I am a Trinity College of London Speech and Drama teacher and Speaking Coach. I teach second-language English speakers who wish to improve their speaking skills. I also help introverts and people who suffer from anxiety, to improve their speaking skills so they can speak up.
I’m sure we can all think of at least one extraordinary speaker whose words changed our thoughts or even changed our lives. We can’t imagine that it might be us changing our world. Many people fear public speaking and speaking up, which leads to a missed opportunities.
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 shy and excluded. I was 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.
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 courses that teach individuals the main key performance skills to advance their public speaking skills and confidence.
I coach 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 the beginning of your journey.