“Develop a greater understanding of the connection between words, body, voice and people”

Bernie McNelis

Bernie is an experienced Executive Coach and Trainer with a background in theatre spanning 20+ years as an actor, director, voice coach and corporate role-player. As a consultant, she coaches individuals and teams to C-suite level across a wide range of industries from professional services to manufacturing in career planning, leadership development, assessment and career transition. She facilitates workshops on Professional Presence and Effective Communication and trains teams and individuals in Performance Management and Interview Skills.

Having successfully helped actors perfect the required accents for theatre productions, she was approached to design and deliver Diction Coaching for non-native English speakers, where she ‘reverse-engineered’ the techniques actors use to master accents. Her passion for this area has grown, working with individuals from across Europe and beyond, helping them identify and improve their pronunciation of English, and understand Hiberno-English (the version of English spoken in Ireland).

As an empathic and collaborative coach, Bernie is passionate about helping individuals recognise their potential, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and build self-confidence in their careers and lives.

The Rest of the ConfidentSpeak Team

Olivia MacDonnell

Olivia is a professional speaker, voice and executive presence coach. Having worked in IT and banking, she later attended London’s most prestigious drama school. Asking the questions, “How do the top performers manage to engage their audiences so superbly?” and “What could the business world learn from the world’s top performers?” led her to found ConfidentSpeak.

Maria Tecce

Maria’s experience as a professional actor, singer, and writer launched her on the road to coaching almost 15 years ago. Having toured with her one-woman shows and performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and opera houses for 20 years, she then adapted her skills to coach professionals in the corporate market.

Dr Celine Mullins

Celine Mullins is a Psychologist (PhD), Coach and Master Practitioner of NLP, with over 15 years experience in the fields of psychology, education and business.

Ariadne Laurenns Confident SpeakAriadne Laurenns

A qualified English language coach, Ariadne Laurenns is a passionate believer in the power of authentic communication. She has over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in Theatre, Radio, Coaching, Research, Account Management, Telecoms, Marketing and Sales.

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