SPEAK WITH PRESENCE
(without being perfect!)
The only coaching you need
to lead authentically.
Your Voice is Too Important to Be Silenced.
What We Do
We train leaders to speak with courage and clarity (without being perfect!) so they can influence change in the workplace.
21st Century leaders need excellent communication skills in a rapidly changing virtual and hybrid world. We train leaders to:
- Own their expertise...
- Share their authentic story...
- Speak confidently...
...in order to influence change in the workplace.
Our clients develop elevator pitches, story banks, and slide decks, so they can communicate clearly on podcasts, webinars, recorded videos, live stages, and in meetings - anywhere where they are expected to speak with courage to influence others.
We know women are often the minority in the workplace. This can cause even the most confident woman to hesitate and be silent. And we can help...
Perfection doesn't exist. We meet our clients where they are and build on their unique strengths...
Why We Do It
We are on a mission to get more leaders communicating authentically to influence positive change and equity in the workplace.
Research tells us that when leaders make decisions with empathy, both profitability and employee satisfaction improve.
The best leaders speak with presence. Our podcast, Speak with Presence™ is where we interview powerful women and men on 21st Century leadership skills.
It starts with the voice first. The ability to speak up and tell a compelling story is the hallmark of a great leader. Yet subtle bias can undermine speaking power.
- When you own your expertise...
- When you know how to listen...
- When you have the confidence to use your voice...
...you join the ranks of leaders who influence powerful change.
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What our clients have to say...
Homer Bonner Jacobs Ortiz
There's a holistic approach with Jen V. and JRT. They are there when you need them, more than willing to help. You just don't get that when you go to a seminar, a one-off workshop, or when you buy a couple of classes. Their one-on-one custom attention makes them so empowering. There's simply no judgment with Voice First World.
Founder and CEO
Women in Business Education
You are your voice. With Jen V., I immediately realized I had a warm, comfortable, and confident audience. She was able to immediately pinpoint some areas that I could improve quickly that no one had ever told me before. You can't improve if you don't acknowledge where you are and what you can become.
Oak Park, IL
Jen has been magical in helping me to identify my voice and my VOICE! The variety of ways that she has holistically addressed my strengths and my areas of improvement are too many to name, but they range from logistical (lighting, positioning, posture) to psychological (routine, tricks, tips, reminders and aids) and even just plain encouragement!! It’s all made me feel so much more confident.
The coaches at Voice First World are truly amazing! I am thankful for the expertise they shared to enable women to be bold and confident leaders speaking with influence and authority in their positions. I personally enjoyed working with Jen Vellenga on techniques to improve my public speaking. I learned a lot about myself as well as things I could immediately adjust in my speech. She provided a safe space for me to be myself and make honest mistakes without any judgement. I appreciate the help I received. If you need a supportive team of women to assist in public speaking to build confidence and executive leadership presence, look no further than Voice First World to help you in your journey!
Powercat Financial Planning
I was given a daunting opportunity to be a keynote speaker. Jen V. helped me create an engaging story that brought the message to life before the thousands in attendance. She coached me in my delivery, helping me gain the confidence to succeed. Jen V. teaches how to engage your audience by addressing impactful events that may be weighing on your audience from the onset. This expert advice planted the seed for what has become a campus-wide effort to return to campus mindfully by having students and faculty address the events of the pandemic at the onset of the semester with intention and authenticity.
BHHS PenFed Realty
Training my voice with Jen V. changed my life. I struggle with self-confidence and am occasionally intimidated by others. In meetings and general discussions I was frequently interrupted, talked over, and sometimes outright ignored. Jen V. gave me the tools to realize my vocal strengths and weaknesses, and to hone my speaking skills. Jen V.'s keen awareness of each pupil's needs and constant assurance that I deserved to be heard helped my personal confidence as well as my technical voice skills. I find myself referencing the lessons I learned almost daily.
Menard Family Director, Center for Principled Business
Kansas State University
I’ve never thought of myself as a public speaker and I’m definitely not a performer, but I jumped at the opportunity to develop my voice and performance skills as my leadership responsibilities have changed. I’ve always had some anxiety around public speaking and in my current role I have to speak up more. After working with Jen V., I feel so much more confident. I recently spoke at a committee meeting where I was told that I am an amazing presenter, a compliment I had not received before working with her.
New York, NY
Diversity and Inclusion Strategist
J.D. Candidate, Fordham School of Law
Jen Vellenga is the consummate coach. She was singularly focused on how our work together would make practical and measurable improvements in my career. I felt seen and understood while she guided me in pairing my authenticity and vision with proven storytelling techniques. The skill I learned from Jen is how to keep my listeners engaged and on the edge of their seats whether I’m at coffee with a potential client, in the boardroom with execs, or giving a keynote.
Los Angeles, CA
Voiceover/TV & Film/Theatre Actor
Jen V.'s ability to assess each individual client's unique strengths and weaknesses, in order to truly meet them where they're at and tailor her tutelage accordingly, is part of what distinguishes her from many other coaching professionals in creative fields. Her decades of experience is obvious through her confidence and ease of knowledge, but never overshadows her gentle guidance, perceptibility and encouragement. Coupled with her unwavering enthusiasm and passion for the work, Jen V. creates a learning environment of trust and zeal that is unparalleled.