Voice Coaching

1-on-1 Customized Coaching

Gain a powerful voice that will set you apart from your peers. Our coaches will teach you how.

 

What is Executive Voice Coaching?

Executive Voice Coaching creates a sustainable and powerful change in your voice. That alone can enhance your executive presence, improve your overall communication skills and help you quickly reach your career goals. 

 

Our coaches are trained in the Espeland Method™, an interdisciplinary approach that combines our Founder and CEO’s performative training and voice prowess with Columbia Business School MBA education and experience in the corporate business world.

 

We harness our unique skill set to help business executives articulate their authentic selves. By incorporating mental, physical, and emotional interdisciplinary tools, our coaches craft your inner dialogue to bring your individual power to the forefront. 

You can literally and figuratively change your voice and the trajectory of your career.

The Espeland Method™ of coaching has four key components:
 

  • Authenticity 

  • Interdisciplinary Levers (Mental, Physical, and Emotional) 

  • Performative Training meets Corporate Strategy 

  • Fun
     

We customize our coaching roadmaps for each client’s needs. Specific skills one can acquire include:
 

  • Controlling the voice to sound stronger, clearer, and carry gravitas over digital media and other public speaking situations.

  • Managing melody inclusive of breathing, pausing, pitch, and speed.

  • Improving overall confidence both inside and outside the boardroom. 

  • Employing storytelling techniques with authentic emotions.

  • Building executive presence. 

  • Crafting effective presentations, both written and spoken. 

  • Practicing for high-stakes interviews, including management consulting casing. 

  • Harnessing the body to play its “instrument” and effectively control communication. 

  • Pacing of speech, whether it is faster or slower.

  • Expelling inflections and idiosyncratic speaking ‘ticks’ such as upspeak. 

  • Reducing accents and dialects, as well as improving overall diction and clarity in American English.

  • Understanding American English colloquialisms, jargon, and slang. 

  • Speaking with the body, including facial expressions and body language. 

  • Building written communication techniques for presentations and decks. 

  • Utilizing improv and acting exercises to strengthen abilities and tap into newfound confidence. 

  • Harnessing custom meditations and affirmations to build confidence and quiet nerves. 

Why Invest in Coaching?

The Fortune 500’s Secret Weapon: Executive Coaching 

For decades, leaders of some of the most iconic and successful companies have harnessed the power of executive coaches, including: Jeff Bezos, Former CEO of Amazon and Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google.  Goldman Sachs believes in it so much that they speak to their coaching commitment on their website

 

The Market 

 

In fact, HR consulting firm Hay Group estimates that up to 40% of Fortune 500 companies utilize executive coaches.  Demand is estimated to reach $11.2B this year.  Per a survey of HR and learning and development professionals, 68% expect demand to continue to increase.

 

The ROI 

 

So why do the major players invest in these services?  Professionals have described an average return of 7x, and over a quarter reported an impressive ROI of 10 to 49x

Additionally, Harvard Business Review found that multiple stock portfolios composed of companies that "spend aggressively on employee development" each outperformed the S&P 500 by 17 to 35%

 

Diverse levers can be attributed to coaching ROI, with a typical engagement looking like the following: 

 

Coaching Impacts 

  • Improved relationships with direct reports, peers, and other stakeholders

  • Increased commitment to the organization 

  • Increased job satisfaction

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Bottom Line Impacts 

  • Increased revenue

  • Increased productivity 

  • Higher customer satisfaction 

  • Reduced turnover 


 

Next Steps

 

Perhaps executive coaching is the missing link for your organization.  If so, here’s what you need to do next:  

 

1/ Find the perfect coach

Many companies hire external executive coaches or coaching firms due to their expertise.  To find the right coach, consider the following:

 

  • Do they have both quantitative and qualitative skills?  Are they able to measure impact and ROI with ease? 

  • Are they a strong verbal and written communicator?

  • Does their client portfolio match your cohort? 

  • Do they understand any relevant technical jargon relevant to your industry or cohort?  

