Jim loves voice coaching, and he does it in two formats, group seminars and individual coaching.
Group seminars give students an opportunity to learn the basics of proper voice usage in a group setting where you can interact with others who are also learning. Seminars can be an ideal way to introduce voice concepts to your sales team, your training group, or other groups of individuals that use their voice as their primary function.
For special attention to your unique voice, Jim also offers one-on-one coaching. This format allows you to focus on the specific assets and liabilities in your voice. You can roll up your sleeves directly with Jim and work on the issues that need the most attention for your particular voice.
Free Sample – An awareness building introduction to the importance of the vocal instrument in public speaking. Includes a description of the important factors of vocal production that may impact the effectiveness of your voice. Includes 1 short in-class example exercise. Duration: 10-15 minutes
Vocal Delivery On Steroids – An introduction to the fundamentals of good voice technique for non-singers. Includes fundamentals of voice communication, building voice awareness, impacts of breathing and posture, optimum use of pitch, resonance, and voice delivery speed, varying the use of diction for different messages, minimizing tension, and maintaining vocal health. This seminar is interactive with participants experimenting with vocal techniques in contexts similar to those in their everyday personal or professional lives. Duration: 60-90 minutes
The above seminar may also be given as a three seminar series as outlined below. The series allows more detailed treatment of the concepts involved and more individual interaction on these concepts.
“You gave a GREAT seminar from your heart and your soul. I’m so glad I was there to hear it.” — TV sports personality
Voice Basics – A complete treatment of the basic factors of good vocal production. After recording your voice to build awareness of where you are starting, demonstrations are given on proper posture, breathing, relaxation, voice registers, optimum pitch, and resonance, with in-class exercises to optimize each of these factors for each student. Duration: 60-90 minutes
Dramatic Delivery– This session focuses on the delivery factors that affect the effectiveness of your presentation, including general diction/mumbling, breath frequency, use of vowels and consonants for different effects, delivery speed/rhythm, vowel stretching for effect, pauses/silence, timbre and register changes, energy level, and how to chart the climaxes and sub-climaxes of your talk. Duration: 60-90 minutes
Vocal Health – This session focuses on the factors that affect the health of your voice, a must session for individuals who speak for a living. The session focuses on habits while you are speaking, such as breathing, pitch variation, shouting, and talking over noise, as well as habits when you are not speaking, including fluids/hydration, smoking, throat clearing/coughing, rest, and exercise. Duration: 30 minutes
The Power of Visualization – Visualization is an amazingly powerful tool for speakers. This workshop focuses on how to use visualization both in speech preparation and in rehearsal to bring your most polished message to the stage. In-class exercises are included. Duration: 30-45 minutes
Jim’s individual voice coaching is highly interactive, with lots of vocalizing and helpful feedback in each session.
Initial Voice Evaluation – The first coaching session involves making an individual voice recording, voice analysis, and the building of an individual speech profile, identifying areas of strength and areas that need more attention for improvement. This initial voice evaluation is offered at no charge.
Follow Up Coaching – Following the initial voice analysis session, sessions focus on the speech profile factors that need the most attention, in a priority order decided by you and Jim together.
Before-and-after voice recordings are often done to demonstrate the effectiveness of new vocal habits and for the student to take home any practice exercises introduced during the session.
Coaching sessions may be done at Jim’s studio or at a location of your choosing.
“I am delighted for the depth of learning that Jim has enabled for me.” — startup entrepreneur
Speech Video Analysis – Jim reviews videos of your speeches, producing detailed analysis of strengths and areas for improvement. In person review and discussion of this analysis is also available.
“Wow. This a fantastic, honest, just-what-I-needed analysis.” — million dollar club national speaker
Live Speech Recording – Jim also offers a service to video and audio record your public speech at the actual venue it is presented for use in follow up analysis and coaching sessions.
What makes Jim Different
Jim’s extensive training and knowledge in the field of vocal production ensures that your voice instruction is properly grounded in solid vocal production fundamentals. His extensive performance experience means he understands the performance stress all speakers experience. And his performance judging and vocal recording experience have tuned his ear to detect every important aspect of your speaking voice and why it is the way it is.