"The tools I learned in How To Have Presence taught me to stand there, in that moment where I would have previously felt uncomfortable and awkward, and to instead allow the fear and anxiety to wash away as I settled into the present moment. Today is not the time to be silent, and I credit Elissa with helping me find my voice when I didn't even know I had one."
"Elissa's How To Have Presence course is engaging, beneficial, and fun. Thoughtfully structured, each lesson extended my knowledge. Simple homework assignments anchored the material and improved my skill. By the end of the course, I had a new (and much better) understanding of how to work with my voice. Highly recommended."
"The How To Have Presence course was profound. Elissa’s instruction both helped connect me to my body so that I understood the physical dynamics of voice, while also connecting what I understand and teach about yoga and spirituality, so it took on such deep meaning for me. The experience was nothing like I could have ever expected but more than I could have ever hoped. I learned new habits that I’m still integrating."
"The How To Have Presence course with Elissa took me into a completely different and wonderful world of communication and speech technique. I learned a huge amount about presence and voice range, and have immediately put the work to use. Elissa has a lovely positive energy and is extremely encouraging. Thanks Elissa!"
You want to sparkle like Oprah, but...
You want to be a boss like Brené, but...
You want to be chill like Bill & Steve, but...
You may have tried power poses, increasing your volume, or telling
yourself to “be confident," and none of it has really stuck. I get it.
I created this course as a solution to address the real issues:
mindset and nervous system reprogramming.
There's no band-aid for this stuff. The content in this class will help you dig deeper and get to the root of your struggles so you can access your presence, even when the pressure is on.✨
As you work through the class with Elissa, you will learn how to:
Rock your presentations and performances
Communicate with confidence and ease
There are seven pre-recorded course modules, and your homework will be to watch one each week. Each module video is short (approximately 10-20 minutes long) and explains a key concept. The topics in order are: HABITS, PRESENCE, NERVES, EMBODIMENT, VOICE, MESSAGE, and MEMORIZATION.
Each module is accompanied by a fun homework assignment and two short exercise videos so you can put everything you're learning into action. In the private Facebook group, you can share your homework, ask questions, engage with others in the class, and get personalized feedback from me.
Most students do the course in seven weeks, working along with the weekly reminder emails. At that pace, you can expect to spend about an hour per week on class videos, exercises, and assignments. But if you're eager, speed ahead! And if it's a busy time of year, take as long as you need.
I'm a voice and presence coach, and the founder of Voice Body Connection. I'm also the creator of the online course How Your Voice Works, as well as the co-founder of Vibrant Voice Technique, a method of using vibration to release vocal tension. I received an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy from the University of Alberta and am certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework and Hatha yoga. Some of my past clients include Broadways stars, television personalities, and CEOs, as well as organizations such as eBay, Microsoft, and Equinox.
Currently, I'm working on a book about self-love and empowerment techniques.
(More info on that coming soon 😉)