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.
bɹɛndɪn hoʊdɛk • he/him
MA CCC-SLP • Senior Instructor • Head of Corporate Training
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.
keɪləb ʃoʊmeɪkɚ • he/him
BFA in Theatre and Mathematics • Associate Instructor • Head of Instructor Management Team and Education
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.
tɹɪʃə vɛɫdmɪn • she/her
MS CCC-SLP • Associate Instructor • Head of Company Communication
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.
koɹtni ɑrmstroŋ • she/her
MS CCC-SLP • Associate Instructor • Head of Social Media
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.
dænjl̩ ris • he/him
MFA in Acting • Associate Instructor
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.
dʒoʊl ɹeɪnwɔɾɚ • he/him
MFA in Acting • Associate Instructor
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.
dʒoʊɾi pətɛl • she/her
MS in Health Promotion • Associate Instructor
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.
bɹɑnteɪ inglən nɛlsən • she/her
MFA in Acting • Associate Instructor
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.
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.
əkseɪviɚ klɑɹk • he/him
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.
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.
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.
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.