Voice & Accent Training
What is Voice Training?
Your voice not only delivers your message – it can say a lot 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 confidence
- reduce problems caused by an accent
- improve individual sounds to be clearer
(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 programme. You can find our related blog post here too: How good is your British accent? How good does it need to be?)
Who's it for?
Voice Training is for anyone who needs to be a successful communicator but who feels that one or more aspects of their speech prevent them fully achieving this.
People from a wide range of professions have taken Voice Training, including executives, politicians, lawyers, sales personnel, consultants, doctors, academics and call centre staff.
English Accent Training teaches you new sounds and speech habits. A typical session involves work on:
- breathing and the way you hold your body
- tongue position when speaking
- mouth muscles
- ability to copy and recognize RP* sounds
(*RP stands for ‘Received Pronunciation’. It is the term used for the standard British non-regional accent.)
The lessons also involve relaxation exercises, voice drills and work-outs. Trainers pay attention to accent, and also to rhythm, stress and intonation patterns.
The programmes are delivered by professional voice and accent coaches who have a master’s qualification in Voice Studies. They have hundreds of hours of voice training experience, working with clients from numerous countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Indian subcontinent.
At the end of the course you can expect to:
- speak more clearly and confidently
- understand and use your voice more effectively
- extend the range of your voice
Non-native and native speakers who have a good level of English may choose Voice Training to soften an accent.
In all cases, Voice Training will improve your presentation and public speaking skills. This will help you to communicate more effectively not only with large audiences but with small groups too.
Included in fees
Fees include training plus:
All course materials and resources
Daily three-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
Monthly networking reception
Detailed end-of-course progress report
When we are open: Check our standard opening times and the days when our centres are closed on public holidays by clicking this link.
- London, Holland Park Gardens
- Maximum group size: 1
- Minimum age: 18
- Minimum duration: 5 hours*
- Number of hours: flexible
£95 per hour in person
£80 per hour on Skype