Last Thursday, I finished my last session with speech coach Laura Darius. Looking back at the past 3 months of working with Laura, I am so grateful for all the confidence that she has instilled in my communication within the business setting, especially in the context of being a leader. Laura was quick to identify my shortcomings and by the end of our first session, she had already created a customized plan to help me improve. During each session, she put me in situations that simulated real world scenarios, a unique teaching style that made her advice applicable to my work. She would listen attentively and point toward areas to work on, such as speak speed, vowel pronunciation, word choice, tone variation, etc. Following her assessment, she would demonstrate ways to speak more effectively, offering more expressive phrasing, clearer sentence structures, and more appropriate tones. Immediately after, she would instruct me to practice the corrected version. The process of practice, assessment, correction and practice again allows me to establish a self-reflection mechanism that I can apply to my everyday speaking going forward.
Laura’s training has been transformative for me, and I highly recommend her as a personal coach for speech, accent reduction and executive presence. Catherine is one of those success stories where dedication, persistence and thoughtful coaching resulted in her promotion. This has been a highlight to watch and greatly appreciate your role in this process! (C Li is one of those success stories where her dedication and persistence resulted in her promotion.)
Associate Director, Software Development and Automation at BD
Working with Laura was a great pleasure and invaluable. She has a personalized approach and takes it very seriously but also has a great sense of humor. She's helped me immensely over the course of our sessions and I believe I've achieved what I wanted which is speaking without an accent but also speaking with more impact and using the right intonation patterns depending on a situation and surroundings that I'm in. Laura focuses not just on improving your accent but the whole package: intonation patterns, accent reduction, speaking with confidence and much more. If you want to feel comfortable speaking English, whether it's your job or your friends and people you interact with, Laura Darius is the best choice! You won't regret it. Thank you Laura!
Senior Advisor, Thomas Cook
“Laura Darius is one of the finest coaches I have had the pleasure to work with. Her coaching style quickly identifies each client’s unique needs. She then structures a well-defined program to help her clients make lasting changes. Laura easily establishes strong rapport enabling her to have measurable impact from the very beginning of her assignments. Her structured approach insures that all identified coaching goals are met. Quite simply put, she delivers! Clients respect her intellect as well as her coaching style, which draws on a deep understanding of human nature, organizational structure and coaching skills.
I heartily recommend Laura as a coach to clients both at JPMorgan Chase and to other Human Resource professionals outside of the firm, and will always be pleased to do so- my colleagues and clients have never been disappointed."
Marsha Hoch, former S.V.P. Human Resources
“I have sent a number of colleagues and associates to Laura Darius in the last ten years. In each and every case, the benefits of working with Laura have been immediate and long lasting. I will continue to send colleagues to Laura anytime an employee can benefit from her services.”
Gerald J. Calder, Managing Director
U.S. Trust Company
“Many thanks for all your help over the past few months. I appreciate your giving me a fresh perspective on how I present myself to my colleagues and clients -- and your working with me to modify my communication style and image.
I was very pleased to hear last week that I was promoted to Managing Director. I'm sure that your coaching helped me to win the promotion, and your insights will certainly be useful in my new position.”
”I chose Laura as my language coach because of strong recommendations from several colleagues who worked with her. Laura is truly exceptional. She designed a program tailored to my individual circumstance.
She made my learning process more relevant and fun by anchoring it to my daily business communication. I felt motivated and challenged but also relaxed in every session. In the end, I made pretty noticeable improvements in a fairly effortless way.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend Laura to anyone who wants to work with the best language coach".
Xiongwen Rui, V.P. Risk Management
“I want to say how much I appreciated all the coaching and advice you gave me. I’ve presented twice in front of large audiences since our last session and am pleased to say I did very well in both presentations. I got several comments on what a good job I had done. I can honestly say that had I not gone through the sessions we had, I would not have been anywhere close to as prepared as I was for those presentations. “
Mark Williams, Senior Manager, Medical Strategies and Physician Education
Merck & Co.
“I have worked with Laura Darius for the past 15 years. I have worked directly with her and sent many Bristol-Myers Squibb employees to spend time with her on their development. Laura has worked with members of my team on a variety of issues ranging from Communication Style to Leadership. Her insight and guidance have been invaluable.”
