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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD / Head of Speech Pathology / Senior Instructor
Brendan Houdek (M.A., CCC-SLP) is a senior instructor at New York Speech Coaching. He specializes in effective business communication, executive presence, and vocal production. His teaching emphasizes control over one’s speaking abilities to be utilized as they see fit in any speaking situation. His training covers not only the physiological aspects of speech production, but also presentational performance and psychological perspective work.
Brendan’s clientele consists of individuals and groups from Google, Disney, Forbes, Nasdaq, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital One, MetLife, and McGraw-Hill. Brendan’s private clients include C-suite executives, politicians, doctors, dentists, accountants, lawyers, journalists, law enforcement officials, architects, TV executives, actors, musicians, art curators, literary agents, engineers, psychologists, software developers, and more.
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 is the head of New York Speech Pathology. His in-depth understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology assists his coaching by enabling him to provide speakers with healthy and efficient vocal technique.
Brendan also is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and voice impressionist, hosting the show “Voice Breakdown” on YouTube. These skills further enable him to have deep insights into the voice and performance.
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 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 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.
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 is an associate speech instructor specializing in accent modification, presentation skills, and vocal clarity. After working with students of all ages in general education for 8 years, he now assumes the role of Head of Education at New York Speech Coaching, where he supervises the internship and work-study programs. Caleb also established the volunteer arm of the company, connecting speech coaches with those struggling with housing instability or joblessness.
Caleb’s clients include individuals from Uber, Unilever, Shearman & Stirling, Grand Street Settlement, the Department of Education, ACE, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Congress, among others. His students attest to his infectious enthusiasm and passion for speech, offering a balance of playfulness and rigor within the classroom.
Caleb's coaching methods incorporate business communication strategies, anatomical understanding, and humanistic psychology. He grounds each of these in practical exercises that allow his clients to understand their relevance and near-immediate application. He excels at translating complex ideas into language accessible to students of all backgrounds.
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 apprenticed with world-renowned voice and speech faculty. He also participated in the New York Speech Coaching Teacher Training Program under the instruction of Brendan Houdek and John West. 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 voice and dialect coaching for numerous performances.
Josephine is a voice, speech, and accent coach. She has a 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.
Originally from Bloomington, IN, Nick received his MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program and his BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville.
As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in 1984 and The Humans, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016. His Off-Broadway credits include Medea at BAM, The Humans and The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, both at Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as Macbeth with the Mobile Shakespeare Unit at The Public Theater. Regionally, he has performed at The Ahmanson Theatre, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, and the Denver Center. On television, Nick has been seen on Succession, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, The Good Fight, Law and Order: SVU, Person of Interest, and Show Me a Hero.
As a teacher, Nick has worked with Rosie’s Theater Kids, PPAS / Waterwell Drama Program, and was a substitute teacher in the New York Public School System. He has done extensive volunteer work with The 52nd Street Project, as well as Rehabilitation Through the Arts.
He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Ashley, and their two children, Ava & Marlowe.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with a general outline of your interests and goals, and we will set up a phone consultation and quote.
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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