Presentation & Voice Academy

According to Forbes magazine, poor presentation skills mean that leaders fail to inspire their teams, products fail to sell, entrepreneurs fail to attract funding, and careers fail to soar. That seems like a big price to pay for neglecting such a basic skill that anyone can improve upon.


If you would like to improve your ability to present your ideas in front of a group and learn how to use your voice as an asset, this very interactive course is for you!  This  six week program will focus first on becoming aware of self-limiting thoughts and behaviors and then how to minimize the impact they can have on your ability to present effectively. You’ll be introduced to the sound of your voice and learn more about the impact your voice can have in presentations.


Each participant will present in front of the group at least once in every session and receive constructive feedback. The key to becoming a more confident presenter is practicing within a safe space; the facilitators are skilled at creating a supportive environment that allows participants to gain confidence through practice and participation..


Topics that will be covered, in varying degrees of intensity depending on the requirements of the group, include:

  • Small and Large Group Presentations
  • Getting and keeping the attention of the group
  • Content flow
  • Audience engagement
  • Getting your message across
  • Visual aids
  • Introducing yourself and other people
  • Keys to networking situations
  • Phone and listening skills


A common thread that will be emphasized in each and every session is the voice and how it is perceived in any situation. In this regard posture, projection and enunciation will be heavily focused upon in all aspects of every session, but specifically in individual voice coaching sessions. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS.


In addition to gaining a better awareness of your speaking and presentation voice and the impact it has on how others perceive you, at the end of the Academy you’ll also be able to:
•  Use your voice more effectively and at a higher potential.
•  Construct an effective presentation to a large group or small meeting.
•  Confidently navigate networking situations and introduce yourself and fellow colleagues, as well as represent your brand or business.
•  Engage a listener on the telephone, present a message clearly and concisely and present the image of your organization in a positive and welcoming manner.


Who Should Attend: Anyone who needs to convey information in front of a group, including Business Owners and Executives, Sales and Business Development professionals, Consultants, Attorneys, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Supervisors, Managers, Agency/Creative professionals, Human Resources professionals, Young Professionals…


What People Are Saying:

“Diane and Joanne are a dynamic and highly effective team! Their Presentation and Voice Academy was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve upon or expand their presentation and communication skills. It is definitely worth the investment of time.” Michelle M., Director of Business Services


“The Presentation and Voice Academy taught me how to focus and slow down when speaking. I feel more relaxed now when I’m talking with clients.” Ann Marie K., Entertainment Consultant


“I really enjoyed the class, it really raised my awareness of the aspects I need to improve on. The feedback was excellent. It was a pleasure working with you.” Matt W., Investment Real Estate Advisor


“Diane and Joanne do a miraculous job of aiding you in becoming comfortable with your voice. Began the course with a timid voice; finished it confident and boisterous.” Anonymous


September 13, 20, 27 & October 4, 11, 18, 2017  (9-12 pm)

Register here


Meet Your Presenters:

diane-daytonDiane Dayton
Diane Dayton has over 30 years of communications experience that includes being a skilled radio and TV interviewer and on air personality both regionally and on the internet; a sought after event emcee and voice over talent for regional and national clients that have included Hershey, Rite Aid, and Pepsi; and a requested voice and presentation trainer for CEO’s, sales and management persons, on air talent, professors, other trainers and more.  In all these areas concentrating on crafting an impactful message and delivery to an audience of one or many has been the focus. A powerful, persuasive oral presentation in business and personal relationships is a key to success on many levels; this is the foundation that Diane effectively uses in voice and presentation training.  Diane keys in on the individual’s unique qualities and inspires and motivates them to make their voice an asset and represent them well! 







Joanne Bender

Joanne has had a varied work experience with cultures in the United States and South Africa and is excellent at working with people. Her facilitation and training experience started by doing computer software training and designing databases. Most recently she was the National Programs Manager for Junior Achievement South Africa where she oversaw the implementation of all JA programs in South Africa. Joanne also has a passion for food and wine and has done many live presentations and has created and co-hosts her own entertaining food experiences podcast.  Joanne is skilled as an interviewer, having done various TV segments that cover a wide range of products, services and people.  As a stage manager for theatre productions for many years, she sees and understands the flow and essentials for a great performance. Joanne has a particular talent for making people feel comfortable and heard!