Presentation & Communication
Skills Custom Designed for You!
Do any of these statements sound like you?
- I heard myself on a recording, and I sound so nasal!
- My voice is too high/low pitched.
- I don’t sound commanding enough.
- I can’t sing or speak with power anymore.
- I have strained my voice, and it hurts to speak.
- I want to have more of a leadership presence.
- My presentations are rambling and need organization.
- People have a hard time understanding my accent.
- I am afraid to speak before large/small groups of people.
- I need to be a more effective trainer/presenter at work.
- I have performance anxiety.
- I can’t speak confidently with family and friends.
- I am a performer and need help with auditions and character development.
- I want to be more articulate.
- I am comfortable speaking in public but need polish.
- I admire this Speaker. Can you help me to sound like Him/Her?
Words of Appreciation
Sheila Dugan successfully helped me identify areas of improvement and provided detailed imagery and exercises that I could apply immediately. She was laser focused and dedicated in the pursuit of these improvements. Sheila has an intuitive sense of what your voice needs.
National Public Radio (NPR)
In just a handful of sessions, Sheila Dugan taught me more about my voice and presentation skills than I could have hoped for. I felt confident going into an important workshop presentation in Los Angeles, and lost my fear! Sheila teaches how to deliver an authentic talk that truly connects with the audience. Her level of experience, combined with her intuition about what works and what does not – is unparalleled. If you need to overcome nervousness around public speaking and wish to hone your skills, Sheila will guide you through her exceptional process!
Founder and Principle
I was referred to Sheila Dugan by another Executive Development Coach. When I told my wife that I had been referred to a voice coach, she informed me that Sheila Dugan was who she worked with concerning her singing voice a couple years back. Those two positive referrals gave me terrific confidence in Sheila’s abilities, but great reviews also set one up for high expectations. Well, my expectations were exceeded. I love that Sheila listens, asks pertinent questions, and then provides no-nonsense advice. I absolutely appreciate that attitude. We had four sessions and I will probably reach back out for a refresher in a month or so. She is fast, efficient, and an expert consultant who is task focused to get her clients where they need to be. I am an experienced, hard working professional who is difficult to impress. I love having a high quality resource like Sheila Dugan in my toolbelt. Thank you, Sheila!
Sheila Dugan took the time to carefully prepare for the public speaking training she gave our participants so that she could really individualize her coaching to be as effective as possible. Her one-on-one coaching was extremely insightful and very powerful. Sheila pushed our participants to be their best and didn’t settle for less. Everyone said they received very useful advice that they will carry on with them for all their future public speaking engagements. We will definitely have her back. I would recommend Sheila to anyone wanting to hone their skills. We were lucky to find her!
Community Outreach Manager
Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri
I began working with Sheila recently to improve my public speaking and voice skills. My career is in sales and I felt I needed professional help to elevate my skills in these areas to stand apart and deliver better presentations.
Sheila is a PRO. It was clear at our first session that she fully understands the technical aspects of how to correctly use one's voice. As well, Sheila has an outstanding feel for what the audience needs from a presenter to deliver stand-out presentations. Sheila's approach is to the point (which I appreciate) while also encouraging. She is very good at quickly identifying technical and stylistic problems so that sessions are well spent on solutions and improvement.
My skills as a presenter have improved greatly as a result of Sheila's training. I also have a clear understanding of how my voice works and how to use it correctly.
There are few true experts in any field of work; Sheila is an expert!
JLL St. Louis
Sheila Dugan provided extraordinary assistance in helping me to refine my accent and articulation. My native language is Spanish, but I have lived all over the world and acquired an unusual accent. Previous attempts to improve my articulation failed when the instructors were unable to discern the origin of my accent. Sheila’s method is highly personalized, so my unusual accent was not a problem for her. From the instant we met, she used her approach to help me clarify my goals and what I needed to do to achieve them. I was very impressed by the depth of her knowledge and her ability to communicate exactly what was needed. In addition to the personal coaching, she provided written materials that were very helpful. I teach at a university and my students noticed the changes in my articulation immediately. I had given up on clarifying my accent until I met Sheila. She is an amazing professional and I give her my highest
Lorenzo F Gonzalez
To Return to Cuba
My sessions with Sheila gave me exactly what I was looking for: a true assessment of my vocal quality and how to use my voice more effectively. From anatomy lessons to breathing exercises to one on one training, Sheila proved her expertise at what she does.
Just like most of us, I use my voice to connect and convince, entertain and educate on a regular basis. Sheila’s training helped me understand how I may be perceived through the sound of my voice, and how to produce the best vocal quality I have within me. And she worked with my personality, not against it. Sheila is a fabulous coach and I recommend her training for anyone.
At CEAM’s August board meeting earlier this week I gave a report on our parent training that included a glowing section on you, your training and how you connected to our parents. In a nutshell, I told them how amazing you are. I must have really sold you because one of my board members, has asked for your contact information. This man is a great guy who has served on the CEAM board the whole six years I’ve been employed here.
So our board member is copied on this email and I hope you will both consider yourselves introduced.
Peter A. Franzen
Associate Executive Director
CEAM – Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri
Working with Sheila is the best decision I have made for my business. When I first met with Sheila, she observed, listened, and made sure she understood what I was looking for. She was able to recognize the areas that I needed to improve on, and set out a plan that she and I have worked on since that first interaction. Sheila's abilities to understand the human voice, while working with her clients to achieve their individualized goals, is outstanding. In working with Sheila, I have been able to significantly improve the delivery of my presentations to business clients, and feel confident in myself, knowing that I have the knowledge and training from Sheila to be successful.