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“As a professional speaker, someone who relies on his voice for a living, I knew I wanted an exceptional coach. Paul Geiger is an exceptional coach. Not only does he know what I should do to improve my voice, he can explain the theory behind why it works. That kind of expertise is rare, and indispensable. Paul is also professional, he follows up each lesson with an e-mail detailing what we covered during the session along with instructions for my homework. Thanks to Paul, my voice already sounds measurably better than it did before I began lessons. I couldn't recommend Paul and NYSC more highly.”
-AL PITTAMPALLI
Professional Speaker

“I recently took a job at a radio station, which required me to present news content on air. I felt I had the basics down but really needed some extra refinement and fine tuning in my voice and pronunciation. Paul was able to identify the areas I needed to improve during our first session. He provided helpful explanations on the oral mechanics of pronunciation and helped me to become more aware of my speaking habits. We discussed professional aspects of the field I was entering, including breathing, understanding of the script and presentation skills. It was all very helpful and enlightening. Paul was very engaging and encouraging. I appreciate his expertise very much and gained much confidence in myself after our meetings.”
-VICTOR NING

“In March 2015, I had my very first lesson at New York Speech Coaching. I felt so comfortable and it was a great experience working with Paul. Normally, I work as a TV-Host/Actress in Munich /Germany, so we started with the Stella Paragraph to learn everything about the perfect pronunciation and the American English. I had such a great time with Paul, he helped me a lot in feeling so much more relaxed in my voice. In December 2015, I will return to New York City to continue my lessons at New York Speech Coaching. I am looking forward working with Paul again :-)!”
-CHRISTINA B.

“Before working with Paul, I was insecure about my voice and felt like I was fighting with myself to get words out. Over the course of a couple months, he helped me through a systematic process of learning how to articulate sounds, work with my breathing, and relax my voice. I'm now a much more relaxed speaker and like to hear myself speak instead of hating it! Paul's approach focused on helping me see where I was getting stuck and making a series of small adjustments that accumulated over time to totally transform the way I speak”
-JOSHUA HASS
Founder of Bubble

“I engaged New York Speech Coaching for help with public speaking and had a great experience. Working with Paul Geiger I was provided with an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of how speech works and given specific instruction on how to apply those lessons. Paul was knowledgeable, perceptive, and easy to work with. It really was an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Paul to anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills.”
-MATTHEW P.

“Paul was fabulous to work with one-on-one. He helped me fine-tune my story for speaking engagements and grow awareness of my breathing and gesturing behaviors.”
-ALEX BERNSTEIN

“I strongly recommend New York Speech Coaching services for anyone seeking speech improvement. In particular, I recommend Paul Geiger for anyone who is in the corporate world (like myself). Paul is an excellent teacher who is able to adapt his approach to his student's needs to communicate more confidently and effectively in business.”
-BOB BORESTA

“I love working with Paul. He's been teaching me for almost a year now, and I've noticed a significant improvement in my voice. He has a great ear -- a common workflow is he'll have you say a number of sentences in different ways, listen for an indicator of what might be causing some undesirable quality or feeling, and suggest an adjustment. He'll keep making adjustments until there's almost something like a whoosh effect, where multiple things finally fit together to suddenly increase your resonance and volume. I've had problems with my voice for many years, so seeing results this quickly has been unexpected (but very welcome). I've tried other alternatives for improving vocal resonance and ease of projection, but none have been nearly as effective.

Once you understand the techniques Paul teaches, the rest is mostly consistent practice until new habits form, as he'll tell you himself. The practice itself is much more effective when you have a teacher like Paul giving you plenty of continuous feedback.

Some more concrete benefits I've experienced:

  • Greater ease in projecting, especially in loud environments
  • Improved vocal endurance, or time for which I can speak frequently before feeling strain
  • Reduced vocal strain in general; previously I'd feel strained immediately when starting to speak rather than only after speaking for a while
  • Greater resonance in normal speech, rather than having my voice muffled/stuck in my throat
  • I actually have the option of speaking much louder now, rather than it feeling physically impossible

We're undoing years of bad habits here, so I'm still a work-in-progress, but I have no complaints. One of the best investments I've made in myself.”
-DAVE J.

“Paul is an intuitive speech teacher and fantastic coach. I had taken speech lessons more than a decade ago and wanted to get back to old form. Tapping into his deep knowledge of articulation, intonation and body language, Paul was able to provide tailored coaching and help me overcome the obstacles that were holding me back. Working with Paul made me realize and unlock my speech potential. I look forward to improving my communication abilities every day.”
-THOMAS GAISSMAIER
Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

“Incredible, absolutely astounding significance from Paul Geiger when helping find anyone’s true voice. Paul has a very distinct talent for helping a person to talk the best that they may; through breathing, exercises, and techniques which all full fills that voice that you always wanted to wield. Paul and New York Speech Coaching bring a very enthusiastic, convenient, and progressive sense of accomplishment to anyone who wishes to reduce accent, find one’s theatrical voice, clarity, and especially breathing; there’s art and beauty in everything, why not cherish and nurture it, especially your voice. Thank you Paul for influencing me in countless ways, I shall go wield my instrument, and show the world what theatricality is all about!”
-SASHA YUDIN