  • Have they been in your cohort’s shoes?  For example, have they ever been an executive at a Fortune 500?

 

You may find that different coaches may be needed for various cohorts in your company, such as one for junior level rising stars and one for the C-suite.

 

2/ Embrace coaching  

Make sure your organization is strongly communicating support of its coaches or coaching program.  One of the best and most practical ways to do this is to offer coaching widely throughout your organization with limited barriers to entry.

 

3/ Ensure accountability 

Ensure that your Executive Coaches hold employees accountable to their scheduled sessions, goals, and homework.  This not only allows for the employee to remain on track, but helps them to take the engagement seriously and further appreciate the endeavor. 

 

4/ Share the data

Communicate to your organization ongoing results from your coaching engagement.  This will not only encourage continued use, but also encourage skeptics to give it a try.

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Work with our Founder and CEO, Melanie Espeland

KNOWN FOR:

  • Therapeutic, inspirational, and personal coaching style 

  • Building confidence and executive presence 

  • Career and leadership coaching 

  • Interview and presentation coaching, both written and verbal 
     

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Corporate Training

Offering custom solutions in Executive Voice Coaching for teams and individuals.

 

Custom training crafted to the needs of your organization.

We discover the literal and figurative voice to improve professional performance and executive presence.

 

Executive Voice Coaching creates a sustainable and powerful change in your voice. That alone can enhance your executive presence, improve your overall communication skills and help you quickly reach your career goals. 

 

Our coaches are trained in the Espeland Method™, an interdisciplinary approach that combines our Founder and CEO’s performative training and voice prowess with Columbia Business School MBA education and experience in the corporate business world.

We harness our unique skill sets to help business executives articulate their authentic selves. By incorporating mental, physical, and emotional interdisciplinary tools, our coaches craft your inner dialogue to bring your individual power to the forefront. 

You can literally and figuratively change your voice and the trajectory of your career. 

The Espeland Method™ of coaching has four key components: 
 

  • Authenticity 

  • Interdisciplinary Levers (Mental, Physical, and Emotional) 

  • Performative Training meets Corporate Strategy 

  • Fun

We customize our coaching roadmaps for each corporation’s needs. 

Contact us to discuss how we can help. 

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You can add on Executive Coaching or  Voice Coaching services to your Executive Presence Coaching roadmap. Just email us or schedule a consultation to craft the right solution for you.

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People Are Saying.

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I highly recommend Melanie as an executive presence coach. I have worked with her for several months and she has been fantastic, helping me navigate Covid-time Zoom presence, presentation skills and video preparation/presence. I also tapped her to to be a webinar monitor for a Home Office webinar that I developed. She was a superstar!

Bob B.

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Know the Difference: Volume vs. Projection

There's a big difference between volume and projection. Mastering both can significantly improve your business communications...

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Sounding Warm: The Why’s and How’s

Seeking warmth in professional communications can sound counterintuitive, but exhibiting warmth can actually help you in your career. Even in a professional situation, you want to be able to fully engage the other party; you want them to hear you literally and...

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Executive Voice Coaching Resonates in the Era of Zoom

No longer able to rely on handshakes and full body language to connect, Zoom-era professionals are seeking new skills, replacing those they relied on in an office setting...

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Fairygodboss hosts Melanie in "Voice Coaching Tips to Impress"

 

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Know the Difference: Volume vs. Projection

There's a big difference between volume and projection. Mastering both can significantly improve your business communications.

 

Volume can be equated with loudness in close proximity and is simply measured by decibels of sound. Projection is that sound's ability to travel greater distances. The better the projection, the more intact and true that sound remains from afar.

 

Why does this matter in business?

 

Professionals aspire to exude confidence in communications and often fabricate this confidence by increasing the sheer volume of their speech. Using air from the top of their lungs, high volume speakers can appear insincere and irrational, rather than authoritative and solid on a topic.

 

In contrast, projection can demonstrate control, confidence, and thoughtfulness. In order to project effectively, speakers use diaphragmatic breathing and solid airflow technique to project voluminous, powerful sound. The resulting sound, resonating and clear, inspires trust in the speaker and confidence in their authority.

