About New York Speech Coaching & Staff

New York Speech Coaching was established in 2005 by leading vocal technician Justin Stoney and co-founded by renowned executive speech coach John West. They sought to pair clients seeking authenticity, effectiveness, and confidence with experienced and compassionate speech instructors who could guide them. 

We serve individuals of all ages from all walks of life at our studio in Midtown Manhattan and via online sessions. We also offer training for the corporate community in offices across the globe.

We want all clients to feel welcome and comfortable working with us. For more information on our diversity and inclusion initiatives, click here.

"While each instructor at New York Speech Coaching has a different approach, they are unified in their commitment to provide an extraordinary experience for clients. Our team aims to endow each session with a unique recipe of expertise, curiosity, and laughter.”
John West
Co-founder, New York Speech Coaching

Instructor Team


Brendan Houdek

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MA CCC-SLP • Senior Instructor • Head of Corporate Training

Brendan Houdek
Growing up, my incessant chatter caused many to joke that I should get a job where I 'talk for a living.' So I did.
If interested in working with Brendan, our Head of Corporate Training, please contact assistant@newyorkspeechcoaching.com.

Private coaching packages with Brendan begin at $8,500.

Brendan’s coaching combines an intricate knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a background in philosophy. He is passionate about teaching effective business communication, executive presence, and vocal production, equipping clients with control and flexibility to present themselves professionally and authentically. His training covers not only the technical aspects of speech production, but also presentational performance and perspective work.

In addition to his work as a speech coach, Brendan is a NYS-licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, specializing in voice and fluency disorders. He holds a Masters of Arts from Hofstra University and Bachelor’s in Philosophy / Religious studies from St. Joseph’s.

Brendan specializes in corporate training with an emphasis on fundraising, pitch decks, sales calls, presentation delivery, and negotiation & persuasion tactics. His clients come from Google, Disney, Forbes, Nasdaq, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital One, MetLife, and Amazon, among others.

Using his voice across multiple mediums, Brendan is also a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and voice impressionist, hosting the show Voice Breakdown on YouTube. While entertaining, his impersonation skills also provide valuable insight into speech and vocal production, fostering both precise and intuitive instruction.

Caleb Shomaker

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BFA in Theatre and Mathematics • Associate Instructor • Head of Instructor Management Team and Education

Caleb Shomaker
I firmly believe that everyone has something interesting to say and share—and I've yet to be proven wrong!
Schedule with Caleb

With a background in science education, Caleb brings an inductive and analytic perspective to helping students improve their speech and effectively calibrate their mindset. His coaching is characterized by patience and enthusiasm, as he distills complex ideas in straightforward ways for clients of all backgrounds. His teaching methods incorporate business communication strategies, anatomical understanding, and humanistic psychology, which he grounds in practical exercises that allow his clients to understand their relevance and application.

Caleb holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and Mathematics from New York University and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where he studied and later taught vocal performance and textual interpretation. Prior to his work with New York Speech Coaching, Caleb served as the Resident Vocal Director for Shakespeare in the Square for several years, providing vocal and dialect coaching for dozens of performances.

Caleb specializes in confidence in presentations, vocal depth and strength, leadership in speech, and accent acquisition. Caleb has coached professionals from Uber, Google, Unilever, Shearman & Sterling, Vectis Solutions, Douglas Elliman, the Department of Education, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Congress, among others. His clients attest to his infectious enthusiasm and passion for speech, offering a balance of playfulness and rigor during sessions.

With intelligent humor, an eye for detail (Caleb serves as New York Speech Coaching’s resident spreadsheet wizard), and clear directions, Caleb empowers his clients to achieve their goals with assurance and enjoyment.

Tricia Veldman

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MS CCC-SLP • Associate Instructor • Head of Company Communication

Tricia Veldman
I’m all for deep reflection and introspection, but at the end of the day, our best selves shine when we give ourselves permission to have a little fun.
Schedule with Tricia

Having been described by others in a former life as “timid” and “soft-spoken,” Tricia is no stranger to the fear of public speaking. After embarking on her personal speech quest, Tricia learned to trust and celebrate her own voice. Amazed by its impact on her daily life, she now combines experiential and scholastic knowledge to empower others to do the same.

Tricia loves using voice, speech, and physical presentation as a means to identify the blindspots that prevent speakers from stepping into their personal power. Having lived abroad and speaking a non-native language (Italian), Tricia understands the frustrations that come with being poorly understood. She believes few things make life more satisfying than witnessing someone embody their fullest expression of self - the ultimate goal for her clients.