“As a business person transitioning into senior leadership positions, I knew that I needed to convey presence and a sense of gravitas in meetings and in presentations. Paul Geiger helped me make quick improvements by pinpointing the root cause of multiple issues such as speaking too quickly and use of filler words. He worked with me on the fundamentals of correct breathing which had amazing results across multiple facets of my communication. Paul provided effective, specific exercises that enabled me to incorporate the changes, and I was excited to observe how my daily interactions had significantly improved after only a few weeks. Above and beyond voice, breath, pace and eye contact, Paul covered the psychological shift in perspective required to feel and exude a sense of comfort and confidence when communicating one-on-one and to large audiences. Working with Paul has helped me comfortably own my leadership roles.”
-HAZEL SY
Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase

“I came to Paul with the goal of improving my diction and pronunciation. I was apprehensive at first, since I've used a speech therapist in the past to no results. However, from the first meeting I could tell Paul's teaching technique was different. From his booming voice to his clear expertise in the subject matter, Paul was able to educate me on how to work around my speech impediments. Following his teachings, I was able to learn, among other things - proper tongue placement, as well as understanding the differing sounds that different letter combinations have. Most importantly, through his classes I've become more confident than I ever was before to speak to people both on the phone and in person - without fear!”
-FREDDY MOVSHOVICH

“I have been working with Paul Geiger at New York Speech Coaching on my speaking and presentation skills. Paul has helped me develop better breathing technique, and to speak more fluidly and with more confidence. Paul is a fun an insightful person, and our sessions are always a welcome break to my day. I would highly recommend Paul and NYSC to anyone interested in improving their verbal communication skills.”
-BEN M.

“Working with Paul at New York Speech Coaching was one of the best decisions in my life. He was so professional, patient, and kind. I made huge progress in accent reduction, public speaking, and business communication, and he also helped me with my interview skills which helped me get my internship offer! I was so nervous at the beginning of my first lesson, but Paul made me feel so comfortable. He encouraged me when I made mistakes which gave me even more confidence. I could feel that he was always there to help me succeed.”
-ALICIA

“I've always been told that I have a monotone voice and struggle to speak to people in noisy environments. After working with Paul I started to understand how proper breath support and gestures can greatly improve the quality of my voice. With the new skills I learned, I'm now able to speak with more confidence and with a varied tone of voice. Each session, Paul would figure out exactly what I wanted to work on and tailor that lesson to that specific area. Working with Paul has helped me expand my comfort zone.”
-JASON S.

“New York Speech Coaching been a great help in learning the necessary speech techniques. My speaking skills advanced and I was able to increase my volume and resonance significantly. Big thanks to Paul Geiger, he is an amazing teacher!”
-KARIM B.

“I have been taking lessons at NYSC for about a year now to improve upon my articulation, voice projection and public speaking skills. From our first lesson together, I have noticed that my speech coach, Paul, has this ability to push me beyond my comfort zone while keeping our lessons light and jovial. Since I have started, I have received numerous compliments from people, including job interviewers and former internship supervisors, on my communication and public speaking ability. He has been instrumental in my development and I highly recommend NYSC to anyone who is interested in improving upon their communication skills.”
-JARED PRESNER

“When my elder daughter, a 10th grader then, was nervous about having to recite a poem on stage, I decided to send both of my daughters to Paul. After going through sessions of pronunciation, breathing, pausing, and gesture, they read much slower, sharper, and always with smiles on their faces. Recently, my two daughters were running for positions in school, and they read their speeches calmly, confidently, and stylishly. They will continue to work with Paul during school holidays.”
-IRENE
Mother of two

“I came to Paul with the specific goal of adding inflection to my voice. What I would learn over the next few months was transformational. My initial goal of adding inflection was achieved, however it palled in comparison to everything else I learned. He provided me with the tools to be more relaxed in social settings, increased my confidence, and allowed me to project a confident demeanor. He shed light on what's important in interactions, making it easier to engage people and be persuasive when needed. As a result of my work with Paul, situations I once dreaded I now look forward to - whether it's personal or business related. He's been instrumental in my vocal and personal development and I would recommend him to anyone.”
-RICH FAY
Entrepreneur

“Paul Geiger is an amazing voice coach. In three short months I have significantly improved my projection and the quality of my voice. Paul has an uncanny ability to pinpoint what you need to improve, why, and how. I used to have a hard time being heard over loud background noise, not anymore! Paul has and continues to push the boundaries of what I am capable of doing with my voice. Paul is also a fun, caring individual, a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend.”
-MAURICIO ARRUDA

“I took lessons at NYSC from both John and Paul, and I could not have been more satisfied. I learned a lot about my own voice in the process and I ended lessons feeling a lot more confident in my public speaking and in controlling my breath/voice. The entire staff is friendly and laid-back, you'd almost think you weren't in New York anymore. A little bit about the coaches I worked with:

Paul: Also a great teacher, Paul is laid back and will put you at ease in the lesson. Paul gets results, but I never felt nervous or pressure going into his office. A joy to work with.”
-REBECCA GAUSNEL

“I had the opportunity to work with Paul Geiger over several weeks. He is incredibly knowledgeable about public speaking and he provided me with invaluable techniques to improve my delivery, tone, and content. I have had a great experience working with him and I will continue to work with him to further improve my speaking abilities. I highly recommend Paul!”
-SALIQ KHAN

