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English Coaching

Your own working knowledge of English for Business and Media and the resulting benefits to communication and confidence is only a step away.

 

 

 

 

Failure is only a detour on the road to success!  

This could be just what you need to make the most of your job, your applications, your scripts texts and presentations, your business correspondence and your place in the international marketplace.

With over 20 years' experience as a professional classical singer and narrator working in the theatre, media and music industries, I have an extensive knowledge of English usage in various professional environments and enjoy finding solutions to today's inherent challenges for native and foreign speakers of English in what has become accepted as the 'international' language of business.

The combination of English Language Coaching and Vocal Coaching benefit the singer, actor, university lecturer, lawyer and business professional alike. 

I have a working knowledge of German and French. I am patient and friendly, firm and challenging. 


Are You Making The Right Impression with Your Voice?
 
 
It’s not just what you say, how you say it is just as important.

Your voice can be one of your biggest assets when presenting. However, for many, it can often be a liability.

Your voice creates an immediate impression – either good or bad – from the moment you start to speak.

But why is the voice so important?

Your voice ‘says’ something about you.

It can help people believe in what you have to say or conversely it can start to undermine your message or make people doubt your credibility.

It takes skill to make full use of your voice; to create the impression you really want and to be able to enjoy the effect it can have on your audience.

And, with help, you can start to develop that skill to its true potential.

I‘ll help you get rid of natural bad habits.

Many people have developed bad vocal and speech habits; from speaking too fast with a monotonous tone to mumbling and dropping the ends of their sentences, or neglecting important aspects of articulation.

On top of all this, when standing up and speaking in public, we have also to face that ultimate demon – nerves.

Nerves can negatively affect your voice, causing:

dry throat and coughing...
nervous swallowing...
hesitant speech...
shaky, nervous, thin sound...
poor projection...
over-loud, ‘harsh’ tone...
speaking too fast and stumbling...

With my one-to-one guidance you develop the key vocal skills you need through simple exercises and by explanation of how your voice works and how nerves can affect it.

This is of utmost importance to help overcome nervousness and old habits while you are making your presentation.

An audience can’t listen easily to you if they feel nervous ‘for you’.

Learn to speak clearly and confidently with a comfortable authority:

It’s vital for your audience to hear EVERY word you say so they can understand and remember what you’re saying. This is especially true when both you and your audience are working in English as a second language!

If you speak too quickly you may find that you:

lose track of what you’re saying...
blur your words together...
speak too quietly...
become even more nervous...

...and, finally, you risk your audience completely losing track of what you've tried to say!

I can help you develop skills to control your speed and clarity, so you don’t rush through your presentation and leave the audience trying to catch up.

Discover how to capture the audience’s interest:

Speaking for any length of time requires energy, stamina and passion. A speaker needs to have a relaxed, expressive and engaging voice.

A monotonous voice does little to inspire an audience.

By developing your: 
 
range of vocal expression...
control over the pace of your speech...
ability to sustain vocal energy...
ability to control your breathing...
ability to speak clearly...

...you’ll learn how to capture the audience’s attention and sustain their enthusiasm throughout your presentation.

Build presentation skills to influence your audience:

By developing these key vocal skills you’ll have a much stronger influence on your audience so that they:

believe what you’re saying...
remember what you’re saying...
are inspired by what you’re saying...

...and then they can go out and act upon what you’ve just told them.

Become skilled at presenting:

For most people, advice like "just be yourself" to help you present more effectively, is less than helpful. It‘s more likely to encourage you to fall back on all those bad habits you want to avoid.

Good presenters use a range of personal skills to support their message and create the right impact. And these key skills can be easily developed with the right training.

Even the people who appear to be "natural" when it comes to presenting, will normally have developed these skills over time to help them present with ease and stand out from the rest.

And with the right help, you can do it too.

Contact me by email and, in your free time, take the steps you need to realise your vocal potential, to improve your confidence and polish up those presentations!