The voice is our main tool of communication. We use it every day to find our way in the world. It expresses our identity. It connects us with others.
Most of us were never taught to speak - we simply 'picked it up' and learnt through trial and error. It's not surprising, then, that many of us have picked up bad habits, or feel that we don't use the full potential of our voice.
We may reach a stage in our lives, or careers, when we feel that our voice is holding us back, and that, with training and guidance, we could achieve so much more.
If English is not your first language, then there are some extra challenges. Some sounds are different from your own language, making them unfamilar or difficult to say. The rhythm and melody is different. Maybe you were taught by teachers who did not fully understand English pronunciation.
The spelling doesn't match the sounds, so how can you know you're saying a word right? And English has a peculiar way of stressing some syllables, while other sounds seem to disappear.
Maybe some words confuse you, and sometimes people misunderstand you. Maybe you've managed OK so far, but you want to take your speaking skills to the next level.
There are many terms used to descibe this kind of voice training - elocution, accent reduction, accent softening, pronunciation coaching - but they all describe the same thing: using our voice to communicate more clearly and effectively.
I help both native-speakers and learners of English to use their voice more confidently, accurately and effectively.
I have 20 years' experience as an English language teacher & university lecturer, with a Master's Degree in English Language teaching. I provide voice coaching and English pronunciation training in one-to-one sessions and group workshops in Brighton (UK), and worldwide by Skype.