“I and my brother have Paul Geiger as my coach and have to say he is amazing. Paul quickly knew what I need and how to improve. Would come back in the future.”
-VINCE HOANG

“New York Speech Coaching helped me develop a 'presence' when speaking. In my weekly sessions with Paul Geiger, I learned to convey a message clearly and concisely. I learned the importance of voice projection, body language, enunciation, phrasing, eye contact, audience engagement, content organization, and other components of communication. Paul is the model communicator one would want to emulate. Every session is worthwhile and fun at the same time. I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching.”
-ALECTIS

“For many years I have had, on my wish list, the desire to take voice lessons. As an educator and docent at New York City and Newport, Rhode Island historical sites and gardens I was anxious to use the best voice possible in my presentations. Finally, last summer, I decided that it was time to fulfill my wish. After careful research I began my voice lessons with the multi talented Doug Paulson at New York Speech Coaching. I was hesitant at first, but Doug quickly put me at ease with his patience and skill. Before long I was confidently doing all of the exercises in class and independently. Doug was genuinely interested in my progress and where and when I would be using my new skills. Most amazing was that Doug offered to come to my docent presentation and critique my progress! I am so thankful to Doug Paulson and New York Speech Coaching for a wonderful and meaningful experience.”
-LINDA TRIBUZIO
Ed.D

“I was absolutely astonished at the difference in my voice after working with Doug. Listening to recordings before and after was a complete revelation for me - I couldn't believe how different I sounded!

The tensions and restrictions I was working through before had been replaced with expansion, relaxation and confidence. Working with Doug has hugely benefited not only my skills as an actor, but also my own personal development and growth.”
-ROSS VIRGO
MA Acting Candidiate
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

“Doug Paulson zeroed in quickly on a vocal habit that I didn't realize I had until he brought attention to it. That's what we need in our voice teachers. Someone who can see/hear what we can't see/hear. Doug sees/hears what we can't see/hear”
-LANNA JOFFREY
NYC Actor

“Doug Paulson is one of the best voice teachers that I have had in my acting training, and I have had many. He is highly motivating and energizing in his classes and he really helps you to engage with the voice work in an organic and relaxed approach. Big objectives are achieved in an easy and fun environment. He understands the importance of working with your “own voice” and he facilitates the journey through that discovery in a very creative and unique way.”
MA Acting Candidiate
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

“While I’ve taken voice lessons with a handful of voice coaches with mixed success, Doug at NYSC stands out for his ability to diagnose issues quickly and address them at their core. Doug has translated the comments I’ve heard so frequently over the years like, “relax” or, “be more confident” (What does that even mean?!) into actionable techniques and does so in a way that is engaging and fun. I noticed improvements in my voice and speaking style in only a handful of sessions.”
-AUSTEN R.

“My 10 year old has been taking singing lessons for a while when her voice instructor suggested that she should work on her pronunciation. That was when we were lucky enough to find Doug Paulson. Having my daughter work with Doug has not only benefited her singing but her speaking voice has greatly improved as well. As a result, she has become more outgoing and confident. I am very grateful to Doug for doing such a great job teaching my daughter and making her feel very comfortable and motivated to learn from him. His genuinely warm personality, superior knowledge, and professionalism truly make him a pleasure to work with. I could not have found of a better speech coach for my daughter.”
-IRENE L. AND TAMARA H.

“Doug's intuitive and creative approach to voice and speech coaching is truly inspiring and nothing like anything I've ever experienced before. He has helped me find the full range of my voice as well as master accents in a much more efficient way. His specific metaphorical and yet highly technical adjustments that he gives are nothing short of brilliant. He will try any method to get you to reach your goal in every session and that makes his class feel fun, interesting and very nurturing. A true virtuoso at his craft and an inspirational person to work with. Thank you for being a great mentor Doug!”
-ALEXANDER REED
NYC Actor

“The staff at New York Speech Coaching are very professional, and Doug Paulson is an exceptional teacher. During my earlier sessions, I was nervous and made several mistakes. Doug was patient with me, and thoroughly went over the material until I grasped the concept. I am very appreciative and grateful for the skills and techniques he has taught me. Doug has helped me become a confident public speaker! ”
-LESLIE C.
MPA, MPH

“Perceptive, adaptable and hugely skilled - you know you are in safe hands as soon as Doug comes into the room. His voice work with students is effective, imaginative and original, whether leading a technical class or collaborating on a production. He has a great rapport with his students, and always brings warmth and energy to a session, so they're keen to meet his expectations. His depth of knowledge of performance and vocal technique makes him able to quickly identify ways to enable student performers to overcome their blocks.”
-JENNY OGILVE
Co-Director The Broken Heart
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

“Doug adeptly and sensitively guided me to a greater awareness and understanding of my habits, and gave me the ability to be loud, take space and be expansive with my voice and body. In short, he gave me the most solid foundation I could have asked for in vocal training.”
-WILLIAM SEABAG-MONTEFIORE
MA Acting Candidiate
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

