UCC ACE Short courses

Secrets of Presence and Charisma NEW

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Secrets of Presence and Charisma NEW

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Six weeks, Thursdays 7-9pm, from 30 January to 5 March

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €150 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 17 January 2020

  • Venue

    Western Gateway Building, Room G17, UCC

  • Start Date

    Thursday 30 January 2020

Course Outline

Presence and charisma are qualities which are difficult to precisely describe or define, but we immediately know them when we see them. What is it that makes some people seem so… magnetic? What is it that creates that mysterious quality which the French describe as je ne sais quoi… (I don’t know what…)? Join method actor and theatre director Scotty McQueen as he teaches point-by-point how anyone can learn to move, speak, and connect with presence and charisma.

From conversations and cooperation, to presentations and networking, The Secrets of Presence and Charisma will explore both personal and professional applications of these fascinating qualities. Drawing from behavioural sciences and performance studies, this course will explore the ABC’s of magnetic personalities: Appearance, Behaviour, and Connection. In addition to verbal and non-verbal communication strategies, this course will also explore widely misunderstood (or neglected) areas of psychophysical communication, such as empathy and suggestibility. We will explore the paradoxical relationship between authenticity and “faking it,” and examine, not only what it means to have presence, but to be present.

Course Practicalities

Class notes, including a follow-up reading list, and assorted video and article links will be provided after each session for those wishing to delve more deeply into the topics.  


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches on this course

Scotty McQueen is a motivational speaker, presentation coach and creativity consultant with a background in method acting and mind reading. He is conducting PhD research on non-physical communication at University College Cork, where he won first prize at the Doctoral Showcase. He has been featured on TV3 and the CW network, headlined at the National Circus Festival of Ireland, performed for Boeing and Heineken, and consulted for Microsoft and the BBC. He is co-founder of the FakeArtist project, and the director, writer, and star of the one-man show Telepathy Rock Star.

McQueen holds an MFA in Physical Theatre from Tuscany’s Accademia dell’Arte and an MPA in Strategic Public Policy from the American University of Paris. He is a certified instructor of the Elemental Body Alignment System and a former circus instructor at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle. 

Why Choose This Course

At one time or another, most of us have admired someone’s presence and charisma, while wishing we had more of it, whatever it is… As tools for connecting, influencing, persuading, and mentoring, the importance of these mysterious qualities – often described as an energy or magnetism – cannot be overstated. Fortunately, research has established that enhanced presence and charisma are within anyone’s grasp.

This one-of-a-kind course explores the widely misunderstood qualities of presence and charisma through the lenses of performance studies, theatre arts, and behavioural science. Scotty McQueen draws on his diverse background as an academic, actor, director, and artist, to transform a mysterious and elusive quality into a series of identifiable behaviours which can be learned, practiced, improved, and mastered


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €150.

How Do I Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:

1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.

3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.

Application Form Jan 2020

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