Currently residing in Savannah, GA, Tricia is an associate speech coach, able to reach clients virtually all over the world, and Head of Georgia Speech Coaching. She is a certified bilingual speech-language pathologist with a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Bilingual Extension in Italian) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida.

Tricia’s specialties include public speaking, fluency, presentation preparation, bilingual populations, voiceover training, accent modification, and adult and adolescent social skills training. She works with clients from companies including Conde Nast, Reddit, Equinox, the United Nations, Ernst & Young, Equiteq, LinkedIn, Gulfstream, Uber, Disney, and more.

Emphasizing empathy and pulling from first-hand experience, Tricia provides an encouraging environment for clients to develop the bravest versions of themselves while providing practical and individualized strategies.

Find Tricia on The Lost Art of Communication podcast.

Courtney Armstrong

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MS CCC-SLP • Associate Instructor • Head of Social Media

Courtney Armstrong
I find incredible joy in hearing others’ stories and helping them overcome challenges as they embark on their unique journeys through life.
Schedule with Courtney

Growing up in a multilingual family, Courtney learned the challenges of communication early on and how exhilarating it can be to overcome them. She became intrigued by speaking and how powerful it can be for a truly blissful life. Always up for an adventure, Courtney’s passions awarded her unique opportunities to speak nationally in pageants and academic settings.

Courtney combines her love of teaching, practical experience, and speech pathology background to provide a holistic approach to training. With years of experience teaching students from age 3 - 93, she prioritizes combining individual areas of interest with her technical knowledge to provide optimal training. She is able to empathize with the process of taming stomach butterflies, given her experience speaking regularly to crowds of hundreds as an internationally recognized researcher, Miss America Organization, and Miss USA Pageant titleholder.

Courtney is an ASHA-certified and Virginia-licensed speech-language pathologist. Her specialized work in accent acquisition with native Mandarin speakers has awarded her both national and international recognition. Since then, she has provided specialized accent training for individuals who speak Mandarin and many other languages. Currently located in the Washington D.C. area, she earned a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with minors in Cross-Cultural Communications and Spanish from Duquesne University. Courtney specializes in accent acquisition, pageant coaching, public speaking, and speaking voice enhancement for clients of all ages. A particular focus of her studies when obtaining her Masters was an emphasis on cross cultural communications, which affords her a helpful vantage point when connecting with clients from disparate backgrounds. Courtney finds immense joy in empowering others to be their most authentic selves. Courtney strives to help her clients reach their communication goals while enjoying the process.

Daniel Reece

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MFA in Acting • Associate Instructor

Daniel Reece
You have something that you need to say; my job is to help you find the joy in saying it.
Schedule with Daniel

With a background in performance, Daniel has come to rely on his voice as a means of transformation and the most powerful tool to convey the human condition. In his search for a voice that can speak to the truth of any character, he has discovered the value of exploring his everyday speech with equal curiosity. Daniel’s challenge to his clients is to bring this level of inquisitive play to their own journey toward effective communication.

Daniel fosters authenticity in his approach to voice and speech through explorations of physical awareness and reflections on intention and objective. He works with clients to identify not only their needs, but the needs of those with whom they are speaking.

Viewing the body as an instrument, he guides those he works with toward a visceral, kinesthetic consciousness of their voice’s range, malleability, and command. With the aim of allowing his clients to develop a more familiar relationship with their voice and their voice’s potential, Daniel gives his clients agency to trust in their ability to channel their vocal energy and speak with clarity, confidence, and ease.

In addition to his work with New York Speech Coaching, Daniel is a drama-based learning facilitator, helping businesses around the globe develop behavioral skills and communication techniques for the workplace. He has worked with clients from organizations including Johnson & Johnson, Visa, Goldman Sachs, New York-Presbyterian, Corning, and the NBA, among others.

As an actor, Daniel has worked on-stage at theaters spanning across the country. His screen appearances include Modern Love, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Blue Bloods, and Elementary, among others.

Daniel believes that there is a performer in everyone and derives the most satisfaction as a speech coach in allowing others to welcome the spotlight.

Joel Rainwater

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MFA in Acting • Associate Instructor

Joel Rainwater
I believe that technique is the safety net for the failure of inspiration.
Schedule with Joel

Joel believes that speech has a unique power to persuade, inspire, incite change, and create connection.