“I think Brendan is a wonderful coach, he is engaging, articulate, encouraging and listens intently with an acute ear, perhaps that stems from his unique skills as a musician. I had the pleasure to work with him on learning the American accent. In our short amount of time, he helped me enormously and I would highly recommend him.”
-DANIELLA ALMA
Actress

“My sessions with Brendan have been the most impactful learning experiences of my career. Brendan understood exactly what I wanted to improve in my public speaking, and tailor-made lessons that fit both my needs and my learning style. My goal was to become a better and more calm public speaker; Brendan taught me not only that, but how to control my outward presence and how I’m perceived in any situation. Brendan has a contagious energy that stems from his genuine belief in the power of what he teaches; I always leave our sessions truly inspired.”
-DYLAN KINDLER

“Getting a message across in a very effective way was always a target of mine that I didn't know exactly how to address in an optimized way. Brendan helped me with structured exercises that go beyond accent reduction, inflection adjustments, urgency pulse management, and other techniques, to further understand and control the main drivers that support the delivery of a clear message.

We went through the nuances of American english on a step-by-step basis that really transformed the way I see the role of communication in different aspects. When I started lessons at the New York Speech Coaching, and I realized the several speech challenges I was facing to get to where I wanted I was immediately supported by a very customized approach that helped me to demystify and address those issues. This experience at the New York Speech Coaching has been enormously rewarding for me.”
-OSWALDO SAKAI

“Since I was sixteen years old I had accepted the way my voice sounded. My voice would constantly crack, and I sounded like I was going through puberty. It wasn’t until I landed my first job out of college that I seriously looked into changing my voice. My job involved countless hours talking on the phone, which meant my voice would be the sole representative of who I was and what I could bring to the table. I didn’t want my voice to be a hinderance to my work. I wanted to be more confident in conveying myself. After searching for various speech coaches I found NYSC and was put in touch with Brendan. At first I was skeptical about the entire process. I thought there was no help for my voice specifically. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After meeting Brendan, I immediately knew that I made the right decision. He masterfully diagnosed why my voice sounded the way it did. At the end of my very first lesson Brendan was able to get my voice to sound the way it I wanted it too. He laid out a clear path for me to achieve my goals. Every lesson since has been immensely helpful. I always leave each lesson feeling that I learned something very valuable. I now have a voice I am proud of, and I am still seeing Brendan to this day as we begin to focus on different aspects of communication. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have Brendan as a speaking coach.”
-ELLIOT T.

“The ability to converse, communicate and connect to diverse audiences is critical both as a singer and media consultant. Interestingly, I was always much further along in confidence as a singer than as a speaker. I've presented many times over the course of my media career, but never felt fully natural doing it, the way I did with singing. As both a speech and vocal (singing) coach, Brendan had just the right skillset for me to close the confidence gap. Before working with him, I'd developed a vocal fry in my speech and often stumbled over my words, primarily due to my improper breathing and "urgency pulse" to speak before I was ready. Not only did it affect me as a performer but my presence as a speaker. With his fun and practical exercises and inspiring philosophies, I've grown tremendously as a communicator. Through better pacing, greater commitment to my words and a much-needed shift in perspective, I've moved closer and closer to my fully authentic self, one who can communicate not just through song, but in everyday life.”
-MARIBEL M.
Singer and Television Media Consultant

“Not only have I had articulation issues my whole life, but I’ve also always struggled with singing, and these are not ignorable problems when your dream is to be an actor. I had consulted countless speech therapists and voice teachers to address my problems, but none of them were able to give me the answers that I needed. After so many mediocre teaching experiences, I had started to think that the art of voice lessons was a pseudoscience. Regardless, I decided to give speech coaching one more shot, and that’s when I met Brendan through NYSC. Suddenly, all the answers that I thought didn’t exist effortlessly filled our lessons. Brendan, through eloquent and uncomplicated instruction, showed me how attainable my speech and singing goals were as I improved every week. For the first time, I felt invigorated in my voice journey, and I would recommend Brendan to anybody looking for competent speech instruction.”
-JULIA M.

“Brendan's dynamic personality and NYSC's innovative and effective communication techniques have proven to be a winning formula for me. Over the past year, I have increased depth and tone, reduced filler words, learned how to breathe properly, gained confidence in my communication style and even improved body language. Highly recommend Brendan---not only will you make great progress in a short amount of time, but you'll also have fun along the way!”
-EZRA L.

&ldquoAs an architect I consider myself a real professional. However, when I first started giving tours for the AIA New York program I was admittedly a real rookie. The subject matter was clear to me and I was delivering accurate material but why was I so exhausted afterwards and why was my voice so strained the next day? Most grueling is an almost three hour trip around Manhattan on a boat with about 80 guests. This being New York, home of stage, screen, and television, I surmised there must be professional help here. I took a leap of faith and signed up with NYSC and took another leap of faith and met with Brendan Houdek. From day one he turned me into a disciple. Starting with breathing (of course, why didn’t I know that?) then on to highly specific exercises, he helped me grow in confidence, smoother delivery, and needed vocal health. I’ve gone back for refreshers since then as I was so pleased with the experience. That first leap proved to be critical. Today it is so rewarding to hear guests deliver praise for the tour experience with me - and I can enjoy the rest of the day and don’t have to worry about a strained voice the next morning.”
-JOE L.