 

Espeland Enterprises offers personalized executive voice coaching to help clients project confidently and communicate more effectively.

 

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation to learn more about optimizing your voice and improving executive presence.

 

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Sounding Warm: The Why’s and How’s

WHY inject warmth into business relationships?

Seeking warmth in professional communications can sound counterintuitive, but exhibiting warmth can actually help you in your career. Even in a professional situation, you want to be able to fully engage the other party; you want them to hear you literally and figuratively. If you're excited or nervous about something, you want to communicate that in order to be vulnerable and authentic. If you can be the warmest person in the room, you will actually be the most engaging person in the room.

 

HOW do you learn to exhibit warmth?

 

1. Acknowledging and expressing emotions

Many of my clients have been socialized to not emote outwardly, and so I work with them on actually communicating without words. I instruct them to read a piece of a script with anger or sadness or joy. Despite conjuring an emotion internally, oftentimes the reading comes out flat, indicating that there is a cognitive dissonance between internal feelings and outward expression.

 

If you're coming off very flat, no matter what you're talking about, you will never be a great communicator and you're not going to be engaging to the other party. Being aware of how well you communicate externally and how well you move your energy externally is very important.

 

2. Vocal training

Simply employing some simple vocal and speech practices, you can accentuate the inherent warmth in your communication. This can be accomplished by adapting a "melody of gratitude": speaking at a slower pace, avoiding upward inflections at the end of sentences, elongating words, and lowering pitch.

 

3. Physical preparation

Think of the physical body as an instrument that needs to be tuned, warmed up, and prepared for having the best possible communication outcome. Practicing yoga enables you to literally stretch out and relieve tension in the body so that you can freely communicate. If you have a lot of tension in your body (and especially your face), releasing that tension will actually change the way your sound is coming out of your mouth. It will be stronger and warmer, and your body will just be more comfortable with less tension. Everything will work a little bit more smoothly.

 

WHAT IF I'm not inherently warm?

I always want my clients to be authentic and just the best version of themselves. Some people are not particularly warm, but we can work on them being aware of who they are, what their brand is, and utilizing their strength and presence. Somebody like Steve Jobs, who was extremely analytical and precise, was not warm at all. That was his style and it worked because he brought a lot of authenticity and passion to the table.

 

 

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that humans are social beings and that we require some level of personal connection. If people can connect with you because you're warm or show empathy, that will draw people to you and allow them to let down their guard and communicate more openly and effectively with you. This open communication and mutual trust paves the path toward growth, advancement, and success.

 

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation to learn more about optimizing your voice and improving executive presence.

 

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Executive Voice Coaching Resonates in the Era of Zoom

No longer able to rely on handshakes and full body language to connect, Zoom-era professionals are seeking new skills, replacing those they relied on in an office setting.

 

In a pre-Covid world, sharing ideas could be accomplished in passing or in the familiar setting of offices and meeting rooms, where colleagues intuitively spoke in turn and communicated with the confidence afforded by decades of face-to-face interactions.

 

These routine, comfortable interactions have been replaced with more formal, regimented online meetings where the dynamic often feels awkward and rigid.

 

Simply participating in a meeting can feel like public speaking or presenting, and Espeland Enterprises is seeing a significant increase in demand for executive voice coaching as professionals address the challenges of remote interactions.

 

Clients are concerned that in remote meetings they:

  • Lack gravitas, leadership and executive presence

  • Feel anxiety before meetings and when speaking

  • Use filler words, such as “um” and “like”

  • Speak in a stilted, unnatural manner

  • Do not exhibit warmth and authenticity

 

Utilizing physical, mental, and emotional tools, borrowing from diverse disciplines, from acupuncture to speech therapy to improv, Espeland Enterprises offers solutions to these challenges, customized for each client to build their unique voice, communication skills, and executive presence.

 

Stay tuned for exercises and tips to overcome common Zoom communication challenges.

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