About Me

Sandra – Speaking Coach

I am a Speaking Coach who trains second-language English speakers to improve their public speaking skills.

When we think of public speaking, usually think of the stage and an audience staring back. There is a spot-light and applause. I’m sure you can all think of at least one extraordinary speaker that spoke so well their words changed your thoughts or even changed lives.

And then, we decide that we are just ordinary. And with that realisation, we think that we will never be on the stage. It will never be us changing our world. Actually, we will never even express what is on our minds…

Most people accept that they are not destined for public speaking at a really young age. From the first oral at school that almost paralysed with fear, a fear that was reaffirmed as a terrible experience to avoid, leading to a missed promotion at work because you don’t speak up.

Speaking up for your self can be hard and it’s even harder if English is your second language.

As a teenager I was painfully shy I hardly ever spoke. I kept to myself. I didn’t have a load of cool teen friends and often was shamed and ridiculed. I was shy and mostly silent, and angry about it. I realised at this age, that if I didn’t learn how to speak out and speak up, it would hold me back and my life would go nowhere. Or rather, not where I wanted it to go.

So there I was. I had a soft little voice and sometimes I stuttered. I was painfully shy. My body language shouted insecurity. 

Then it all changed.

I started studying Trinity Speech and Drama with a private teacher. She helped me learn about language, theatre, dramatic skills. Most importantly, she nurtured my fragile ego. I progressed with the Trinity exams and studied performance skills under numerous other teachers too. Sometimes I excelled. Sometimes I stumbled. It was not an easy journey. 

Eventually, after many exams and performances, I was awarded the Trinity Teacher’s Licentiate. Finally I comfortable on a stage and could hold an audiences’ attention with ease. However, I didn’t go on to become a Speech and Drama Teacher and took a different path. I furthered my education, pursued my career, love of travel and starting businesses. One of my favourite adventures was a motorcycle trip across Africa. Another, I founded a motorcycle training academy in Cape Town. Later sold my ventures and emigrated to Spain, where I reside now.

In 2020/2021 I developed a short course that teaches individuals the main key performance skills to advance their public speaking skills.

I coach aspiring leaders because I believe that you can change your world with your voice. If we are to make this world a better place for all, then we need those quiet, deep-thinking leaders to rise up, speak up!

This is not the end of your journey, but rather the beginning. 

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