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Taking the Stage®

A Humphrey Group program offered by The Niagara Institute

Taking the Stage® is a program that shows women how to speak with courage and confidence so they can be seen and heard as leaders. At the core of the program is The Humphrey Group's Leadership Model®. Participants learn to adopt a 'taking the stage' mindset, script themselves as leaders, unlock the power of their voice, and speak with a confident presence.


Taking the Stage is designed for women at all levels who wish to strengthen their ability to convey their ideas and project a powerful leadership presence.

Learning Experience

The program combines practical learning with extensive personal feedback. Participants prepare and deliver a brief talk, receive personalized voice and presence coaching, and role-play off-the-cuff conversations. Every participant will receive feedback, including videotaped feedback. 

Powerful Learning Outcomes

  • Explore challenges faced in leadership roles
  • Portray yourself as a leader, not doer
  • Adopt a 'taking the stage' mindset 
  • Confidently share your vision with others
  • Deliver clear messages using a logical structure
  • Use strong language that is assertive, not aggressive
  • Use your vocal power to engage others
  • Achieve a dynamic presence that will position you as a strong leader
  • Avoid 'minimizing' behaviours
  • Turn spontaneous interactions into leadership conversations

Personalized Applied Learning

  • A program specifically designed for women leaders
  • The participant to instructor ratio is capped to ensure ample personal feedback and coaching throughout the session
  • Guidance in overcoming common female vocal and language traps
  • Individual feedback on your strengths and weaknesses when creating your scripts and delivering your messages
  • Participants receive personal feedback during the program, including video-taped feedback on their presence.
  • Participants prepare and deliver a brief talk, receive personalized voice and presence coaching, and role-play off-the-cuff conversations.
  • Practical experience involving several methods of communication through small group exercises
  • A personal follow-on coaching session providing support once you return to work.

View Taking the Stage Agenda

More information available here

Program Dates

Fee: $2,695* (Programs held before May 31); $2,795* (Programs held after May 31)

Date   Location  
May 18–19, 2017 White Oaks Conference Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
October 25–26, 2017  The Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, ON   
November 28–29, 2017  White Oaks Conference Resort, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON   

*Includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Does not include accommodation. Fees are subject to HST.



Accommodation is secured for programs held in Niagara-on-the-Lake only. For more information, please email

For all other locations, please email for a list of local hotels. 

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Please note: Dates and locations are subject to change.

Project Authentic Leadership Every Time You Speak

Read The Humphrey Group’s article: Six Steps to Speaking as an Authentic Leader


Call or e-mail us for more details.

Your Company Could be Eligible to Have 2/3 of Your Program Fee Paid by the Canada Job Grant

  • Have you recently had a change in your position?
  • Are you up for a promotion or have recently been promoted?
  • Are you a new hire?

Call 1-800-663-7305 or e-mail us for the Canada Job Grant contact.

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Program Bonus

Taking the Stage
Receive a copy of Judith Humphrey's the best selling book, Taking the Stage. This book will provide you with valuable guidance after your attendance.

Program Partner

Taking the Stage® is developed and delivered by The Humphrey Group Inc., offered in partnership with The Niagara Institute. Taking the Stage® is a registered trademark of The Humphrey Group Inc.