Francesca Gordon-Smith

Spoken English trainer

Based in
Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom
Also teaches in East London, I work on-site and consider any place in Europe., North London, South London, West London
Francesca Gordon-Smith | Spoken English trainer

Rates: £40 - £100/ hour

Make an enquiry Phone: 07903954550

12 Week Course in Elocution and Advanced Communication Skills:with Francesca Gordon-Smith


I specialise in spoken English and help individuals to improve their vocal clarity and mindset.

Previous clients include EDF Energy, Neuberger Berman and Nottingham University.

Since 2006, I have helped thousands of people to improve their communication skills and mindset. In 2011, I pioneered the use of Elocution in schools to improve literacy through phonics and have received a great deal of media coverage for the work I have been doing in this area:

My programmes cover four main areas: English, Voice Transformation, Public Speaking and advanced communication skills. Alongside these four disciplines, I also work on confidence and mindset, as it is integral to both the learning process and communication in general.


During a 1.5 hr session, the quality of your voice will be assessed through a series of exercises including; the pronunciation of individual sounds, conversation, reading, topic discussion and vocal exercises, such as chanting.

12 Week Course

The reason this course lasts 25.5 hours and not a year is because, in my experience, an intensive course with daily practice is the most effective way to transform your spoken communication.

Courses are tailor made to suit individual needs and can cover any of the following:
• Vocal strength
• Vocal clarity
• Clear pronunciation
• Vocal variety
• Vocal tone
• Smoother accent
• Fluid speech
• Rhythm
• Word stress
• Sentence stress
• Vocal Projection
• Sentence structure
• Grammar
• Understanding muscles in the mouth
• Daily exercises derived from speech therapy
• Thinking on your feet
• Impromptu Speaking
• Mindset and Motivation

The Weekly Programme:

The amount of hours you decide to do each week will be dependent on the timeframe you would like to complete the course in. I recommend two lessons of one hour per week unless you are limited by time constraints- in which case, we can complete the programme in a shorter time period.

Motivation is key here, which is why this programme involves interaction with me at least twice a week to keep you focused- sessions last 1 hour. The length of your course will be decided between us.

My course is about both accelerating the learning process and forming great new habits. I know that learning something new can be emotionally challenging. This is why I often incorporate some techniques to improve mindset to keep you on track with the programme. If you can complete your daily practice, you are half way there. Just fifteen to thirty minutes a day makes a massive difference.

After The 12 Week Course

At the end of the 12 week course, there is a 3 month self study period. At the end of this time, we then have a catch up session, which lasts 1.5hrs. During this time, you will be re-assessed to see whether there is any further work to be done. I will then send you my feedback and leave it up to you to decide if you would like to review any areas highlighted during the catch up session. I usually recommend a further 3 weeks (this varies from person to person).


25.5 hr Course: £1,785* (£70 per hour)

Assessment Lesson: £140 (based upon a 1.5hr session)

If you decide to go ahead with the 12 week course, the amount paid for the assessment lesson will be deducted from the total payable for the 12 weeks.

After this session, you will receive a detailed plan outlining the areas you need to work on.

*If you wish to pay in instalments, 5% (£89) is added to the total cost. Each instalment is payable at the beginning of the month and equates to £624 - £484 if you pay for the assessment separately (payment 1), £625 (payments 2 and 3). The total cost is: £1,874.

To see examples of my teaching, visit my YouTube channel:

Other Courses

Intensive Confidence Coaching *

A combination of NLP and Hypnotherapy is normally used during these sessions. For Skype sessions, NLP is the preferred tool.

Sessions are designed to release deep seated confidence/ emotional challenges; especially those which cause problems during communication with others. Fear of public speaking and lack of confidence are the issues most commonly covered. Motivation and improvement of current strategies are also popular.

In essence, NLP is the study of patterns of excellence and is therefore incredibly useful when it comes to improving someone’s strategies (both conscious and unconscious) - all behaviour and emotions exhibited can be described as ‘strategies’.

