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Acting Up – The Workshop

This workshop challenges participants to find out about themselves on a personal and inter-personal level. They will be asked to explore who they are and hold that up against who they want to be – both personally and professionally within the container of a company or organization.

Bill works with participants at their tables in groups of six to eight.  They are encouraged to think about their thinking around their own character and the roles that they play every day. They will then be shown how to use Bill’s exercise ‘Five Steps to Creative Living’ and given a chance to explore these steps with each other around the table and also share their findings with the group. These steps will allow them to break down some of their thinking around how their roles are shaped and how to bring their authentic character to those roles in real and vital ways. They will be developing strategies to re-think and re-act in new and deeply authentic ways.

Questions explored:

  • What are our roles in life?
  • Who decides what those roles entail?
  • Who do we really want to be?
  • What roles do others play in our lives?
  • How do I communicate from my authentic self?
  • How do I take my performance to the next level?
  • How does stress impact my performance?

Outcomes achieved:

  • A clearer understanding of the roles we all can play and how to play them best
  • The importance of more carefully defined authentic selves
  • The generation of ideas on how to bring the authentic self to every encounter
  • A new appreciation of the need for ‘rehearsal’ and personal safety in relationships
  • An awareness of the power of our desires and aversions and the need to always be conscious of these important motivators
  • An understanding of the importance of maintaining the space between action and reaction, especially in times of stress and change at work and in personal life

Listen to Bill speak on “Acting Up”.

The length of this workshop is fully customizable in order to meet client needs. Bill works directly with organizers and clients before each event in order to create material relevant to and of vital interest for each individual audience.  Bill also offers “Acting Up” as a keynote address.

Bill’s book “Acting Up: Lessons from the Theatre of Life”  is available to purchase for those wishing to go more deeply into a search for their own authentic self. 


“Best seminar ever!” and “I needed to hear that!” were just a few of the repeated comments echoed in response to Bill Carr’s seminar addressing some 100 Teamsters Union Stewards at our annual seminar.  Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function David Froelich, Secretary Treasurer, Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta

Bill was the star of the Council’s events.  His talk received an overwhelming positive response from our Stewards. He had has us roaring with laughter and in tears as he delivered information that was on point for the important work that our Union Stewards do.  He received 4/4 on our evaluations by Council participants with comments such as Awesome Speaker!, Hilarious! and made me remember why I became a Steward! Thanks for all your efforts. – Catherine Pinks, Professional Institute of the Public Service

Everyone enjoyed Bill’s presentation immensely.  His personal stories were real, and ones that all could connect to.  His maritime perspective was endearing and his sense of humour was wonderful and enjoyed by all.  He was easily able to tie his world and life experiences to our world of post secondary education and to give all a sense of accomplishment for our work. It was a perfect end to our two days together.I would highly recommend Bill as a keynote in the future.  He was extremely well received, and is certainly one of the reasons that our conference was such a success – Norma MacIntosh, Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension

I just wanted to thank you for recommending Bill for our team-building event. His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future. – Maggie Morrison, The Regional Municipality of York