Joel strives to establish trust and rapport with his clients, and he employs a unique blend of cognitive impulse cultivation, breath work, habit modification, and practical vocal dynamics.

Joel is adept at refining and enlivening presentations and keynote speeches, and he has had the privilege of giving corporations and individuals the tools to align both message and delivery. He also cherishes the opportunity to help those who struggle with public speaking anxiety to overcome impediments and perform at the highest levels.

Clients at New York Speech Coaching include those from Amazon, Goldman Sachs, the United Nations, Nasdaq, Deutsche Bank, Google, Pinterest, Ares Management, Spotify, Bridgewater Associates, Wunderkind, Morgan Stanley, and E*TRADE, as well as in fields ranging from private equity, technology, advertising, medicine, law, media, real estate, publishing, education, research, entertainment, clergy, journalism, and funeral direction.

Joel is a seasoned Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater performer. He received his BFA in theater performance from the University of Evansville in Indiana, and his MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Joel is also a Harlaxton College presidential essayist. He specializes in executive presence, speech clarity, vocal production, presentation skills, interview technique, audition preparation, and accent modification.

Joel prides himself on creating an environment that is not only instructive and edifying, but also genuinely enjoyable.

Joti Patel

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MS in Health Promotion • Associate Instructor

Joti Patel
The essence of what motivates me as a speech coach is to empower others to feel ‘seen and heard’ through the art of effective communication.
Schedule with Joti

Joti is a British Psychology graduate and executive coach with a multi-faceted career in business and media. Joti moved to New York City from London as an actress, host, and voice artist.

Through personalized coaching, content, and care, Joti’s clients enjoy sessions aligned to a high-performance culture. Joti’s mission is to accelerate growth, build careers, and transform lives by helping clients develop empathy, confidence, clarity, and rapport.

Joti is passionate about connecting diverse audiences on leadership themes such as diversity & inclusion, presentation skills, presence & impact, difficult conversations, interviewing, performance management, client rapport, on camera techniques for virtual set ups, speech preparation, and team building. As an ethnic woman in business/media and with a diverse life experience, Joti connects with a range of clients who value the unique pearls of wisdom she shares in her sessions.

Joti has worked in developing high value communication with clients across many sectors, including Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, PwC, Allen & Overy, Linklaters, HSBC and more.

Joti’s clients benefit from her on-camera roles, including hosting live TV (QVC), events (award shows, Q&A panels, conferences) and acting skills across screen and stage. Joti also plays Cupid as a professional Matchmaker, coaching clients on social skills and the art of conversation.

Embracing the joys of everyday life, Joti describes her life as one big Netflix comedy! Her unique life path has made lemonade from lemons - learning, growing, and inspiring others along the way.

Brontë England-Nelson

bɹɑnteɪ inglən nɛlsənshe/her

MFA in Acting • Associate Instructor

Brontë England-Nelson
Everything we need is within us. Sometimes we just need help finding it.
Schedule with Brontë

As someone who was forced onto her high school speech and debate team, Brontë is quite familiar with what it takes to transition from dreading public speaking to loving it. At the core of her coaching is a focus on gently transforming one’s insecurities into strengths through awareness, technical precision, and a sense of play. She is now on a mission to bring these skills to people who never had the opportunity to develop them.

Brontë has worked with professionals from Kaiser Permanente, Campari Group, Brave Warrior Advisors, Abacus Finance, The Center for Popular Democracy, Goodcover, and Yale University. Topics of particular interest include anxiety reduction, impromptu speaking, building captivating presentation skills, accent acquisition, and accessing one’s own authentic executive presence.

Brontë holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied speech, communication, and theater. Having coached speech and debate competitors for over 10 years, Brontë gained comfort and efficiency with tailoring the fundamentals of communication to her clients' unique goals. Since 2018, she has been an instructor at the Summer Conservatory for Actors at Yale, and as a professional actor, has performed on Broadway and at theaters throughout the country. Her on-screen credits include Blindspot and Law and Order: SVU, along with numerous independent films.

With a healthy dose of accountability, Brontë’s highly-tailored programs are geared toward balancing immediately tangible skill acquisition with longer-term cellular growth. Her holistic perspective, rigorous attention to detail, and a buoyant sense of humor helps propel her clients toward the personal transformations they desire.

Pilot Instructors

Price: $125/hr.

