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The objective of Drama-based Public Speaking for advanced beginners is to expand and challenge your public speaking ability with higher levels of requirements. 

Each session will revolve around a presentation format, ranging from improvised to prepared, from random to personal and/or work-related material.   
As advanced beginners, participants should have regular public speaking experience (e.g.: work-related presentations, media facing etc.).

In the course, participants will be required to: 
- bring a ‘real-time’ speech/presentation/assignment for practice & presentation
- complete presentation evaluation forms under tutor’s guidance with given evaluation parameters - be filmed for in-class feedback or critiques.


It is recommended for participants should have some regular public speaking experience or have previously taken EXCEL’s Drama-based public Speaking. The course is conducted in a small group of 8 students to ensure ample attention given to each student.

Drama-based Public Speaking - Intermediate

  • Course Information

    Course Code:EEXC_3APR2024A

    Discipline: Executive Training

    Tutor: Howard Paley

    Teaching Medium: English

    Age Limit: 16 or above

  • Course Schedule

    Period: 29 April and 7,8,16 May 2024 

    Time: 7:30-10:00pm

    Location: HKAPA, Wan Chai (TBC)

    Number of Sessions: 4

  • Course Fee

    Regular fee: HK$ 2,600

  • Price Options

    A discount may be offered to the following applicants. Please enter coupon code when checkout.

    Early Bird Discount (10%)

    ( until 15 Jan 2024)

    [coupon code: EB2024]


    Senior citizen card holders (10%)

    [coupon code: SENIORCITIZEN]


    Holders of registration card for people with disabilities (10%)

    [coupon code: REGDISABLED]


    Full-time students (16 years old or above) (20%)

    [coupon code: FULLTIMESTUDENT20]


    Card holders of Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers  (10%)

    [coupon code: HKFEWMEM]


    The discount is only applicable to such card holders themselves. The card holders cannot enrol on behalf of other parties with the discount offers.


    EXCEL reserves the right to a final decision in case of any disputes.

  • Tutor's Profile

    Tutor: Howard Paley

    Howard is a professional actor, director, drama teacher and public speaking coach.

    Passionate about the performing arts for most of his life, Howard directs, performs and coaches in dramas, musicals, commercials, films and corporate role-plays.

    He further honed his skills in New York City and Los Angeles where he spent 20 months immersing himself in performing, scene study and audition techniques.

    With his unique methodology and blend of drama and commercial experience, Howard has worked across Asia designing, leading and coaching drama-based public speaking coaching, role plays, workshops, classes and presentation & sales training for clients such as Richemont Group, Mont Blanc, Grand Hyatt Hotels, Estee Lauder, Colliers, GlaxoSmithKline, Jardines, Swire, PepsiCo, Philip Morris International, The Gap, Dairy Farm, ANZ, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Monetary Authority and many others.  He also teaches in secondary and tertiary institutions including HKAPA EXCEL, Shantou Technical University (STU), Guandong Israel Insitute of Technology (GIIT), HKU, CityU, HKUST and numerous local and international schools.

    Recent stage credits include:

    ·         Stage Directing: for the HKAPA EXCEL on Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Broadway, Here I Come.
    ·         ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman
    ·         Lead Acting: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, 9 Circles, Address Unknown, An Inspector Calls, Oleanna, Art, Death of a Salesman, The Sneeze & Other Tchekov plays , Glengarry Glen Ross, The Shadow Box, etc.
    Film: Theory of Ambitions, Chasing the Dragon, Crazy Rich Asians, Las Vegas to Macau III, Lost for Words, Johnny English II, Spicy Mac Project, LA Forensics
    Commercials: Nokia, Bank of America, Dairy Farm, Herbal Honey Candy, Pfizer, Cathay Pacific

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