“Tricia Veldman has been a wonderful speech coach giving me a helpful guideline on accent correction and public speaking. Also she carefully personalizes curriculum to address her student's specific goal in a given time frame and provides attentive follow-up to make sure progress aligns well with the goal. I would definitely recommend working with her to improve general eloquence.”
-CLAIRE LEE

“I have been working with Tricia Veldman on my overall speaking - pronunciation, fluency and building confidence. She personalizes the class based on your needs, send emails after each session with feedback and topics to work on. I would highly recommend her and NY Speech Coaching.”
-RENATA AGUIAR RIBEIRO

“I am glad that I found this place with a goal to improve my articulation. Over the past year, I did see amazing results and would highly recommend this place.”
-KAI XU

“I’ve been a student of Tricia’s for almost 2 years now and am very pleased with my progress of significantly increasing the clarity of my pronunciation. More importantly, I have gained tremendous confidence in my ability to capture the attention of clients and peers (which have not gone unnoticed!). Given that it is key to success in my career and everyday life, I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching to anyone that wants to improve or sharpen their communication skills.”
-CYNTHIA Z.

“I had my voice and speech training with Tricia at New York Speech Coaching. Tricia helped me achieve my elocution goals by teaching me the proper way to articulate vowels and consonants and by training my hearing of different sounds. Moreover, Tricia extends genuine care for and friendliness towards her clients, in effect creating a safe comfort zone for clients to focus on communications training. I feel more confident to express myself, and highly recommend Tricia for anyone wanting to improve their communication skills.”
-WILLIAM T.

“I have worked with Tricia every week for a few months. We have worked on various techniques from diaphragm breathing to continuity. I've always felt insecure when speaking especially when English is my second language. Tricia has helped me to speak with confidence and she made each lesson very fun and exciting. Lesson note from each session was also very helpful. Tricia is a thoughtful and sweet training coach and a good listener! And all the staff at New York Speech Coaching is very friendly and makes the atmosphere very comfortable to work on your speaking skills. I highly recommend!”
-JINNY KIM

“I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching, this place its build with a friendly and professional team, the guidance in my learning process was really helpful and thoughtful for my specific needs as a voice over artist, my coach Tricia Veldman was simply the best a could ask to coach me with a very technical and human approach to the learning process. Don't think twice and take classes in NYSC, you will not regret it.”
-CAROLA CARSTENS
Professional Voice-Over Actor

“I had my voice and speech training with Tricia at New York Speech Coaching. Tricia taught me the core vocal techniques and how to cultivate discipline to articulate my ideas consistently with confidence. Tricia is empathetic and thoughtful, and she genuinely cares about her client. After my lessons with Tricia, my vocal tone have become more relaxed and grounded, and I have more control over my voice.”
-JULIE JUNG
Graphic Designer

“I have been taking lessons from Tricia for more than a year, both my colleagues and I noticed big improvement in my regular presentations. Before taking the lessons, I often find it difficult to bridge the gap between my goal and the feedback of my presentations. Sometimes, I blame it on the complexity of the subject matters. But after many lessons, notes and practices with Tricia, I learned not only better techniques to present confidently and effectively, but also important tips on how to prepare for a successful meeting. Whether English is your first or second language, the extra lesson time with NYSC is well worth it.”
-YI GU

“Communication skills are very important in daily life and business environment. That’s why I had worked with Tricia on my accent reduction. She helped me understand what mistakes I make and how to improve it with practice exercises. The sessions’ content is interesting and given in different forms from reading to playing word games. Now I feel more confident speaking and expressing myself. If you want to boost your self-confidence, she is your go to!”
-LISA K.

“Thanks NYSC for all the help! As a non-native speaker, I wanted to improve my pronunciation. Tricia Veldman did a great job in just a few sessions and I highly recommend asking to work with her. She thought me the right techniques to reduce my native accent, communicate ideas clearly, and most importantly, I felt more confident after each session.”
-ALDO A.

“New York Speech Coaching was instrumental in helping me diminish my New York City accent. My coach, Tricia Veldman, made the exercises engaging and fun. Special attention was given to my personal needs. The boost in self-confidence has been both a boon and a pleasure.”
-JULIE VITULANO
Voice-Over Artist

“I worked with a younger associate - Tricia and she was professional, knowledgeable, supportive and a pleasure to learn with. We went beyond my original goal of eliminating an accent and worked on public speaking and general presentation. Highly recommend NY Speech Coaching.”
-JILL MENOFF
Architect

“I worked with Tricia for several months regarding my pronunciation of the letter "s." As a result of Tricia's instruction, I have gradually learned to better articulate "s" and now I do not worry nearly as much about my pronunciation in interviews, phone calls, and my daily life. New York Speech Coaching is definitely worth it to anyone willing to put in the time and effort to improve their communication!”
-CHRISTINE DEVITO
Lawyer

“I have worked with Tricia for several months and very happy to see my improved articulation and vocal control. Before I joined New York Speech Coaching, I often had a hard time to be understood. During Tricia’s coaching, I learned to better control and project my voice in a clear manner. As for herself as a multilingual, Tricia also was able to identify the pattern of mispronunciation and help me to sound natural while having the control of my voice. We also practiced speeches before my presentation at work. She is a good listener and offers a tailored plan to target my goal. I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching and Tricia for core vocal training, speech training, and as well as pronunciation practice for English as second language speakers like myself.”
-SATO L.