As we are committed to accessible training, New York Speech Coaching offers a discounted rate of $125 with a pilot instructor. Please note the following stipulations apply:

Consultations are not available with a pilot instructor, and the instructor with whom you are working may change at any time. While our desire is to offer consistency, and we will do so when possible, several instructors may be going through the process.

The cancellation fee still applies to both client and instructor.

Clients working with instructors-in-training also agree that their lessons may be observed (but not recorded) at any point by our staff or interns. While not all sessions will be observed, we ask that you only pursue the pilot instructor tier if you are comfortable with observed sessions. If not, we recommend scheduling with an associate instructor.

As these sessions provide an opportunity for the pilot instructor to sharpen their skills as a teacher, clients working with a pilot instructor complete brief, periodic surveys regarding their satisfaction. This information is for internal use only and will not be shared with the instructor.

Xavier Clark

əkseɪviɚ klɑɹkhe/him

Pilot Instructor

Xavier Clark
Schedule with Xavier

Growing up in a bilingual household as a military brat, Xavier had the experience of observing and absorbing the multitude of ways in which folks from all over the world choose to express themselves. Utilizing his unique upbringing as a foundation, Xavier strives to create a learning environment that is encouraging, inviting, and invigorating.

Some of Xavier’s clients at New York Speech Coaching include professionals from Nerdwallet, Wesbuilt, and the Cheney Agency. Xavier holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he is currently on faculty through the Stella Adler Studio and Atlantic Acting School. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from UC San Diego, where he taught Public Speaking to STEM majors and helped to reconstruct their course curriculum to fit the ever-changing needs of our society.

In his coaching, Xavier embraces two of the foundational principles of Knight-Thompson speech work: firstly, that everyone has an accent, and secondly, that there is no good or bad way to speak. There is only what is positive (or negative) for a particular context. By eradicating ancient and outdated belief systems around speech work, he places the focus on his students’ individual needs and how those needs might be addressed through the use of their organic and authentic speaking voices as a foundation.

He draws from his decade-long experience as an actor and voice and speech instructor to help his students ground their voices in diaphragmatic breath support, helping them access a wider range of vocalisms for both professional and personal communication, and building confidence and pride in their speaking skills through exercises that are rigorous, playful, and illuminating.

Jordan Smith

Speech Writing Associate

Jordan Smith is a former speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer. He was also a speechwriter for the American Public Transportation Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group. He has penned keynote addresses, short talking points and everything in between for elected officials, CEOs, and nonprofit leaders. He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single, Humanity. His writing has appeared in more than 50 national publications, including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Justin Stoney

Justin Stoney

Founder and President of New York Vocal Coaching and Affiliates

Justin Stoney founded New York Vocal Coaching and affiliates including New York Speech Coaching, and is currently available as NYVC's head instructor for those interested in singing sessions. He is an internationally recognized Voice Teacher and Vocal/Speech Coach. As one of the leading Voice Teachers in today’s music industry, he has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS, Fox News, Fox 5 New York, The Insider, and is a frequent guest on Huffington Post Live’s interviews of celebrity singers. His teaching has been featured in publications such as Esquire Magazine, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, NME, Fox News Magazine, Discovery News, Medical Daily, NY Daily News, New York Magazine, UK’s Daily Mail, Vice Magazine, Marie Claire, and Backstage Magazine. Backstage readers also voted Mr. Stoney as one of New York City’s best Voice Teachers and Vocal Coaches. For more on Justin and New York Vocal Coaching, please click here.

Diversity Statement

Our client base consists of individuals from various walks of life who seek to love their voice and speech style. Differences in age, race, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, thinking style, and background provide the rich gift of diversity. We welcome and encourage clients from all backgrounds to participate in our training.

As we continue to evaluate our language in definition and in practice, we recognize instances on our website that include generalities. In the context of sessions, we aim to adapt our curriculum and language to each client's individual circumstances and preferences, and we strive to create an inclusive environment for often sensitive concerns surrounding manifestations of personality and identity.

Further, we unhesitatingly acknowledge that our staff and organization are not yet where we want to be with respect to reflecting the diversity of the world and the clients who may be pursuing our services. As a result, we understand there are steps that we need to take in order to improve as an organization. Such steps that we have begun include: utilizing services to help us engage with and hire instructors of color, developing a volunteer program to provide training to a wider array of students, and beginning collaborations with organizations focused on helping companies like ours address these issues in both our coaching and our culture.

