Do not mumble!

Please do not mumble when you speak, speaking clearly is back in fashion - suddenly people are realising that we all need to be able to talk clearly.  We all want to feel confident when we talk. Although we can now communicate using emails or WhatsApp or Facebook or simply texts - the spoken word is still the most effective way of communicating.

Not communicating clearly can prevent us from getting on in life. Most of us chat quite easily to friends and family, so find out how to move this skill on to talking to people we don't know.

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If you think of a little old lady dressed in a Tweed suit talking rather 'posh' when you hear the words 'elocution teacher' think again! I live in jeans, laugh a lot and have a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but I am passionate about my work and am incredibly serious (with a smile)  when it comes to teaching my clients to sound confident.

Serena Greenslade F.V.C.M.(Hons), A.N.E.A., B.A.(Hons)


From being such a shy child that I didn't talk to my form teacher for almost a year, I am now a confident communicator and  a world wide author on Speech Training. I have written for 'The Lady' magazine in the UK, The Voice and Speech Review, Dance Studio Life Magazine in the USA and various sports coaching publications including The International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review. I have  a unique way of teaching and I am  eager to help you improve your speaking skills. Read more about me here.

Speak clearly and do not mumble!

I will teach you how to communicate at the correct pace (not too fast but not too slow), at the correct volume and with expression. I will show you how to make the sounds in your mouth and how to pronounce the vowel and consonant sounds. Talking with expression doesn't mean being dramatic, it means using your voice to sound interesting and exciting. If you sound expressive, people will want to listen to you.

Good articulation (saying the ends of words and correct vowel sounds) and accent reduction can also be achieved with practice - but a lot of people love their accent so it's worth remembering that you can sound clear and confident with an accent as long as you talk clearly.

The two main reasons people mumble is that they speak too quickly and they don't open their mouths wide enough. Both of these things can be easily and quickly overcome.

Click HERE for more information/prices of Skype lessons with Serena from anywhere in the world.

I teach worldwide using Skype - children and adults - or face to face in Central Portugal

Whatever type of talking  you're doing the basic skills needed are the same. You may have to read aloud which is a skill that most people think they can do but they do it badly and it such an easy skill to learn. You may have to explain and inform people or retell a story. Perhaps you need to sell your ideas or products. Some of the skills needed are technical some are just common sense - like how to stop saying 'um' when you're talking. 

Click here for elocution voice exercises - some are easy, some are difficult! Remember whatever you do - do not mumble!

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What people say.....

You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.

I would like to thank you for helping me have confidence in my speech today. It is because of you I did much better than I have before when presenting as speech. I was a little shaky, but other than that my voice sounded fine and I pronounced every word slowly and with emphasis on those that I wanted people to hear! Elections are tomorrow. Without you, this would not have happened! You are an inspiration! Thank you so much, Joe from New York

At the end of last term my son went for head boy and delivered an amazing speech, something we never imagined he would put himself forward for. Many of the teachers complimented him and were taken aback by his confidence and presence, he buzzed with excitement for days afterwards and said he loved speaking in public. It is through all your hard work that he has this turn around in his approach to speaking and for this we will be forever grateful. Elaine

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Would you like life time access to my pronunciation online course? This covers all the basics and is now available for  just £9.99 Free sample lectures available before you enrol. Click here now.

Help your children to speak clearly and confidently for only £5.49. The most useful skill we can teach our children is how to communicate confidently. Click here to find out how.

If you don't live locally, which is central Portugal, and would like an elocution lesson, book a lesson by Skype from anywhere in the world.

Please click here to find out how.