Learn how to have a conversation with ease and enjoy it
What you'll learn
- You will learn how to speak more easily to all people in all situations
- You will have the skills to be able to continue a conversation with anyone
- You will have the ability to speak on the phone with little or no stress/anxiety
- You will learn how to speak with confidence in a more formal situation
- You will be able to start a conversation with anyone, anywhere
- You should be able to speak English to a basic level
- You will need a pen and a piece of paper for a few of the exercises
Get ready to meet all sorts of people and converse with ease.
'She explained everything professionally well and honest she gave very good useful tips and has this unique charm and engaging voice that soothes my fears of always being afraid to speak to others because they might judge me and she was thoroughly precise and to the point and she gave quite a lot of useful longevity tips for everyday use. IMPRESSIVE 5 STARS!! ' - Laurie
'I suffer with anxiety & public speaking. This really helped me think of ways I can manage in situations I would feel most anxious. Thank you, I will definitely be recommending you.' -Chelsea
I know how you feel, when I was about ten, my school had a parents evening - you know the type of thing - the parents go along and chat to the teachers to find out how their children are getting on. I remember my teacher well - he was young and not very chatty. During the course of the conversation with my mum, he told her that I seemed happy enough but that he couldn't remember speaking to me during the year! I hated having to speak to people – I was fine with my family and best friends but that was it!
I was sent to elocution lessons to give me confidence when speaking and in 1994 I qualified as a teacher to the highest level. I have had to learn how to converse and now people say that I sometimes talk too much!
Speaking Anxiety is the number one social phobia or fear and if you're one of the many sufferers it can make your life much more difficult than it needs to be.
Luckily, confident speaking is a skill which can be learned. Some people are just naturally quiet but are confident enough to be able to speak when they have to. Other people are very shy and think that they're going to somehow make a fool of themselves if they speak. Some people look really confident but suffer badly from speaking anxiety, they just hide it very well but their stress levels are high.
Having a conversation should always be fun. Think back to a time when you've been busy chatting to a friend and then suddenly realised you've been talking for 2 hours!
This course will show you how to feel confident when you are speaking and will give you some ideas for questions to ask or comments to make to get a conversation going or to keep a conversation going.
There are exercises for you to try so that you will be able to talk to strangers. I was like you and in this course I combine my learnt technical expertise (qualified to Fellowship level) with the anxieties I suffered in my younger life!
My 58 page ebbok 'How to overcome speaking anxiety' is included as a downloadable resource.
Are you like I was? Terrified of the phone ringing in case you have to answer it or just praying and hoping that the person you need to contact has an email address or a contact page or live chat so that you don't need to use the phone?
This part of the course is based on my knowledge as a highly qualified elocution teacher and on my own personal experiences of having what I can only call a phone phobia.
Using the phone is still not my first choice when it comes to communicating but I do use the phone now with hardly any stress or anxiety and this course will talk you through the processes I use to achieve this.
Have a look at my promotional video and free lectures to see how I can help you overcome this horrible social anxiety. Life should be fun and stress free. Enrol now and start the path to improved confidence.
Who this course is for:
- People who are scared of having to make conversation and therefore want to improve their conversation skills
- People who worry about not knowing what to say to anyone they might meet or when they have to go to the doctor, dentist etc. and have to speak to the receptionist
- Anyone of any age who dreads the thought of making a phone call or answering the phone
Serena Greenslade is an experienced speech confidence coach from Dorset, UK and she now lives in central Portugal. Serena qualified in 1994 (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher and since then has taught lecturers at Universities, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, telephone sales personnel, children, health care workers, stroke victims and staff at national charities. Serena specializes in one to one private lessons for children and adults and workshops for businesses. In June 2014 she gained her Fellowship, F.V.C.M.(Hons).
Serena says 'I know how it feels to be uncertain and frightened about speaking.' She is now qualified to the highest level (Fellowship and Associateship) and is able to help you improve your speaking skills. She lives in jeans, laughs a lot and has a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but Serena is passionate about her work and incredibly serious (with a huge smile) when it comes to teaching her clients to sound confident.
When Serena was about ten, her school had a parents evening where the parents go along and chat to the teachers to find out how their children are getting on. During the course of the conversation with her mum, the teacher told her that Serena seemed happy enough but that he couldn't remember speaking to her during the year! Serena was an incredibly shy girl.
As a result of this Serena's mum took her to elocution lessons.
These lessons gave Serena confidence but didn't change the way she sounds, 'I still have a Dorset accent (although when I teach I lose it) and I strongly believe we shouldn't all sound the same'.
Serena was still a very shy girl but knew how to speak when she had to. At her senior school, the different classes used to take it in turns to participate in the morning assemblies. She had a very elderly Maths teacher who claimed that the only time he could hear the assembly was when Serena did a reading. In return for this she was excused Maths tests in his class. Luckily her maths didn't suffer – Serena went on to pass 'A' level Maths.
In 1979 Serena obtained a degree in Law and Economics and went on to become a trainee accountant - for all of 12 weeks. Sitting in an office all day was not for her. Luckily she decided to return to what she enjoyed doing and in 1994 qualified (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher. In 2014 she obtained her Fellowship with Honours from Victoria College (F.V.C.M.)
In addition to publishing her own books, Serena has written an academic paper in Voice and Speech Review April 2015.
Serena has also written articles in many publications including Dance Studio Life July 2015, The Lady Magazine in Sept 2014, ISTD Dance magazine in Jan 2014, PTR Tennis Pro in April 2007, The International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review in Dec 2002 and Dance Expression Magazine in Dec 2001.
Serena has also taught students who have appeared in television series and who have won national awards for their acting.
Serena looks forward to teaching you. As she says, 'Enjoy Speaking'