Coaching in Elocution

You may be well dressed and well qualified, but are you well spoken? Rightly or wrongly, the way we speak is part of that all-important ‘first impression’ we create.  Being able to speak well also has a huge impact on our ongoing relationships with others.

Clarity, variety, accent, breathing, expressiveness… these are all things which help determine how pleasant or irritating our voice sounds!  Elocution coaching addresses these areas, helping to improve speech clarity, expressiveness and attractiveness.  It can also reduce an unwanted international or local accent.

How Angela Harwood Works With You

Elocution coaching is based around your needs as an individual.  We therefore start out by discussing your aspirations and goals, and then you may be asked to read a narrative – so we can talk about your voice and decide what to work on.

Exercises may contain some or all of the following:

  • Vocal Warm-up: This includes vowel and consonant practice and general exercises for lips, tongue and lower jaw.
  • Tongue Twisters: For vocal agility and fun.  A great way to exercise the jaw and facial muscles.
  • Breathing, Relaxation and Posture Exercises: To improve the quality of your voice.  For example, inhaling deeply using your stomach muscles and counting out aloud whilst exhaling.
  • Particular Vocal Exercises: These elocution exercises will address your specific needs in vocal area, clarity, variety, etc.  These will enable you to express yourself articulately with a voice which is original and attractive to the listener.
  • Voice Recognition Technology: ORACY – improve your articulation and ability to express yourself fluently and grammatically in speech

All our elocution coaching is made up essentially of three parts:

  • We work on vowels and consonants – your ‘pronounciation’
  • We work with your voice and breathing
  • We work with your vocal range and expressivity

We use precise stretches, strength exercises and drills to transform tired, flabby speech muscles into athletes!  Be prepared to yawn, chew, pout and stick your tongue out!

The result of all this precise work – clear, impactful, attractive, meaningful speech that gets your message across and presents you at your best.

Contact Angela today to discuss your requirements and arrange your first elocution coaching session: telephone +44 (0) 7770 738 977.

Elocution: Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my voice dull, flat, thin or tense sounding?

Usually because there is tension in your system.  This can restrict both the original vibrations of the voice and its amplification.

Tension could be in your posture, your breathing system, the alignment of your head and neck, or localized in the throat or mouth.

All these different kinds of tension inhibit full vibration.  Full vibration is what you need for a rich, attractive, healthy sounding voice.

How can I change the sound of my voice?

By uncovering the original, tension-free working of the system.

Using voice ‘mechanics’ we can help your body return to its normal functioning, and the result of this is automatically a fuller, clearer voice.

Why is my speech indistinct or muffled?

This is to do with the speech muscles in the mouth and face which articulate the sounds (vowels and consonants) that make up words.

If these muscles have become used to a restricted range of movement – have become flabby and tense – then they make flabby consonants and tense, thin vowel sounds.

We are like a personal trainer for your mouth to bring energy, fitness and suppleness back into your speech.

Can I change my accent?

Yes through RP (Received Pronunciation).  Or improve your diction and clarity of speech.

Contact Angela today to discuss your requirements and arrange your first elocution coaching session: telephone +44 (0) 7770 738 977.

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