Your Company's Voice — Heard

New York Speech Coaching is the premier studio for corporate seminars, workshops, and continuing group training on communication and presentation skills, executive presence, accent reduction, and more.

Communication is Connection.

New York Speech Coaching's award-winning team of instructors bring a vast array of credentials and expertise across all business domains to their corporate speech coaching. Led by internationally-acclaimed speech coaching authority John West, our team provides seminars, workshops, and continuing group training to corporate clients in New York City and worldwide.

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Tremendous coaching, both on basics of speech (breathing, projecting etc) and on optimal delivery of content.

Pete B.

Pete B. Citigroup

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.

Jaclyn Demartino

Jaclyn Demartino Waze

I highly recommend New York Speech Coaching. True professionals who bring the art of vocal coaching to many stages, including the business arena.

Jackie Hernandez

Jackie Hernandez COO Telemundo Communications Group, Inc.

VOICE ENHANCEMENT


We create a custom program to help you achieve a voice you'll love to hear in person and on recordings. We'll help you improve the tone, resonance, expressiveness, and volume of your voice in order to achieve effortless, healthy projection.

ACCENT REDUCTION


We'll teach you how to produce a neutral, Standard American Dialect. You may feel that your ability to fully express yourself is limited by your accent. Don't think of this as replacing your natural accent; think of it as an additional skill to have in your communication toolbox.

PRESENTATION SKILLS


We'll work with you to hone your public speaking skills, for presentations behind a podium, in a meeting, or alone on stage. We also can collaborate with you on the structure and content of your presentation, whether you're using software such as PowerPoint, an outline, or no notes at all.

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING


Impromptu speaking doesn't mean unprepared speech. Impromptu speaking is a skill that can be acquired and improved. We'll provide exercises that get the “mind-to-mouth” synapses firing more efficiently, as well as give you mental tools to help you map your speech's path as you go — without a script.

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE


We will help you project a professional and polished image of leadership in any situation. Executive presence includes work on communication skills and appearance with the goal of exuding credibility, authority, clarity, gravitas, and comfort.

PRIVATE COACHING


Private instruction with a speech coach can improve the clarity and sound of your voice, give you the tools to feel less anxious and to present authentically in all environments, modify or reduce your accent, and much more.

About Our Corporate Services


We regularly receive calls from employers and executives indicating that they have great faith in an employee's ability, but their verbal communication skills are holding them back.

Companies increasingly feel their employees would benefit from speech coaching. We can help improve confidence, clarity, presentation skills, team building, storytelling dynamics, phone/video conferencing proficiency, and more. We have a number of services specifically tailored to businesses, generally dealing with 3 major areas:

  • Public speaking / executive presence / presentation training
  • Enhancement of the quality of the speaking voice
  • Accent reduction / modification

Though these are the three major areas we teach most commonly, we are happy to discuss alternative options with you. We realize that every business is unique, and we tailor-make each workshop or seminar to your business’s specific needs and goals.

Our Instructors

John West

Co-Founder and Head Instructor of New York Speech Coaching

John West has trained top executives and employee groups at the world's largest financial institutions, technology companies, and law firms.

Over the last fifteen years, John West has established himself internationally among the world's most sought-after and versatile speech coaches.

Clients include those from:
The United Nations, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Nasdaq, Citigroup, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Google, Deutsche Bank, Doctors without Borders, Deerfield, Waze, BlackRock, Bridgewater, Accenture, Barclays, MediaCom, and many more who seek John's guidance in effective communication / presentation skills and voice enhancement. His diverse list of current clients includes C-suite executives, those from hedge funds, banks, and private equity; news anchors, lawyers, surgeons, politicians, fashion designers, models, authors, coaches, judges, professors, actors, and more.

John is a member of American MENSA, and he and New York Speech Coaching have been featured in Business Insider, Vice, the New York Post, Business Advice Service, Career Builder, Fusion, Moneyish, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Esquire, and *NPR among others.

