Lenore Harris

Speech: A skill that enables you to be all that you wish to be

Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.

 

Abraham Joshua Heschel

b.1907  d.1972

Developing your speech and voice from a lifetime of habits can be unsettling. Sometimes more so for the people around you.  Too often those closest to us, mock our ambitions – big or small. Anyone that intimidates you into “staying the same” is not thinking of your best interests.  Speech is influenced by our parents, neighborhood environment, friends, and education.  Sometimes this training is such a departure from your background that you may voice the thought that you will not be “who you really are” or that you will sound “phony”.  Calm down – it’s not true. This work doesn’t change your soul, or challenge your ethics.  You are still YOU!  Remember you were not born with a specific speech pattern – you learned to speak by imitating sounds.  Now, you are learning to imitate those same vowels and consonants so that your speech is more flexible.  Good speech and voice gives you the tools to fulfill what your craft demands:

 

Versatility. Clarity. Naturalness. Beauty. Authority. Confidence. Darkness. Light.

 

A skill that enables you to represent yourself and all that you wish to be. Speech training is a connection to your innermost self and universal truths that take you and your listeners into the vast range of human emotions.”

— Lenore Harris

Lenore’s Speaking Image

 

OPEN YOUR MOUTH

Are you a person who spares no expense on clothes, hair, skincare, exercise — only to find your "image" dissolve when you open your mouth to speak?

 

COMMAND ATTENTION

Executives, entertainers, broadcasters, politicians and lawyers have always worked on their speech and voice; they understand that clarity in communicating ideas and thoughts is the key element in commanding attention

 

CREATE IMPACT

Most people don't realize the profound impact they make with their speech. The image of attractive, successful women or men opening their mouths only to emit New Yorkese, or other regional speech sloppiness — all crush the carefully put together 'you'.

 

AFFECT OTHERS

Whether it's your boss, husband, wife, chairman of the board or your best friend — your speech and its inflections does affect the way others see and hear you. Are you taken seriously or do people tune out to what you're saying? The listener judges your capabilities and social stratum as much by your speech as by your physical appearance.

 

INSIDE — OUTSIDE

Your speech should reflect the image you want to project in your life and career. Making yourself over externally is easy — it's 'big business'! But it is temporary. It's the internal process of positive change that is the key to self-esteem and becoming the respected person you want to be.

 

PERMANENT POWER

Creating speech is no mystery, but a concrete, scientific process — challenging, but exciting — and disciplined and fun. The rewards are immediate. Your success in business and personal relations support your newly acquired speech skills and make them a natural part of your personality.

CLIENT LIST

 

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV
(BARYSHNIKOV DANCE FOUNDATION)

 

 

MOODY’S FINANCIAL SERVICES

 

 

BARBARA SMITH (Celebrity Restauranteur aka B. SMITH)

 

 

MICHELLE BURFORD (Journalist: O THE OPRAH MAGAZINE)

 

 

MRS. RORY TAHARI (TAHARI CORPORATION)

 

 

GABRIELLE WALCOTT

(MISS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO WORLD/2008)

 

 

SONIA VALENTIN

(Actress/Director/Producer; “Entre Nosotros” TV)

 

 

VOGUE (CONDÉ NAST PUBLICATIONS)

 

 

 FRANCIS XAVIER MORRISSEY, JR. (Attorney-At-Law)

 

 

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

 

PRUDENTIAL SECURITIES INCORPORATED

 

 

FELISSIMO UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

 

 

JOSEPH STEVENS & COMPANY, INC.

 

 

FIRST METROPOLITAN SECURITIES, INC.

 

 

FINANCIAL DIRECTIONS, INC.

 

 

TOLUCA PACIFIC SECURITIES CORPORATION

 

 

STATE STREET CAPITAL MARKETS CORPORATION

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS MANAGEMENT, INC.

 

 

UNITED MERCHANT SERVICES

 

 

WHAT THE SPEAKING IMAGE CAN DO FOR YOU

 

The Speaking Image trains you to:

• Hear yourself as others hear you

• Work on inflection, rhythm and pitch for a pleasing sound

• Eliminate monotone speech that can "put people to sleep"

• Eliminate nasality

• Correct regional and foreign accents through specially created vowel and consonant exercises

• Break bad habits

 

The Speaking Image results in:

• Clearer communication

• Commanding attention

• Projecting a powerful self-image

• Creating more confidence and higher self-esteem

• Speaking publicly without fear

• Correction of your individual speech problems

• Attracting those you are attracted to

 

The Speaking Image offers:

• Private or semi-private classes

• Corporate & Professional group classes

• Coaching for presentations, videos, interviews and auditions

• Dialects

• Seminars

Photo by Sofia Nunez-Morales

For American Actors and Speakers of English as a Second Language

 

SPEECH training is an essential tool of the actor’s craft.  Beneficial too, for the public speaker or anyone whose work involves speaking with confidence.  Exercises

are worked on to develop the muscles of speech resulting in clarity, authenticity, and versatility.  Full range of American English sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is studied to develop the actor’s sense of hearing and skill of imitation in order to avoid typecasting.

 

Stress, Intonation, Rhythm, Inflection and Pattern Shifts highlight the difference between sounding professional  or non-professional.  Assignments are given to develop the actor’s hearing thru imitation to avoid typecasting.  All members of the class participate and must speak and read English.

 

Ms. Harris’s classwork is based on the Alice Hermes technique. Wear comfortable clothes. Actors and non-actors alike benefit from this physical training. Be prepared to be challenged and have fun!

 

Individual Attention.

Private Coaching Available.

 

Advanced Speech Barre for the Trained Actor

 This workshop Is a progression for the actor that has already had some training to keep advancing forward in their development to speak and communicate unselfconsciously.  The class will encourage the actor to feel stronger and comfortable with a way of speaking that elevates his talent to enable versatility, clarity, power and beauty in everyday life and professional work on stage and in film.

 

Continued work to re-enforce previous training of all the sounds in English and its rules towards creating a permanent technique and way of speaking in the actor’s pursuit to feel natural. Advanced diction drills, narrative prose and acting texts are used to practice.

 

Further development of the sense of hearing is necessary to create nuance, rhythm and tone in text and its underlying subtext to communicate truthfully from the actor to the audience.  Assignments are discussed that relate to the actor’s required elevation of the spoken word as a passageway to the heart and soul.

 

Previous training and knowledge of English is recommended for this course.

 

Ms. Harris’ workbook, which is based on the technique of the late Alice Hermes, may be purchased in class.

 

Private instruction available.

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