Testimonials

“As a business leader, great communication skills are absolutely key. I was looking for coaching in the area of delivery, specifically voice projection when presenting, as I very often do, to large audiences. I can't begin to thank John West enough for his help, his expertise, and his amazing personality. Working with John I was able to discover the many different ways one can use voice, breathing, and depth. I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching. True professionals who bring the art of vocal coaching to many stages, including the business arena.”
Telemundo
-JACKIE HERNANDEZ
COO – Telemundo Communications Group, Inc.

“I am a Chinese student taking Accent Reduction lessons here. John is very professional and helped me correct many pronunciation problems that are common to Chinese native speakers. I can now pronounce words that I was not able to before my therapy. His teaching style is also very encouraging, which is new and great for me who came from an Asian education background. I am very glad that I chose this school.”
Risk Focus
-XINFENG LEIGH
Risk Focus

“At MediaCom most of the employees have to deal with public presentations or client meetings. For this reason I’ve have been leading Storytelling seminars for the past couple of years that include acting techniques and speech coaching. John West’s contribution to the seminar was extremely important helping MediaCom employees achieve tremendous results and become better presenters. John West understood clearly the objectives of this seminar and addressed the needs of our participants with effective and creative coaching. Highly recommended.”
MediaCom
-GIUSEPPE DE ANGELIS, MediaCom
Video Producer & Designer

“I worked with John for two hours before a critical job interview. While I was able to incorporate only a fraction of what he taught me into my presentation and interview, I was much more confident throughout. I was able to turn my presentation into more of a conversation with the audience, and remembered his advice that "feelings follow behavior": when I found myself tensing up, I was mindful of my posture and concentrated on deep breathing. And, oh, yes, I was offered the job!”
-CHRIS E.
Biotechnology Industry Executive

“When I first came to see John I had a soft, shaky sounding voice that had a constant crackle. I had gotten to the point in my career where I felt my voice might start to hold me back from getting further promotions. I’m happy to report that my voice has changed dramatically since working with John. I now have a relaxed, clear and confident sounding voice. It was not an easy journey, and the lessons and practice definitely required me to leave my comfort zone, but it was absolutely worth the effort. John is fantastic– he is incredibly knowledgeable about the mechanics of the voice and the psychology of how we use it. He is a fun, dynamic and incredibly patient teacher. He taught me to hear and to use my voice in a completely different way and armed me with techniques and exercises that I know I will continue to use for many years to come. I highly recommend John to anyone who wants to sound more confident or who feels that their outer voice does not match what their inner voice should sound like.”

-AMY B.
Marketing Professional

“My entire job revolves around communication. Whether it’s delivering good news or bad, my ability to convey information clearly and confidently is what leads to a trusting relationship with our clients. I deal directly with people from some of the largest corporations in the world every day – and I used to be asked to repeat myself all the time. I felt unstable with my voice and I was NOT projecting confidence. But ever since I started working with John, clients have COMPLIMENTED me on what has been called a “transformation!” With his simple, practical instruction – John has shown me ways to be the most confident speaker in the room. I have power in my presence and speaking voice, and it’s all thanks to meeting John West. I cannot recommend New York Speech Coaching highly enough to anyone who has ever had to speak in a professional setting.”
Axiom Corporation
-JASON NEW
Axiom Corporation

“When I unexpectedly was asked to give the Ph.D. convocation address at a large university, I wanted my delivery to be worthy of the overwhelming task, and turned to John West and New York Speech Coaching. In a few sessions, John skillfully guided me through the process of making sure my words were not only loud and clear, but also conveyed a complex mix of humor, humanity, gravitas, and sense of occasion. Part theater coach, vocal coach, and even life coach, John is a talented individual who was more than partially responsible for my successful and perhaps even memorable speech.”

-VALERIE P.
Historian & Ph.D.

“My speech went very well! The pointers we spoke about came in very handy. I got a lot of compliments. John’s advice was well worth the money.”

-JOEY H.
Aja Designs

“By my calculations, I took 220,752,000 incorrect breaths before I started to do it right. Slow learner, I know. I'd breathed the same way for forty-two years. Then... Justin Stoney gave me a lesson.”
Esquire Magazine
Esquire Magazine August 2010
-AJ JACOBS
New York Times Best Selling Author of "The Year of Living Biblically" and "The Know It All"

“I've had great results from the instruction I've received here! I've learned how to make sounds I never imagined I could make, how to improve the quality of my tone, how to come across as more authoritative and more personable, and much more. I really recommend this place, but watch out - don't muscle into my lesson times ;)”
Goldman-Sachs
-KEN B.
Goldman-Sachs

“Working in financial services, the ability to present and articulate ideas carries a high degree of importance. John West at New York Speech Coaching was able to effectively streamline the process by quickly identifying the issue and recommend a tailored-made solution. After taking the recommended action, within weeks I was able to notice a significant difference in my speech patterns and confidence. In short, New York Speech Coaching provides a comprehensive solution, ranging from breathing to speaking techniques, as well as other initiatives. I would highly recommend the service to anyone who would like to enhance the effectiveness of their speech and presentation skills.”
-ANDRE B.
Financial Services

“Tremendous coaching, both on basics of speech (breathing, projecting etc) and on optimal delivery of content.”
Citigroup
-PETE B.
Citigroup

“I’ve been a student of John’s for several years now and am very pleased with my progress of significantly increasing the control of my speech. 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 our careers and everyday lives, I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching to anyone that wants to improve or sharpen their communication skills.”
-B. WONG

“I desperately needed to improve my speaking voice. Listening to recordings of myself would completely perplex me. I was so happy with how my voice sounded when I was singing, but I would cringe the second I heard myself talk! I had no idea what was making my speaking voice sound so labored and tense. John West immediately identified the root of all my problems and walked me through exercises to fix it. After a few weeks of practice, I had developed a speaking voice that I was proud of.”