We celebrate our organization as a place of expression, and we are cognizant of the degree to which self-expression takes place in various forms. By continuously implementing initiatives that work towards diversity and inclusion into our platform, we hope to create an environment which embraces all people, and it is enormously important to us that you feel welcome in the process.

Working in financial services, the ability to present and articulate ideas carries a high degree of importance. Being able to be understood clearly helps with confidence in speaking abilities. Courtney Armstrong at New York Speech Coaching was able to effectively streamline the process by quickly identifying the issue and recommend a tailored-made solution. Courtney was also really understanding, patient and really lovely to work with. After taking the recommended action, within weeks I was able to notice a significant difference in my pronunciation and therefore confidence in the workplace. In short, New York Speech Coaching provides a comprehensive solution, ranging from accent reduction to speaking techniques, as well as other initiatives. I would highly recommend the service and working with Courtney, to anyone who would like to enhance the articulation of their speech.

Claire
Claire

Financial Services

For years I have been trying to break through my barriers to speaking, always with meager results. When the idea of online speech coaching was presented to me, I was a little apprehensive because I wasn't sure how it would work. I was lost until meeting with Courtney from NYSC during our first session.Courtney is a very patient and professional coach. I have been making incredible improvement and development of speaking skills through sessions with her and I have noticed constant progress.

I want to thank Courtney for her dedication and support during our sessions.

Kunyang (Dan) Li
Kunyang (Dan) Li

JLJ Capital

I struggled with selective mutism as a child, and while I’ve been able to overcome it, verbal communication remained stressful for me into adulthood. Working with Courtney at NYSC has not only built my confidence and comfort with speech, but her friendliness and positive attitude make her lessons a lot of fun too! The results have been terrific — across social and work settings, I’ve become less passive and more assertive / “punchy” when I speak. I highly recommend working with Courtney and NYSC if you’re looking to take your communication skills to the next level.

Pat
Pat

L.E.K. Consulting

Working with Joti at NYSC was transformative for my career. I give technical lectures and seminars regularly as part of my job but had always struggled with anxiety and projecting my voice in large rooms. Joti listened to me and developed tailor-made exercises to help my delivery. We worked on breathing, posture, eye contact, and building connections with the audience. Now when I present, I feel more confident and can deliver my technical presentations much more clearly. There is a marked difference in the comments and positive feedback I get after my presentations now that I have gone through speech coaching with Joti.

Adam W. Smith
Adam W. Smith

Professor, Texas Tech University

Joel is one of the very best coaches--of any subject--that I've ever worked with. I came to Joel to work on improving my vocal projection and resonance to reach my full potential as a speaker in both personal and professional settings. From session one, he gave me concrete strategies that I could use right away. He tailored his instruction to what I needed on a lesson-by-lesson basis. The results have been spectacular. On top of everything, he made the process so fun. Can't recommend him highly enough!

Ozan Varol
Ozan Varol

Bestselling Author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist

Finding Joel remains one of the big highlights of my professional and personal life. I came to NY Speech Coaching seeking a lofty and rather conceptual goal. I wanted to max out my full potential to be a great storyteller and a charming, persuasive communicator not just with my clients and colleagues but also with my husband, family and friends. Joel is an EXPERT. He knows the meticulous science of voice projection, tone, resonance and more and he teaches you ways to maximize your full body as a vocal instrument. Additionally, Joel is holistic in his teachings. He does a fantastic job of marrying your body and mind through breath work, visualizations and warm up exercises. Lastly, what I love about Joel's coaching style is that he preserves your individual personality and character instead of teaching cookie cutter methods.

Hana Hurst
Hana Hurst

Associate Director of Acquisition Marketing Thinx Inc.

I’ve been working towards a director role in the next step in my career. I lacked confidence in communication and giving presentations in front of groups of people. I was referred to New York Speech Coaching by my manager as he has taken courses here and thought I would benefit and help with my nervousness in front of people. Courtney has been super helpful in providing me with ways to get me out of my shell while allowing me to stay true to my personality. Working with Courtney has been a great experience as she provided me with the breathing techniques to help slow down my pace and work on speaking patterns that allowed me to build my confidence in the ability to convey my thoughts in spoken word. I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching and working with Courtney as she has been a great instructor.

