Be confident in your voice, feel authentic when you speak, and communicate with boldness, imagination and impact. We will help you develop your physical and vocal presence in every aspect of your life and work.
If you have concerns about the quality or impact of your voice, or your ability to speak in public, you’re going to want to read on. Here at Speak Easily, you've found specialists in voice, physicality, performance and storytelling who have helped hundreds of people to develop their personal impact, and therefore get better jobs and social opportunities through their improved confidence, presence and clarity.
Our proven Voice Training, Public Speaking, and Storytelling courses help all kinds of speakers to develop stronger and more resonant voices, to have a more open and confident physicality, and to create clearer, more compelling storytelling and presentations.
Many students have taken our training to strengthen or open their voice, improve their posture, and speak and present more clearly, without ever having to:
Repeat themselves or strain to be heard
Face ‘blank stares’ when giving presentations that are falling flat
Feel self-conscious about the sound of their voice
Our clients have learned to speak with their most authentic and healthy voice, and to enjoy the process of speaking in public without fear.
If you want to feel sure of your voice, be taken seriously, or be great at public presentations, join us on one of our group courses or work privately with our expert coaches now.
“…The teaching was excellent. Insightful, informative, relevant and adapted to each of our needs”
"I just wanted to say how fabulous the Vocal Confidence Workshop was last weekend. I felt that I benefited enormously and the coach was fantastic. The teaching was excellent. Insightful, informative, relevant and adapted to each of our needs so that we all go the most out of the course. The workshop has been indispensable”
E. Williams, London
IS OUR VOICE & PUBLIC SPEAKING TRAINING FOR YOU?
Many individuals can benefit from training in voice, body language, public speaking and storytelling. Our program is likely to be of particular benefit to you if:
The teaching was excellent. Insightful, informative, relevant and adapted to each of our needs
You worry that your voice doesn't accurately reflect who you are
You frequently lose your voice or find it hard to be heard
You have a terror of public speaking
You feel alright about speaking in public but feel there is more to know to be really great at it
You have a speech coming up and have no idea how to prepare
You have been given feedback that your voice and physical confidence is holding you back
In short, if you’ve ever wanted to reach your full potential vocally, physically, and in speech writing and delivery, our courses will help you.
HOW OUR TRAINING WORKS
Our coaches have a highly practical approach to training.
All of our courses, whether private tuition or group classes, focus on the following areas, which are always adapted to reflect your precise needs:
Speech Muscle Training
Many issues regarding impact when you speak can be about tension and inhibition in the muscles of speech. Our five-point articulation plan exercises these muscles, allowing for greater verbal energy and a reduction in vocal strain, mumbling, and even self-consciousness.
This means you will soon easily be speaking with greater impact and clarity.
Breath and Posture
If the speech muscles are moving clearly and with energy, some of the pressure is taken off simply being loud enough, as your words will already be heard more clearly. However, there is often still great benefit to be had from exploring the breathing system and its connection to posture and voice.
Our voice training will allow to discover a truly healthy and centred breath, and to understand and unpick unnecessary tensions in the body which inhibit this. The vocal result is clearer, more vibrant tone. But you will also feel and look more relaxed.
Story and Structure
We are hard-wired for storytelling and engage most readily with speakers who use imagery, concrete examples, and a strong sense of rhythm and plot. Bringing skills from storytelling to any public speaking situation makes you more engaging as a speaker, and makes your argument clearer and more compelling.
Our voice and text coaches are supremely skilled at bringing out the full impact of the spoken word, and helping you to choose your words to inspire your audience.
When you are really saying what you want to say, nerves and inhibitions fall away and you are able to focus, as you should, on your audience.
Engaged and Engaging Delivery
It is in the moment of speech that everything comes together. We can inhibit our full range of physical and vocal expressivity, and our coaches will help you liberate this. However, we always work with who you are and look for your best communication. We will stretch you and challenge your limits, but never ask you to ape someone else. Our training will always look to free your unique voice and style.
Learn The Secrets Used By Top Actors, TV Presenters, And Public Speakers!
Voice training is a practical skill. When you’re focused on what you’re talking about, you don’t have time to think about dozens of physical changes.
That’s why our teaching method focuses on building new physical habits and developing your sense of freedom, NOT on the imposition of tricks and stylistic devices that are easily seen through as inauthentic.
And this is why we use MA-qualified, practically-skilled voice and performance coaches, the people actors turn to when they need to develop their vocal skills.
From teachers to preachers, business leaders to bankers, solicitors to secretaries, anyone can change how they speak quickly, easily and enjoyably.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Our Vocal Confidence courses and coaching are based on skills usually only found inside elite drama training conservatoires.
Our Public Speaking and Storytelling courses and coaching are based on a unique process that has been successfully employed by CEOs and leading NGOs across Europe.
Voice Training and Elocution
Our Vocal Confidence course looks at all the basic components of strong, authentic and healthy speech. We will help you to free your breathing system, connect that with a freely produced vocal sound, and speak with clarity, tunefulness and resonance. The result will be a freer and more attractive voice, but you'll also have the knowledge to continue to develop your vocal skills.
