About Sandy Hirsch
Sandy holds a B.A. in French and Classics with a minor in music (1981, University of Lancaster, England) and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (1989, University of Washington). Prior to receiving her masters, she was a professional actress and singer. She continues to be active as an amateur classical and jazz singer. Sandy speaks French, German and serviceable Italian and Spanish. A marriage of performance, voice, language and clinical backgrounds gives her an unusually rich perspective on communication training, as well as a deep understanding of diverse cultures and personalities. She is co-author and editor of Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide Plural Publishing, March,2006. Sandy has been a regular presenter at the Esprit conference in Port Angeles, WA since 2000. She has also been an invited presenter at the American Speech and Hearing Association annual National Convention.
Sandy is a Certified Member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), The Puget Sound Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), The Association for Women in Communication, The Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Business Exchange, and Voice Foundation.
I have been to many speaker training courses but Sandy is truly a cut above. Her sessions are intensive and a bit unorthodox, but that is what makes them so effective. I was blown away by the small communication details that Sandy was able to reveal that can make or break a meeting or a presentation.
Gregory Gicewicz, Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Sandy balanced constructive criticism with encouragement, pinpointing specific strengths as well as areas that needed work. She taught me how to modify my voice so that it was more pleasant and less strained, and provided valuable insight into how my voice affected my personal and professional interactions. She helped me greatly to prepare and deliver effective presentations to groups large and small. With Sandy's assistance, I felt confident enough to deliver a lunchtime keynote address, that was very well received. Sandy is warm, inspiring and extremely knowledgeable. I would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone who does public speaking, from novices to more experienced speakers wanting to polish their skills.
Amanda Klein, AIDS Housing of Washington
After only a couple of sessions with Sandy my ratings improved tremendously among new audiences and people familiar with my presentations. Whether for professional or personal development, a novice or experienced presenter, I highly recommend the services Sandy offers.
M.A., Grant Writer
Give Voice helped me understand and improve areas of my vocal patterns that I never thought possible. I now think about all of the things I’ve learned each time I’m prompted to present. Sandy’s services are invaluable to anyone that needs to rely on their voice for their career – most of us..
K.W., First Logic
As a developing speaker, I had no idea how to properly use my voice. Sandy’s care, her expertise, and her experience were immeasurably helpful.
Sandy is an amazing trainer. She used million ways to modify my accent. I had a hard time to sound out n at the end of words. She put peanut butter on the top of my mouth to let me feel the position of my tongue. I feel much more confident in my daily conversation after training with Sandy. Thank You!!!
Sandy was able to put together a time- and cost-effective program that helped one of our non-native English speaking employees to make substantial gains in clarity of pronunciation. We’re very pleased with the results.
Sandy has finely tuned ears and eyes that come from her work as an actress and speech-language pathologist. She discerns the details of how women and men reflect through action what is in their hearts and minds. Her weekend workshops are called “Authenticity Workshops” for precisely that reason.
Sandy Hirsch is not only an outstanding coach, but someone who genuinely cares about her clients. Her knowledge, skill, and compassion have made a very big difference in the quality of my life.
Sandy’s approach towards teaching “authenticity”, which includes everything from hand and facial movements, to voice and ways of thinking, has made a huge difference in my confidence and ability to live more fully in my chosen gender. Her teaching methods and attention to detail demand a lot of effort from her students, but her warm personality and wonderful sense of humor make sessions pass by far too quickly. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone seeking true authenticity in their chosen gender presentation and voice.
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