Jade
Jade

Designer

Daniel is an enthusiastic coach that brings a lot of attention, experience and knowledge into each of our private sessions. Going into our lessons my goal was to gain confidence and tools I need to bring out my natural voice and ability to communicate and found lessons with Daniel incredibly helpful! I especially appreciate Daniel's philosophy to bring out and celebrate our individuality instead of fitting us into preconceived and conventional molds. I highly recommend Daniel to all who wish to hone their public speaking / communications skills.

Sandy
Sandy

Attorney

My sessions with Joti have been instrumental in helping me to overcome speaking anxiety in both my professional and personal lives. Joti has helped me to feel more confident managing difficult phone conversations, present clients at panels, speak in court, and engage in job interviews. I have benefited greatly from her use of role-play, examples, guidance on breathing and posture, and many more tips. Joti's support in helping me to write and deliver my wedding vows was so special, and really allowed me to feel calm on my wedding day. Joti's careful explanations and examples help me to focus my delivery, and her guidance on self-regulation strategies support me to stay grounded and present. I look forward to working with Joti as my career progresses and I face new opportunities in the future.

Jacqueline Seymour,
Jacqueline Seymour,

Case Coordinator, not-for-profit organization

As a tech sales professional, I rely on my voice to influence and motivate people to take action based on my suggestions. Oftentimes, I found myself over communicating my points and losing my audience. Courtney Armstrong pointed out my areas of opportunity, and strengthened my weak points with tangible and actionable exercises that gave me confidence in my communication. I highly recommend NYSC!

Arty S.
Arty S.

Account Executive, Oracle NetSuite

There are not enough words to thank Joel for what he has given me. I simply cannot overpraise his thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and practical wisdom. My students and coworkers have all benefited from his fine observation, care -- and, in the words of Bellow, first-class noticing. I came to N.Y.S.C. with essentially no speaking experience whatsoever -- with, in short, only a deep love of my subject -- and, with his help, I have been able to share that reverence and endearment with others. Thank you, Joel.

Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison

Physician, Lecturer

I am incredibly fortunate to have worked with Joti for the past quarter. She has been instrumental in developing communication strategies and providing applicable tools to increase my desired outcomes. I have become more mindful of how I present myself and my style of speech. Joti has helped me build my confidence as a woman in a male-dominated industry. I feel better equipped as a professional. Joti is kind, personable, honest, and sharp. She cultivates a safe space for her clients to practice, fail, and learn. My coaching sessions with Joti has been a great investment, I highly recommend!

Rahwa
Rahwa

Information Science, Permachive

I was signed up for private sessions to help me with a speaking commitment that I agreed to do in September. This brought me to work with Daniel Reece at New York Speech Coaching.

Daniel took the time to get to know me and my inhibitions and fears for standing in front of a large audience. He empowered me with tools to not just deliver a speech but more importantly connect with my audience and involve them in what I had to say.

I learned techniques and how to be consciously present in that moment and not just try to get it over and done with.

I have done speaking engagements before, but none like this one.. and you could tell I connected with my audience from the standing ovation I got at the end of it all.

Thank you Daniel … I will always remember this moment as one of the most gratifying and surreal experiences in my life.

Barkha Cardoz
Barkha Cardoz

Cardoz Legacy

Investing in NY Speech Coaching with Joel Rainwater is one of the greatest gifts I’ve given to myself. My progress was palpable almost instantly, and within just a few sessions, I was owning my executive presence, learning how to manage the power of breath, and elevating my confidence in all communications. Joel’s commitment to his students’ improved performance is second to none. Perhaps the greatest gift is that not only will my advancements reverberate in my own career and personal life as I continue my lessons with him, but they’ll also impact countless more that read this testimonial and to whom I refer NY Speech Coaching with Joel. I feel incredibly grateful to have him in my arsenal of continuous personal and professional improvement and I guarantee that you will too.

Julia Klein Freeman
Julia Klein Freeman

HR Tech Sales

From our first session, Joti understood my goals and what I was trying to achieve. She gave me the confidence and the techniques I needed to speak in a wide range of forums, from a fundraising event to job interviews. Even though our sessions have ended, I implement her strategies, tips, and techniques in all my public speaking engagements. She showed me how to find my voice and share it with the world. I will be forever grateful.

