Let your voice activate conscious growth
Your voice as barometer
Do you have the feeling that you don’t come across as who you really are, that there’s more to you than what the outside world sees of you? Or do you continue to face the same problems over and over? And do you think that your voice plays a role here? Your voice is kind of a barometer, and can be an indication for something that is out of balance in another area of your life. If you are ready for the next step and want to get to the core of your (voice) problem, we can start a more in-depth coaching process in which you combine voice training with personal development and awareness. This program is grounded in the Theory of Positive Disintegration and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
An invitation for personal growth
How do you lead a happy and meaningful life, how do you make the most of it? We are all confronted with setbacks that seem to stand in the way of our ideal image of ‘how life should be’. This can feel unfair, unjust or useless. We usually then try to avoid the related pain, anxiety and unwelcome feelings by fighting against it. But does this really improve the quality of your life, will you find more meaning? Many people experience the opposite. So what would it be like if you consider life’s setbacks as an opportunity to learn, to become increasingly self-aware?
A voice problem can be a symptom of an inner conflict: an invitation to face a part from yourself that you’re turning down, or to start living according to your own values. If you enter that process, you will increasingly learn more about your own inner world, what this means for your personality and the way you want to live. It is a process that reveals what really matters to you. Eventually you’ll make a shift from ‘surviving daily life’ to ‘experiencing daily life’.
Your voice as vulnerability ánd as strength
Something that plays a role in your development potential, is your level of hypersensitivity to stimuli. Your voice is pre-eminently one of the forms of expression in which overexcitabilities can manifest themselves. This can be in the form of something that is bothering you, a vulnerability. But you can also transform that same characteristic into a strength, a talent. Below you see a few examples of what that might look like. Do you want to know more about the overexcitabilities? Read on about this subject in my free eBook: 7 tips to empower your voice – on a deeper level.
Coaching program: ‘Let your voice activate conscious growth’
In this coaching program we take your request for help on the voice level as a starting point and we put this in the broad context of your personal, emotional development. If you really want to change something about the way you speak, is it at least important to consider your emotions in this process. In addition to voice training, we’ll do several exercises from the ACT method. And there is extra time and space for in-depth reflections on your feelings, talents, conflicts, beliefs, values, wishes, and whatever else comes up for discussion. Taking the course, you’ll get:
- A customised coaching program
- 8 personal 1-hour coaching sessions
- Combined with a package of voice exercises, tailored to your situation
- Assignments, hand-outs with exercises and audio recordings
- Feedback on your assignments and email support
Is my location too far away for you? In some cases you can follow part of the curriculum remotely. We will meet a couple of times in my studio in Amsterdam, the other sessions we can do online.
Who will benefit
This course is for anyone who perceives their voice as an obstacle to express themselves the way they want, or to connect with others. You sense that you are ready for taking the next step in your life, and you are willing to get to work on this in a self-reflective way. Especially if you recognize yourself as sensitive, creative, inquisitive, fast thinking and intense, you have come to the right place.
Are you interested in this type of coaching and would you like to know more? In that case I’ll invite you for a free, 30 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 ‘Let your voice activate conscious growth’ is as follows:
- €720,- including VAT for individuals
- €720,- excluding VAT for self-employed people /zzp’ers
- €995,- 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’m looking back with great pleasure on the process with Laura. In speaking, she helped me to create peace and space. But she also challenged me in terms of emotional growth. Thanks to her, I am more in touch with my own emotions and therefore more connected to my environment.”
Anouk, Process analyst
“Laura is a very perceptive and skilled coach. She responded to needs as they revealed themselves, adapting the focus to make for personalized and rewarding development process. Beginning with voice technique we then zoomed in on personal growth. I have improved my vocal technique but also learned some very practical exercises to help connect to my emotions. I feel well equipped to deal with challenging situations and this has made a noticeable impact in my personal and professional life. I highly recommend Laura as a professional coach.”
Tom, Design Leader
“Laura doesn’t just focus on the voice, but also looks beyond. She has an eye for what can be improved on a personal level as well, and encourages you to take the right steps in this direction. Thanks to her empathetic abilities, she creates a safe place to practice things that feel vulnerable. She inspired me for instance to look at my anxiety with more acceptance (e.g. on stage). And she encouraged me to just be myself and show who I am (instead of laughing away my discomfort). It’s a process; and nice to have had Laura by my side!”
“I learned a lot from the process with Laura. Initially, we focused on voice techniques that helped me to use my voice in a more conscious way. The biggest obstacle, however, turned out to be that I was inhibited in using my voice. I was tempted to look for just the right way of phrasing when I wanted to say something. The result was a subdued way of speaking, without liveliness. This was at the expense of the expressiveness of my voice. Laura offered exercises which helped me to loosen up and find more playfulness and emotion in my voice. In combination with the voice techniques, this turned out to be the key to a more effective voice.”
“Laura is patient, didactic and attentive to feedback and questions. She provided personalised exercises and lots of tools that I will keep practicing. To my surprise, the class involved more introspective reflexions than stretching of my vocal cords. I expected to learn how to speak louder and had the pleasure of discovering tips and techniques to empower my voice without having to raise it. Thanks Laura for the pleasant and helpful sessions!”
Sandrine, communications manager
“Laura coaches in a personal and structured way. Based on what she hears and sees from you, she understands your need for development and seamlessly adapts her sessions to these needs. Thanks to the balance between theory, practice and reflection I was able to make great strides in a short amount of time. I learned, among other things, how to speak from the heart and to apply posture, breathing and articulation in the right way. The 8-week process has given me the tools to convey a powerful, authentic message in a corporate environment and to develop myself further afterwards, professionally as well as personally.”
Puk, innovation manager
“Worlds opened up for me, a beautiful development process emerged. Whether you’re more experienced or not in this field, I highly recommend to practise your voice under the fresh guidance of Laura. Her approach is wise, playful and structured, a very pleasant combination. Moreover, she has a great deal of extensive knowledge and seamlessly adapts to newly discovered concerns. The initial tension I experienced was welcomed, and relaxed steadily during the varied exercises and thanks to Laura’s insightful feedback.”
Lotte, life coach, public speaker and teacher
“I strongly advice coaching with Laura. Most of us are not aware of the power our voice has, and how it reflects all of our emotions. We started working on breathing styles and discovering the lower and the higher pitches in my voice. Later, we focussed especially on finding out why my voice sounds like it does. I became aware of my inner self, accepting it and taking control of it. I believe that this new awareness brought another view to my perception. Our voice is a gift and we should not take it for granted. If you discover it’s power, it will take you on a lovely journey to your inner self, where you will find a ‘new you’.
Thank you Laura, for being my buddy through that journey.”
Shirin, commercial finance manager
“Laura has helped me in a pleasant and holistic way to make my voice heard, both literally and figuratively speaking. Thanks to voice exercises and by paying attention to mental blocks, I am now better able to express myself in stressful situation and in noisy environments. The atmosphere in the sessions was very pleasant and there was a good balance between comfort and growth. I can absolutely recommend this coaching program!”
Daphne, sustainability coordinator