Speech & Presence: Areas of Focus

Each training session and workshop is specifically developed from the point of departure for the participants and their intended outcomes. While it is possible to use this as a menu of services, Mark’s professional assessment and strategy are invaluable for determining the most efficient and effective class structure.

The Free Voice

Maximising the power and colour of your authentic voice so you can speak effortlessly and confidently is at the core of every session.


Speak with clarity and focused fluency so that your words have impact and prevail. Transform your nervousness into focused, effective energy – especially when everything seems to be going wrong. Incorporate confident, calm body language to bolster your impact and message.


Connecting with others begins with by stepping into your true, graceful, presence. Confidently contributing and listening in the present moment allows for spontaneity and ease. Feeling your power and vulnerability allows you to create an impactful, two-way emotional connection every time you communicate whether 1 on 1 or with thousands.


Move, inspire and make your presentation memorable. Discover the differences between how you write and speak to enhance the flow and natural delivery of your written words. Learn how to use technology (mics, slides, videos) to build your presentation and not detract from it.


Engaging in powerful negotiations, conflict resolution and even dynamic media interviews requires:

  • holding your ground confidently without being inflexible
  • mediating with powerful presence, compassion and clarity
  • managing expectations while being prepared for the unexpected


There’s more to on-camera interviews than how you look. Learn the necessary skills for being a camera-ready spokesperson or press officer. If radio and webcasts are your focus, making your vocal delivery compelling is paramount when all you have is your voice and a mic.

Contact Mark Downey now to set up a consultation or read what Mark’s clients have to say about his work.

“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.”
“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.”