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Sylvie Lui is a specialist in vocal performance training ranging from effective communication, impactful presentations, public speaking to accent softening.
Sylvie runs our Voice Coaching courses and her practice is refined from expert training in acting, voice and knowledge of the vocal anatomy in relation to how the body works. Her thorough understanding of intercultural, interpersonal and organisational communication is evident in her approach to teaching voice.
Originating from a traditional background of teaching voice in the arts, Sylvie particularly enjoys tailoring and teaching voice skills to business professionals and non-performers. Her interest lies in bridging the gap of differing industries by using the same vocal communication skills that can increase the vocal presence, clarity, resonance and storytelling of any speaking, pitching or communication tasks.
Sylvie has had extensive experience with voice training across all sectors. Her most recent work has been with clients within financial services, charities, performing arts and accent softening for international clients. She has also provided private workshops to the MBA students at Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford, working with individuals with careers in Law, Medicine, Finance and Insurance, Technology, Engineering, NGOs, Education, Arts and Global Entrepreneurship.
Sylvie is a trained voice coach and has been awarded a Masters of Fine Art from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She currently teaches privately, at high-calibre drama and dance schools in the UK and is the principle voice coach at Shout at Cancer Charity, helping people who have undergone laryngectomy surgeries (removal of voice box due to cancer) to learn to use and love their voices.
Client feedback about Sylvie:
"Decades of cold-sweat fear of public speaking crushed in 90 minutes. Sylvie, you addressed all of my issues (projection, octave, pace, confidence) in a really creative way. I loved it. I'll be incorporating your advice about movement, speed, breathing, and accentuating keywords from now on. Thank you so much for today's workshop." New York City, USA Impact & Investment Communications, Fordham Foundry/AXN
"Attending the Voice session with Sylvie was very beneficial as it helped me identify the areas of improvement while addressing an audience group. Having multiple sessions like this would contribute well to my journey to becoming an effective speaker. I am looking forward to attending more sessions!" London, UK Product Management/Partner Analysis, ARM
"You will be surprised at how much a vocal training can achieve. Sylvie was a superb instructor with a wide array of knowledge and theories, catering to and customising the sessions to suit your needs and progress. Her knowledge of cultural differences was also a plus, especially when working in an international community. The one on one lessons may seem intimidating, but fear not! She is an incredibly easy person to talk to as well." San Francisco, USA & Japan Video Games Producer/Product Development, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC.
"A really great session where I learnt how to ground my voice and how to have more energy when I speak - very happy!" London, UK Head of Data Strategy, HSBC
"This session was really helpful in getting a professional analysis of the various aspects that play a role while we speak and how could we make our speech more effective and powerful. Coming from Asia, I find it extremely valuable to learn better ways to communicate our thoughts and this workshop took me a step ahead of where I was.
Sylvie’s sessions teach us how to synchronise our thoughts and clearly present in front of our target audience in an effective manner, which can help to create a bigger social impact in the future." London, UK Propositions & Strategy, Amazon
"In just one session, Sylvie managed to identify an ingrained bad habit which was causing a lot of tension in my voice and suffocating the sound. Without wasting any time, she carefully showed me the methods to put it right and my voice is already freer and stronger. Highly recommended." Oxford, UK Classical Singer
"I was naturally excited to hear about Sylvie's works when she came to Business School. Expecting a run-of-the-mill session, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which I engaged in her narrative and her method of teaching. It is clear to me that Sylvie is a professional of the highest quality, having studied from the finest voice coaching school for actors in the world. Her three-hour session was a glimpse into the complex world, and we were given lessons on how changes of posture, breath and tone can invoke stark differences in the intent of the text being delivered.
I benefitted from her easy-going and compassionate demeanour when being coached and I believe strongly that these sessions will improve our ability to communicate with authenticity and more effectively. This is a skill I desire to have throughout my life. I look forward to working with Sylvie once more!" Auckland, NZ Physician (Registrar)