Serena Greenslade


Hi, I'm Serena Greenslade and having lived in Dorset, England for 99% of my life I now live in Chaos, Ferreira Do Zezere, Central Portugal.

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 (at least not with ten year olds). 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!

My mum was furious. I was an incredibly shy girl and if he didn't speak to me I certainly wasn't going to go out of my way to speak to him.

As a result of this I was taken to elocution lessons - my mum had gone as a young girl. I thoroughly enjoyed these lessons and took - and passed - various exams in speech and drama and bible reading and took part every year in the Bournemouth Festival.

These lessons gave me confidence but didn't change the way I sound - I still have a Dorset accent (although when I teach I lose it!) and I believe we shouldn't all sound the same. You shouldn't be able to pick out people who've had elocution lessons because you think they sound 'artificial'. I have to admit that I feel very pleased with myself when people say to me 'Don't your daughters speak nicely!'

I was still a very shy girl but I knew how to speak when I had to. At my senior school, the different classes used to take it in turns to participate in the morning assemblies. We had a very elderly Maths teacher who claimed that the only time he could hear the assembly was when I did a reading! In return for this I was excused Maths tests in his class. (Luckily my maths didn't suffer - I went on to pass 'A' level Maths).

I took 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 me!

Years later when my daughters were 2 and 5 I went back to the same elocution teacher and studied to take my teaching exams and gained my A.N.E.A. (Speech Training).

Since then I've taught lecturers at Bournemouth University, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, health care workers, stroke victims, at schools and with national charities.

In 1996 I started the 'Speak Up' Academy of Speech and Drama and hundreds of children have passed Acting and Speech and Drama exams, some have gone on to appear on television and all enjoyed the end of year shows they performed in.

I now specialize in one to one private lessons for children and adults and online courses and in  June 2014 I gained my F.V.C.M. (Hons)

I've also written articles for various magazines worldwide including The Lady, the PTR Tennis Pro, Dancing Magazine and the International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review. See further down for more details of these.

I'm still a shy person BUT when I have to speak in front of groups or to strangers I know all the secrets to make it a bit easier for myself!

I understand totally how it feels to be frightened to speak.

This site and my online courses and books - explain how easy it is to speak confidently using common sense tips that I've used over the years.

  • I hope they help you as much as they've helped me!!
  • If you would like a lesson by Skype please click here 
  • If you are interested in online courses please click here

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Articles and publications by Serena Greenslade

The A-Z of Speaking Correctly by Serena Greenslade

Dance Studio LIfe Magazine - Say What? by Serena Greenslade

PUBLICATIONS - articles by Serena Greenslade

  • Dance Studio Life in July 2015
  • Voice and Speech Review April 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 in Dec 2002
  • Dance Expression Magazine in Dec 2001

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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