Professional/Business Services

Sandy offers professional/business training in the following areas:

  • Presentation Training
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Accent Modification
  • Speech Writer Consultation for working with unique dialects and accents
  • Professional Interviews
  • Telephone Training

Presentation Training and Keynote Addresses

Every training session is tailored to meet the unique goals of the group or individual. All coaching sessions will include:

  • Composing and conducting your script
  • Getting to know your audience
  • Using salient anecdotes to illuminate your topic
  • The art of storytelling
  • Tools for speech and voice clarity
  • The power of body language
  • How to overcome stage fright and translate it into confidence
  • Making the most of Q and A
  • Dealing with “that person” in the audience
  • Weaning yourself from PowerPoint

Accent Modification Training

Accent Modification for speakers of English as a second language, or people with strong regional accents. One-on-one or small group trainings will include:

  • Detailed analysis of speech and voice patterns
  • Training of inflectional patterns for naturalness and confidence.
  • In-depth articulation training for conversation and public speaking

Be sure to also see: We Don’t Have an Accent in the Northwest – or do We? KPLU’s I Wonder Why?, December 1, 2011.


Speech Writers’ Consultation

For clients with unique dialects or accents. Sandy will work with speech writers to provide detailed suggestions for enhancing a speakers’ strengths, and
downplaying pronunciation challenges. The consultation will include:

  • Detailed phonetic analysis of a client’s speech and vocal patterns
  • A written report to the speech writer detailing the client’s speech strengths and challenges
  • Suggestions and examples on how to phonetically balance a the presentation or speech for optimal, articulate, confident delivery.

 Professional Interviews

Trainings are one-on-one and will include:

  • Defining individual interview goals
  • Researching your future employer
  • Researching your interviewer (where possible)
  • Learning tools for speech and voice clarity
  • Interviewing posture and nonverbal communication

Telephone Training

A friendly, clear, articulate conversation over the telephone inspires confidence in the listener. Trainings will include:

  • Tools for enhancing voice and speech
  • Tools for sounding friendly even when you don’t feel it!
  • Approaches to maintaining energy in the voice
  • Do’s and don’ts when talking with hard-of-hearing clients
  • Strategies for being organized without sounding hurried
  • Tools for making sure that your clients hang up feeling confident

Training for voice clinicians interested in working with transgender clients

Sandy Hirsch, MS CCC/SLP, Leah Helou, PhD CCC/SLP and Christie Block, MA CCC/SLP, have collaborated to develop a two-day comprehensive training for speech-language pathologist/voice clinicians interested in serving the transgender and gender non-conforming population. The training sessions are offered live, as well as via webinar in order to meet the needs of as many clinicians as possible globally. Interested clinicians should contact Sandy in order to be placed on a contact list for future workshops. The next workshop is tentatively planned for Spring, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Details will be posted in the near future.