The length of time it takes to become a better speaker depends on several factors such as individual affinity for speech, one's desired level of proficiency, and the level of practice done outside the program. Following an introductory lesson, we can assess more accurately how long it will take you to reach your “speech goal.”
Define “desired level of proficiency.”
The "perfect end” of speech training - no need to train anymore ever again - is not an attainable goal because our voices change, our needs change, and our goals change – and even speaking coaches never give up on improving their vocal skills. Yet with every lesson, you will notice an improvement. Ultimately, it is your decision alone to determine if you are sufficiently proficient for your current purposes. For example, someone who wants to become more comfortable with small talk might reach their goal before a person training for a professional career. Of course, what happens frequently is that clients are so encouraged by their success on one level that they want to move to the next step. Often students come regularly at first. After certain achievements, they will revisit the program a few times a year or just before an important “speech” event.
How does work outside of class affect training?
Outside classroom work can really affect training time – shortening it to a great extent. Actually, practicing outside the classroom is the single most important factor in determining the length of training. This speech course also includes a comprehensive set of exercises to be done on the client's own time. Statistics show that clients who perform these exercises can see dramatic results in minimum time. On the other hand, clients who do not perform these exercises need a much longer period – even months - to reach their goals.
Affinity for Speech
Let's use an example here – for instance - I can hardly draw a straight line but my neighbor can create a beautiful picture after just one day's work. On the other hand, I can make a mouthwatering chili and he can't cook for beans. My point is that we all have our own talents – and affinity for speech is no different from any other area. Many people excel in vocal exercises and applications while others can take longer to reach the same level of proficiency.
What will I learn in...
• 4-6 hours
Four to six hours will give you a basic understanding of the concepts of a healthy and efficiently-produced speaking voice. Although this will be your beginning experience with training, it holds many of the keys to a successful finish. You will receive fundamental exercises in this session which you will draw on throughout the program. Compare it to an initial personal training session. The trainer takes you through various exercises (leg, arm, abs, ...) and then you build your own workout based on these fundamentals. You do not yet have the body of your dreams but you have the available tools to get you to that point. Our speaking coaches have effective tools to show you how to change your voice - for the better.
• 6-10 hours
Between six and ten hours, you will notice a considerably improved voice – especially if you also do work outside class. Indeed depending on the desired level of proficiency, a client can reach their goal within this time period. Although the voice might not be totally conditioned at this point, people can have developed a sense of what they “will” their voice to be and how to bring it outside themselves. Obviously, a client might still have to be conscious of how to produce that voice.
• 10-25 hours
Ten to twenty-five hours should see a dramatic difference in versatility and control. This stage of training works on fundamental mechanics as well as thoroughly exploring preparation, pitch, volume, rate variation, and the effects of relaxed enthusiasm.
• 25 plus hours
Following 25 hours of training, you will find yourself in the advanced stage of training. Generally, clients who have come this far are looking for a professional mastery of vocal technique and versatility.
Sometimes people need one-on-one attention to feel confident in their presentations and speeches. In these tailor-made lessons, we examine not only the technical components of enhancing the voice, but also work from a physical and psychological perspective to help the individual feel at ease during presentations. We blend principles from the theatre, concepts of healthy vocal production, as well as the fundamentals of public speaking into an approach that has helped numerous corporate and private clients alike.
Half Day Performance Seminar
This performance seminar is a workshop using personalized coaching techniques to develop more powerful and engaging presenters and sales teams. Designed for any team or group that desires to become a more vibrant and authentic speaker, this course pushes individuals out of their comfort zone. Each performance seminar supports well-defined individual developmental goals encompassing proper breathing, better articulation, connecting with an audience, story telling and speaking with intention.
Presentation critique is a detailed analysis and assessment of a presentation by our trained speech consultants. This comprehensive evaluation will give you the competitive edge as your speeches will be tweaked and assessed for success. This critique can be of a live performance or a pre-recorded video.
Our latest and greatest Say What?! sessions offered for kids and teens (ages 12-18). Using an online platform, we coach kids and teens on proper vocal production, how to speak clearly and how to gain confidence in front of a group of people, a job interview or college admissions. Public speaking is so very important and starting at a young age has huge advantages.