Speech coaching by the French coach E.Landwerlin


Relaxation, relaxology, relaxotherapy : what about ?

Relaxation includes every relaxing process which produces a release of the body, especially on a muscular basis, so as a mental well being.

Relaxology describes relaxing arts. It includes several techniques from different origins, either from western or oriental countries, i.e : the several kinds of yoga, sophrology, the numerous sorts of massage, foot reflexology, do-in, voice training,?

Relaxotherapy is a cure or prevention practice, using one or many kinds of relaxation. It is often related to a medical or para-medical context. It does have many indications.

By Selfarmonia, relaxotherapy is using breathing and its indications are the following :  
- stress dealing and burn out prevention,
- stop smoking treatment,
- delivery preparation ? from 7th month of pregnancy

© H. Monnet

© H. Monnet

Dear friends,

This month, I have decided to give a place to Elizabeth Landwerlin, whose talent and experience in the speech techniques has been recently tested by myself, as I have to present my professional coching activities to a Swiss audience in Geneva. She is going to explain us her art :

The combination of my three professions (lawyer, actress and coach) in New York and Paris allow me to adapt to varied contexts, whether in French or in English, and work in an original way.

As a lawyer, I learnt that words and the power of words are an essential value for convincing other people. As an actress today, I continue to experience to what extent speaking in public and body language as well as the way one utters words are vital.

As a coach, I constantly prove that the words one chooses and one?s posture are the main fundamental supporting tools.

Improving public speaking, whether one is a private citizen or an executive, means being able to communicate more clearly and convincingly and also increasing visibility constructively, in one?s professional and/or private surroundings.

When people come to see me to ask to be coached, some do not feel very at ease in public and others have to make a speech, present a project or host a seminar, in short, speak to an audience of friends or colleagues.

My method is simple: First of all, I listen to them, then I help them to find the real meaning of their undertaking, by asking them down to earth questions. Why are they making this speech? To whom are they speaking?? How? In other words, what is their real motivation for speaking in public, what are the objectives and what kind of audience will be in front of them?

Depending on their answers, I help them define the best plan and strategy adapted to their subject.

During the following step, I teach them to make the speech their very own. One only speaks well with one?s own words and the common thread of what one wants to express must become obvious to the speaker. This is why rehearsals are of course indispensable, as they are for actors.

One must also predict the unpredictable, in other words be sufficiently prepared, so as not to be destabilized whatever occurs: a microphone breaking down, less time to speak than was originally allowed, etc..;

After their speech (which I recommend them to film or record, if I am not there), I always advise debriefing. It is a good way to improve for the following occasion. One profits from the first experience.

I understand that some people hesitate to invest in coaching, because it is time-consuming  and costly when the coaching is person to person, but one must realize that a coach actually saves you time and gives you the tools to make your speech your very own. Your performance will be much better.

I find great pleasure in being a coach; it is a job where you meet people, exchange, a place of freedom where one can be authentic and where this authenticity becomes the catalyst between exuberant energy and the root of profound change.

And never forget that knowing how to express oneself means gaining more autonomy.