A Resound-ing story
We celebrated out 10th anniversary in business last year and like any milestone it has provided an opportunity to reflect on our journey to date, celebrate our achievements and develop our vision and goals for the future. But although I established Resound Training and Development in 2004 the seeds that were to grow into a successful drama based training business were planted many years before.
As an A level English Literature student in the late 70’s I attended a production of ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. I did not know at the time how that evening would come to shape my working life decades later but I did have a deep knowing that what I experienced that evening was far more important than the post theatre discussion at the bar suggested. That night I experienced the power of theatre to evoke a response that demands the audience member to self-reflect and require change of themselves and others which of course is at the heart of all our forum theatre programmes.
In 2004 I was part of a team of facilitators working for a mental health trust to deliver a leadership programme for the senior management team. The Director leading the programme was keen to achieve change through enabling the delegates to self-reflect and participate in free flowing spontaneous conversations about work issues uppermost in people’s minds. One of the approaches he used to superb effect was drama based training. Recalling my experience in the theatre and witnessing the impact it had on delegates I knew this approach to learning would support our learners and client organisations to achieve strong learning outcomes.
We launched our first drama based training event with 35 HR and Training Directors from our client organisations. Their response was extremely positive and encouraging but more importantly they provided expert guidance on how this type of learning needed to be structured to enable delegates to get the most out of the experience in terms of learning. We listened attentively and reflected on their extremely valuable feedback and introduced some important changes to our approach to ensure our delegates receive the best possible opportunity for learning that we can provide.
Since that day we have worked with thousands of delegates and many, many client organisations to deliver high impact drama based learning programmes and events.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of our learning journey.
Here’s to the next 10 years!
Gill Brabner (FCIPD, MA, LGSM)