Trisha Lewis - in her own words
Communication fascinates me. Helping others become natural and effective communicators enthuses me.
That fascination and enthusiasm produce coaching, workshops and talks that are full of exploration and action.
I am described as a natural communicator. ‘Natural’ sounds like it just happened – it didn’t.
My training and experience as an actor helped me find and use my voice, paint pictures and engage people from a real place inside me to a real place in them.
Back in the heady 80's I build a career in advertising – dealt with a wide range of ‘fascinating’ people! After starting a family, I flexed my ‘coaching’ muscles as a drama coach – and later as a student mentor. As a constant learner I became a ‘mature student’ in 2002 – graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA (hons) in Communication.
My ‘presentation muscles’ are huge! I have built them by writing and producing plays and talks and delivering them to hundreds of different audiences.
I encourage people to question statements such as ‘I can’t’ and ‘always been done like this’ – but in an enjoyable and practical way.
I am too old to give you my life history! However - here is my actor journey in a nutshell
In 2002 I consolidated my experience as an actor, speaker and reminiscence facilitator by taking a degree in Communicadtion at Bournemouth University - graduating in 2005 with a BA (hons) in Communication. I gained valuable experience as a Mentor - both on the PAL scheme (Peer assisted learning) and the Aim Higher scheme (working with students at challenged schools).
I continued to work on a freelance basis for Hampshire County Council - Heritage and Recreation. In addition to shows booked for 'Hog the Limelight' rural touring network and HCC Libraries, I was commissioned to create a reminiscence piece to be delivered in all the HCC care homes. The brief was - something more than a sing-a-long. I delivered! The work I carried out over the next 10 years was challenging and extremely fulfilling. I developed a high level skill of communicating with the elderly with dementia. This requires the ability to build instant trust and use the full spectrum of communication tactics to trigger stories and create a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
During this time I continued my personal development by completing Dementia communication skills training modules. I also delivered training to Hants County Council care home activity organisers. I graduated as a recognised reminiscence facilitator with the European Reminiscence Network
My background as an actor led to me setting up my speaker business. Over the course of 15 years I created 10 'entertaining talks' which have been booked regularly on the speaker circuit - becoming one of the most popular choices for speaker secretaries nationally.
Trisha is one of the most creative, talented, and productively organised people I know.
Artistic Director - AsOne Theatre Company
As an actor my experience is wide-ranging - from fringe theatre and rural touring to one-woman plays and cabaret. The experience of creating engaging content and adapting to so many different venues and audiences has given me invaluable insights to help clients with all aspects of presentation and public speaking.
For the first 10 years of my work life I pursued a career as an account executive in advertising agencies in London and Bournemouth. This experience taught me a great deal about working within a corporate environment with different personalities! It also meant honing my sales techniques and ability to gain new business - relationship building!
All this and more has equipped me well for Communication Coaching. Academic knowledge combined with considerable experience enable me to help individuals work on all aspects of presentation and public speaking skills - finding their own voice and creating impact. I also have a real understanding of what it takes to build instant trust and rapport - a crucial ingredient of influence. The psychology element of my degree - plus my extensive personal research - provides valuable insight for clients who wish to break down all the barriers that occur in communication - including those within their own mind.