scenery, giving you hinterland views like no other.

Authentic You Masterclass, Noosa Hinterland

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The Barn at Hill House, 1 Musavale Road, Eerwah Vale, QLD

A two day masterclass held in the Noosa hinterland for people who want to become more powerful and engaging speakers

Early Bird $520 (until 10 Feb). Full Price $590

Authentic You Masterclass, Byron Bay

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Barefoot Bungalows, 38 lawson St, Byron Bay

A two day masterclass held at a beautiful beach front Byron Location for people who want to bemore powerful and engaging speakers.

Early Bird $590 (until 20 Jan). Full Price $650