Voice and Speech Improvement

voice and speech improvement

Live 1:1 Zoom video coaching for executives worldwide.

Improve your speech for business!

Want to speak with greater influence and success? Need to improve your vocal skills or overcome speech problems? If you speak professionally, my Voice and Speech Improvement Course will strengthen your greatest asset: your speech abilities. Work with the speech coach Global Gurus calls for the seventh consecutive year in 2020 "One of the World's Top 30 Communication Professionals," and whose training program has been voted #7 in the world.

Your skill in discussing your ideas and data is the key to your influence and impact. Whether you're presenting live or in virtual meetings, you need to speak clearly and concisely as you tell your story. I'll show you the performance-based techniques that will take your voice and speech to the next level of excellence. Join leaders at multinationals, in healthcare and bio-pharma, finance, government, high-tech firms, and at the United Nations and U.S. Congress that have taken my training. (Read more here in my bio.) 

My work as an actor, professor of Voice and Diction, and speech coach means that I understand the production and performance of the dynamic use of the voice. You'll get a toolbox of techniques and approaches that will allow your vocal skills to soar. Discover how to achieve the sound of authority, develop healthy vocal skills, overcome vocal problems and gain confidence, and speak for leadership in your organization and industry! 

My Online Executive Coaching Course

The Voice and Speech Improvement Course consists of 10 live one-hour 1:1 Zoom coaching sessions with me. Following an initial assessment, instruction and exercises will be individualized concerning your needs and goals. Screen and audio recordings as well as frequent practice with critiques are an essential part of this course. Textbooks include my Using the Voice Workbook, and my book How to Give a Speech.

Online Training — Course Syllabus

Module 1: The Power of Your Voice

  • How your voice influences others
  • Creating an emotional response in your listeners
  • Producing a strong and resonant sound
  • Adding power and projection
  • Maximizing your influence in the virtual environment

Module 2: The Five Tools of Expressiveness

  • Energy and emphasis
  • Pitch variety
  • Pacing
  • Pauses and silence
  • Vocal quality

Module 3: Breathing for Speech

  • Diaphragmatic breathing and the healthy voice
  • Breathing for relaxation, calmness, and focus
  • Sustaining the sound to highlight important ideas
  • My Fearless Speaking TM breathing techniques to overcome anxiety

Module 4: Credibility and Authority

  • Finding your optimal pitch
  • Using your full vocal range
  • Attaining the sound of authority
  • Personalizing your webcam and microphone for warmth and credibility

Module 5: Polish and Professionalism

  • Improving your enunciation
  • Using metaphors and comparative language 
  • Storytelling to humanize ideas and data
  • Gaining clarity and conciseness
  • Vocal warm-ups for a healthy and flexible voice

Module 6: Melody and Meaning

  • Coloration and the music of the language
  • Using the voice to express meaning
  • Achieving full vocal expressiveness

Module 7: Overcoming Vocal Problems

  • Eliminating vocal fillers (“uh,” “um,” “like”)
  • Rapid speech rate
  • Breathlessness or its opposite
  • Monotonous delivery
  • Pronunciation issues and poor use of language
  • Strengthening an under-energized voice
  • Softening a too-harsh speaking style

Module 8: Boosting Your Professional Presence

  • Sounding nervous vs. confident
  • Achieving a warmer and more pleasant sound
  • Speaking with power to large audiences
  • Getting listeners to stay engaged
  • Conveying emotion
  • Vocal skills for speaking virtually and on the phone
  • Practice sessions using on-the-job simulations

Final Assessment and Follow-Up

Based on our work together, I'll provide you with my ideas for continued improvement after you've completed the course. You can also choose continuing training and practice through our extended coaching programs. Other learning resources include my Speak for Success! blog, monthly newsletter, videos, and free resources on this website and publications. I'm also available to review and critique you or your team's videotaped or screen-recorded presentations or speeches.

Call (617) 993-3410 or contact us to learn more.