Voice in action

Understanding Your Voice and Using it Effectively

Course outline

O, how wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul!’ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Have you ever wondered how you can develop a richer, more flexible and interesting voice? Would you like to speak with greater confidence? Does your voice feel tired or strained after speaking for long periods of time? Voice in Action explores the basic tools of voice production, and how you can use these to your communication advantage, both in your personal and professional life.

Limited to 12 participants

Practical application of the concepts and information introduced during Voice in Action is vital to the learning and success of the participant. A close interaction between theory and practice is encouraged and enjoyable and accessible exercises encourage an exploration of the following topics:

How the Voice Works: A detailed and practical exploration of the anatomy and physiology of the voice, and how you can use this to your advantage

Relaxation Techniques: Exercises to assist the release of unnecessary physical and muscular tension, which may be impeding vocal power

Fundamental Breath work: Exploring the connection with your breath as a foundation for sound. This also forms the basis for developing vocal resonance

Pitch, Pace and Volume: Three of the most important tools for any speaker. We’ll take a look at how the use of these can improve your vocal variety and flexibility, thereby increasing the chance of capturing the attention of your listener

Articulation: An appreciation and application of clear articulation (otherwise known as ‘good diction’) assists in clarity of communication. Ensure that WHAT you’re saying is supported by HOW you are saying it!

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • speak with increased confidence in public
  • express themselves with greater confidence
  • understand the anatomy and physiology of the voice
  • project their voice effectively and safely
  • demonstrate an awareness of how to keep their voice healthy and functioning well
  • express themselves clearly and articulately
  • express themselves with greater vocal strength, persuasiveness and commitment.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those who wish to release the full range and vitality of their voice. A close interaction between theory and practice is encouraged and participants will be introduced to the basic tools of voice production. As a result, this course will appeal to those interested in improving their personal communication style as well as those who are required to use their voice professionally (teachers, barristers, contact centre operators, trainers, auctioneers etc.).


  • See available course dates below
  • $265.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Kirstie O’Sullivan

August 2020

2 x Saturdays 10:00am-3:30pm, Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 August


Presented by

Kirstie O’Sullivan

Kirstie O’Sullivan

Kirstie is the Director of The Voice Practice, which specialises in media and communication coaching, voice and speech training and business presentation skills.

She regularly lectures in voice and communication training at Auckland and Waikato Universities and has been on the faculty of the annual New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills programme since 2010.

Kirstie has been teaching for Public Programmes since 2003.ce 2003.

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