What is Speech Coaching?

If you want to improve the clarity and projection of your speech, if you get nervous before speaking in public, or if you don't love the sound of your voice, you should pursue sessions with our speech coaches.

Speech coaching enhances your speaking voice and communication skills. Working towards a speech goal will generally involve an intersection of several subdisciplines, many of which we've listed below. Speech coaching can include work on clarity, tone, projection, breath, presentation skills, public speaking, accent reduction, preparation technique, executive presence, and many other areas.

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Speaking Voice Enhancement

We create a custom-tailored 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.

Public Speaking

We'll help you present the best, most authentic version of yourself when speaking in public. We'll work on projecting relaxed enthusiasm, pleasant assertiveness, and grounded vitality. We cover voice control, body language & hands, managing anxiety, and impromptu speaking.

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.

Executive Presence

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

Interview Skills

We'll work with you to enhance your voice, physicality, and impromptu speaking skills for job interviews. Your ability to project comfort, confidence, and competence can show your potential employers the true you, giving you the edge when competing for a position.

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.

Preparation for Speech

If you have an important speech approaching, such as a corporate keynote or a best man speech, we will work with you on actionable skills specific to your presentation. Our coaches specialize in preparation tactics that will put you through “high-altitude” training — so that real life feels easy and comfortable on the day.

Social & Dating Coaching

We'll equip you with skills and techniques to feel more at-ease in social situations and dating. We work on managing anxiety, the sound of your voice, body language, and strategies for humor and thinking on the spot. We love to help students find the confident, pleasant person within themselves.

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 give you mental tools to help you map your speech's path as you go — without a script.

Group Classes

New York Speech Coaching offers a variety of group classes throughout the year. These include lectures, public speaking classes, and our open mic practice group. Please click Learn More to see our current group classes on offer.

Speech Teacher Training

New York Speech Coaching is proud to offer Speech Coach Teacher Training & Certification. This training equips any aspiring or experienced speech coach with the tools they need to effectively teach speech lessons. The course includes lectures, observations, personal study, and guided teaching. Graduates of the training will leave prepared to coach clients interested in speaking voice enhancement, public speaking skills, and accent modification.

Internship / Work-study

New York Speech Coaching offers an internship for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Interns may obtain college credit and will be provided with educational opportunities including private training and lesson observations. A work-study scholarship is also available for those seeking to offset the cost of lessons by direct involvement with the company.

Impressions / Stand Up Comedy

We specialize in helping stand-up comedians with their delivery and timing, including comedic beats, expressiveness, microphone technique, and body language. We can also break down the components of specific impressions you want to achieve, or work on making your voice more flexible and versatile.

Speech Writing

While our skilled speech coaches enable you to master the delivery of your speech, our content specialists help you craft the content. Whether it be a keynote address, a wedding speech, or anything in between, we write the speech — so that you can stay focused on the presentation itself.

Voiceover & Podcast Training

If you've worked in the voiceover industry and are looking to brush up, or if you've wondered whether voice work for commercials, animation, or audio books might be something you'd enjoy, our coaches can guide you on techniques for advertising, narration, and animation.

Media Training

We'll prepare you for television, radio, or other media appearances and interviews, whether live or prerecorded. Media training includes work on voice, body, and thinking under duress to help you feel confident and self-assured before the big day, without the fear of "blanking" or flubbing your message.

Dialect Coaching

We'll help you become fluent in an accent or dialect other than your own. It's primarily sought by actors needing to play a character from a specific country or region. Many of our coaches are professional actors and can help you perfect accents and dialects from around the world.

Pageant Coaching

We'll help you nail the interview portion of the competition! Spontaneous structure, body & voice work, and conditioning for thinking under pressure will ensure committed, clear answers during interviews.

For Actors

We'll work to enhance the flexibility and clarity of your voice, practice interpretation of text, and achieve a Standard American or other dialect or accent. Many of our instructors have enjoyed successful acting careers; we have the experience to help you reach your vocal goals as an entertainer.

Audio/Video Production

We'll collaborate with you on your media production. Our production services include audio recording such as custom PBX prompts or voice-over, video filming & editing for industrials or sales videos, and directing to ensure the talent and presentation matches your high-quality vision.

If your communication difficulty is the result of a physical or cognitive impairment or injury, our on-site speech pathologist can help. While the fields of speech pathology and speech coaching are closely related, some of the differences are explained here.

New York Speech Coaching’s sister company, New York Vocal Coaching, is pleased to provide New York’s finest singing instruction for students of all ages and interest. Find out more here.