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From Jane Oakshott MBE Voice and Performance Coach

Based in Leeds

Personal Impact and Presence

Do you leave job interviews feeling you didn't give your best?

That you didn't get your points across?

That you weren't able to present your best self?


Interviews should be a civilised two-way process, but nerves can turn the best candidate into a rabbit in the headlights.
Through simple exercises, techniques and practice, coaching can quickly help you: 

  • Deal with nerves

  • Speak with clarity and confidence

  • Listen properly to the questions

  • Convey your ideas effectively

  • Do yourself justice!


My methods take the sting out of interviews and help you re-frame the process positively, so you're able to present your real self, at your best.





Are you ready to make a real impact? Do you love to carefully consider your words before speaking? Are you looking for ways to better connect and influence others? If you're more comfortable expressing yourself through writing, we've got you covered! Say to feeling like you have to be loud be heard.

"By learning physical techniques

to pronounce words more firmly,

I'm now able to feel calmer and communicate with more

effectiveness and enjoyment."

M.C., Lecturer,

Leeds Beckett University

Shyness and Networking

Do you dread networking occasions?

You find it difficult to talk to people?

Do you panic about what to say next?

You feel you make too little impact?

Shyness (aka social anxiety/ self-consciousness) is a nuisance and - in extreme cases - a real blight.  It can hold you back both professionally and personally.


Shyness can seriously affect the way you think and even the way you feel, drawing your energy inwards, which reduces communication. The result is:


  • You mumble or rush words so you can't be heard easily

  • You sink inwards, to take up less space

  • You can seem disinterested, unfriendly or stand-offish

So how can coaching help?  I work through simple, practical ways for you to:


  • Speak clearly  even when nervous

  • Feel better about talking to people 

  • Develop a new more relaxed way of being yourself

  • Seem more assured and comfortable, so you put others at their ease

  • Have better conversations through listening more effectively

Gradually you'll realise that 'seeming more comfortable' has become reality, and that life has become less effort, happier and much more interesting.

"Jane's relaxed and positive approach combines expertise, exercises, feedback and practice. Fun and very effective - it's made me feel much more confident

and capable."

B.M. Lecturer in English at

Leeds Trinity University

Shyness and Networking

Accent and dialect coaching

Do you feel your accent is holding you back professionally?

Do you often have to repeat yourself?

You want to be more easily understood, but without losing your roots?

Do you feel at a disadvantage talking to your boss?  Your colleagues? - Your customers?

Whether you're from another continent, another country, or just another county, having a different accent can make you feel uncomfortable - especially if people have trouble understanding you.


Accent is an important part of who you are and adds flavour for the listener.  But if people have trouble understanding you, it becomes a barrier.


And if YOU find it a problem then it needs dealing with before it gets in the way of work and social life.


All languages and dialects use slightly different mouth shapes.  Often changing just two key sounds can make all the difference to your speech as a whole - you become easy to understand, but you still sound like you!   


For actors, learning a different dialect or accent for a play script, or film audition, the approach is the same - practising a different way to 'wear your mouth'.


Accents and dialects are fun - to find out how to modify yours, just contact me.

"Jane is a marvel, what she does is magic. She helps me every time with my accent training, I cannot recommend her enough. She has a real ability to make you believe you can do anything. "


Natalie Gavin , actor. "Line of Duty", "Gentleman Jack" "Waterloo Road".

Adjusting your accent

Boost your personal impact and communication skills

Boost your personal impact and communication skills with Jane Oakshott MBE. Overcome shyness, soften accents, and excel in interviews with our focussed specialist coaching. Enhance your personal skills for lasting confidence. Contact today!

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