AboutDecember 2, 2019 2024-03-04 11:47
Good speech comes from confidence, built on skills and knowledge.
Get to know the elocution coach
Who is The Elocution Coach?
The Elocution Coach has fast become one of the UK’s leading elocution focused companies, since being established and led by international elocution coach, James Percy-Smith. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality and client-focused training, through our 1:1 coaching programmes and online courses. Based on a decade of experience and founded on a multitude of backgrounds, we follow the Percy-Smith Method™ which is a unique framework with a particular focus on speech development, public speaking improvement and accent softening. Our methodology is based on a variety of techniques, underpinned by phonology, psychology and coaching.
How Does James & His Team Work?
Experience & Approach
James originally trained as a professional actor, studying at two of London’s top drama schools - Drama Centre London and Italia Conti Academy. With over twelve years of experience, James began coaching elocution following his degree and quickly built a roster of clients dotted around the world. Using his experience as an actor and an award winning entrepreneur as well as his education in Speech & Language Therapy and psychology, James established the Percy-Smith Method™ through his work with numerous clients.
Our approach to working with clients is fine-tuned and based on a set of principles that our team constantly reviews to ensure that we are delivering the highest quality training possible. We believe that in order for clients to see the best results, they should experience a blend of coaching, practice and resources on a daily basis, not just once per week and this is why none of our programmes contain just coaching sessions.
How do we operate?
What Makes Us Unique
When it comes to speech development, there are a multitude of options available both online and offline. But what makes The Elocution Coach completely unique in it's approach?
Want to reach your speech goals?
★★★★★"James's knowledge and passion for this craft inspired and motivated me to give 100% effort during our sessions. I was thrilled to have a tool box of techniques which I could use in terms of breathing, emphasis and pace. And equally as important, the confidence to present myself in front of a crowd."
★★★★★"I would like to thank James for his patient and perseverance helping me through this journey for better pronounce and better presentation skills. It has been quite enjoyable to learn and change completely how I look things in order to get a better. He is amazing, very professional and passionate for what he does. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed at all as each sessions is completely tailored to you!"
★★★★★"I have been working with James for a few months now to improve my speech, diction and presentation skills to help with live poetry performances and public speaking events. His depth of knowledge shines through. The sessions are challenging, yet very enjoyable and fulfilling. Friends and business associates have commented on how they have noticed increased clarity and confidence in my voice. I would heartily recommend James."
★★★★★"James is excellent at analysing voice pattern and helping to train your voice to suit your needs. Although in my opinion, regional accents can be enriching, anything that holds you back from reaching your potential should be addressed. I have seen James work very well with children. I have seen him help children understand and improve their voice so that they are able to speak confidently, even before an audience. I would thoroughly recommend James."
★★★★★"James has coached my 13yr old son in acting and helped him achieve distinction in his LAMDA exams. He connects so well with his students, instilling confidence and self belief. James makes the student very comfortable and relaxed in order to bring out the best in themselves and is a very intelligent actor himself so as a teacher he not only imparts his knowledge and skill, he also really listens to his clients input and makes the experience very collaborative and fun. My son thoroughly enjoys his sessions with James - we cannot recommend him enough!"
★★★★★"I have no hesitation in recommending James. He is a knowledgeable professional and will work with you to identify and address root causes in order to overcome and/or improve your technique. His approach is both personal and pragmatic with techniques developed to suit your individual requirements. Thank you for your help James!"
★★★★★"James is a wonderful, experienced and friendly elocution coach who’s got such a great passion into what he does. I’ve improved a lot since I started his sessions for over a year ago and he’s taught me many techniques to reduce my accent and get closer to RP. He’s a accent expert and examines the voice very precisely. I’d highly recommend James if you’re looking for a coach who can help you reduce your accent."
★★★★★"James has been working with my son, who is at a notoriously difficult age of 13, on improving his elocution. James has always been able to keep him engaged and interested in the topics / exercises at hand. His instruction is clear, and his homework for our son spot on. We have had to stop with the lessons during the school year, but will be restarting during the holidays."
★★★★★"From the first instance of our first zoom call, James has been professional, pleasant and engaging. My particular programme has been tailored to improve articulation and dictation, removing my Northampton accent, generally making my speech crisper and improving both vocals and public speaking. Each lesson has been engaging, making the hour fly by. If you are considering improving your public speaking for professional reasons such as myself, or want to reduce your accent, I would not hesitate to recommend James. You would have wished you started sooner."
★★★★★"James is a patient and thoughtful teacher who has been fantastic for my acting and speech tutoring. I attend on a weekly basis and would highly recommended anyone go and see him."