Date: 22 Feb 2023
Where: Birmingham

Storytelling and presenting are part of our everyday jobs and a key part of being able to influence people and manage perceptions. All of us have the power and ability to be engaging and compelling storytellers and speakers.

But public speaking can be nerve-wracking; many famed and accomplished actors suffer from stage fright from time to time. If that’s the case, then how can we mere mortals go from fearing the stage and the audience to thriving in the spotlight? And even if we overcome our stage nerves, how do we ensure that our content is compelling, engaging and memorable? 

In this face-to-face practical event we will:

  • Take inspiration from science, literature and media to uncover tips that will help us be better storytellers
  • Understand the psychology and physiology of stage fright – and how to overcome it
  • Help improve your presentation skills with practical tips and techniques from the theatre and performing arts
  • Pull all of this together in an exciting activity

Please note, only those that have registered for this event in advance can be admitted, so make sure to use the blue "Book" button at the top of the page to sign up!


Rachel Drinkwater has been a Business Analyst for over 20 years, which often comes as a bit of a shock, as she doesn’t feel old enough to have been doing anything for 20 years. She is passionate about the profession and is active in the BA community, as a writer, blogger, conference and events speaker, lecturer and IIBAUK volunteer. 

Rachel is also passionate about the arts and is an actor and a former Board Director of Teatro Theatre School, a charity who help disadvantaged young people build their confidence through the arts.

In her spare time, she enjoys touring and performing with her comedy troupe, hiking around the countryside, doing yoga, playing board games, and going to gigs and festivals.




Simon Clark has had a varied career starting with life in financial audit. After quickly realising this wasn’t for him, at some point he fell into the change world where he has been for over 20 years, the last 9 years in the analysis space.

He is often used in firefighting/turnaround situations and is mildly surprised he has not spontaneously combusted as a result. Simon enjoys a varied role overseeing programmes and practice development, and is passionate about evolving new ways of working.

He has narrowed his mid-life crisis to just 3 days, booking a long weekend away in Ibiza to go clubbing. He is slightly nervous about this having thought it seemed like a good idea at the time.   





Wesleyan Assurance Society is a proud mutual that is committed to providing brighter financial futures for our customers and members.

Formed in Birmingham at the height of the Industrial Revolution, we’ve stood strong for more than 180 years and counting. We primarily service doctors, dentists, teachers, offering financial advice and products across savings, pensions, mortgages and insurance. As a mutual, Wesleyan doesn't have shareholders. That means we can focus on long-term returns for our investors - without the pressure to deliver short-term gains. Today, Wesleyan manages more than £8.5billion of our investors’ money in assets across the globe.


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