Johanna
Johanna

Market Researcher

I would highly recommend Joel Rainwater as an executive presence coach.I connected with Joel soon after landing a new job that required me to take on a leadership role with clients, internal stakeholders, and junior talent. From our first phone conversation, I was impressed by how well he understood my specific goals and challenges. Joel demonstrated a professional and creative approach to our sessions. He had an agenda for every session, although he was also flexible to change our focus depending on my work needs. Joel engaged a wide variety of tools to help me craft my executive presence including visualization, breathing exercises, physical movements and real life situation simulations. Joel was plugged into every minute of our session, he was always spot on his observations, his tactical advice and thoughts. Joel made a significant difference to my professional life. I have been able to leverage our sessions into being a more impactful leader at work with clients, internal stakeholders, and junior talent. While I still have a long journey ahead of me, I am genuinely excited and happy to continue working on my executive presence with Joel Rainwater.

A.K.
A.K.

Financial Service

My whole job revolves around talking to clients all day long and I struggled with it big time at first. I found New York Speech Coaching via google, it had good reviews, so I decided to give it a shot, and I was not disappointed. Joti Patel is amazing at what she does! She really took the time to learn about my goals and career and made it fun in the process. I truly looked forward to my calls with her and loved noticing improvements on client calls as the weeks went on. I would absolutely recommend New York Speech Coaching to anyone wanting to refine their public speaking skills or increase their confidence when speaking. Thank you Joti for you help and guidance!

Dina Ramirez
Dina Ramirez

Implementation Manager

Working with Caleb Shomaker from New York Speech Coaching is been a pleasure and highly productive in equal measures. With a superb focus on my specific needs, a gentle and unwavering dedication Caleb has made tackling with deep-rooted bad speech habits enjoyable and fun while keeping me on track with my goals. I cannot recommend him enough, for both: professional and personal goals. I expect to keep coming back as I venture in more ambitious endeavors and more demanding environments.

Humberto R. Baptista
Humberto R. Baptista

CEO Vectis Solutions

As a start-up and technology leader, the ability to clearly articulate vision and ideas carries a high degree of importance. Caleb Shomaker at New York Speech Coaching was able to quickly identify areas of improvement and tailor a personalized approach. Over the course of several sessions we removed poor speaking habits while effectively rebuilding a strong communicative foundation. I noticed a significant difference in my speech control, intentionality, and vocal clarity. In summary, New York Speech Coaching provides a comprehensive solution, ranging from breathing to speaking techniques, that helps individuals bring an awareness to their own tendencies while emphasizing and coaching more constructive habits. I would highly recommend the service to anyone who would like to enhance the effectiveness of their speech and presentation skills.

Greg Hockenbrocht
Greg Hockenbrocht

Start-up & Technology Executive

Public speaking has always been one of my GREATEST fears – this is not a hyperbole in the slightest. Growing up, I was the student who would fake sick, or actually make myself sick, to avoid speaking in front of the class; and on those rare occasions I couldn’t talk my way out of it, I would end up delivering a presentation completely red in the face, shaking like a leaf, and speaking in a voice that made me sound strangled. It should come as no surprise that I carried this fear with me from the classroom to the office, which resulted in me never having the courage to speak in meetings (even small ones!) and getting passed over for promotions. I started my sessions at New York Speech Coaching hopeful, but skeptical that such a long-standing and deep rooted issue could be overcome, but working with Brendan Houdek has been an absolute game changer for me! I went from being the person who ran away from every opportunity to speak, preferring to fake illness rather than stand in front of a room, to a person who confidently contributes in every meeting and practically leaps at any opportunity to speak in front of a group. The amount of co-workers and my leaders who’ve mentioned that they’ve noticed a change in me is both surprising and gratifying. I now speak with confidence and control – and it’s having a huge impact on my life, both professionally and personally.

Katie C.
Katie C.

The Walt Disney Company

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 Levine
Ezra Levine

CEO Collectable Technologies, Inc.

Brendan Houdek has been a great public speaking coach for me and my team. He has helped us tremendously in getting better at not only public speaking but in communication in general. Brendan has a unique ability to make the room comfortable, engaged, and looking forward to the next session. I’m glad I was introduced to Brendan and NYSC when I did. - Vadim Supitskiy, CTO, Forbes

Vadim Supitskiy
Vadim Supitskiy

CTO, Forbes

My time working with Brendan has been immensely beneficial to my work. As a spinal surgeon, I am frequently called upon to present complex ideas, both to patients and other professionals. It is crucial that I present these ideas in ways that are clear and engaging to the audience. Through speech coaching, I’ve been able to gain both greater awareness and control over my speech, enabling me to achieve a level of communication that is simultaneously clear and professional, yet authentic. I highly recommend Brendan for anyone looking to take their communication to the next level.