John is recognized for his ability to efficiently and demonstratively guide teams and individuals in high-stakes industries toward healthy, sustainable speaking voices and the ability to communicate comfortably, confidently, and effectively despite duress.

Paul Geiger

Paul Geiger

Senior Instructor

Paul Geiger’s speech coaching specialties at New York Speech Coaching are: the dynamics of public speaking, accent reduction and the subtleties of business communications. He has worked with individuals and groups from a wide range of national and international companies: Banco do Brasil, Morgan Stanley, UNICEF, and Deutsche Bank, to name a few.

Paul is also an accomplished actor, voiceover artist, and on camera host, having done work for: Days Of Our Lives, All My Children, Mercedes Benz, Platinum Technologies and Coldwell Banker.

The physical and psychological aspects of speech are addressed in Paul’s singular teaching concept of owning your breath and clear articulation of perspective. In his years at New York Speech Coaching, he has developed a customizable program of action steps that get results.

In Paul’s words, “You gain confidence when you gain control of your speech technique. Knowing there are steps you can take begins the process of empowering each individual to become more expressive and more persuasive in a truthful and authentic way.”

Brendan Houdek

Brendan Houdek

M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD / Head of Speech Pathology / Senior Instructor

Brendan Houdek is a New York City and Long Island-based speech-language pathologist, musician, voice teacher, and speech coach. Brendan holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communications and Philosophy/Religious Studies from St. Joseph’s College.

Brendan’s introduction to the world of speech coaching was through his interest in accent and dialect modification. His passion for this work, in combination with his love of music, guided him throughout his education and career in speech-language pathology, leading him to focus in related areas of the field. His areas of expertise in speech-language pathology include work with articulation, resonance, fluency, and voice disorders, which have enabled him to have a detailed understanding of these components of the speech mechanism. This background has equipped him with a unique perspective when working with clients. Brendan takes pleasure in not only providing therapeutic services through his work in speech-language pathology, but also in assisting others to achieve their goals through speech coaching. Brendan firmly believes in the value of attaining the ability to speak in a manner that represents the true self and enables one to communicate more effectively.

Brendan took part in the NYVC Voice Teacher Training under the teaching of Justin Stoney to develop a better understanding of the nuances of the singing voice. In doing so, he has learned valuable information to assist him in his therapeutic and coaching endeavors for both singers and speakers alike. The Voice Teacher Training has been the highlight of his career as a musician, therapist, and coach.

A multi-instrumentalist, Brendan performs regularly in the Long Island area at various venues as well as local churches. He is grateful that he has the opportunity to do so in multiple genres and on a variety of instruments. His musical proficiencies include the voice, guitar, bass, drums, tuba, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and various forms of hand percussion.

Brendan combines the science of speech-language pathology with the knowledge gained through vocal artistry to provide clients with the most comprehensive and balanced understanding of the speaking voice. It brings him great joy in assisting others on their path to enhancing themselves as speakers and individuals.

Joel Rainwater

Joel Rainwater

Lead Instructor

Joel Rainwater comes to New York Speech Coaching after previously working with The Promentum Group as a speech coach, delivery consultant, and speech content creator for former professional athletes, CEOs, and keynote speakers.

Joel believes that a healthy balance of technique and authenticity are the key ingredients for compelling public speech, and he employs a diverse array of breathing and vocal exercises in order to help clients achieve their goals. He has coached speakers in utilizing emphasis, inflection, rhetoric, and verbal action as means of communicating more effectively.

Joel specializes in assisting prospective employees as they prepare for job interviews. He has spoken about his proven preparation techniques at university campuses throughout the country.

