Rhoda Agin

Sample Workshop Outlines

1. Presentation Skills for Business

2. Voice Projection and Protection

3. Vocal Rehabilitation for the New Century

4. Voice Health Workshop for Teachers and Trainers

5. Who Can Benefit from Accent Reduction Voice and Speech Training?


Rhoda Agin

Types of Programs

Sample Workshop Outlines

Dr. Agin offers customized workshops and classes. Each workshop includes skill learning, reinforcement and practical applications. The training content is rigorous and entertaining, and is augmented with case examples, various media, role-playing, etc. The workshop programs may be modified in length and content to suit your organization's needs. Examples of the content of selected workshops follow.


1. PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

Successful verbal communication is the primary tool of businesses worldwide. Optimizing clear communication of information within an organization is essential for effective coordinated management. Outside the organization -- in marketing, conferences and sales -- selecting the appropriate communication format for disseminating information can improve the understanding of a product, its uses and benefits.

The Communication Associates Training Workshop has been carefully designed to assist today's managers, executives and officials in improving their presentation skills significantly in ONE DAY by offering an effective combination of communication theory, practical information and personalized training. Specifically, participants will learn to


  • identify and incorporate elements of a good speech
  • introduce a speaker
  • critique other speakers and learn by listening
  • sound authoritative and project the voice
  • speak to inform, persuade or demonstrate
  • optimize pronunciation skills
  • make effective use of eye contact and body language
  • learn about current presentation technology
  • control fear of public speaking
  • participate in various group speaking formats such as a seminar, forum, panel and interview

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2. VOICE PROJECTION AND PROTECTION: VOCAL SKILLS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL VOICE USER

The speaking voice is the primary element in effective communication. The sounds of a language are carried on the vocal tone that arises from the larynx in the neck. The tone producing muscles in the larynx are to varying degrees responsible for vocal pitch, loudness, quality and rate. This workshop is designed to teach the nature and use of these four dynamics to business people who earn their living by using their speech. Each participant will be trained to optimize their vocal skills and apply them in a variety of simulated business speaking situations. Voice projection will be taught and practiced. Lastly, voice problems such as hoarseness and vocal fatigue, as well as lifestyle practices such as diet will be discussed to promote the health of the vocal muscles.


  • Introduction - The Professional Voice User
  • Elements in informal and formal speaking.
  • Structure and Function of the Vocal Mechanism (the voice box or larynx)
  • The Four Vocal Fundamentals and Subjectivity vs Objectivity
  • The Elements of Voice Projection: Giving the Impression of Loudness
  • Projection Exercises
  • Avoiding Poor Vocal Hygiene: Abuse, Misuse, Overuse
  • Practice: Use It or Lose It!

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3. INTEGRATIVE VOICE THERAPY: VOCAL REHABILITATION FOR THE NEW CENTURY

This intermediate level workshop has been designed for speech therapists and experienced trainers of the speaking or singing voice and those who require an understanding of common disorders of the larynx and advanced therapy techniques. The workshop will provide you with the content to recognize and alter basic vocal dynamics and vocal healthcare.

Utilizing lecture, discussion and an interactive forum, you will learn ...


  • the triad of negative vocal behaviors and their effect on the vocal mechanism.
  • to recognize normal vocal onset, three types of breathing, etc.
  • the nature of laryngitis, vocal cord edema, vocal nodules, vocal polyps, vocal hemangioma, and functional dysphonia.
  • treatment considerations including hydration, diet, posture.
  • how to construct an optimal therapeutic environment.

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4. VOICE HEALTH WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS and TRAINERS: IMPROVING YOUR VOICE and PREVENTING VOCAL INJURY.

Does your voice ever crack or get hoarse when you are speaking? Is your voice tired and gravelly after you lecture? This workshop will describe how a normal/healthy voice should be produced. Common lifestyle risk factors for developing voice problems will be discussed. We will also discuss speaking behaviors such as shouting and speaking with too low or a too high pitch, which can lead to voice injury and voice loss. Easy vocal hygiene techniques to help you avoid vocal injury, and optimize voice use will be presented. These techniques will be demonstrated and illustrated with audio and video samples.


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5. BENEFIT FROM ACCENT REDUCTION VOICE AND SPEECH TRAINING

Participants come from all walks of life: actors, airline pilots, singers, actors, attorneys, teachers, students, physicians, salespeople, secretaries, supervisors, receptionists, etc. They share a desire to use an English speech and voice pattern that is standard for their community or work setting.


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Types of Programs


l. Small Group Formats


3 Week Intensive Workshop: For individuals with an average command of English Pronunciation:


  • Maximum of four students per class
  • Two Days of Class - intensive instruction and participation: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM both days
  • Three weeks of home assignments with personal practice tapes and using new speaking skills in everyday life
  • Third Day of Class - intensive instruction and review of areas of difficulty: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

l3 Week Class: For individuals with average command of English pronunciation:


  • Maximum of five students per class
  • Twelve two-hour weekly classes and one private tutoring session
  • Weekly home assignments with personal practice tapes and using new speaking skills in everyday life

II. Private Customized Training


l3 Week Program:


  • For individuals with very strong foreign accents or those who wish to work on specific speaking projects or goals:
  • 13 one-hour weekly classes, flexible scheduling
  • Weekly home assignments with personal practice tapes and using new speaking skills in everyday life

7 Week Program:


This training includes:

1) Individuals with very mild foreign accents, or

2) native speakers with regional USA dialects or

3) those in need of general speech improvement:

  • 7 one-hour weekly classes, flexible scheduling
  • Incorporates specialized practice materials with weekly home assignments using personal practice

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All Content Copyright 2008 by Rhoda L. Agin, Ph.D.