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D.C. Speech Coaching offers world-renowned training in public speaking, accent reduction, cross-cultural communication coaching, speaking voice enhancement, and speech therapy in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia.

About D.C. Speech Coaching

DC Speech Coaching is a division of New York Speech Coaching run by nationally certified and internationally recognized speech-language pathologist, Courtney Armstrong. Courtney is published worldwide for her groundbreaking research in accent modification services. She has years of experience in accent training, cross-cultural communication coaching, public speaking, and speech therapy. She combines her technical knowledge with an enthusiasm for communication in a client-centered training approach. Based in Washington, D.C., Courtney provides services throughout the DMV area and around the globe.

To work with Courtney, please call (202)979-2466, Courtney@DCSpeechCoaching.com, or view her availability here. 

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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 DCSC!

Arty S.

Arty S.

Account Executive, SalesForce

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 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

Washington DC

Services Include

Accent Reduction

Learn to speak with clarity, particularly for American and multilingual audiences. Gain valuable communication skills that will benefit your interactions both socially and vocationally.

Public Speaking

Master the practical fundamentals of speaking, such as eliminating "um"s and being concise. Gain valuable tools to reduce anxiety, enhance comfort, and boost your confidence.

Cross-Cultural Communication Coaching

Learn to recognize and adapt your unique speaking habits. Prevent misunderstandings by learning cultural differences in communication to enable effective and respectful interactions in all settings.

Speaking Voice Enhancement

Enhance your voice by fine-tuning its tone, resonance, expressiveness, volume, and clarity. Sound confident and project with ease, all while reducing inhibiting characteristics such as breathiness or vocal fry.

Speech Therapy

DC Speech Coaching provides comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to enhance articulation, voice, fluency, language, and social skills. We deliver therapy to target any and all challenges related to speaking and expressing oneself.

For additional information on these services and others, please visit our parent company at NewYorkSpeechCoaching.com.

About Courtney Armstrong

Growing up in a vibrant multilingual family, Courtney developed a deep appreciation for the power of language and the nuances of cross-cultural communication at a young age. Always up for an adventure, Courtney’s passions awarded her unique opportunities to speak nationally in exhilarating settings, from pageant stages to national conferences.

Courtney combines her enthusiasm for communication with specialized speech-language pathology and cross-cultural communication degrees to provide a holistic, client-centered coaching journey. Her years of coaching others ages 3 to 93 have honed her ability to offer a unique blend of individualized learning that seamlessly combines personal passions with technical mastery. She draws from her own extraordinary experiences speaking to audiences of hundreds as an internationally renowned researcher and esteemed titleholder of both the Miss America Organization and the Miss Universe Pageant systems.

Located in the Washington D.C. area, Courtney earned a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with minors in Cross-Cultural Communications and Spanish from Duquesne University. She is an ASHA-certified and Virginia-licensed speech-language pathologist. Her revolutionary, first-of-its-kind work in accent modification with native Mandarin speakers awarded her both national and international recognition. She has provided specialized accent training and cross-cultural communication coaching for native speakers of over 25 different languages. She has also studied seven languages and traveled to almost 30 countries which affords her unique knowledge and perspective when communicating cross-culturally. Her technical studies and passion for understanding diverse cultures equip her with a unique vantage point when coaching clients.

Courtney specializes in accent training, cross-cultural communication coaching, public speaking, speaking voice enhancement, and pageant coaching for clients of all ages. She coaches clients from various backgrounds including lawyers, consultants, doctors, pastors, miliary members, accountants, students, and designers. Her clients include employees of Microsoft, LEK Consulting, Nationwide, Citi Bank, JLJ Capital, and SalesForce as well as contestants in the Miss World and Miss Universe organizations.

Discover the joy that Courtney radiates as she empowers you to speak with your most authentic voice! With enthusiasm, she'll guide you toward your communication goals, ensuring every step of the journey is enjoyable.

Courtney Armstrong

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 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 if you’re looking to take your communication skills to the next level.

