Voice & Communication
1 : 1 Coaching
How Would it Feel to Trust Your Voice and Speak Freely?
Vocal Confidence Coaching pulls together a variety of exercises and modalities to help you trust and appreciate the sound of your voice, while at the same time weaving in a deep sense of confidence in who you are and what you need to say, and adding the skills and tools you need to communicate clearly in any situation.
✨Sounds like magic, right?✨
Is this for Someone Like Me?
This type of coaching is helpful to anyone who wants to possess the skills and confidence to speak up. Does any of this describe your experience?
I Feel Like:
- My voice is too quiet/loud
- I don’t like the sound of my voice
- My voice is too high/low, masculine/feminine
- My voice is gravelly, whispery or thin
- My voice cracks, waivers, breaks up, or feels tired a lot
- I often run out of breath
- People often don’t understand me, tell me that I mumble, or ask me to repeat myself
- People ignore me or speak over me
- It’s hard to ask people to do things I need them to do
- I don’t know when it’s my turn to speak
- I want to share my thoughts, but I’m afraid I’ll look stupid
- I don’t know where to look or what to do with my hands
- I’m less confident in my non-native language
- Overall increase in confidence and assertiveness
- Increased professionalism and presence
- Ability to speak with clarity and intention
- Enhanced relationships and cooperation
- Ability to navigate situations on the fly
- Artfully debate and manage conflict
- Speak confidently in difficult situations
- Confidence presenting in front of an audience
- Comfort speaking up in a meeting
- Reduced social anxiety
- Improved leadership
- Enhanced interviews, contract and raise negotiations
- Increased sureness and clarity in all the languages you speak
How Does it Work?
This pragmatic and holistic style of coaching will take you all the way to the deepest foundations of your voice. You will feel more comfortable and confident in any situation in which you need to express yourself. It is built around three main pillars:
1. Vocal Technique
Love the Sound of Your Voice
Develop clarity, power, control, and stamina to sound confident and emotive.
Understand how the voice works and craft a sound that represents your true self.
2. Inner Confidence
Trust and Believe in Yourself
Know what you want to say, and give yourself permission to take up space.
Rewrite limiting beliefs and replace old patterns with confident new behaviors.
3. Communication Skills
Learn to Speak Effectively
Build the skills to communicate and present your ideas clearly in any situation.
Cultivate the ability to foster relationships and deepen connections with others.
A Deeper Look:
Your voice is an observable physical representation of your inner world. When you speak, you convey all sorts of information about yourself, from your age, gender and culture of origin. You also convey information about your state of being, such as your energy level, health status or mood. You also convey information that may reside deep within, such as your level of confidence, fear, freedom, reluctance.
Vocal technique will help you gain command of how your voice sounds. You can quickly integrate tools to help with tone and pitch, volume, resonance, projection, breathing, pacing, enunciation, intonation and stamina, etc.
All this mechanical stuff is weirdly easy, and we can fix most vocal issues with some simple exercises.
In order to get the most out of your vocal technique, it is also important to understand the relevance of internal and external factors that impact the way your vocal mechanics work. For instance, if your voice is sometimes strong and resonant and confident, and other times weak or quiet or nervous, then it’s highly probable that you don’t have vocal problem, per se.
How confident or hesitant you feel in any situation will directly impact your ability to command the sound your voice – whether you study technique or you don’t. This is because your voice and speech are hardwired to your nervous system, where your fight-flight-freeze-fawn response lives. If you’re confident, your voice will resonate effortlessly. If you are nervous or hesitant, it will be breathy, break up, crack, etc.
The degree to which your nervous system will inform your voice and speech in any particular situation has its roots in the stories, patterns and survival strategies that you have picked up throughout your life. These are shaped through your experiences with:
- Family background
- Cultural norms
- Physical body and health
- Community, friends and social circumstances
- Education background
- Professional experience
- Mindset, and more
Think of a time when your voice felt confident or strong. Where were you? Who was there? What were you doing? What was at stake? How did you feel before, during and after?
Now think of a time when your voice felt the unconfident or weak. What were the conditions?
When you feel strong in your purpose, confident in who you are as a human, and clear about your worth and what you bring to the table, your voice – since it is a physical representation of your inner world, will shine bright and clear.
Developing a deep sense of self-awareness and inner safety, cultivating a growth mindset, and developing tools to help you rewrite your own story are the fundamental keys to owning your voice.
When you communicate from a place of deep inner confidence through a strong, clear voice that you know you can trust, your experience with the world around you completely transforms. People will respond to you differently. You will be able to set better boundaries, ask for and receive what you need, and share your brilliant ideas – even if they’re not fully baked. Your insecurities and imposter syndrome will decrease, along with any shyness or social anxiety. Your happiness and your sense of safety and belonging will increase.
Maybe this sounds like impossible magic, but it is 100% real and you already have everything you need to get started inside of you. I cannot wait to see the look on your face when you realize what you and your voice are capable of.
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"If you’re looking for an amazing coach to help you build confidence in your presentations and really develop your voice - literally - then look no further than Sam Whitehouse. I worked with her when I first started to do video and audio recordings for my online programs and marketing and she did a masterful job of accelerating my progress. My voice totally transformed. I went from having zero understanding of the mechanics of voice and vocal projections to really understanding resonance and projection and the importance of your mind and body on your voice. That video launch I did ended up being a massive success and gave me an incredible foundation. She is an amazing teacher and I recommend her to everyone."
"I have been working with Sam for the past year on my public speaking and singing abilities. In addition to the usual fear of public speaking, I also have a stutter and Sam was able to determine my breathing was shallow, a very critical observation that many speech therapists did not pick up on. Sam is patient, caring and super flexible with scheduling. It has been a pleasure working with Sam and highly recommend her for all your vocal coaching needs."
“Sam coached me and a group of my colleagues at Aruba Networks (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) on presenting and public speaking. She made the session fun and interactive by peppering in the techniques and skillsets required for an effective and powerful singer as it would relate to a presenter before an audience… a very interesting addition to what other public speaking / communication / presenting courses that I’ve had in in the past are missing. As would be required for a strong singer before an audience, Sam coached the group to vocalize, powerfully and confidently, which is incredibly important, but seems to be missing in your traditional presentation courses. At the same time, she honed in on the power of authenticity in connecting with your audience, not just didactically, but through example with her own refined skills in connecting with our group. I have highly recommended her to former colleagues now at other firms and hope to see more presenters more effectively interact with their audience in the future… so much more fun, educational, and engaging than the vast majority of presentations most of us are exposed to routinely!”
“When I was looking for job, I need help with the Interview. I met with Sam. She was very helpful pointing out my improvement areas, and bringing in creative techniques for practice. This improves my confidence and clarify during presentation. She also followed up with me after sessions. I felt that she really cared about my progress and improvement. At the end of day, thanks to her help, I was able to find a decent job, ending the tough job-seeking journey. I really appreciate all the help from Sam and would definitely recommend her to anyone who looks to improve their interview, presentation, and vocal skills.”