May 03 2019 09:30 - 16:30

Montefiore Room, Ridley's Court, RH10 3DH West Sussex

 At #UPFRONT we believe that speech is power. It is more important than ever before for self-identifying women to have the ability to influence, persuade and inspire. All self-identifying women are welcome - extroverts, introverts and everything in between. Of course, we encourage those who are naturally quiet, shy or introverted because we know that you don’t often push yourselves forward into the limelight but it’s time for you to get those brilliant, creative ideas out into the world!

Our aim is for you to leave feeling the most confident you've ever felt, equipped with new tools to use when speaking in public, in meetings or networking situations, in a pitch or around the dinner table.

What will you learn? 

  • What makes you remarkable? Yes, you are
  • How to feel more confident at work and at home? Yes, both are equally important
  • Learn what professional visibility looks like (Hint; it looks different for everyone) 
  • Learn the who, what, where and why of Imposter Syndrome (Yes, we all have it) 
  • Understand women's low confidence as a consequence of our environment and the patriarchy (Yes, it's another thing we're made to feel guilty about) 
  • How to introduce yourself?
  • How to strengthen your voice?
  • How to give yourself status?
  • How to combat nerves? 
  • This workshop is restricted to 15 people

All our work is underpinned by these principles:

  • You can’t be what you can’t see
  • We believe that confidence can be learned and it IS within your reach
  • Confidence is not a gift from the gods
  • We know that you lack nothing
  • We’re all responsible for being a good audience
  • We all have power, even if we can’t feel it
  • Include yourself and others
  • One way we learn confidence is by understanding our bodies
  • You’re you — with your individual knowledge and your unique experiences and your unique brain
  • You’re the one the world wants to hear from

This workshop will be designed and facilitated by award-winning designer, public speaker and entrepreneur, Lauren Currie and Suha Al-Khayyat; a professional theatre maker from our global network. We can't wait to meet you!


    The Montefiore Room is part of an exquisite 19th-century building surrounded in green space. The step-free access building is a short 15-minute walk (5 mins by car) from Three Bridges Station. The average journey time between Three Bridges and London Victoria is 50 minutes. The fastest journey time is 35 minutes from London Bridge. We will finish our day together with a walk around the Victorian gardens and nearby lake.


    Good simple lunch is provided. Plus teas and coffees throughout the day. Please let us know of any dietary requirements you may have by emailing Hanieh on helloupfront@googlemail.com


    "The #upfront team created a very warm and safe space. To be honest it's not something I've ever really witnessed happening so successfully before and it was very powerful. I spent the rest of the weekend telling everyone about it!"

    “Brilliant energy, pace and pitch which made everyone feel included and excited."

    “It was a really amazing day. Ranging from practical tips that will definitely help navigate nerves and pitfalls next time I speak in public to more intangible, but really awesome boosting of confidence and mutual appreciation.”

    "I walked away feeling like a different person - thank you"

    "This has completely changed my life - thank you"

    "Very gentle but very effective. I felt really supported and understood" 

    *We want this to be an inclusive event. If you can't afford the ticket price please get in touch and we'll make it work for you. We also have 2 free tickets for women who do not have an income and are on Universal Credit. To apply for one of these tickets please email us on helloupfront@googlemail.com. The tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

    *For anyone who has anxiety please email Hanieh helloupfront@googlemail.com with 'anxiety' in the subject line and we can talk with you about how to make this experience as anxiety free as possible for you.

    The small print:

    All our events are very popular and places on this course are limited to 15. Please read ‘the small print’: We reserve the right to refuse admission if payment has not been received. A full refund will be made for cancellations received in writing at least 20 working days prior to the event date; there is no refund for cancellations made within 20 working days of the start of the event. We reserve the right to change the programme, the dates, the trainer or the venue: participants will be notified as soon as practicable in such circumstances. In the event that the event is cancelled, a full refund will be given. We disclaim any further liability.

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