Portavoce – Public Speaking Coaching – Stafford

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been performing for as long as I can remember. Second Roman Soldier at the Nativity at Primary School was my first memory of being on the stage.
 

Since then I’ve built up a body of work of performance work that includes Shakespeare, Sophocles and Sondheim. I’ve used these skills to present to academics, business owners, charities, journalists, local and national politicians, students and graduates as well as performing in Open Air, Film and to paying Theatre audiences of over 400.  

Outside of performing I have also had numerous roles behind the scenes like Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager, which has given me the opportunity to develop my personnel management skills, and I directed We Will Rock You at Newman University.

As a trainer I’ve been designing and delivering courses and programmes since 2008 when I began as an elected student officer at Newman Students’ Union. To see more recent reviews of my work please visit Google.
 
As a speaker I’ve been delivering speeches regularly over the last eight years as part of my duties to Stafford Borough Council, where I was promoted to Opposition spokesperson, and included recognising local community organisations and achievements whilst I was Deputy Mayor during 2016/2017.

I have completed both BTEC First Diploma and National Diploma in Performing Arts. In 2010, I graduated with a 2.1 (hons) Degree in Drama. These experiences have given me the opportunity to direct and coach other performers. 

I am currently undertaking a postgraduate research degree focusing on the work of British Dramatist and playwright Edward Bond.

Through my experience as a Local Authority Member (2011-2019) I have also completed numerous Public Speaking courses with Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Many of the techniques I use come from my Performing Arts experience, as that is my background, along with tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way as well as techniques I’ve developed myself for my own practice.

How long it will take for you to speak confidently in public will depend on a number of factors that include your starting position, how well you take to the content, and how well you apply the techniques you’re shown. 

My coaching courses are designed around six one-hour sessions delivered over a six-week period.

My coaching courses are designed to be delivered over six weeks to achieve the maximum impact for you.

One-off coaching sessions designed around your specific needs starts at £85.00 per hour. 

If you would like to discuss a six week course designed around you please contact me for a quote.

My one-to-one coaching sessions last for one hour.

Group Workshops typically last four hours and includes a lunch.

Yes. During our consultation meeting we will discuss what goals you have for the coaching so we can spend our time together focused on the content of your presentation.

My reviews are available here on Google.

Video content is in development and will be uploaded as soon as possible.

There’s lots of urban legends we encounter in life and I think this is the biggest one in public speaking.

I think it’s nonsense and I would never advise anyone to use it. Why would you put yourself through the added pressure of attempting to imagine people naked whilst you’re supposed to be focused on speaking?

Taking focus away from your presentation, when you’re already nervous is counter-intuitive to me, especially if you want to make a connection with people in the audience. You do want to make a connection with your audience because that’s what separates an average speaker and great speaker.

Imagine what would happen if you were using this method when looking at someone you find attractive? I wouldn’t want to face that dilemma.

I can help you with with presenting yourself, learning how to memorise information and building your confidence. 

If you’re looking for someone to help you with training your stammer / speech impediment away then I would recommend looking for a Speech and Language Therapist

I would recommend speaking to your GP and consulting this website from the NHS Midlands Partnership Trust based at Keele University.

My preference is by bank transfer, which you can organise through the majority of mobile Banking Applications, to the account below but I have the ability to take payment via PayPal on the website for a number of limited services:

Account Number: 62434375         Sort Code: 60-83-71

If you require a 0% interest payment plan I am able to provide the following terms for my one-to-one coaching courses:

First Payment: £200 to be paid in advance of the course.

Subsequent Payments – £150 to be paid after session 2 and session 4.

Please contact me for further information on payment plans.

I would be more than happy to reschedule a coaching session with a minimum of 48 hours notice and any group coaching booking with at least two week’s notice.

If you have paid for your coaching sessions and then decide to cancel, your answer will be determined by the Terms and Conditions we have agreed upon prior to payment. 

I am willing to travel to you, as long as I have enough notice and time to do so, but the prices quoted on the website are reflective of a quote for training delivered at my venue within Stafford.

If you are interested in booking me to deliver your training and you are based outside of the Midlands please contact me at rowan@portavocecoach.com for your personalised quote.

Yes! I am willing to travel to you, as long as I have enough notice and time to do so.

The prices quoted on the website are reflective of a quote for training delivered at my venue within Stafford. If you are interested in booking me to deliver your training and you are based outside of the Midlands please contact me at rowan@portavocecoach.com for your personalised quote.

For best results I recommend being in the same physical location but yes we can train on a one-to-one basis together via Skype, Zoom, Face Time, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or any other camera based device. 

The prices quoted on the website are reflective of a quote for training delivered at my venue within Stafford with lunch provided.

If you would like to opt out of catering for your course please contact me at rowan@portavocecoach.com for your personalised quote.

Yes. We work with catering professionals to deliver an appropriate lunch to help you focus and continue your learning in the second half of our day together.