Elocution and Public Speaking

Good speech is popular again!

Do the words elocution teacher conjure up an image of a little old lady dressed in a Tweed suit talking rather 'posh' ? If so,  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 pupils to speak clearly.

All my lessons are by Skype. If you would rather take an online course please read lower down the page.

For more details read below and see my skype page for details of payment and booking.

Remember all successful people have one thing in common: Confidence

Successful people have confidence in their ability to succeed and in their ability to communicate.

To succeed in the world today, children and adults need to be able to communicate with confidence.

Even in this age of emails and text messages, the spoken word is still the most effective way of communicating.

Elocution lessons for adults

Fees £20 for a 30 minute lesson

  • These lessons can help with your articulation - do you leave off the ends of your words or do all your vowels sound the same?
  • I can help with your breathing - do you sound as though you've run out of breath?
  • Do you speak very quickly and find it impossible to slow down without sounding monotonous?
  • I can show you how to speak clearly and how to speak with expression.

PLEASE NOTE - you will not sound 'posh' (unless you want to).

Do you have a specific speech (wedding speech or similar) or presentation that needs working on or would you just like to improve your speaking skills and feel more confident?

Perhaps you'd like to be able to read aloud more expressively to your children, grandchildren, elderly friends or visually impaired friends. Reading aloud and sharing a story is one of the most enjoyable experiences - learn to do it with ease.

Perhaps your work colleagues or friends find it difficult to understand what you say especially if you're under stress.

An added benefit of taking lessons is that your brain gets a good workout and brain stimulation is good for all of us.

Lose your accent

Many people come to me with the same question - can you help me lose my accent? Elocution lessons can help with the reduction of an accent. Please see my lose your accent page for details of classes.

Please fill in form below for more information about elocution lessons. I will reply as soon as possible.

Elocution lessons for Children

  • Is your child worrying about giving a presentation at school? Perhaps they've already given a talk at school but found it very stressful.
  • Maybe they're too shy to talk to their teacher?
  • I can help - no pressure and lots of fun
  • If you want your children to feel confident and speak clearly, with good clear articulation, have a look at my page for under 18's lessons. 
  • Please note that the youngest age I will teach by Skype is 10.

During a session I'll teach you how to speak at the correct pace (not too fast but not too slow), to speak at the correct volume and with expression. Talking with expression doesn't mean speaking dramatically, it means using your voice to sound interesting and exciting.

Good articulation (correct consonant sounds 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 speak clearly and confidently with an accent as long as it's not too overbearing.

If you would like to arrange a lesson please filll in form below

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
I would like to soften accent
I mumble and speak too quickly

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Online courses

How to have a conversation  - FREE

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.


How to Speak Clearly & Confidently

This course is identical to the first few lessons I would give you face to face

This course will teach you how to speak clearly and demonstates how to make what you say sound interesting. It is very much like the first lesson I would teach you face to face but you have the added advantage that you can watch it over and over again. How to speak clearly and confidently will teach you how to speak  so that you will find making presentations, talking to people at work or school much easier and less stressful. PLUS get my 31 page ebook as a download in the course (the lecture about Articulation has the download).

Only £14.99

Voice exercises to improve your speaking voice and pronunciation
Having received great reviews this course is now on offer for only £14.99

'A great and informative course - What a good idea of Serena's to do a speech course where the learner can participate and learn how to speak better.'

'Though I have been studying the speech sounds of English for quite sometime, there are still many new things to learn from this course. Thank you, Ms. Greenslade.'

This course takes you through vowel and consonant sounds, I explain how each sound is made, how it should sound and then there is an exercise for each sound. Each letter has it's own lesson so you can jump around and pick on the sounds you  need to improve.

Only £14.99

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Don't miss out on this amazing offer....                          Would you like life time access to my 'Speak clearly and Confidently' online course? This covers all the basics and is just like having a lesson with me -  now available for just £15.00 - 30 day money back guarantee

Only £14.99

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’m lucky enough to have had some elocution classes with Serena face-to-face some years ago in Bournemouth. Having English as a second language I used Serena’s knowledge and professionalism to help me, at first, to understand that an accent can be a part of your character and this gives your speech some flavour. The important bit is to understand and learn how to speak every single word clearly, with a good pace, with high and lows which make your speech interesting. It was enlightening, and now I have found online all those wonderful classes with a genuine English lady. This is priceless. Thank you Serena!

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