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

Olivia MacDonnell

What do Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Graham Norton, Vanessa Redgrave and Andrew Garfield all have in common with Olivia MacDonnell?

You may well ask!

Olivia is an experienced Executive Coach, Professional Speaker, Voice and Executive Presence Coach. She is the founder of ConfidentSpeak, a specialist S.T.E.M. Communications Company.

Having started out as an I.T. and banking executive, virtually overnight Olivia found herself treading the boards of one of London’s most prestigious drama schools — The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Why this unusual side step?

She had worked in the corporate world, and knew there was something missing when it came to engaging, influencing and connecting with audiences.

So many presentations, meetings, training events, conferences were uninspiring, lifeless and downright dull.

Olivia felt there was something missing, and she found that missing link where Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier and the others, all also alumni of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, found it.

Olivia asked 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?

Olivia went on to complete a Masters in Voice and Performance Studies and then, armed with the tools of the trade, she returned to the corporate world with a clear vision.

And thus, ConfidentSpeak with born.

Today ConfidentSpeak is a successful Communications, Voice & Executive Coaching company working with international S.T.E.M. organisations across Ireland, the UK and Europe, many of whom are household names.

The Magic

Olivia blends time-honoured techniques from the world of performance with carefully developed communications tools.

At the heart of what she does is a passion to help her S.T.E.M. clients to craft and deliver messages with authentic presence and confidence to achieve the results they want form their communications.

She says, “Imagine a S.T.E.M. world where you had your own talk/presentation/message crafted and delivered in a unique and clear manner for success and ease?

“This is what is at the core of what I do at ConfidentSpeak. I help clients to communicate and succeed simply, smartly and comfortably.”

The Rest of the ConfidentSpeak Team

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 many years of experience in a variety of roles in Theatre, Radio, Coaching, Research, Account Management, Telecoms, Marketing and Sales.

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.

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