“Tricia Veldman is an excellent coach. Over a few sessions, I went from a nervous wreck to a confident speaker for an international conference and local organization. Our time was incredibly productive, engaging and fun. Not only did Tricia help improve my skills, but challenged me to get out of my comfort zone. She has taught me many great techniques, tips, and tricks, which I use on a daily basis. I am grateful for her guidance and I always look forward to working with Tricia.”
-EMILY C.

“I was referred to NYSC by a colleague who struggled with giving presentations. Ready to embark on a new career path I was lacking confidence in my own presentation skills, which would be a requirement for my new role. After signing up with New York Speech Coaching it didn't take long for me to start to see the benefits. Clara not only provided me with the techniques to improve, but was also instrumental in building my confidence. There were honestly times I came close to giving up due to frustration but my instructors belief in me kept me going. I just recently gave a presentation at work and after a nervous start I successfully utilized breathing techniques to slow my pace down, recover, and give a great presentation. That wouldn't have been possible without New York Speech Coaching and my GREAT instructor Clara.”
-OSSIE MUNROE

“Ever since coming here I’ve been lucky to work with Clara. She has helped me with my speech abilities from day one and ever since then I’d be perplexed of thinking how I was able to improve so much with her. Looking back to whom I was before I can say I’m sincerely grateful to have someone who did so much and for me to progress so far in return. If there’s anything I took out of this experience is that effort and commitment are truly helpful for me to be where I am now and I have Clara to thank for that.”
-CHRIS R.

“My work with Clara has truly changed my life. I have struggled with social anxiety that has made certain work and social situations very difficult for over 20 years. I sought answers in the fields of CBT, Alexander Technique, Hypnosis, Mindfulness. I learned from them, but still struggled and suffered and continued to seek answers about how to live the fully alive, engaged, and authentic life that I craved. When I met Clara I was amazed by her depth and breadth of knowledge. With her clarity of thought and great skill, she met me where I was and taught me the techniques that helped me get out of my head and into the present moment. She taught me to “commit” and to allow myself to stay open and vulnerable (and to inhibit the reflex to close down). She taught me how to do it physically in my body with movement, breathing, and vocal exercises... and she taught me that by changing my physical body, I can change my mind and find my way to grounded, authentic presence.”
-CR
Social Worker

“Before the session I had with NY Speech Coaches, I had not considered the importance of breathing when presenting and speaking publicly. They were able to open my eyes to this, and I now feel much more confident and calm when I am presenting in front of colleagues and clients alike!”
-ERIK S.
Consulting

“I really liked the speech workshop with Clara! Here is one thing I am planning to do: practicing my lectures in a “more American” way by imitating talkshow hosts that I like (for instance, Jon Stewart) and widely opening my mouth, smiling, and lengthening my vowels.”
-MICAELA
2nd Annual Conference for Women in Economics

“"It has been an incredible experience of working with Clara as she is passionate about teaching and a fun person to work with. I remember in our first class, Clara instantly identified the issues that I had difficulties in my speaking. She planned and provided unique assignments that have helped my vocal projection, pronunciations, and confidence in public speaking. Also, not only is she an excellent speech coach, but Clara is also an actor who speaks multiple languages. These qualities have added additional value from ordinary public speaking coaching that I’ve experienced before. Thank you for all your help, Clara.”
-S.L.
Accounting

“Before coming to New York Speech Coaching I was very concerned about the tone and quality of my speaking voice and how it might be interpreted by others in a work or interview setting. I was a bit apprehensive about using speech coaching, but working with Clara has been a really great experience. She is extremely knowledgeable and thorough, taking the time to explain the why and how of each technique we practice.

Her thoughtful and engaging personality makes each session challenging and enjoyable. I always walk away feeling like I've gained a new skill that I can use to help me produce the clear and assertive voice I want in my every day life. After working with Clara I can say that I've become much more confident and secure with my voice and i couldn't be happier.”
-K. THOMAS
Archive Manager

“I worked with Clara for about two months and I was able to tell a significant difference in the way I presented myself professionally and personally. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals and it shows in the take home techniques she provides and the extensive explanation behind each tasks we are did in session. Clara took the time to listen and gather feedback to made sure the work we did together was useful to me, which is rare to find in a coach of any kind. She is humble, intelligent, well spoken, kind and passionate. After my time with Clara, I am now able to go into the room with the confidence and skills I need to succeed.”
-ALEX YOSS

“I’ve had vocal training with Clara over the past two months and have seen a great improvement in my ability to speak in front of large audiences. I learned how breathing is key in order to establish a good foundation when speaking. Clara was also able to help me with my nerves and to trust in what I have to say without needing presentation notes. I now feel more confident when I am asked to make presentations. I would highly recommend New York Speech Coaching!”
-ANGELINA P.
Philanthropy/Non-profit

