Skip to content
Katrina

08. The Art and Skill of Presence, Confidence and Charisma with Katrina Roberts

We’re at episode 8 of the Presentation Boss Podcast, and it’s time for another guest. Kate and Thomas are having a conversation with a friend of ours, Katrina Roberts about her zone of genius being in drama and speech. We have recently heard her talk a few times about presence, confidence and self-awareness and knew we had to share her wisdom with you!

This episode features a lot of Katrina sharing her wisdom while Thomas and Kate sit in near silence listening to her explain these nebulous concepts in a simple form all while sharing her tips and stories in the field. We could listen to katrina for days and so we’ve got a longer episode than normal; but she’s worth it! There is so much information here to help you ensure you maintain an audience focus when presenting.

About Our Guest
Katrina Roberts has been teaching speech and drama for over eight years, with extensive experience both as a teacher and a performer. She is a registered teacher with a Graduate Diploma from USQ, who is also qualified with a Licentiate Diploma in Drama and Performance (LDPA) from the AMEB, a Graduate Certificate of Voice Studies from the Victorian College of Arts and an Associate Diploma (ATCL Teaching – Speech and Drama) from Trinity College London.

She received Barbara Sisley awards for achieving the highest mark in QLD for her AMEB Associate and Licentiate Diploma examinations. Katrina is also a UQ graduate and holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts, majoring in Drama and Writing. She has worked for national talent agencies directing acting and modelling courses for new talent, and regularly prepares students for drama school, theatre and film auditions. Katrina is a Committee member of the Communication, Speech and Performance Teachers Inc.

What You’ll Learn
• The way Katrina gets paid to speak
• Why the ability to communicate is important even from a young adult age
• How Katrina gets even the most terrified speakers to perform again and again
• The universal speaking truths that apply to all age and all education levels
• What speaking presence is and what it looks like
• The international speaking presence expert with ideas worth discussing
• How presence, audience focus and energy are intertwined
• The three circles of presence and the two types of presenter that are difficult to listen to
• The steps to take and mindset to have to bring about presence from the stage
• Why feeling comfortable and yourself is most important
• How charisma correlates to confidence, presence and authority
• Vulnerability and the role in plays in being liked as a speaker
• The three elements to speaking well
• Why we shouldn’t be so focussed on ‘ticking the boxes’.

Mentioned In The Show
• Patsy Rodenburg: http://www.patsyrodenburg.com

Resources and Links
• Email Katrina at: [email protected]
• The Presentation Boss Podcast: https://presentationboss.com.au/podcast/
• Kate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-norris/
• Thomas on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-krafft/
• Presentation Boss on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/presentationboss/
• Presentation Boss on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/presentation-boss

Quotes From This Episode
• “I like to feel like I’ve made a difference, even in a small way”
• “Communication skills infiltrate every aspect of how they operate in the world”
• “Everything we do involves other people and communicating in some aspect with them”
• “There are universal truths we need to address”
• “Making sure that your body and self are ready to give eneergy, focus and a message”
• “If you have a quality speech and a good mindset coming in to your performance and place the spotlight not on yourself, but on your message and priority on your audience, presence isn’t far away, if not already there”
• “We disengage from the world a lot, and we’re used to disengaging”
• “You have to absolutely be in total preparation mode .. to have a chance of affecting other people”
• “They think ‘No, it’s got to be more complicated than this’. The only thing that’s complicated about it, is that it is so simple”
• “And it feels awesome!”

More posts you might like...

66. Speech Breakdown: TED Talk by Nilofer Merchant “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk”

Time to walk and listen to episode sixty-six of The Presentation Boss Podcast. No really, if you’re not walking/jogging/running while listening to this episode, I can’t guarantee that you won’t feel bad by the end. We’re doing a speech breakdown where we play a talk from the internet and pause it to make comment about…
Read More

65. How To Make “Dry Information” Engaging

Join us for episode sixty-five of The Presentation Boss Podcast! We work a whole lot with tech-based teams. Accounting, IT, engineering, academia, data analysts.. the type of deep thinkers who have a massive amount of knowledge and understanding in their topics. But can struggle to get that important information out of their mind. Especially when…
Read More

64. Nolan Haims with Data Visualisation

Hello there, it’s episode sixty-four of The Presentation Boss Podcast. Way back when Thomas started listening to podcasts about presentations, he came across one called ‘The Presentation Podcast’ (Yes, the similarity of the name is noted). It has since become his most listened to podcast. Nolan Haims is one of the co-hosts of that show…
Read More

63. Speech Breakdown: TED Talk by Melissa Marshall “Talk Nerdy To Me”

Howdy! It’s episode sixty-three of The Presentation Boss Podcast. We love hearing constantly how much you guys love our speech breakdowns. Just two weeks ago you heard us talk about the completeness and accessibility of TED Talks with Tamsen Webster. And after our recording, she suggested we take a look at this talk. We love…
Read More

62. Confidence & Authenticity When Speaking

We’re tackling the big issues in episode sixty-two of The Presentation Boss Podcast! Confidence in presentations and feeling authentic! You know what confidence feels like. The idea that you can do a task and do it well. And speaking in any capacity is the skill more than any other that people have no confidence in…
Read More

61. Tamsen Webster on TEDx and Messaging

Get in, it’s episode sixty-one of The Presentation Boss Podcast. We’re joined today by another speaking genius from our big wish-list of experts we’re excited to have on the show. Today it’s Tamsen Webster of TEDx and The Red Thread fame. Kate has been following her work for years, and Thomas almost as long (you’ll…
Read More