Susan Room - Professional Voice & Executive Coach

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Voice coaching for business

Voice coaching for business involves helping business leaders and managers look and sound more confident in the workplace. Depending on individual needs, we work on presence, personal impact, body language, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Voice coaching can be done face-to-face, virtually or using a mix of the two.

Leaders and managers invite me to coach them for many different reasons. Some want to enhance their skills in general, others have specific goals, which might include:

 

  • overcoming their fear of public speaking

  • improving their executive presence, credibility, assertiveness and influencing skills

  • managing nerves they experience around new and more senior people

  • making a better impression when they walk into and ‘work’ a room

  • voicing their opinions more confidently and more often in meetings

  • commanding and holding attention more effectively

  • speaking louder, softer, faster or slower

  • improving their English accent if they are a non-native English speaker

  • preparing a specific conversation, pitch, presentation or proposal

  • preparing for an interview, performance review, pay rise discussion, or partnership assessment

Many choose a blend of voice coaching and executive coaching because confident body language and speech start with a confident mindset. 

Speaking voice coach

I am a speaking voice coach, also known as a voice trainer or speech coach. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, one of the world's most prestigious conservatoires, I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Voice Studies with distinction, and am a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).

 

Although trained to coach actors, I only offer voice coaching for business. To this end, I have adapted world class actor voice training techniques to make them relevant and accessible to business people. My approach combines the art and science of voice, is evidence-based, practical,  and very effective.

Voice training

 

Unlike executive coaching, where the coachee sets the agenda for the session, voice coaching sessions are designed to meet pre-agreed goals. Depending on individual needs, we might work on:

 

  • improving posture and breathing, both of which directly affect how you look and sound

  • voice pitch, because it influences perceptions of leadership capability

  • tone of voice, which, misjudged, can be more controversial than the words themselves

  • intonation – the musicality and rhythm of speech – which can either switch listeners on or off

  • inflection –  the way the voice rises or falls – because it affects perceptions of credibility

  • varying speech volume and speed to keep listeners engaged

  • managing interruptions

  • projecting the voice without strain

  • articulating clearly and concisely

  • capturing and holding listeners’ attention

  • different communication styles for different settings

  • English speech sounds for non-native English speakers

What clients say

“Susan displayed clearly how to articulate any message...we couldn't have had a better example in how to use our voice within the work place.”

— Dr. Ami Fakey, Partner, SThree