“I am a young professional working at a design agency where I need to present my work in front of creative directors every day. I came to Clara because I was experiencing presentation anxiety. Clara is very professional and really knows her craft. I have learned many valuable things from her, like how to control my breathing and to project confidence and clarity in my presentations. She has also helped me to comprehend and manage anxiety in more general situations. Clara is a woman of many talents and I highly recommend her!”
-CAMILLE A.
Designer

“Clara Pagone came to give a speech workshop for our network meeting for female academic economists. She was so inspiring and knowledgeable. We are hoping to bring her back for a second workshop!”
-ANJA
2nd Annual Conference for Women in Economics

“Before I met Clara Pagone, I had tried a few public speech coaches. The difference was drastic. The amount of knowledge and understanding of the subject that Clara has is incomparable and invaluable. She made me notice things about my speech and body movement that I had never noticed before. I got so much more out of these classes than just public speaking skills. It was very therapeutic and sometimes better than sessions with my therapist :). I can’t recommend Clara more. I am a foreigner. Living in this country for 8 years I still couldn’t figure out how to get rid of my accent when I wanted to and what it was that made me sound not American. Thanks to the classes now I know exactly what that is and what to do to correct it. One of the best parts of working with Clara is that after the class she sends you an email recapping everything you worked on and shares additional information on the subject - very useful video links, articles etc. I will definitely be back for more lessons with Clara.”
-TAMARA DOVE
Singer, songwriter, performer

“Clara is an incredibly gifted teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge, deep expertise and empathy, and always goes above and beyond to help her clients achieve their goals. As a result of her coaching, I've gone from having no public speaking experience to becoming a professional speaker and event host, and saw both immediate, tangible results within the first couple of lessons and significant long-term progress over the past year and a half. She has helped me improve my tone, accent, delivery and content of my speeches for several high-profile engagements ranging from hosting large-scale events to serving as an interviewer, panelist and conference moderator to recording a podcast and preparing for important meetings. The tools, tips and techniques she has equipped me with have been instrumental in propelling my career to the next level, while building my confidence as a communicator and ability to connect with any audience. With her help, I've felt like I could tackle any communication challenge and left every lesson feeling inspired, energized and empowered. I'm deeply grateful for Clara's continued guidance and everyone I've referred to her (from senior corporate executives to actors looking to master an accent to people in creative roles across the media industry and beyond), have been equally thrilled with her work.”
-ADRIANA S.

“As a more introverted startup CEO, I struggled to lead inspiring pitches and meetings with VCs, Teammates, and customers. I understood our technology backwards, but I struggled to galvanize others with my words. From our first meeting, Clara was able to outline paths to overcoming my areas of weakness in confidence, tonality, annunciations, and clarity. Working with her gave me the skills I needed to deliver consistently powerful messages that resonated with my audience. Thanks, Clara!”
-STEVE
CEO

“I’ve been a student of Clara’s for over a year and I continue to see her regularly. I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with my progress - I’ve been able to improve both my vocal control and ability to articulate my thoughts. I now have a much clearer sounding voice (which I’m very happy with) and I am able to lead critical calls and meetings with greater confidence. The tools and techniques that Clara has taught me have been incredibly helpful in my progression and I know they will continue to pay dividends throughout my career. Clara is excellent at what she does - she is highly knowledgeable in the physiology and psychology of the voice. More importantly, she genuinely cares and that goes a long way in overcoming the psychology and being able to leave my comfort zone completely when I’m in her lessons. Clara is fantastic and I highly recommend her!”
-Z
Financial Services

“The speech workshop was an engaging hands-on training in how to get out of your comfort zone and… become better at delivering research presentations. It was a well-structured sequence of best-practice demonstrations, advice, with plenty of room for us to try them right there and then.”
-ANNA
2nd Annual Conference for Women in Economics

“I met with Clara several times before I had an oral argument for law school. She was so warm and easy to talk to about anything. She made me feel so much more confident about myself and lessened my anxiety over public speaking. I would highly recommend other students to meet with Clara and look forward to meeting with her again in the future”
-S.P.
Law Student

“Eric is a tremendous coach. He is very knowledgeable and passionate. As an actor your body and your voice is your instrument. Because of this it is extremely important that you are fully aware of all its capabilities and limitations. With Eric’s help I was not only able recognize any weaknesses that I had but I was also given the tools to help improve them. I couldn’t recommend him enough.”
-ARNOLD BUSTAMANTE

“I strongly recommend NYSC. I took 20 speech sessions with Eric Van Tielen, who is a great coach! We coordinated the sessions according to what was important to me at the moment. For example, we worked on engaging audiences, speaking clearly and deliberately, and commanding the room through posture and demeanor while presenting data. We also worked on not letting emotion get in the way while communicating in a professional setting. I certainly made noticeable improvements. The lessons and tactics I learned are applicable in every situation at a personal and professional level. Definitely this was time and money well spent! Thank you!”
-YOCASTA DELGADO

“I’ve been a student at New York Speech Coaching for a few months so far and I am very pleased with my progress of increasing the clarity of my pronunciation. Eric is a great instructor and he listens carefully to my needs and approaches it from different angles. Eric pointed me to multiple pronunciation mistakes I’ve been making for years and nobody has ever corrected me before. I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching to anyone who wants to improve their communication skills and gain confidence.”
-MARIYA SHILOVA

“As a group fitness instructor, my voice is one of my biggest tools. Before coming to Eric, though, I was so uncomfortable using it. He helped me break down each piece--from what to say, when to say it and how to say it--in a way that was both manageable and fun. Most of all, our lessons empowered me to coach with confidence. Eric is knowledgeable, supportive, kind and wonderful to work with. I can't recommend him enough!”
-MARNI W.

