Speech & Presence


Etymology: Greek | kharisma, the gift of grace
Definition: The gift of leadership or power of authority, strong personal appeal or magnetism

Our highly interactive and intensive programs of experiential training is derived from the crossroads where cutting edge neuroscience meets the ancient heart of the communication arts. Prof. Patsy Rodenburg’s Second Circle Presence™, the secret recipe of the world’s most charismatic and exciting communicators, drives this work and is considered the gold standard among its industry peers.

Click here to see what clients have said about their experience of working with Voice Coach Mark Downey,RRT and the resulting professional and personal transformation.

Sessions are tailored to suit your needs



We custom design training programs to serve you or your company’s requirements. Among the modules currently available in our training program are:

The Free Voice: Maximize the power and colour of your authentic voice effortlessly

Confident Speaking: Speak with clarity and focused fluency so that your words inspire and prevail

No More Nervousness: Transform nerves into focused energy, even when it all goes wrong

Powerful Personal Presence: Step into your true, graceful, presence and assume your power

Connect & Communicate:  Create a two way emotional connection every time you communicate

Confident Body Language: Suit the action to the word, naturally with clear non-verbal communication

Memorable Presentations: Move, inspire and make it memorable every time you make a presentation

Writing for Speaking:  We do not speak as we write which takes the natural flow out of our delivery

Meeting Impact: Confidently contribute and listen with connected presence to make an impact

Balanced Negotiation:  Hold your ground confidently without being inflexible, know where you stand

Conflict Resolution:  To mediate you must lead with powerful presence, compassion and clarity

On Camera Charisma:  Learn the skills necessary for optimal on-camera communication

Radio and  Webcasts: When all you have is your voice and a mic, make your delivery compelling

Media Interviews: How to manage interviews, know what to expect and prepare for the unexpected

Positive Technology: Use technology (mics, slides, video) in presentations to best serve your message

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About Voice Coach Mark Downey,RRT

Mark Downey, RRT, Certified Voice and Presence Coach was personally chosen by internationally renowned Patsy Rodenburg  (“Goddess of Voice” Forbes Magazine) to be her first Certified Voice Coach in Europe. Mark’s knowledge of body language derives from his studies in Paris under the master of the body in movement, Jacques Lecoq. Mark has also been certified as a voice coach by the legendary  Seth Riggs

Unlocking each of his client’s potential to become the most effective and powerful communicator they can be, Mark believes that this is the birth right of each and every person regardless of education, gender or ethnicity.

Among the companies which have trusted Mark’s work are : Google, Coca Cola, Musgrave, EUIPO, SIEMENS, Mater Private, EDF Energy, SAMSUNG, Irish Distillers, Worldpay, BNP Paribas, RSA Security, Pwc, OVH.com, Solvar..

Voice Coach Mark Downey was a guest speaker at Personally Speaking Bureau’s Speaker Breakfast in October 2016, Dublin.

Our Clients


What clients say about working with Mark Downey

“Mark introduced me to some very interesting and practical concepts and techniques which had an immediate impact on my public talks. I would highly recommend his professional, friendly and effective coaching to anyone who communicates for a living.”
“Working with Mark Downey was such an eye opener to a completely different and much more powerful approach to think about your presence, voice and speech. Regardless if presenting to a group large or small and even to and individual. It is the start of a very exciting journey”.
“Let me start by saying that despite frequently being taken out with my comfort zone during the coaching sessions I thoroughly enjoyed them and indeed, working with Mark in general. There is no doubt that the very basic changes Mark helped me self-identify regarding posture, breathing, range and pitch of the voice as well as an emphasis on clearer articulation have supported me become a more effective, thoughtful, impactful and energetic communicator. I have found this not only benefit my public speaking when engaged with large audiences but also in day to day interactions with my team and my peers. I find it enormously satisfying to rarely be asked to repeat myself which before the coaching was an all too frequent request.”
“How you enter a room, greet people, listen with interest but also get across your point of view or expertise is how engagement and trust are built, not just in business, but also in life.
My initial take away from Mark’s first session was to focus myself on preparing my presence both mentally and physically to the circumstance I am about to enter, be that a one-on-one meeting or addressing a large group.
Mark’s method of instilling self-confidence in your presence leads perfectly into the detail and tiny nuances he then imparts in the art of communication which are what get you, and your subject matter, remembered.
It’s not always a conventional learning journey with Mark but it’s got real purpose and that’s part of his engagement process! If you put the effort and attention in to the course work it all becomes a matter of routine in a short period.Noticeable results across different levels within all the Solvar team who worked with Mark.”
Geoff O'Donoghue, CEO at Solvar Limited
“Having set up my own practice, i felt being capable of speaking in public with confidence was an important attribute for me to develop.
I set about finding a suitable teacher to gain the required skill. Mark Downey was recommended to me by another speech coach. We had several sessions which were truly enlightening. I found them challenging and rewarding. I hadn’t thought I’d needed so much work, so many unintentional bad habits to overcome. Mark also made me focus on my intention, in any speech or delivery of information, think about the core focus of the message you’re trying to get across; not to focus so much on the actual words but the message you want to portray. For me this was very important, especially if you have prepared something to deliver, it’s very easy to get caught up in the content but it’s the delivery and the feeling of the information you give that is important. Mark gave me a skill set which can work in any communication situation. I really think every one should engage in some public speaking coaching, whether you are actually going to make speeches or not. It’s empowering to know you are able to speak in public if ever put on the spot. In business or socially, it’s a skill everyone needs.”
“Since working with Mark, I have been able to focus more on myself as the focal point instead of using props and visual graphics. I now have more faith in my abilities to entertain and inform my audience.
I feel that my skills as a storyteller have improved greatly. I have become much more aware of how my audience is likely to receive my presentation, using the different sides of their brain.
I have always felt confident in meetings, but now I feel that I have a few more strings to my bow.
I feel that Mark has improved my public speaking powers significantly.
My scripts have changed dramatically to focus on my ability to describe and delivery my story in a powerful, compelling way.
Our sessions were intense and challenging but Mark made it fun throughout!”


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