Specifically Designed


This e-learning course has been specifically designed for women and teaches the three most important skills of business communication known as intonation-clear and interesting melody patterns, strong and powerful voicing and diaphragm breathing for strong projection.
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Public Speaking and Business Communication


Women hold amazing power with their vision, ambition and accomplishments. Some women unintentionally hurt their dynamic image by bringing in distracting behaviors into their speech and voice. By identifying unhelpful habits and replacing them with strategic skills, women can become more persuasive, credible and obtain a stronger leadership image. 

  • The most hurtful behavior is upspeak: I actually call this the “kiss of death for professional women”. This is when sentences end on a higher note instead of a lower one or go up in pitch randomly in statements. Up-speak commonly happens on the last syllable on the word in the statement or on an entire phrase. Women who have the upspeak habit send non-verbal signals that they are not confident with what they are saying or not sure of what they are saying is true.  It’s very distracting and this habit unintentionally positions women to not present as credible or smart compared to other women who do not have this habit.
  • Speaking with a voice that is too thin or high: Higher and thinner voices are not well perceived and it really hurts a women’s leadership image and credibility. A thin, high or nasal voice is not perceived as smart and confident because it sounds “young”.  People want to conduct business with women, not girls.
  • Nasality: A lot of women are not even aware that they do this. This is when the voice is placed toward the nasal cavity, creating a thin, high voice that sounds like it coming out from the nose. This is not the best voice to use in a professional setting where the goal is to advance and have a strong personal leadership brand.
  • Vocal fry: This happens at the end of a sentence where the last couple of words has a rough, pitch quality. Is sounds like a small “fry” sound. 
  • Some women are simply not crushing it: Holding back and having soft articulation or not speaking with deliberate intention or from their stronger and more powerful voice.

These behaviors can absolutely be changed and women you can learn to speak with better dynamics and a stronger and more powerful voice with this e-learning public speaking class that has been specifically designed for women. 


What Will Be Learned: Course Details


The three most important skills for sounding more professional and speaking with a stronger and more powerful voice will be taught through:

  • Upload a speech and voice sample and receive feedback
  • 35 short instructional videos demonstrating a specific skill 3-5+ minutes in length
  • 39 auditory files with expanded information and exercises average length 4-5 minutes
  • 59 pages in easy to read outlines
  • Follow-up emails and gamification/self-assessment materials
  • Discussion groups
  • Quizzes
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Available to purchase course in bulk for distribution

Chapter One and Two- 

The Rhythm and Melody for Amazing Communication Skills

Chapter One- teaches how to speak in a style that is engaging and interesting. People who learn to speak with skilled intonation are perceived as smart and better leaders. Participants will learn a specific strategy for learning how to speak with a more controlled rate of speed, making articulation sharp and crisp and having naturally improved projection. This speaking style is more commanding and enhances leadership qualities. 

Chapter Two- will teach how to use the skill at a more advanced level that will be ideal for delivering presentations, leading meetings, speaking with more persuasion, and connecting with individuals. Other facets of leadership through communication are also taught such as how to pose questions that get you the results you want, common vocabulary words that weakens statements and common bad speech habits will be revealed with strategies on how to eliminate them. 

Chapter Three- Speaking from a Stronger and More Powerful Voice

The second skill is learning how to speak with a stronger and more powerful voice. There is a place in the lower throat where the vocal folds function at their best to produce a voice that is rich and vibrant. This e-learning course teaches that placement while eliminating a thin, high or nasal sounding voice.

Chapter Four- How to Speak with a Diaphragm Breath

The final mechanical skill is diaphragm breathing. Many people speak on a shallow breath or even run out of breath when talking. Speaking from a diaphragm breath will allow for more comfort and better projection. In addition, a full diaphragm breath along with good speech melody creates effective and calm speakers. 

How It Will Be Learned: Course Design

This course is designed for an approximate 8-week period to allow new skills to develop into every day habit. Lessons are short, 30 minutes or less and the flexibility of e-learning allows users to take the class anywhere, on any device and own timeline. 

Each lesson has: 

  • Upload a speech and voice sample and receive feedback
  • Instructional videos that teaches a specific skill
  • Audio files with expanded information
  • Short articles with expanded information, drills and exercises
  • Follow up emails until the course is complete
  • Discussion groups
  • Quizzes
  • Certificate of Completion 
  • Available to purchase in bulk for employee distribution



We engage in gamification/self-assessments where participants receive a goal tracking sheet at the course beginning and specialized self-assessment sheets in the areas of speech melody, voice and breathing.  Be on the lookout for information about our discussion groups.


Course Timeline

I recommend taking three weeks for speech melody, two weeks for voice and three weeks for breathing and to tie the skills together. With this e-learning seminar you can take the lessons at your own pace, anywhere and on your timeline.


Please enjoy the free lessons to have an in-depth look at what is offered and how the instruction is delivered. 

Thank you for considering this e-learning program and I wish you great success. 

Liz Peterson, M.A.CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist


Elizabeth Peterson has been a speech-language pathologist for over 23 years. Her Denver practice has been operating for over 14. She is the author of Accent Reduction 101 and How to Speak like a Broadcaster and Lead like a CEO. She trains individuals, executives and teams nationwide in our Denver office or online.

