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At London Speech Workshop we deliver communication coaching of the highest quality. We are truly passionate about helping you to become the best communicator you can be. We pride ourselves on our simple, intuitive approach, with an added touch of creative magic.

Our Story

Emma founded London Speech Workshop (LSW) in 2008 in response to a demand for high quality communication training courses in London. Over several years Emma developed the Serlin Method™, which infuses performance, psychology and coaching. She has a background in performance, did a postgrad at a prestigious drama school and was an award-winning theatre director. She also trained as a life coach with the Coaches Training Institute and has an MSc in Psychology.

Emma has written two books about effective communication and has also made guest appearances on Newsnight and London Live. She personally coached the Korean Olympic Bid team, which led to their successful bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Emma and her team have worked with senior executives, TV personalities and ex prime ministers. She is often asked for her input in radio, documentary and newspaper articles and has contributed to The Times Newspaper, the FT and The Independent.

About Our Clients

Our clients range from executives to former Prime Ministers, from preachers to students as well as Olympic Pitching Teams. Over the last seven years, we have worked with professionals from every industry and most countries.
Over the last decade we have worked with many corporates and businesses, who love our authentic and passionate approach, our original methodology and the success we achieve for their employees.

OUR CORPORATE CLIENTS INCLUDE:

Emma was most effective in helping us to ‘connect’ with our speech. This allowed us to deliver a more expressive and persuasive presentation.

Theresa Rah, Communications Director of PyeongChang 2018

Our coaches

All our coaches are voice professionals with years of experience both in voice, communication and teaching and training. They are handpicked after an extensive interview process, for their ear, their ability, their experience and that special je ne sais quoi! Every one of our coaches has gone through extensive training in The Serlin Method™ in addition to their own training.

Principal Coaches

JAMIE CHAPMAN

Principal Coach

Jamie is a passionate and committed coach, with over 15 years’ experience working with clients on accent softening, vocal technique and communication work. Jamie combines his teaching experience with his experience as a professional actor to help clients unlock their communication potential.

GILLY SHARPES

Principal Coach

Gilly trained at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama and has over 20 years’ teaching experience, working with clients on their voice and dialect. She is passionate about sounds, words, language and supporting her clients to be more powerful and effective communicators.

SAM FERREE

Principal Coach

Sam is a highly experienced Speech, Voice and Communication Specialist with over 15 years teaching experience.  She has an MA in Voice Studies from CSSD and taught accents and RP in several London drama schools. She is dedicated to bringing empowerment and confidence to her clients so that they become the best communicators they can be.

CAT CLANCY

Principal Coach

Cat is a highly experienced Communication Specialist, with an English
degree from Oxford University, and has delivered bespoke training to
business professionals for over thirteen years. years. She has been featured
twice in The Guardian, and appeared as an expert Voice Coach on BBC
Radio 4.  Cat also trained as an actor at The Webber Douglas Academy and toured with the prestigious Sir Peter Hall Company, before becoming a professional Director.  Cat is passionate about making the learning process as constructive and enjoyable as possible, and offering clients the tools to represent their expertise in an authentic, persuasive way.

Senior Coaches

SUSAN VIERA

Senior Coach

Susan is an experienced vocal coach, English teacher and performer. Since graduating with a degree in Acting she has taught English and toured the world with various productions. She loves her work with London Speech Workshop and is passionate about enabling her clients to become excellent communicators.

TIM GODDARD

Senior Coach

Tim has been working with individuals to refine their communication skills for over 10 years. A modern language graduate from Bristol University, he is also a qualified English teacher having worked at respected institutions in Mexico and Brazil, as well as cutting his teeth at Chelsea Football Club, coaching players and staff to become more effective communicators. He is also a professional voice over artist, lending his voice to commercials and BBC documentaries. Tim’s love for languages, knack for accents and commitment to creating challenging yet stimulating sessions, ensures his clients feel consistently motivated and inspired to reach and surpass their communication goals.

ALICE DEVILLE

Senior Coach

Alice is a highly experienced performance coach, vocal technique specialist and performer. She has a Masters in Vocal Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has performed widely as an opera singer across the UK and Europe, including at Glyndebourne, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Her coaching draws on her extensive experience as a professional opera singer, and as a teacher at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and her North London voice studio. Alice is a committed and empathetic teacher, passionate about empowering people through Effective Communication coaching at the London Speech Workshop.

OLIVIA DARNLEY

Senior Coach

Coach Olivia has over 5 years’ experience in working with both international and UK clients on accent softening, vocal technique and presentation skills. Following a Bachelor degree in English and Drama at Birmingham University she earned a Masters of Drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has furthered her coaching education with courses on the Estill Model and a Phonetics course at UCL. Olivia is also a professional actor and in her 18 year career has worked in the West End, on Broadway, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre as well as many ITV and BBC TV productions and Radio 4 Dramas and has coached actors in audition technique and accents. She has worked extensively facilitating accent softening and presentation skills to clients from all over the world, one to one and in workshops. She is fascinated by accents, voices and language and focuses on giving her clients the confidence to speak with clarity and in an authentic communication style.

BOOK YOUR TASTER SESSION

All London Speech Workshop Courses start with a Consultation – a one-hour session with one of our expert coaches where they work to identify your communication challenges, and set out on the journey to reaching your goals. It’s an opportunity for you to get a taste of how we work, and for us to make a ‘map’ of your communication strengths and  areas where we can help you develop.
Principal coach £155 / Senior coach £125

Book Instantly Online

Are you ready to start your journey with us? If you know which course you are after, then it is simple. You can book your taster through our website today, and get started being the best communicator you can be.
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Do you need help to choose which course is best for you? Perhaps you have questions about our availability, prices or scheduling? A Discovery Call with our Client Manager is the perfect way to find out more.
Call us on 020 3137 6323