Joel is a seasoned Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater performer. He received his BFA in theatre performance from the University of Evansville in Indiana, and his MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Joel is also a Harlaxton College presidential essayist. Speech clarity and vocal production are his main focuses

Clara Pagone

Clara Pagone

Associate Instructor

Clara Pagone is an associate speech instructor with over 12 years of experience. Her expertise ranges from the corporate world to the arts, working as a lawyer, public speaker on trustee boards, in corporate training, international debate tournaments, in vocal health for stage, screen, singing, dance & movement, directing, producing, bilingual performances, and dialect coaching.

Clara has Bachelor's Degrees in Law and Biomedical Science from Monash University, and she is an alumnus of Anne Bogart's SITI Company Conservatory NYC.

Clara grew up between Italy and Australia and is fluent in both Italian and English. She discovered a passion for studying Romance languages and was accepted to study in Salisbury, Great Britain. She participated in tournaments with the Debaters' Association and public speaking teams, later adjudicating state debating and state performance competitions. Clara has directed at Melbourne's notable La Mama Theatre, lead directed for Acting Antics, devising self-motivated children's performances, and worked as a trainee lawyer for Maurice Blackburn, specializing in Medical Law and Consumer Affairs.

Clara's speech coaching is an integrated approach, focusing on classical text articulation and breathing techniques, principles of meditation, hydration, sight, scientific awareness of the body as a changing entity, corporate sensitivities, and the relationship between ear and voice. Clara is skilled in the ability to equip any person with the tools and confidence to move an audience and to communicate clearly and with conviction.

Eric Van Tielen

Eric Van Tielen

Associate Instructor

Eric Van Tielen is an associate speech instructor with over 10 years of experience in professional teaching and private coaching. Eric's teaching combines his background in corporate communication, speech and debate, theatre, and classical singing for a practical and professional approach to public speaking and voice work. He has been a voice coach and professional actor for 20 years and is equally at home with artists and professionals alike.

Eric works with his clients to discover their most free and natural sound. He strives to give his clients a working knowledge of their voice and the ability to control it in any situation - whether a job interview, a presentation, social interactions, or corporate meetings.

Corporate clients such as Bloomberg News, New York 1, Pinterest, and Morgan Stanley count on Eric to be their executive presence specialist. He has consistently empowered his clients to "walk the walk and talk the talk."

Eric has led workshops across the country with universities and theatre companies including Indiana University, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse University, and Berkshire Theatre Group. As an actor, he has been seen on the Broadway stage, in national and international touring productions, and regionally at theaters around the country.

Tricia Veldman

Tricia Veldman

M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD / Founder of Georgia Speech Coaching / Instructor

Tricia Veldman is a bilingual speech-language pathologist currently living in Savannah, Georgia. She holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bilingual Extension in Italian, from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida.

Tricia is trained across a variety of speech-language domains. Her more specific experiences include public speaking, voice, fluency, bilingual populations, accent modification, and adolescent social skills training. Tricia focuses on equipping others with the confidence to feel comfortable with public speaking in any situation, conversation, or presentation. She combines her knowledge of psychology and interpersonal communication to guide clients in promoting their own self-expression and personal success.

As a passion project, Tricia co-hosts The Lost Art of Communication podcast. Each episode analyzes the evolution of communication in a digital age and includes actionable steps for listeners to implement in their day-to-day conversations.

Recognizing that learning styles vary on an individual basis, Tricia utilizes client-specific therapy and coaching to achieve the most impactful and long-lasting results. Her business clients include lawyers, consultants, entrepreneurs, health coaches, graphic designers, engineers, teachers, and employees of companies such as: Conde Nast, Reddit, Equinox, the United Nations, and Disney.

Tricia offre tutti i servizi anche in Italiano.

Caleb Shomaker

Caleb Shomaker

Associate Instructor

Caleb Shomaker is an associate speech instructor, voice and text coach, and educator. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and Mathematics from New York University and is an alumnus of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Caleb honed his appreciation for the art of public speaking while participating in the New York Speech Coaching Teacher Training Program under the instruction of Brendan Houdek and John West. His style of coaching incorporates his experiences as both a performer and acting coach with his passions for anatomy, psychology, and philosophy.

