Hey! I'm Lizz Summers, a voice and public speaking coach for go-getters (like YOU) who want to share their message with sass, brass, and outrageous confidence.
In other words,
sharpen their communication skills so they can attract
(...Okay okay, that last one needs a little work)
As for me, I learned ALL about the power of voice and speaking the hard way.
CONFESSION: I had a terrible lisp growing up.
Yep. It’s true. Just imagine me introducing myself for a second. Reminder: My name is Elizabeth Summers. So that came out as "Hi, I’m Elithabeth Thummerth.” *facepalm*
LUCKILY, as I got older, my lisp improved, and it was replaced with a bold, outspoken and opinionated teenage personality. Sound familiar? (Don't know what you're talking about... I'm definitely not like that now... -oh wait!)
How people responded to me changed SO much from lispy kid to brassy teen. I became so fascinated with how speech and voice impacted not just my life, but the lives of those around me. So much so that I became a registered Speech and Language Therapist.
Sounds nerdy, I know...
BUT SPEAKING IS SOOOO IMPORTANT.
(Clue: the awesomeness that you have INSIDE is only as good as your skills in getting it OUTSIDE to the WORLD!)
After training as a Speech Therapist, I began working for the National Health Service. (Spoiler alert: Not the best environment for an ideas-y, outspoken sass queen like me!) During my years at the NHS, I saw firsthand just how easily a voice or accent issue could undermine someone's confidence. And to be honest, it broke my damn heart.
I saw amazingly talented people trapped in ho-hum jobs and not reaching their full potential because every time they opened their mouth, their confidence and credibility plummeted.
I wanted to help. And I did, but the fact remained that I was always limited in what I could do. The National Health Service has some verrrry strict boundaries when it comes to how you can work with patients. And, naturally I had tons of bold ideas I wanted to implement, but they were all shot down for being too “out of the box.” Me? Out of the box? What were they talking about?!
After many years and hundreds of patients, I eventually decided it was time to go out on my own. I packed up my stuff, selotaped my desk back together for the last time, quite my PhD programme and headed off into the sunset! (Um... in this metaphor the sunset is my lounge. With my dog. And my laptop. And pyjama bottoms).
Hellooooo freedom to help people with BIG POTENTIAL to do BIG THINGS!
Ballsy, I know. Everyone thought I was mad. But I wasn't. I just didn’t want to stay silent anymore. And I have a feeling you’re here because YOU feel the same way. YOU want to speak out and stand out. And my mission? Is to help you do JUST that.
These days, I'm totally in love with seeing my clients succeed -
Nailing a presentation, booking that speaking gig, becoming confident and eloquent with their colleagues and boss, booking new clients from videos and livestreams...
Are you ready for that?
Pssssst... plus, you know what's even more amazing? It's not just their career that's skyrocketing...it's their personal communication as well. Those difficult conversations with friends and loved ones (you know, the ones that are usually easier to just avoid!), or that awkward convo you need to have with your VA… Piece of cake when you can address them in a clear, confident, connection-building (not destroying) kinda way.