“I'm an immigrant with speaking, listening and self-confidence issues. Yet, my job, personal life and career ambitions require me to interact with many people. Voice coaching classes with Joel have been one of the most transformative undertakings of my life. Joel helped me identify exact areas for improvement and we've been systematically addressing them through in person classes and occasional homework assignments. After each week, I have been noticing improvements: I have to repeat myself less, I get better rapport with people and public speaking has been less terrifying.”
-NAMIK ABDULZADE

“Working with Joel has made a substantial and noticeable difference in my day to day and professional communications. I attribute my recent strong performances in client presentations to my work with Joel, as we've spent many sessions honing my talking points and delivery. I love the variety of exercises we practice, including tongue twisters, breathing, impromptu speech topics, and more! I feel much more calm, focused, self aware of my verbal pauses, and confident after leaving his office and look forward to our appointments. I'm very thankful that I discovered Joel and NYSC and highly recommend their services!”
-ANNE GARDNER

“Taking lessons with Joel Rainwater at NYSC has significantly reduced my public speaking anxiety and improved my overall public speaking performance in just a couple of months. I'm pursuing a career change that entails significant professional speaking situations, and my anxiety was really starting to hold me back. With Joel I've worked on different communication techniques specifically, and on breathing and voice production more generally. It's been incredible to see that with good coaching I, too, can become an effective and confident speaker. I couldn't be happier with this experience.”
-HANNAH S.

“I’m an actress born in Quebec and English being my second language I started taking accent reduction lessons with Joel a few months ago to help me neutralize my accent. He has identify specific enunciation problems I have and given me technical tools to improve my clarity of speech as well as my performance as an actress. Joel makes the work fun and I recommend him to anyone who wants to have more confidence communicating clearly. I look forward to see how much improvement I’ll be making by continuing the work.”
-REBEKA H.

“I came to NYSC with the goal of improving my pronunciation. After just the first session, I started to become aware of how the tongue muscle should be used to produce different sounds. A few months later, with Caleb’s patient, persistent and scientific instructions and targeted exercises, I now speak “more clearly” (to quote a colleague giving me feedback). I can pronounce words I previously had troubles with. This makes me more confident in my job where I frequently need to moderate meetings and occasionally need to do presentations, as well as casual conversations with friends and coworkers.”
-M.
Project Manager, Financial Services

“I’ve been a student of Caleb’s for half a year now. Caleb is incredibly knowledgeable about public speaking and he provided me with invaluable techniques to improve my accent, tone, and content. He is empathetic, patient, thoughtful, and genuinely cares about my progress. And I am very pleased with my progress of significantly increasing interview skills. More importantly, I was much more confident throughout. I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching to anyone that wants to improve or sharpen their interview skills and reduce accent.”
-JENN W.

“John Armstrong is an absolutely fantastic coach! He'll give you a vocal warmup, exercises to perform, and will record, dissect and work on any issues you may be having. Ask for him, you'll love it!”
-PETER T

“I have been taking John Armstrong's classes for more than a year now and we have been working on neutralizing my accent. All I can say is he is not only an amazing coach but also a very hard-working and kind person who will find the easiest and the most useful ways to work with you to reach your goals. All of his classes are followed with a written feedback and he is always on time. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an accent coach.”
-EZ

“John Armstrong was very helpful and dedicated to helping me with not only my vocal skills as well as my overall communication skills, which was what I desperately needed. He understood specifically what I need/want to work on and designed exercises to help me address those skills. His method is proven helpful. I became much more aware of how to project my voice, and how to articulate and maintain continuity when speaking.”
-WEN SHI

“I took 3 months of classes with John Armstrong, and he has helped me tremendously to gain awareness of my voice. John is extremely good at breaking down the different physiological components that make up your speech, and works to build you up from the ground out (from breath control all the way to the mindset of effective speech). I had a blast learning from him, and would recommend anyone looking to increase their confidence in speech to give this place a shot.”
-MARTIN KIM

“I went to New York Speech Coaching to improve my voice for both speaking and formal presentations. If you've ever had physical therapy to recover from an injury (in my case, a broken arm) the experience is surprisingly similar. Like PT, it's a lot of work both in-session and after. Also like PT, it takes time.

I took about 20 lessons with John Armstrong over a period of about 6 months. For the first few months, the focus of my lessons was almost exclusively the mechanics of speech (breath, articulation, soft palate manipulation). Later, we added some of the subtleties of emotion and expression.

John Armstrong did an incredible job as an teacher. In our 1-on-1 sessions he did an incredible job triaging what aspects of my voice to work on first and then building a completely personalized and tailored lesson plan. John is also a great guy and very easy to work with.

Today, my presentations are more effective. My jokes are funnier. My voice no longer breaks or trails off at the end of sentences. Speech is vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly complicated. I still don't really understand how speech works, but at New York Speech Coaching, they do.”
-JOSH BROWN