Caleb is currently the Resident Vocal Director at Shakespeare in the Square. He uses the same skill set to help his clients enhance their vocal instruments by practicing the techniques necessary for honest, expressive, and effective communication.

Josephine Barton

Josephine Barton

Associate Instructor

Josephine is a voice, speech, and accent coach. She has an Master of Arts degree in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and studied acting in Sydney.

She has extensive experience coaching public speaking, presentation skills, and accent modification for clients in the US, Australia, and the UK. She has coached voice in drama schools and universities, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Drama Studio London, City Academy, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, and London Metropolitan University.

Josephine understands that each client is unique, and all sessions are tailored specifically to her clients' needs. Using techniques drawn from acting training, scientific research, and business communication skills, Josephine works with the client to achieve vocal health, stamina, audibility, clarity, expression, and confidence.

Corporate Seminars

Our dynamic seminars are an opportunity for your employees to dramatically transform their communication skills in only a few hours. Seminars can be conducted for 3-100 individuals at once, and are usually performed in 3 or 6-hour increments.

These primarily take place at your corporate office but can be conducted at conventions or at offsite retreats. Our seminars involve company members’ participation, and we enhance their voices on the spot. Each seminar balances group exercises and individual attention. There is a mix of energizing, fun, and pragmatic hard work, getting employees out of their comfort zones in a supportive environment. We use concepts ranging from traditional presentation skills to long-form improvisational comedy in order to illuminate the relationship between mind and voice/body.

The seminars enable us to engage in what we call “high-altitude” training. Here we demonstrate exercises specially designed to make real-life presentations seem easy by comparison. Participants leave the course with an understanding of which behaviors may have unknowingly been contributing to their anxiety and lowered credibility, as well as a plan for replacing those with physical manifestations of confidence. The praise for these seminars has been universal, and we consistently receive comments that the experience has been completely unlike and superior to previous presentation skills seminars.

Group Lessons

If you have a handful of employees you think might benefit from this type of training, we can travel to your office and design a program specifically for their needs over the course of a few weeks or months.

People learn a great deal from observing one another, and a group atmosphere creates a sense of encouragement and accountability. Group lessons are usually conducted with 3-8 people. These can be ongoing, 1.5 or 2 hour lessons, in which we are able to provide a great deal of individual attention to those who need it most.

Private Coaching

If a member or your company wants one-on-one attention, we offer private training at our studio or your office.

How long are the seminars?

Seminars are commonly performed in three- or six-hour increments. We recommend six-hour seminars for the most impactful results; however, a three-hour session is sufficient to expose a group to the basics. If a topic requires additional attention, more time can be allotted. Some would prefer, for example, to do a two-hour session before lunch, and an additional two-hour session in the afternoon. We can absolutely tailor-make the length of the seminar(s) based on your needs.

What kind of companies do you work with?

All kinds! Improvements in communication can help every company operate their business more effectively, whether the improvements come in customer-facing or internal communication — or both. The most substantial part of our client base is comprised of groups from the financial industry: banks, hedge funds, wealth management firms, private equity, etc. We also do a significant amount of work with those in media, tech, business, and law. Any company that has meetings (client or internal), presentations, phone conferences, or interviews will find the training worthwhile.

Will you come to our office?

Yes. Our instructors travel to your office or location of your choosing for seminars and group classes.

What does it cost?

The rates will vary depending on length of seminar, number of attendees, and location. If interested, please contact assistant@newyorkspeechcoaching.com with a general outline of your interests and goals, and we will set up a phone consultation and quote.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $500 nonrefundable deposit due upon booking to confirm the selected date. If the deposit is not received by two weeks prior, the date will be released. If given two weeks notice, the deposit can be transferred to a rescheduled date (within two months of the original date) one time. If within two weeks, the date may not be rescheduled. Rescheduling a seminar may only occur once before the deposit is forfeited.

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