Elizabeth Peterson


Course curriculum

    1. Chapter One: Overview

    2. Lesson 1: Using Rhythm and Melody

    3. Lesson 1: Introduction to the Course (Video)

    4. Lesson 1: Introduction to Intonation (Video)

    5. Lesson 1: Getting Started with Intonation

    6. Lesson 2: Moving from Old Communication Behaviors to More Dynamic Ones

    7. Lesson 2: Applying Intonation and Short Sentences (Video)

    8. Lesson 2: Increase Your Awareness by Identifying Speech Patterns of Other People

    9. Lesson 2: Intonation Review

    10. Assignment: Personal Goal Tracking

    11. Lesson 3: Using Your New Skills Out in The Real-World

    12. Lesson 3: The Speech Notebook (Video)

    13. Lesson 3: Speech Triggers (Video)

    14. Assignment: Speech Triggers List

    15. Lesson 3: Red Light Drills (Video)

    16. Lesson 4: Applying Professional Intonation with Full Sentences

    17. Lesson 4: Guidelines and Review (Auditory)

    18. Lesson 4: Intonation with Full Sentences (Video)

    19. Lesson 4: Turning Your Skills into Habit (Video)

    20. Lesson 4: Short Phrases (Video)

    21. Assignment: Monitoring Your Speech Melody

    22. Lesson 5: Common Errors When Learning Intonation

    23. Lesson 5: Common Errors with Intonation (Video)

    24. Lesson 5: Common Errors Due to Speaking English with a Foreign Accent (Video)

    1. Chapter Two: Overview

    2. Lesson 1: Speaking with Skilled Intonation

    3. Lesson 1: Intonation with Longer and More Complex Thoughts (Video)

    4. Lesson 1: Advanced Intonation Sentence Practice (Auditory)

    5. Lesson 2: Are You Destroying or Enhancing Your Leadership Brand with These Speech Habits?

    6. Lesson 2: Sabotaging Your Speech with These Two Habits (Video)

    7. Lesson 2: Increasing Your Leadership with These Helpful Communication Behaviors (Video)

    8. Lesson 3: Code Switching from Executive Polish to Office Casual

    9. Lesson 3: Code Switching: Executive Polish to Office Casual (Video)

    10. Lesson 4: Learn How to Stop Talking Too Fast

    11. Lesson 4: The Importance of Controlling Fast Speech (Video)

    12. Lesson 4: Strategies for Managing Talking Too Fast (Video)

    13. Lesson 5: Curing Verbal Viruses in Your Speech

    14. Lesson 5: Verbal Viruses

    15. Chapter Two Wrap Up

    16. Knowledge Check (Chapters 1 & 2): Intonation How to Speak and Sound Smart

    17. Knowledge Check Review (Chapters 1 & 2)

    18. Book: Speak Like a Broadcaster and Lead Like a CEO

    1. Chapter Three: Overview

    2. Lesson 1: The Difference Between Your Normal Voice and Your Best Voice

    3. Lesson 1: Normal vs. Best Voice (Video)

    4. Lesson 1: Vocal Fry: Do You Have It? (Video)

    5. Assignment: Evaluating Your Voice Self-Assessment

    6. Lesson 2: How to Find Your Stronger and More Powerful Voice

    7. Lesson 2: Finding Your Natural Voice (Video)

    8. Lesson 2: Sigh on Down Strategy (Video)

    9. Lesson 2: Uh-Huh Trick (Video)

    10. Lesson 2: What to Expect from Lowering your Pitch (Video)

    11. Lesson 3: Experiencing Your New Stronger and More Powerful Voice

    12. Lesson 3: Pitch Practice: Single Words and Sentences (Video)

    13. Lesson 3: Why your Voice Sounds Funny on Recordings (Video)

    14. Assignment: Voice and Resonance Self-Assessment Check List

    15. Lesson 4: Resonance: How to Place Your Voice for Better Power and Projection

    16. Lesson 4: The Three Types of Resonance (Video)

    17. Lesson 4: The Test for Nasal Speech (Video)

    18. Lesson 4: Nasality and Intonation (Video)

    19. Lesson 5: Learning How to Produce a Resonant-Sounding and Stronger Voice

    20. Lesson 5: Resonance Strategies (Video)

    21. Lesson 5: Resonance Exercises (Video)

    22. Lesson 6: Take a Journey Through Your Resonating Cavaties

    23. Lesson 6: Journey Through Your Resonating Cavaties

    24. Lesson 7: Blending Your Optimal Pitch Range to the Speech Stairs Strategy

    25. Lesson 7: Blending Optimal Pitch with Intonation

    26. Knowledge Check (Chapter 3): How to Speak with a Stronger and More Powerful Voice

    27. Knowledge Check Review (Chapter 3)

    1. Chapter 4: Overview

    2. Lesson 1: How to Diaphragm Breathe

    3. Lesson 1: Introduction to Diaphragm Breathing (Video)

    4. Assignment: Keeping “On Target” with Your Speech and Voice Goals

    5. Lesson 1: Experiencing a Diaphragm Breath (Video)

    6. Lesson 2: Diaphragm Breathing in The Standing and Sitting Position

    7. Lesson 2: Establishing a Diaphragm Breath (Video)

    8. Lesson 3: Speaking from a Diaphragm Breath

    9. Lesson 3: Speaking from a Diaphragm Breath (Video)

    10. Assignment: Diaphragm Breathing Self-Evaluation Checklist

    11. Lesson 3: The Truth About Projection (Video)

    12. Lesson 4: Diaphragm Breathing for Conversational Speech

    13. Lesson 4: Diaphragm Breathing for Conversational Speech (Video)

    14. Knowledge Check (Chapter 4)

    15. Knowledge Check Review (Chapter 4)

    16. Thank You & Helpful Information

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About this course

  • $399.00
  • 86 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content