3 sessions of two hours are recommended.

*Can be combined with the Advanced Communication skills or Public Speaking as they complement each other really well.

Public Speaking

It is essential that you are aware of your strategies when it comes to public speaking. I meet so many people who worry needlessly for weeks leading up to a presentation. They worry that they will forget what they want to say, they worry that they will get nervous and they worry that their audience will be hostile or that they will hate it. What a lot of negativity. If you do this, all it means is that you are planning to fail.

Wouldn’t it be much better to prepare your mind to be calm, to prepare yourself to remember what you want to say and to visualise a happy, welcoming audience?

Once you are aware of your strategies, you are one step closer to amending them. You can do this by simply replacing them with more positive thoughts.

Once you have done this, I will then teach you how to captivate your audience by using some very simple and highly effective techniques.

Areas covered during sessions:
• Speech structure
• How to captivate your audience
• Fluid speech
• Vocal variety
• Vocal Projection
• Planning a speech
• Memorising a speech
• Interacting with your audience
• Beginning, middle and end
• Impromptu speaking (unprepared)

You will find a few in this video:

Rate: £200/ 2hr session

Advanced Communication Skills

This course brings all of my teachings together. When practiced with discipline, these lessons become a way of life that helps you to gain friends and be more emotionally balanced.

Learn how to:

• Never take things personally
• Coach yourself through the toughest challenges
• Become solution focused
• Create long lasting rapport with others
• Give constructive feedback which motivates others
• Utilise the power of ‘being nice’.

Rate: £200/ 2hr session


Package suggestions

3 x 2 hour sessions: £550 (Short course in Public Speaking, Confidence and Advanced Communications Skills)

10 x 2 hour sessions: £1500 (Extended course in Public Speaking, Confidence and Advanced Communications Skills)

12 week course (24 hrs): 1,785 (Accent reduction, Elocution, Voice Transformation, British accent coaching)



“The Smiths English promise of delivering high quality lessons ''Anywhere, Anytime'' sits very true with my experience of taking lessons with Francesca via Skype. I am a professional woman living in the States who speaks English as a second language. Although I speak English with much clarity and fluency, I have always wished to discover my ''English voice'' and have always wondered how I would have sounded with a true British accent had I been living in England from an early age. Through much research, I discovered Francesca's site and after having viewed some of her video lessons, I became convinced that she would be the perfect elocution teacher for me. However I was not quite sure whether taking lessons via Skype would be just as useful as having lessons in person. My concerns proved to be completely unfounded as I have benefited greatly from my online Skype sessions with Francesca. She has the keenest hearing and a superbly-trained ear for picking up the sound and voice issues in her student's speech. From the very first words you speak with Francesca she gets busy on identifying the sounds which need polishing and improvement and prepares a study plan to meet your specific needs. The clarity and the ease at which my lessons have been conducted, makes me almost forget that during the lessons we are in two different continents. Francesca is the ultimate professional with such a delightful personality that makes taking lessons with her an enjoyable, fun and interesting experience with true results even after the first session. I thoroughly recommend taking online lessons via Skype with Francesca.
Thank you for great sessions over Skype. I liked your professionalism and you are a great enthusiast. I have noticed significant improvements in my speech clarity, pausing between speeches and stressing words. The exercises you taught are highly beneficial and did help in a great way in the betterment of my voice.”
DP, India

"I had been asked last minute to speak before a group of extremely inspiring people, and was slightly overwhelmed and excited for the opportunity. As destiny had it, I met Fran, a speech expert 2 days before, and booked in ASAP to get her advice, tips and knowledge. Not only did she help me with the practical side of conveying a message, but the relaxing atmosphere plus the other techniques she used such as the coaching meant me leaving the session a different person! The presentation went very well, and Fran had a lot to do with its success! Thank you"


“From a personal point of view, I have to say that you are possibly one of the most inspiring people I have ever been around. You give off this positive vibe that cannot be coached or taught, you are just born with it. It is a unique gift, a talent.

