Speech training | your voice is who you are
Do you have to speak in front of an audience, but you experience stage fright? Would you like to learn how to enunciate, or how to profile yourself vigorously through your voice? 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 speech coach.
A good voice instils confidence, can be convincing and shows empathy. However, communication is all about the big picture: posture, breathing, thoughts and emotions. All of those affect how your voice sounds, the impression you make and thereby how you are being understood. This all contributes to the effectiveness of your message.
Speech coaching program: ‘Empower your voice’
This individual speech coaching course consists of five private one-hour sessions. If you enroll in my program, it will be custom-made. The content depends on the voice problem you would like to work on and the goals you would like to achieve. Lessons take place in my studio in the west of Amsterdam*. Taking the course, you’ll get:
- A customised voice coaching program
- One session on voice hygiene, posture and breathing
- Three sessions on personal voice issues (to be determined)
- One concluding follow-up session
- Hand-outs with exercises
- Email support
* Is my location too far away for you? In some cases you can follow part of the curriculum remotely. We will meet once or twice in my studio in Amsterdam, the other sessions we can do online.
After taking this program, you can expect to:
- Feel more confident about your voice and its possibilities
- Deliver your message clear and effective
- Use your voice as a means to express yourself authentically
- Know how to deal with circumstances (emotions and stress) affecting your voice
- Feel less tired after a day filled with meetings or presentations
What is speech training?
Depending on what’s needed, during the speech training course you’ll be working on:
- Posture and breathing
- The connection between breathing and voice
- Awareness of your vocal habits
- Pronunciation, articulation and resonance
- Volume and intelligibility
- Intonation, word stress and melody
- Rhythm, pace and silence
- Personal development
- Effective communication
- Public speaking training
- Dealing with stress
Are you interested in speech coaching 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 voice coach for you. During the call it is also relevant to find out whether your voice is physically healthy. If not, your complaint might belong to a speech therapist or an ENT-specialist. Contact me to book your free clarity call, or for more information.
The total investment for ‘Empower your voice’ is as follows:
- €450,- including VAT for individuals
- €450,- excluding VAT for self-employed people /zzp’ers
- €625,- excluding VAT for companies
There are several possibilities to finance the coaching program. Does your employer offer a personal training budget, or are you eligible for outplacement? Feel free to contact me to inform about the possibilites if your budget is insufficient, like spread payments.
“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!“
“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.”
“I learned that if you speak from the heart rather than from the head, your message will have more impact on the recipient. This is very helpful for me, personally as well as professionally!”
Marike, legal expert
“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!”