Voice-Centred Communication Skills Training
Experienced working with Gifted and Talented
Leon Conrad, Co-Founder, Lead Trainer
We are Giles Abbott and Leon Conrad.
What we offer is an end to bad communication.
We help our clients present with confidence, authority, and flair by teaching storytellers’ secrets: how to capture an audience’s attention and keep them engaged.
Our testimonials prove that you can enjoy public speaking as you communicate with clearer speech, improved articulation, vocal clarity and increased eloquence.
We can help you improve the sound of your voice. boost your public speaking skills and communicate more effectively through live on-line tuition, one-to-one, or in interactive group format.
Contact us for an informal chat about how we can help you communicate at your best.
I help students develop their understanding of what they learn about the world around them, encouraging them to seek original answers and solutions to problems, through a thorough connection with the basics of how words, numbers, and thoughts work - for them.
I'm a highly experienced tutor, specialising in foundational skills - language (communication, composition, comprehension, creative writing), numeracy (mathematics, geometry, algebra, and specialist dyscalculia support), logic, and critical thinking skills.
I teach English at all ages, up to degree level; Maths up to GCSE and creative thinking for 11+ upwards (younger for gifted and talented students on a case by case basis).
I am a published author and innovator in educational practice. I am co-author of Odyssey: Dynamic Learning System, and author of History Riddles (Liberalis Books).
I have published poetry and in 2007 was poet-in-residence at the first Edinburgh Food Festival and was invited back to be poet-in-residence at the Pleasance Dome the following year. I have written and produced shows combining traditional storytelling and performance poetry which have been performed in Edinburgh and London, the most recent being “Under The Arabian Moon”, a retelling of stories from The Arabian Nights at The Roundhouse in 2009.
Born in London, educated in a bi-lingual school in Alexandria, Egypt, I am fluent in five languages (English, French, Italian, Russian and Arabic). I have published several articles in academic journals and trade magazines on the subject of effective communication, and liberal arts education and have been interviewed on BBC Breakfast television as an expert in the subject. In 2012, I co-hosted ‘The Talking Shop’, a series of radio shows with Giles Abbott, about different aspects of storytelling.
I am passionate about reviving the integrated approach to teaching the liberal arts, in particular the Trivium of logic, grammar and rhetoric.
I hold a Master’s Degree in the History of Design and Material Culture of the Renaissance from the Royal College of Art / V&A Museum, and a graduate degree from the Trinity College of Music in London. I am a City and Guilds Adult and Further Education Qualified Trainer, co-founder of The Academy of Oratory, a specialist voice-centred communication skills consultancy, and a Teaching Associate at The Negotiation Lab, specialising in effective communication techniques for negotiation.
Since March 2013, I have been exploring the links between mathematics, language and logic with Professor George Spencer-Brown, and have developed an innovative way of teaching classical logic based on his work that is quicker, more intuitive and easier to use than all other methods, and particularly suitable for secondary school students.
I have taught praxic, dyspraxic and dyslexic children and children with dyscalculia, and have also worked with gifted and talented students to release their potential and encourage them to develop holistically. On both sides of the SEN spectrum, I encourage students to be creative as well as more self-aware.
“What you achieved with Zoe was brilliant. I’m really pleased. She’s really opened up.” Parent of SEN student.
"We just got the fantastic news that Max has done very well on his Winchester entrance and is fully accepted. Thank you for helping him improve so much." Parent of G&T student at 13+ level.
"Simon has been offered [a place at] Emanuel, Kingston Grammar, and Sutton Grammar ... We are absolutely delighted ... He put a massive effort in and we are extremely proud ... Thanks!" Parent of student at 11+ level.
I'm a qualified Voice Teacher (MA Voice Studies, Central School of Speech & Drama 2005) and I am a highly experienced teacher of Storytelling& Rhetoric.
As a Storyteller I've visited 100's of schools in UK and abroad. Alongside telling stories I've devised Story-based methods of accessing creativity, enhancing vocabulary and assisting Literacy acquisition. It works!
I've helped CEO's and other high-ranking professionals with Presentation Coaching. I've advised Museums on visitor-guiding material. I've helped charities raise thousand of pounds by getting their story right.
I've devised and taught two 8week Accent Softening Courses hosted at UCL. These can also work with children.
I love ALL my work–to me it's all about the power and beauty of expressive language and speech.
Do you feel your accent is letting you down in English?
Do you just wish that people understood what you were saying better?
Do you want to communicate clearly face-to-face, on the telephone, in meetings, and when speaking to groups?
Accent softening can help improve your clarity. It will help people understand what you're saying and get the message quicker.
Through a series of targeted physical exercises for your tongue, lips, jaw, soft palate, you'll learn to train your muscles to do new things that will help you speak more clearly and audibly.