WE ARE
VOICEBUSINESS

We are experts in communication. We have professional backgrounds in performance, creative writing, directing and coaching.  We have created training which encompasses  every aspect of communication from keynote speeches to effective 121 interactions; from highly specialised pitches to TED talks.

 

For 25 years, we have helped individuals and groups build their confidence and skills, live and online, with training and coaching which is rigorous, fun and effective.

voicebusiness was born during a 'Eureka!' moment in 1996 at the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow when founder, Cordelia Ditton, realised that many of the techniques used by actors can be adopted by other professionals and allow them to feel more comfortable speaking in public. 

Since then, our unique approach to coaching has been proven to turn nervous wrecks into flourishing presenters and allow individuals to communicate confidently and effectively.

Who we are

Our team of highly motivated and talented associates blend experience from theatre, journalism, business and personal development and have helped hundreds of individuals and groups build their confidence and skills.

Our Principle Trainers

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Cordelia Ditton

Cordelia trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, has an MA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and is a certified General Practitioner of NLP. She has worked in theatre, television, film and radio, as a trainer for presenters and comedians and as a lecturer/director in drama schools. She is a published playwright and has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines. She started voicebusiness in 1996.

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Leigh Biagi

An accomplished performer in theatre, television and film, Leigh is an experienced communication skills trainer who, over the past thirty years, has developed and delivered countless workshops for many organisations in public, private and Third sectors, teaching a range of invaluable skills.​

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Steven Wren

Steven is an accomplished actor and musician who, for 30 years, has adapted his core skills and applied them to the business world. As well as working on many different strands for voicebusiness, he has developed and delivered training courses for a variety of household name organisations. For 9 years, he was principal lecturer in Voice on the acting courses at Edinburgh College.

Who we work with

voicebusiness clients range across the public, private, not-for-profit and educational sectors. From the Scottish Government and local authorities, universities and colleges to the financial, legal, manufacturing, construction, technology and retail sectors. We work with hotels, arts organisations, business consultancies and small start-ups. No matter the size or sector, every organisation can benefit from our unique blend of experience and skills in communication training. 

Our clients

Finance

  • Audit Scotland

  • Bank of Scotland

  • Hymans Robertson LLP

Government +

  • Scottish Government

  • Councils: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverclyde etc

  • Scotland Office

Law

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP

  • Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Morton Fraser LLP

  • Faculty of Advocates

Public and Third Sector bodies

  • Nature Scot / Scottish Natural Heritage

  • British Council

  • Scottish Enterprise

  • Scottish Water

  • Scottish Refugee Council

  • Big Lottery Fund

  • Glasgow Homelessness Network

  • Rape Crisis Scotland

  • Glasgow Housing Association

  • Citizens Advice Scotland

Education

  • US-UK Fulbright Commission

  • Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde,
    Heriot-Watt

  • Kibble Education and Care

Food & Drink

  • AG Barr Ltd

  • Edrington Beam-Suntory UK

  • Whyte and Mackay Ltd

  • Scotch Malt Whisky Association

Culture & Sport

  • Scottish Ballet

  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra

  • National Theatre of Scotland

  • Edinburgh International Book Festival

  • Dundee Contemporary Arts

  • Scottish Book Trust

  • National Galleries Scotland

  • Heart of Midlothian plc

Health

  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

  • Golden Jubilee National Hospital

  • Mental Welfare Commission of Scotland

Manufacturing & Engineering

  • WL Gore Associates (UK) Ltd

  • Jacobs Engineering

  • Tannlin UK Ltd

Other

  • EDF Energy

  • TRC Media

  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

  • Kura

  • CALA Homes

  • Royal Yacht Britannia

  • TEDxGlasgow

our method

Our interactive training techniques have been crafted over many years of professional work and are based on our own unique experience and expertise.