Roger Härtl
Roger Härtl

Neurosurgeon

I have been doing public speaking for 20 years. My coaching sessions with Brendan have helped me become a much better podcast host and communicator in general. He very quickly helped me work out a handful of poor communication habits, some of which I wasn’t even aware, which had been plaguing me for years. For anyone interested in taking their communication game to the next level, I enthusiastically recommend New York Speech Coaching.

Rick Walker
Rick Walker

Conversations at the Mansion

I’m not an English native speaker and was looking to work on my speaking self-confidence issues that were impeding me to achieve my professional goals. I wanted something more than just a second language class and public speaking courses sounded interesting, that’s when I met Caleb! I worked with Caleb over the course of a few months and can honestly say that our time together has improved my speech tremendously. Not only do I feel like I have control over my voice, but I also have a better understanding of how my body and breath work together to produce sound. Every lesson was perfectly tailored to what I wanted to work on and what he thought would help. If you’re hoping to learn in a warm environment and see real results, this is the place for you. He provided a safe space to practice and work on my anxiety triggers, identified some bad habits I have when speaking and gives me -very easy to follow- directions and exercises to do along the week. After 5 sessions I’m very happy with my progress. I feel way more confident and even received positive feedback at work! I’m very excited about the things I will accomplish after a few more sessions and the impact not only on my work but also on my social life.

Ana M.
Ana M.

Senior Product Manager

I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching. This place is built 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 I could ask to coach me, with a very technical and human approach to the learning process. Don't think twice — take classes at New York Speech Coaching. You will not regret it!

Carola Carstens
Carola Carstens

Professional Voice-Over Actor

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
Cynthia Z

Wells Fargo

I was nervous about requesting gender-affirming voice and communication changes after embarking on a new transitional journey. But, when I reached out to NYSC they were extremely inclusive and sensitive to my needs and requests. In just a short amount of time, I have made such incredible strides in my journey to feminization of my voice. Caleb has truly provided me the tools required to see amazing results and has continued to foster growth and development in my vocal abilities. From vocal exercises to his extensive scientific knowledge, Caleb has this and so much more information to continue assisting with your speech challenges. I feel as though I am only on the beginning of my vocal journey with Caleb, but I know I will continue with him because he has the resources, experience, knowledge, professionalism, and overall positivity to allow us to see the results I desire. Working as a biopharmaceutics consultant adds a layer of complexity to my schedule and Caleb is always more than willing to accommodate me with flexibility. I would not be where I am today in my journey without the lessons from Caleb and NYSC.

Kareema Khan, PharmD
Kareema Khan, PharmD

Associate Medical Director at Biopharmaceutical Consulting Firm

Having presented at many business reviews over my 15 year career, I knew there was substantial room for improvement in my communication and executive presence. I contacted Caleb, expressed my areas of concern and we went to work over the several weeks. I realized an immediate result after only the first few sessions. I am learning techniques that I would never have known without our engagement. His coaching style is tailored to my specific needs and can be put into practice each day I am at work. Our review sessions are so valuable that I will continue working with Caleb for the foreseeable future. I highly recommend Caleb, if you want to improve executive presence while having a clear consistent and confident communication style.

Kevin
Kevin

Marketing, Fujifilm

I consider myself an average public speaker and didn’t think I needed an introductory public speaking class but I learned so much from Tricia. I recommend working with Tricia whatever your public speaking skill and comfort level. I took away some important strategies that I had never considered. I am definitely speaking with more confidence after taking her class.

Elizabeth Carbone
Elizabeth Carbone

Gulfstream Aerospace

Tricia Veldman is an amazing speech coach, motivator and mentor! She is always very nice, polite and has this great energy that inspires me every session. Tricia is a true expert in the area! She made me not only a better public speaker, but she took me out of the shell and gave me back my confidence! I highly recommend Tricia! She is the best!

IM
IM

Bloomberg

With all of the changes professionals have gone through in 2020, I felt that communicating and engaging effectively over Zoom became a necessity to succeed in my Sales career. I hired Tricia in early 2021 as my private speech coach to improve my Executive Presence. I am so impressed with all of the progress I've made. Tricia is an excellent coach, she customizes the lessons and works with individuals to reach their full potential. I highly recommend Tricia!

Daniel Newman
Daniel Newman

Relationship Manager LinkedIn