I know you told me you trained to be an actress… Personally, I feel you would be wasted acting, not because you wouldn’t be good at it, but more because so many of your talents would be wasted. You have this ability to make people feel good about themselves & come away feeling like they have learnt something or added something.

For anyone who has any fear of public speaking & wants help in overcoming that fear I can’t recommend Positive Voice enough. The thought of being best man actually made me feel sick when I first started, but Francesca gives you help & support in a very unique way – it’s very personal, she allows you to make mistakes & feel good about them so that you learn from them. She gives you hints & tips, little tricks to help you overcome any hurdles, you can work as slowly or as quickly as you like. The sessions are planned out so you know what you’re working towards.

I always felt that if I could write, deliver & perform a best man speech then I would be able to do ANY speech…and I mean ANY speech. Working with Francesca has given me the tools I need to have a much better understanding of public speaking, how to handle my emotions & how to present myself. I know that in the years to come I will use Francesca to brush up on my skills.

Had I not got in touch with Francesca, I would have hated the whole day; it would have been very unpleasant. As it was, I was actually EXCITED getting up to address the 70 people at my best friend’s wedding.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much… I will actually miss our sessions.

I feel that I should wish you luck here but if I’m honest, you don’t need it. You will go on to achieve great things & I know you will pop up in the next few years on TV & in Newspapers & I will tell everyone that this was the person who helped me overcome my fear!“

“We organised a session with Positive Voice because we wanted to empower female students with the confidence to achieve what they want to do and the session most definitely fulfilled that! Fran's variety of techniques offered support for everyone who attended and feedback after the event has been really positive, with all the women who participated having benefited in some way. It's most definitely a session we will look to run again in future years. ”
University of Nottingham Women's Network
“My job has recently been transferred from the UK to an Asian country. With the move from my established position to a new challenging role in a new environment, I suddenly found myself lacking my usual level of confidence. I was often put in situations where I needed to present, often at a very short or no notice. The fear inside me gradually grew greater and greater. I knew I had to do something about it before it paralysed me completely! Then one day I happened to receive a newsletter from Positive Voice, offering confidence boosting courses. I had known (and had a very good experience with) Francesca as I had taken elocution lessons with her. Francesca was able to accommodate a session at short notice and we used Skype to overcome the geographical distance. During the session, Francesca asked me good questions about the things that scared me and why it was so; and somehow helped me make them work towards my advantage. Thanks to Francesca, I now even see the boss I used to be afraid of as my greatest teacher! Francesca and I discussed running a follow up session if that was needed but I am pleased to say Francesca managed to disperse my fears during our first lesson. On top of that she provided some very useful presentation tips, which have helped me feel much more confident about the presentations I prepare and conduct. Overall, I would recommend Positive Voice to anyone who feels their confidence could do with a boost!”
Manager, Big 4 firm
“I'm delighted to say that my daughter's Wedding Day was an amazing day and everything went absolutely perfectly. I cannot thank you enough for all the help you gave in both boosting my confidence and with the preparation for my 'mother of the bride speech'. I felt completely calm and at ease on the day, remembered all the tips you have given me about presentation, voice projection, punctuation, posture etc., and didn't need to refer to any notes for my speech. I even felt confident enough to ad lib. I think this was one of my greatest achievements as I've always had a phobia about public speaking and had been terrified at the prospect of speaking in front of a group of people. Before starting the lessons, I could never have envisaged that I would stand up in front of 120 and have the confidence to give a speech. Throughout the afternoon and evening a number of guests congratulated me on an excellent speech; some said they were touched to tears and another that my speech was extremely polished and sincere.

I'm going to make sure I keep up my new skill and regularly participate in my club's poetry reading evenings.