Public Speaking and Body Language (Part One)
Public speaking is a skill that is demanded to some extent in all walks of life, and yet for many it remains a fear, sometimes equal to serious life events! We demystify the process of creating a clear, compelling argument, using memorable examples and words, and presenting with confidence and clarity. Speaking in public is definitely a skill that can be developed and improved.
Storytelling and Speech Writing (Part Two)
Underlying all great public speaking are the skills of storytelling and rhetoric (the art of persuasion). This workshop takes these skills of rhythm, plot, suspense, image and expressivity and encourages you to develop them way beyond your current limits. This course can be taken as a stand-alone course, or as a more advanced development from our Public Speaking Part One.
Frequently asked questions
Is it possible to change your voice?
Definitely! Our voices are the result of physical processes in our bodies, and, whilst we have a particular vocal 'instrument' that needs to be respected, all of us can improve how we use that instrument. Many of the processes of the voice are unconscious ones, so you do need to be in the hands of experts who can help you to unlock and free these natural processes of breath and sound, without creating confusion and more tension. But when you do, the tone of your voice will enrichen and strengthen, you will become more tuneful and engaging, and your speaking voice will soon become something you are confident in and even proud of.
Do some people just have a gift for public speaking?
Of course. But it is also a skill that can be learned and developed with a little knowledge and practice. Most of us can speak engagingly in some circumstances of our life, perhaps with friends or family, or telling a story to our children. The trick is to understand what we are doing at those times, and how we can transfer that across to the more formal occasions we may need to speak in public. Skills of storytelling and rhetoric, both arts of the spoken word, can also make our content more compelling, persuasive and memorable. Those with the 'gift of the gab' just have a natural instinct or confidence in this area and have therefore practiced more freely. Our courses and training will soon catch you up.
What should I wear/bring?
We will give you details of what you should bring when you sign up for a course, but in general, voice work has a little in common with such mind/body practices as yoga or pilates. Therefore a soft waistband and clothes you are unafraid to lie on the floor in are helpful. Public speaking and storytelling are more purely verbal arts, so any clothes are fine, but it can be helpful if these are not too restrictive, especially around the waist and upper body. In all classes you need to bring your sense of humour and a bit of courage to risk stepping (gently) out of your comfort zone.
Who are the coaches and why can they help?
We are very proud of our coaches, they are highly experienced practitioners of a rare breed of professionally qualifed voice and text experts. All have an MA (or equivalent) in Voice Studies, and this gives them advanced skills in developing the spoken voice and in making spoken words compelling. Many are former actors, but it is important to understand that they are qualified well beyond merely a personal training. The technical skills developed in their specialist MAs and over years of experience are what enable them to help you to discover your vocal freedom and public speaking abilities appropriately, and not in a way that may ultimately cause you more issues.
Will you change me so I don't feel like myself?
Not at all. But you may find that your voice feels richer and stronger and that can take a little getting used to. And you may need to expand your understanding of yourself to acknowledge that you are good at something, like public speaking or storytelling, that you were previously worried about. What we won't ever do is impose anything external on you. All your developement will come from expanding the expression of your own style and character, whilst becoming confident and effective as a communicator.
I just wanted to say how fabulous the Vocal Confidence Workshop was last weekend. I felt that I benefited enormously and the coach was fantastic. The teaching was excellent. Insightful, informative, relevant and adapted to each of our needs so that we all go the most out of the course. The workshop has been indispensable
The course has been tremendously helpful to me. It provided me with the awareness of my voice and with the practice exercises and the feedback, I achieved a significant improvement. The coach has deep knowledge of the material she is teaching.
It has been wonderful. Tutors are as friendly and supportive as they can be, and can really point out weakness and room for improvement very efficiently and deliver solutions effectively. Fun. Informative. Helpful. Effective.
Maximum 8 people
£355 for 1 course = 14 hours
£600 for 2 courses = 28 hours
£800 for 3 courses = 42 hours
The three courses can be taken as stand alone, or all together, in any order.
Group classes take place in Central London venues.
We run Intensive weekend courses. in Vocal Confidence, Public Speaking, and Storytelling every month.
Any of our training courses can be arranged privately for groups and individuals.
INCLUDED FREE WITH YOUR COURSE
A full-colour PDF Course EBook with embedded audio
Worksheets for continued home practice
A certificate of completion
Before and after recordings so you can track your progress
Alternatively, you can opt for
Every course is individually tailored to your exact needs and aims. Your teacher will create a bespoke program of study, based on your precise situation; what you want to change, what you need to prepare, and your budget.
Our full Accent Reduction training course is also available in a handy Ebook form for self-study. Part One and Part Two along with our Practice Book, complete with hundreds of practice exercises and professionally recorded and embedded audio, costs just £29.95.
WHY WORK WITH US?
Our courses are sellouts, here is why:
Central London location
A proven training that has already helped 100s of satisfied clients
MA qualified specialist voice and accent coaches
Group sizes of just 8 people
A 3-part course structure so you can develop a whole range of appropriate skills, or focus on just one
Reductions on our private tuition after the course