Shape Your Story.

Develop your power as a communicator through practical exercises led by a veteran theatre artist and trainer. These specialized sessions will support you in presenting yourself and your work with clarity, authenticity, and impact.

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Strong public speaking skills are vital for creating compelling presentations.

Alison Matthews offers individual and group sessions that combine theory and practice to help individuals develop strength and effectiveness as engaging communicators.


ImprovE confidence

Practice is vital for promoting ease and confidence.

  • Actors go through rigorous training to prepare for performances; their secrets can work for you.

  • Learn breathing exercises and other techniques for releasing tension and building focus.

  • Develop strategies for adapting to a variety of speaking circumstances and presentation venues.


EngagE with audiences

Being open and responsive to your audience is essential to a memorable presentation.

  • Craft a compelling story for the listener.

  • Strengthen your personal presence and reinforce the impact of your message.


KeeP a healthy voice

Long hours in the classroom or lecture hall can create vocal fatigue or strain.

  • Practice exercises to support your sound and maintain vocal health.

  • Expand your vocal range and expressiveness.

  • Improve the clarity of your speech.


Incredibly useful … very motivated about continuing with my presentation skills!
— Dr. Anna Casas Aquilar, Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies


Recommendations & Endorsements

I've received only wonderful feedback from the Wall Scholars about the coaching. In particular, the voice exercises, the time to provide feedback to each other, and your kindness and patience. I am especially grateful for your flexibility and how you so thoughtfully take the time to listen and respond to each question.

— Emma T. MacEntee, Program Manager
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Alison is a charming and dynamic professional who will bring her energy and skill to enhance both your programs and your organization. Her excellent educational and artistic credentials, as well as a wealth of professional experience, enable Alison to teach with a superior degree of proficiency in many curriculum areas.

— Lee Bolton Robinson, M.A., A.R.C.T.
Founder & CEO, Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts

Alison has a gift for creating an engaging space in which participants can really explore both the internal and external processes that support effective public speaking.

— Michelle Dartnall
Manager, Health and Human Services


Great speaker and communicator … Interesting ideas and observations that will guide my efforts. 

Informative and entertaining … delivers tips and advice on public speaking in relatable ways. 

Very engaging, best so far this year!

This was the best leadership day yet … as a group we made progress and as individuals found our voices.

Bring Alison Matthews back every year.

Alison rocks – great day! 

Did a great job of getting people out of their comfort zone and keeping the group interested. 

Alison made it a very easy and comfortable environment to speak in front of others.

This is a must-have for LVI.

— Session Participants,
Leadership Vancouver Island

Thank you from all of us! We are looking forward to the next session.
— Emma T. MacEntee, Program Manager, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Alison Matthews is Head of Coaching for the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, a founding faculty member of the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and former Program Director for the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program. Her clients come from a variety of professional fields that require public speaking; Alison's strength lies in her ability to help individuals develop ease and confidence in their presentations.

Video credit: Stu Burke