Success Stories: Before and After
Here are some fears expressed by participants before the workshop 'Using your Voice for Confident Presentations' with Helen Astrid. Here are their achievements afterwards. The event was organised for Aspire Circles London.
I'll be gasping for air
My mouth will go dry
My voice is boring
Will they listen to me?
Can they to hear me?
I'll make a fool of myself
I'll forget the words
My mind will go blank
Am I inspiring enough?
The audience might get distracted
All of it was excellent. I was pushed out of my comfort zone
I came away with useful tips. These include power poses, relaxing my knees, posture and how to use my diaphragm. To name a few!
I loved the interactive session. It's just what I needed, being a speaker and a coach
I learned lots of techniques
The singing workshop contained all the ingredients for learning something new. It was fun and fresh
Helen is very respectful, understanding and creates a sense of trust. She is the best we've ever had.
Simon Woodroffe, OBE
You provided our team with a highly rewarding experience. Everyone has been more joyous since. Your venue in central London was perfect.
This was a great team exercise combining gospel singing and movement. You helped get rid of so many inhibitions.
Your choral singing ice-breaker attracted a huge satisfaction rating. It was delivered in an excellent style.
Your singing workshop was 100% successful. Your team met all our objectives.
The musical theatre workshop was flawless and put us all in a great mood. It was an excellent activity for our annual away day.
Your down-to-earth approach helped get our mixed group singing and smiling. It was a great end to a long day of meetings.
Loved the way you flexed the singing workshop according to our needs.
Fantastic two developmental days away. It pushed us outside our comfort zones and was fun. You left us wanting more.
What was initially quite nerve wracking, quickly became enriching and fun. The singing workshop exceeded my expectations in every way.
Your down to earth approach got our team singing brilliantly. People needed to recognise their ability to contribute to something outside of their day to day work.
The singing workshop gave me access to tips and helped build my confidence by singing with others. It was great doing something so different without feeling exposed. Loved the instruments too!
We all felt we'd done something wonderful together which you'd planned with such sensitivity. The balance and pace were excellent and you were masterful at reading the mood of the room, taking us through songs that carried much emotion in the context of our fond farewell. You gave us a time together that will last in our team relationships, as well as being a poignant memory for our president.
I’m being challenged and motivated to move forwards. Helen’s approach is refreshingly different.
Wonderful and memorable experience that achieves so much more than other team-building exercises. An amazing time from start to finish that enabled us to develop as a group and individually.
Helen’s creative, charismatic and non-judgemental approach has encouraged me to overcome my inhibition at projecting my voice.
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Staff Choir have benefitted hugely from Helen’s professionalism, sense of humour and well planned sessions. In a short space of time she has brought the choir together, encouraging and supporting learning and bonding between colleagues in fun and accessible sessions.
Emma Cookson, Arts Festival Manager
Helen has emotional intelligence. I attended a workshop with her leading, and she managed to get a diverse group of people to work in union together to sing about a brand. Brilliant! I'd recommend her services to restore morale and team efficiency in your organisation.
"Helen is an inspiring trainer. In two hours she takes you on a voyage of discovery to build up to singing together in harmony. The process is surprising, delightful and beautifully led by this lovely lady who has sung at the highest levels yet has the glorious gift to take a disparate group of non-singers to a place where they could never have imagined themselves. This is a fantastic way of showing people the power of working together. The secret is “don’t tell them what they are going to be doing!”