Thank you so much Fran, I couldn't have done it without your help. ”
Anonymous, London
“I had been feeling quite stuck in a rut for a while and was having difficulty reaching my goals. I have to admit, I was a little bit sceptical at first. However Fran's kindness and understanding was something that really stood out in the sessions. I can't put my finger on it, but I did see a shift happen, accompanied by a rise in self esteem and perhaps the most profound thing that I took out of the sessions was the simplest: Love yourself first and everything else will slowly begin to fall into place. I realised how harsh I was being on myself, and as soon as I started to be kinder to myself, things became easier. There are still some things to work on, but I think Fran's coaching has definitely made me aware of the need to take more control of what is happening in my life! Fran's techniques are fast moving and if you aren't comfortable with certain techniques, she is really flexible about trying something new and unique to you. Fran is extremely supportive and definitely goes that extra mile to help those changes occur. Thanks for all your help, Fran. ”
Anonymous, London
“I have been meaning to thank you properly for all the help and support you gave me in the run up to Katie’s wedding, and to let you know how positively I felt about how it went. I found the whole process very insightful. Interesting and stimulating. One of the interesting things that came out of giving the speech is that my family just assumed I could give a speech, although they have never heard me give one, and assumed I do so all the time at work! My parents did come up to say they enjoyed it at the first opportunity, although in my visualisation I couldn’t see them doing so! I hope your courses are going well and if you ever need any help or support, I would be a willing helper for you! ”
Joanne Lane
“I spent 5 sessions with Fran to help me overcome my fear of public speaking and my forthcoming best mans speech. By helping me break down the negative thought patterns I had developed over the years combined with actual speaking exercises I was able to tackle the problem from both ends.
Fran is very passionate about what she does. It's nice to know that someone has a genuine interest in the behaviour of the human mind and it was interesting to unravel some of my insecurities that were holding me back in my everyday life. I now have a much healthier and realistic attitude towards towards the prospect of public speaking and thanks to Fran my best mans speech was a success.”
Ben Johnson, London

Group Classes

Public Speaking & Confidence Boosting Workshop

Public Speaking & Confidence Boosting Workshop

21-22 November, London

Do you feel that your confidence levels are holding you back at work? Do you wish you were a stronger communicator and public speaker? Do you shy away from making speeches and presentations?

Smiths English will be holding the last Public Speaking and Confidence Boosting session of the year on 21st & 22nd November- with a follow up evening later in November for all those who wish to perform their speeches.

Public speaking is one of the world’s number one fears. We understand how difficult it is for some people to even attend training workshops in order to overcome their fears. That's why we use alternative therapies alongside practical training in public speaking.

We will have a maximum of 3 attendees to each trainer and a maximum of 12 participants, so you will get plenty of one-to-one training throughout the weekend.

Seize this opportunity to outshine your peers and become the best. Please do attend if you want to improve your confidence, but please be aware that you will also improve your public speaking skills! If you are looking to improve your public speaking skills, but feel confident enough already; you’re going to feel even more confident by the end of the course because this programme has a dual purpose. It is designed to make you the confident, eloquent speaker that you didn’t realise you already are!

Neuro Linguistic Programming is used by the world's best public speaking trainers. It is a highly innovative practice, which often has instantaneous effects. During our workshops, we use various tools to help you stand up and shine as speakers; including Neuro Linguistic programming, Hypnotherapy and Auto Suggestion.

Public speaking is about knowing what you want to say and delivering your speech effectively, so that others go away feeling inspired and uplifted. We can help you to become the best orators you can be. This is an excellent opportunity to meet likeminded people who will be able to help you achieve your lifelong goals of becoming effective communicators. The course is suitable for anyone who is insecure about the way they speak or what they say when put on the spot. It is for anyone who is interested in overcoming their fears and becoming more confident.

Please contact Francesca for further details or to book your place. There is limited availability, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Location: Novotel, Tower Hill

Price: £525 per person (for weekend course and follow up evening event)

It's a: 
Novotel, Tower Hill, London
10 Pepys Street, EC3N 2NR, London, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Date and time: 
21st and 22nd November (with a follow up performance evening) 10am- 5pm
£525 (full course)


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered


We require 24 hours notice prior to cancellation.

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