Jill DeSimone, S.V.P. Cardiovascular/Metabolic Sales
“Working with Laura has been one of my most valuable experiences in terms of professional development. Her approach was quite targeted to my specific needs and involved in-depth diagnosis followed by development of a concrete action plan moving forward. One of the things I appreciate about Laura is that she holds you accountable for making positive change. Moreover, she is a pleasure to work with.”
Mary Backstrom,V.P. Strategy, Marketing Research
“I want to thank you for your evaluation and advice. As the newly appointed VP of Research and Development, your advice on projecting a strong and confident image has been vital. With your advice and coaching steps I have improved the quality of my presentations significantly. In terms of dress, I not only look nicer with my new wardrobe, but I also feel more relaxed (confident) with other executives. Once again, thank you for your help.”
Walter R. Perkins, Ph.D., V.P. Research and Development
“I have known and worked with Laura during the last three years. During that time, Laura has personally coached me in presentation style as well as projection. As a result, I have improved my effectiveness and confidence as a frequent public speaker. More importantly, Laura has coached a number of entrepreneurs in CONNECT's Springboard program at my request. These included non-English speakers. The results and impact Laura has had on these clients was remarkable and significant and has clearly contributed to the success of the entrepreneurs. I am recommending Laura and Darius Communications, Inc. to CEOs and senior executives who wish to make their public messages count.”
Ruprecht von Buttlar, Director, Commercialization & Finance
“Laura is an experienced speech/image coach for executives. She quickly establishes rapport, has a keen sense of the individual in the context of their organization, and brings the right balance of intuition and wisdom that enables her clients to achieve their desired outcomes. Laura demonstrates a passion for her work, has a depth of proven coaching experience, and brings the human element, along with a smile, to any coaching relationship. For these reasons, and more, I recommend Laura to any organization that has high standards for their executive coaches, and is committed to both "results" and "how" those results are achieved.”
Jeff Freedman, President, Strategy, Marketing Research
“I had the great fortune to attend your oral communication and professional image class today. I am one of the active duty pilots you had as a student. Please, let me say it is a complete joy to watch a lifetime of study and practice at work translating skills which will ripple throughout history. I attended the class because I trust the Miramar Leadership Development department to put out good information; and, it is a challenge for personalities such as mine to participate in such an open forum. I LEARNED A LOT! I wish I had had these thoughts, notions and skills in my past battles. I have already taught several of the concepts to my kids. I am practicing already and pegged your outlines into my development binder.
I have never seen anyone work as a "performer" in front of others like you did today. We crush people - you made them better and only pushed them as far as they could handle. A true work of art. Thank you so much, and I am glad to have such a great resource in San Diego.”
Lt. Colonel Matthew Tolliver
United States Marine Corp
Qualcomm Classes - 2017
American English Pronunciation Workshop Evaluation Comments:
Best pronunciation class I ever had!
Thank you so much. I really enjoyed the classes. Yesterday I had a presentation, and even though I can still improve a lot, I felt very confident. By the way, my presentation was a success!
This is a unique class that works magically to help us improve our pronunciation.
Very comfortable way to learn and practice English pronunciation.
I would suggest everyone who is not confident with their pronunciation take this class.
The teacher knows exactly where the problem is.
Every time I watch the video, I learn something I missed before.
The videos are very helpful. I can watch my mouth very clearly and compare the difference between me and the others!
This workshop is very helpful, and it helps me to totally change the way I speak and pronounce English.
I like learning the technique and mouth positions/movements needed for pronouncing each vowel and consonant. I like the video recording so I can review everything after class.
Extremely helpful. I can watch my mouth and see if it's correct. Also with the recording I can revisit the class and really memorize everything.
Really helpful. I have improved not only my pronunciation but also my listening. The teacher took individual time to address all of our issues with pronunciation.
I felt really welcome and not ashamed of my mistakes but encouraged to improve.
It helps to identify the problems we know, and problems we don't know, and provides mechanisms to correct the problems.
I like the style in that everyone gets enough attention and the coaching is personalized.
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