Expand your vocal palette
Would you like to learn to speak more clearly, or present yourself better? Are you speaking all day at work and is your voice tired out afterwards? If you want to communicate with more decisiveness and expressiveness, you can improve your voice with a voice coach.
A good voice instils confidence, is convincing and shows empathy. But what is a good voice? These are the topics that may be covered in voice training:
- Posture, breathing and breath-voice connection
- intonation and rhythm, for more variation
- Articulation and pace, for more clarity
- Resonance and volume, for more loudness
- Performance and presentation
- Effective and authentic communication
- Taking up space and body awareness
- The power of silence
All of these affect how your voice sounds, the impression you make and thereby how you are being understood.
Personal coaching: ‘Empower your voice’
In this short training we will explore the connection between body, breathing and voice, and your (un)conscious habits in this area. You are introduced to voice techniques, and how you can use these to communicate with more decisiveness and expresiveness. Taking the course, you’ll get:
- Personalised voice training
- Four one-hour sessions
- Several voice techniques, tailored to your situation
- Hand-outs with exercises, instructional videos and audio recordings
- Any interim feedback by email/phone
The sessions are offered in my studio in Amsterdam. Is my location too far away for you? In some cases you can follow the curriculum remotely, online. We can also alternate between remote and live sessions.
Who will benefit
This course is for you if you want to scrutinise your (un)conscious vocal habits and explore various other possibilities. You don’t lack self-confidence about speaking, and your voice sounds more or less the same in different situations. In this training, besides vocal techniques, there is little room to address performance anxiety and personal developmental aspects. Does your voice reveal your emotions too easily and/or do you speak fast because you are a fast thinker? Have a look at the other courses: ‘Let your voice activate personal growth’ or ‘Get a grip on your voice’.
Are you interested in voice training and would you like to know more? In that case I’ll invite you for a free, 15 minute clarity call by phone or via Skype. In the interview we will formulate your request for help and we can both decide whether I’m the right coach for you. During the call it is also relevant to find out whether your voice is physically healthy, or if your request fits better with a different specialist. Contact me to book your free clarity call, or for more information.
The total investment for ‘Empower your voice’ is as follows:
- €380,- including VAT for individuals and self-employed people /zzp’ers with income lower than average
- €500,- including VAT for individuals and self-employed people /zzp’ers with average income or higher
- €700,- excluding VAT for companies
There are several possibilities to finance the training. Does your employer offer a personal training budget, or are you eligible for outplacement? Feel also free to contact me to inquire about the possibilites if your budget is insufficient, like spread payments.
“Laura is a great professional, empathetic and encouraging. The sessions provided me with a nice overview of the techniques that I can use to become a better and more engaging communicator and were a good balance of theory and practice. Also, Laura helped greatly in assessing where I can improve most and supported me with additional materials on leadership and assertiveness for women. I would definitely recommend this coaching to someone who wants to become aware of what the possibilities are with their voice.“
Ana, strategic e-commercie consultant
“I very much enjoyed personal voice coaching course with Laura. Being a teacher in secondary education, I wanted to have more control over my voice and body posture. In a few sessions, we have reached my goals successfully. As far as I am concerned, voice coaching should be an integral part of every teacher training course. I have gained very valuable insights!“
“As a pastor, I give a speech every week. During my education I did have voice training, but I had the feeling that my vocal technique could become even better. Laura helped me perfectly with this. Thanks to her training, I have much more grip now on my possibilities and points for improvement. After five sessions, I have a clear idea of what I can work on in the coming period, and how I can do that. I’m already noticing the first results. Laura senses exactly what could be improved in the way you use your voice, and explains this from a broad theoretical basis. Her exercises are tailored to your personal situation. Now I understand my voice better, I also got to know myself a little bit better. Highly recommended!”
“I learned a lot from Laura. My goal was to sound more “grounded” and I received all the tools for that during the coaching process. Laura knows how to analyze where the points for improvement are, to explain the voice techniques clearly and she also pays attention to the personal. In short, I would definitely recommend Laura to everyone!”
Heleen, government consultant
“I contacted Laura because I wanted to use my voice more efficiently and powerfully. I noticed that I was often ‘tired’ after hours of giving presentations or after spending several hours in a crowded room. Laura taught me some very interesting techniques and alternatives to give my voice more volume. Even after five sessions I noticed a huge improvement. The lessons were very relaxed and took place in a nice atmosphere. Laura makes you feel comfortable even when you need to do exercises that are outside of your comfort zone. Highly recommended!”
Tom, payment specialist
“I would really recommend taking classes with Laura. I contacted her to train for an important interview. Laura gave me lot of useful tools to help train my voice and improve my overall presentation skills. In addition, her techniques were also really useful to manage anxiety before big presentations. Laura, thank you so much for your help in the past weeks!”
Laura, university assistant professor
“Laura is an outstanding voice coach and person, and I would highly recommend her to everyone who would like to expand their communication skills. Throughout the coaching, we have worked on accents and word stress, resonance and intonation. Each session has allowed me to identify and improve new voice elements/techniques that I use consciously or unconsciously. Laura has guided and assisted me by adapting the coaching schedule according to my development requirements. Besides, her book ‘7 tips to empower your voice on a deeper level’ helped me to reacquire confidence in my speaking abilities.”
Handerson, finance & control student
“I enjoyed the sessions very much with Laura. She is a very knowledgeable and professional voice coach. As a counsellor and trainer myself, I have learnt useful tools to further develop the use of my voice, particularly on the concepts of resonance, breathing, word accent and volume. I already see some noticeable improvements in my group training sessions. Thank you Laura, for your guidance and insight.”
Antony, counsellor and trainer
“I’ve experienced Laura ‘s voice coaching as very positive. Thanks to the combination of personal attention, exercises and structure, we have been able to reach the goals I wanted to achieve. Definitely recommended!”
“I wanted to develop more confidence in my voice (partly for work presentations) and also a stronger sense of ‘control’ and ownership over how I sound. Laura was very sympathetic and understanding in terms of the broader relationship between myself and my voice. We did a number of exercises on pitch, volume, resonance and tone and I took these home as ‘homework’ to practice. At the end I feel more confident about my voice, also because the work has dispelled some myths and helped me like my voice more. Overall, I had a good experience and I expect the lessons will be very useful for a long time yet in both work and personal settings.“
Bryn, research associate
“Excellent advice, thorough information, clear exercises. Laura is a voice coach with a pleasant presence, and a lively manner. The focus on work related voice use is exactly what I needed. Being an independent designer, having to talk regularly with exasperating clients (and very nice ones as well, but that’s easy). Clearly, Laura has experience using her own voice in a business environment, and can relate to what people like me need.”
“Laura was encouraging and challenging at the same time, helping me to gradually make changes. Each session had a specific topic and taylor-made excercises to focus on specific areas for improvement. Also shared basic toolbox to practice with her or on my own. I could see the difference after a couple of months. However, self-awareness is the key to remember what was learnt and keep improving!”
“I learned a lot in the months that I had voice coaching with Laura. I was very satisfied with the sessions and the techniques we trained. Now, I am more aware of my own voice, and know how to do more with it. In addition to the techniques, we talked about all kinds of other elements that contribute to the ‘art of speaking’, which was very nice. Thank you Laura!”