6 x 90 minute sessions; see options below
ⓘ In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adapted our personal impact coaching in order to best support those working from home.
In these unprecedented times, you may have found yourself needing to manage your team remotely by phone or online platforms; perhaps you’re taking on additional leadership responsibilities; or like many thousands of business leaders, you may have more time on your hands to devote to your own personal development goals.
Regardless of your circumstances in these trying times, our personal impact coaches are able to help you enhance your communication style.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has been training the stars of stage and screen for more than 70 years. Some of the most influential actors in theatre, radio, film and TV have learnt their craft with us, including the likes of Olivia Colman, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Day-Lewis and Naomie Harris. Our personal impact coaching utilises the same techniques we teach actors in order to enable you to become a more influential and charismatic communicator.
Voice coaching is designed to give you the essential practical tools for developing a stronger and more resonant voice and clearer speech. It will give you the skills and confidence to make the most of your individual communication style, in turn maximising the effectiveness of your leadership.
Whether negotiating in the boardroom, pitching in front of an audience, or helping your team manage a period of change, the language of influence is far more than just what you say – how you say it makes all the difference.
All our coaching is personalised, tailored specifically to you and your professional needs. Starting with a bespoke diagnostic, your coach will develop a plan to allow you to develop a more impactful communication style.
A typical programme covers some of the following topics:
• Projecting your voice with ease and confidence;
• Increasing the impact of your presentations;
• Speaking with clarity and credibility;
• Looking and sounding authentic while managing stress hormones;
• Developing gravitas and approachability through understanding body language and vocal tone.
A package of six sessions normally costs £2750. During the government-recommended coronavirus lockdown, we are offering this package at a discounted price of £2000, delivered virtually. Our package includes:
• An initial bespoke diagnostic with your coach to understand your vocal needs and establish programme outcomes;
• A personalised programme of a further five sessions, designed around your professional circumstances or personal needs;
• Personalised voice and communication warm-up exercises and a voice care action plan;
• The opportunity to have your exercises filmed for reference when practising;
• A follow up phone call from your coach, six weeks after your course, to check on your progress.
To enquire about personal impact coaching, or to discuss a bespoke package, please fill in our enquiry form below.
“My coach gave me an invaluable insight into techniques for public speaking that I was able to put to use after two hours’ tuition, to great effect. I was more relaxed, confident and able to get my message across much more clearly.”Mark Lloyd CEO of The Rivers Trust
We will match you to one of our coaches depending on your vocal needs and your availability.
Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice
Carol has been Head of Voice at the School since 2012. She holds a BA (Hons) in Drama and Dance and an MA in Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as a Post-graduate Certificate in Education. In addition to freelance work at several drama schools, she has worked extensively for the corporate sector in the UK, Thailand, Japan, the US, France and Switzerland and was Resident Voice Coach for Sydney Theatre Company where she worked with Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hugo Weaving.
Kate Firth, Visiting Voice Coach
Kate’s background encompasses theatre, voice, psychology and counselling, and applied linguistics. For more than 20 years, she has coached individuals and groups in theatre, film, politics and both the public and corporate sectors. She was an adviser on the Academy Award-winning film The King’s Speech. She holds an MA in Pyschosynthesis Psychology, a postgraduate certificate in Pyschosynthesis Therapeutic Counselling and a postgraduate diploma in Voice Studies. She also has two years MA-level study in Applied Linguistics and is particularly interested in the language of influence.
Christina Shewell, Visiting Voice Coach
Christina Shewell, MA, FRCSLT ADVS, is a spoken voice coach and speech/language therapist with particular experience and focus on voice and presentation work with professional voice users. She was senior lecturer in voice and counselling skills at University College London for 11 years, and has taught extensively in major British acting schools. She now coaches, and runs courses for a variety of business, education and public service clients, and leads training courses in her Voice Skills approach, both nationally and internationally. Her book, Voice Work: Arts and Science in Changing Voices (2009) is a core text for a wide range of voice practitioners.