Speaking Effectively: What An Opera Singer Can Teach You About Presentation And Presence

Presenting your work in a compelling way is a critical component of professional success whether you’re speaking at a conference, reporting to your team, or interviewing for a job. My work as a professional development coach focuses on combining stage techniques and cognitive science to create memorable and persuasive presentations.

Areas of focus include:

  • Being heard: Vocal techniques that command attention, maximize understanding and establish expertise
  • Owning the room: The biomechanical qualities of confidence
  • Connecting with the audience: It isn’t about you. It’s about them.
  • Making it memorable: Structuring your information and using engaging language
  • Authenticity: Leveraging your own experience and excitement about a topic
  • Speaking with authority: Tactics for demonstrating expertise and showing leadership
  • Taking off & landing: Effective ways to start and finish your presentation

In addition to my ongoing work as a performer, I have applied my communication skills in non-profit and political arenas at local, regional and national levels. As a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, I have been immersed in the tech community since my undergraduate studies and have maintained an interest working with new media platforms to increase audience access and engagement with the arts.

I work with clients in workshops, conferences and one-on-one training sessions to give speakers the tools they need to become dynamic, powerful and authentic speakers.

I’ve been to several of Melissa’s presentations and workshops, and I always come away with simple, concrete ways I can improve my own public speaking. You will not be disappointed if you book a session with her!
— Jennifer A.

I am available for one-on-one sessions, workshops, as a conference speaker and for on-site professional development training.


Past Appearances:

Pivotal Labs Lunchtime Tech Talk
"Presentation & Presence: A performer’s insights into speaking effectively"
Tuesday, Sept 15th, 12:30 - 1:30pm, Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of the Americas, 2nd Fl, NY, NY
Event Info: Meetup/Pivotal Labs NY

Write/Speak/Code 2015 International Conference for Women Software Developers
Presentation: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? A performer’s insights into speaking effectively"
Friday, March 20th, Pace University, One Pace Plaza, NY, NY
Event Info: Write/Speak/Code Conference Schedule


Vocal Studio

Drawing on my own training in Bel Canto technique and the Swedish-Italian school, I teach singers of all ages and backgrounds how to develop healthy and dependable singing skills.

My lessons are tailored to each student’s goals and areas of interest. Past and current students range from rock musicians and voice-over artists to aspiring Broadway belters and classical singers. In any style, my emphasis is on consistent vocal production and expressive singing, including:

  • Maximizing vocal range
  • Developing vocal strength and dependability of sound
  • Establishing breath control and stamina
  • Finding optimal posture and physical alignment
  • Understanding musicality and techniques for vocal nuance

My studio is based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I am available upon request for travel in and around New York City.

For additional information about lessons, please contact me.