A different kind of coach
Have you ever wished people would agree with your opinions, take your thoughts into consideration or just say ‘you’ve got a nice voice’?
Well, all voices work on air, so to get a confident and rich voice which people listen to you first need to know how use yours a little better!
My method of helping people reach their goal of getting a great voice with confident communication skills is a little different. Most voice coaches make their student slog through hours of punishing exercises turning vibrant, natural accents into an old hierarchical relic of the past called ‘received pronunciation’. This usually involves repeating boring tongue twisters or old speeches – leaving you spending your day worried about slipping back into your native tongue when get tired or excited.
Is all that stress really necessary? I don’t think so.
Listen to any advertisement, office conversation or talk and you’ll hear a myriad of accents and communication skills. You don’t need to trade your own rich, warm and musical dialect for an anachronism of the past! That’s why I’m a different kind of voice coach, because sometimes the traditional ways are only accepted because no-one tried leading students along a new path.
Let me guide you along a journey to help you speak confidently with a strong voice – all whilst still keeping what makes you unique!
For over a decade Richard Di Britannia has worked as an audiobook narrator and voice actor for top global brands, institutions and organisations such as: Mercedes-Benz, Halifax Bank and the US Government along with having sold over 5000 audiobooks. All beginning when he was rendered completely mute for several months due to acid reflux and had to teach himself how to talk again.
Richard has also led the way on executive presentation, communication confidence building and public speaking techniques to private companies, business leaders and people like yourself using his unique ‘thought-articulation’ system, which combines neurological restructuring with mechanical exercises.
He’s also an international best-selling expert on the topic of improving enunciation, building vocal strength and linguistic fluency with ‘Speak and Be Heard: 101 Vocal Exercises for Voice Actors, Public Speakers and Professionals’.
Is your voice sabotaging your first impression due to a slurred accent, by being weak, croaky or nasal?
Are you terrified of public speaking, speaking into the phone, webcam or a microphone?
Are people asking you to slow down or speak up when you talk?
Do you find your voice hurts after a short speech or are your opinions being ignored when speaking in groups?
Are you learning English and struggling to make certain sounds?
With lessons from me you can learn:
• Three key concepts that cultivate a great voice.
• How to pause and slow down.
• Rhetorical devices for persuasion.
• How to present to executives and the C-Suite.
• Impromptu speech techniques.
• Improving your body language.
• Conquering stage and camera fright.
• Exercises to strengthen the muscles used when speaking.
• How to identify weaknesses in your own voice and how to fix them.
• Routines to clearly speak all forty-four phonemes of the English language such as ‘st’, ‘th’, etc..
Or if you struggle with a particular vocal sound, have a presentation you’d like critiqued or have another issue, please contact me to discuss how I can help you become a better speaker.
Guy is one of the most in demand voice actors in the UK he recommends me!
“Whatever weight I have in this business, I endorse this!”
Richard’s skills and tuition are invaluable and a ‘must’ for anyone in an organisation that deals with people.
Richard is a very rare find! His teaching goes above and beyond any other voice coach. He is super friendly and I quickly realised that he has endless knowledge and experience in the world of professional voiceovers and vocal training techniques. His training is bespoke and tailored to your exact needs. Within a few hours, my voice was transformed and Richard has now given me the ability and confidence to read anything in a rich, buttery smooth voice. I would happily recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone looking to improve their voice.
Just finished my first session with Richard and can’t recommend highly enough. Extremely professional and made me feel at ease from the outset. I am certain, that with the tools and guidance given by Richard, I will achieve my goal of public speaking confidently without the crippling fear and anxiety holding me back!
Richard is very kind, thoughtful and thorough in accessing your current situation as well as a good listener and giving a thorough assessment using his tools & techniques, as well as supplying a thorough report based on his experience of you along with suggestions and other relevant information for you. I was amazed in the difference that I noticed even during our first session. Richard is calm, relaxed and not pushy and gives thorough instructions and feedback. I would highly recommend him and plan to do a few more sessions with him to achieve the results desired. I’m already on my way!
Richard has exceeded expectations. He is astoundingly knowledgeable and warmly encouraging. He has been working with our two teenage girls to build confidence in speaking and voice control. He has a gift for breaking complicated technical information into easily digestible bits and he is always positive. The girls enjoy their lessons with him and have made noticeable and rapid progress.
Working with Richard was an absolute joy. He is insightful, kind and very patient. You usually have something else in mind the first time you work with a voice coach, think ‘The King’s Speech’, but the process was helpful and enlightening and he was able to dismantle in an hour what I’ve been struggling with for more than a year. My advice, don’t think twice. At the very least, you’ll make the acquaintance of this nice professional gentleman and learn a lot in the process.
Online lessons: £150 p/h
5 hours of lessons: £700
10 hours of lessons: £1250
30% discount available for payments made with Ethereum (ETH) and 50% discount available for payments made with Bitcoin (BTC).
As I am primarily a ‘speech and voice’ coach for voice acting coaching, lessons are only offered to hobbyist talent. For advice for established talent, I recommend the legendary Guy Harris for character voice work & Philip Banks for business advice.
If you’re considering voice over as a hobby, it’s important to remember that in voice acting having a ‘good’ voice isn’t enough; character development is key! As I personally focus on commercial reads, my lessons focus on commercial copy rather than cartoon, animation or video game characters.
All lessons are planned one week in advance and are specifically tailored to your needs and requests. Nevertheless, lessons are extremely flexible and the content is never set in stone. I recommend all learners to ask as many questions as they wish. However, I will not simply give you positive praise – this is not the way to improve!
A lesson with me will often cover resolving any major vocal issues, polishing your voice and then learning how to relax behind a microphone, script or an audience. I recommend all students have some improv or acting lessons beforehand to maximise their potential. Lessons may involve teaching you how to speak in a more fluent and conversational manner, others may draw from public speaking techniques and classes will always involve deconstructing example scripts.
I can also offer advice on setting up a suitable recording environment or answering questions relating to marketing and audition techniques for complete beginners. I outline what has worked for myself and then recommend other experts who I have hired to improve my own skills.
Finally, I do not produce demos as this is a specific skill which should be handled by an expert script writer, producer and mastering engineer. I am happy to recommend experts I have worked with previously.
Importantly: if any ‘coach’ offers to secure you clients, get you representation or produce you a full demo reel when you have just started – it’s a scam, run away!
I am available 10am to 6pm seven days a week (depending on workload).
Lessons are taught via Skype or Google Meet. No screen sharing is required, but a webcam and an external microphone is advised to aid with exercises.
I am not a speech language pathologist.
I am neither medically qualified nor have my methods been peer reviewed (but I welcome them to be tested).
I strongly recommend individuals with a vocal disability or who have undergone vocal surgery to consult a medically certified speech language pathologist.
I fully understand if you have to cancel last minute, therefore there are no cancellation fees if you give me at least 24 hours notice!
If you have to cancel on the same day, I respectfully ask you contribute a small sum to cover my expenses in rescheduling.
Payments made in cryptocurrencies cannot be refunded under any circumstances.