Pat

Pat

L.E.K. Consulting

I’m so glad that I found Courtney and decided to make this investment on myself. I’ve always struggled with speaking in front of an audience but it’s something that I need to do as part of my job.

Amy W.

Amy W.

Project Manager

I highly recommend D.C. Speech Coaching. In my case Courtney Armstrong helped me improve the quality of my interaction with various stakeholders, from board members, team members and other industry leaders with whom clear communication skills are absolutely key.

I was looking for coaching to help me improve the clarity and fluidity of my deliveries be it for conversional setting and for presentations to broader audiences. The progress I have been able to achieve over the last quarters to Courtney’s guidance are commensurate and have been notices by my family, friends and professional entourage alike. Working with Courtney allowed me to improve both the content and the delivery of my talks and speeches. In addition, Courtney allowed me to identify areas of improvement with regards to my accent, always coming up with “to the point” exercise and solutions to further perfect the clarity of my communication.

Jerome D.

Jerome D.

Bank Executive

Even though Spanish is my native language, I was never able to pronounce the trilled 'r' sound. This led to low confidence speaking the language and insecurities around other Spanish speakers - including half my family. Over the years I tried dozens of solutions to improve - articles, video tutorials, private instruction (both in-person and virtual), and even a pronunciation course - but nothing helped. It was super frustrating and I all but lost hope, but decided to give it one more attempt. Leading up to the first session I was hopeful that in the best case scenario I would be able to see progress after 4-5 sessions. Instead, I trilled my first 'r' within 4-5 minutes! As I continue to practice and make progress towards incorporating it into regular speech in Spanish, I feel really hopeful about my relationship with Spanish, friends, and family. Thank you D.C. Speech Coaching!!!

Rony Krell

Rony Krell

Software Engineer

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 D.C. 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, Courtney 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 W.

Claire W.

Financial Services

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 working with Courtney as she has been a great instructor.

Jade

Jade

Designer

I’m so glad that I found Courtney and decided to make this investment on myself. I’ve always struggled with speaking in front of an audience but it’s something that I need to do as part of my job. Upcoming presentations would cause me much anxiety and I struggled with sleeping well. Courtney was able to give me tools and tips from the first session to help alleviate some anxiety and address some of my underlying concerns. I continued to work with Courtney over the course of a year and each session I walked away with more skills and techniques, boosting my confidence with each session. She truly is such a wonderful supporter and having someone that I could speak to and confide in was tremendous. While I still don’t love presenting or speaking in front of an audience I know that it’s something that I am capable of doing well with some preparation! I’m so grateful to Courtney for this!

Amy W.

Amy W.

Project Manager

I sought out voice coaching while establishing my career as a freelance writer, which sometimes involves appearing on podcasts and panel discussions. I have always considered my voice and presentation skills to be weak, with vocal fry, difficulty projecting, and an abundance of "likes" and "ums". Courtney Armstrong made me feel immediately hopeful that public speaking and the ability to use your voice to your advantage are skills that can be strengthened and mastered. Through a combination of breathing and other voice strengthening exercises, as well as public speaking practice, I saw a significant improvement in my voice and confidence after just a few sessions. About a month or two in to working with Courtney, I appeared on another podcast, and could really feel and hear the improvement in my communication. After about 10 sessions together, I now have an abundance of exercises and tools to return to ahead of important interviews or just to improve my communication in day-to-day life. Working with Courtney was a rewarding and fun experience and I could not be more grateful for her expertise and encouragement.

Tara K.

Tara K.

Writer

I speak for a living and still (regularly) get nervous before talks, similar to athletes before their games in front of a big crowd. Courtney has been an excellent coach on the sideline for the past two years. She creates a comfortable, safe space where I can be myself. I always walk away wanting to become the best version of myself and feeling more confident in my ability to speak.

I am confident that any client working with Courtney will significantly improve their public speaking skills! If you want to turn insecurity into excellence, reach out—and work with—this talented coach.

Kevin C.

Kevin C.

Minister