-CODY WILLIAMS
Actor, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Memphis

“They were very positive about the lesson and believed they learned a great deal that will help them win debates. Please extend my thanks to John.”
-JOHN H.
Professor

“Fantastic instructors that will really show you the possibilities and how to get there step by step. Very flexible teaching; can really help you wherever you are in life and whatever your schedule looks like. I have worked with John for the last 3 months or so and the improvements have been simply immense. Highly recommended.”

-ALEX J.

“Thanks to John, lots of people said I was a graceful bride and I appeared very poised and self-assured, especially when I was giving my speech. Knowing the material so well and practicing it the way he instructed really gave me that confidence. I looked at everybody the whole time, stayed still with good posture, kept smiling, emphasized the right words, was in the moment, even ad-libbed some stuff in the middle of my speech. I am so happy with how everything turned out and getting John’s help was definitely the smartest decision I've made with this whole wedding prep. I can't thank you enough for giving me that self-confidence I needed during my speech!”

-MANISHA C.
Blushing bride

“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:

John: Really knows his stuff. I had training in voice and speech prior to my time at NYSC, and John taught me more than I could have imagined. I saw huge results with John in only a few sessions. He also gave me many tools and exercises to use on my own at home.”
-REBECCA GAUSNEL

“Finding John West was one of the best discoveries of my career! I reached out to NY Speech Coaching last February and coordinated with John on content & our team's goals before having him join us for our first NYC sales summit. Within minutes, John won over the room and has left a lasting impression on the team. Since John's first session in 2015, we have welcomed him back twice to teach our global sales team about the importance of voice enhancement, storytelling, speech preparation and much more. John's ability to connect to the audience and immerse himself in their world for a few hours makes him a must-have for all teams looking to strengthen their presentation skills. John has become a friend to the group and we look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Waze
-JACLYN DEMARTINO
Waze

“I strongly recommend John West's services for anyone seeking speech improvement. I recommend him for anyone who is either in the corporate world (like myself) or in the entertainment industry. John's detailed and intelligent teaching methods have transformed me, not only into a more professional speaker, but into a much stronger and more confident person as well. I could never have progressed as well as I have in my current position without John's help. So, in summary, if you are seeking either professional speech or voice training, please look no further. Your search is over. Because John is simply the best there is. No ifs, ands, or buts. End of discussion.”
-JOHN QUALIA
Mathematical Statistician

“John West has three qualities that all great teachers have: Competence, patience and high expectations for his students. I had tried other speech coaches in the past, but only with John I was able to learn and master techniques that improved greatly my voice, my self confidence in public speaking and my accent. His way of teaching keeps me motivated, and the relaxed atmosphere of the lessons, the practical examples and the learning tips are all conducive to excellent results. I have no reservations in recommending John West and New York Speech Coaching to everyone in search of effective methods and true results.”
-E.O.
Professor

“Tackling a speech impediment is hardly an easy thing to do, but I made great strides while working with John West. As a stutterer, I came to New York Speech Coaching with a certain set of issues, and, in short order, John addressed my breathing patterns, sound production and tone of voice. John is a gifted teacher, and our sessions were creative and productive. During many of my lessons, I found myself playing “twenty questions” with staff members or talking about art with other clients! John handcrafted a program that addressed all aspects of my speech impediment, and I have certainly become a more confident and polished speaker.”

-CHARLES H.
Art historian and PhD candidate

“John is a fantastic teacher. I’ve been fortunate to attend great schools (for prep school through graduate school) with great teachers, but I can definitely say that John is the best teacher I have ever had. He is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and has been very encouraging. The quality of my voice has improved tremendously over the past 18 months, and working with John has been overall a wonderful, fun experience.”

-CAW

“True teaching is indeed an art and John West has the magical touch to create a learning environment that is upbeat and fun. In making learning enjoyable he does not sacrifice quality of instruction. He is professional from beginning to end with a unique touch that allows me to learn quickly and master each lesson each time that I see him. This keeps my creativity going and my interest intact.”

-NABILA KHASHOGGI
Film actress, Eye of the Widow, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Perfume

“If you are looking to improve body language and voice projection, and deliver speech with confidence, then New York Speech Coaching is a perfect place for you. I am so grateful to have found John West. Lessons are one on one, in a relaxed and fun environment. John is a great teacher, being responsive to my needs, giving constructive feedback and knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He inquired about my progress every time we met and whether I had any questions from previous lesson. He impressed me with an in-depth knowledge on how vocal cords work. He introduced different techniques, starting from simple and moving towards more complex ones on how to train vocal cords for better voice projection. He is excellent at simulating and acting out different situations. The desired results were seen very quickly, which has encouraged me to continue working with John. Highly recommend!!!”

-INNA K.
Physical Therapist

“New York Speech Coaching is very professional, helpful and always goes over time. I have been there for only a couple of times, and I saw a huge improvement in my accent. The prices are also very flexible and reasonable. Lessons here are one on one, the coaches there are really friendly creating a stress free learning environment.”
-SAMANTHA ZHANG
Actress and Student at Pace University

“Thanks to John for a very positive experience. It was a pleasure, and the lessons were very worthwhile, with plenty of good information. John is an excellent teacher!”
Boeing
-JIM M.
Boeing