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Voice and Accent Training
What is Voice Training?
Your voice not only conveys your message – it can say a great deal about you. Like it or not, people make judgments based on the way you communicate; in short, your professional success will depend on your speaking skills. Our Voice Training programme is designed for both native and non-native speakers of English. The training can focus on very specific aims and can help you to:
- speak with greater authority and vocal presence
- overcome an ‘accent barrier’
- improve your articulation to avoid ambiguity
(Video above: One of our Voice Trainers, Dolly, demonstrated her voice training techniques for a London-based TV show. Our Chief Executive, Timothy Blake, then took part in a debate on the importance of accents live on their lunchtime news bulletin. You can find related our blog post here too: How good is your British accent? How good does it need to be?)
All of the key information you need to know about this course
£95/hour in person
£80/hour on Skype
- Participants age:
Minimum age 18
- Course length:
Recommended minimum 5 hours. These hours can be spread over a number of days.
- Our trainers:
The programmes are delivered by professional voice coaches holding a master’s qualification in Voice Studies. They have hundreds of hours of voice training experience, working with clients from numerous countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Indian subcontinent.
Who's it for?
Find out if this course is suitable for your needs
Voice Training is for anyone who needs to be a successful communicator but who feels that one or more aspects of their vocal delivery prevent them fully achieving this.
People from a wide range of professions have taken Voice Training, including:
- Sales personnel
- Call centre staff
... and many others
The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course
Voice Training teaches you new sounds and speech habits. A typical session involves work on:
- breathing and posture
- tongue position when speaking
- mouth muscularity
- ability to reproduce and recognize RP* sounds
(*RP stands for ‘Received Pronunciation’. It is the term used for the standard British non-regional accent.)
The above involves relaxation exercises, vocal drills and work-outs. Attention will be paid not only to accent, but also to rhythm, stress and intonation patterns.
What you can expect to achieve from your course
As a general benefit, Voice Training will help you to:
- speak with greater clarity and confidence
- better understand and use the power and potential of your voice
- extend your vocal range
Non-native speakers who possess a good command of English may choose Voice Training to soften an accent.
In all cases, Voice Training will enhance your presentation and public speaking skills. This will help you to communicate more effectively not only with large audiences but with small groups too.