• Why is We Speak different?

    Because it’s about your finding your authentic voice and speaking naturally. We believe speaking in any environment should be all about being yourself rather than putting on a performance, and that each voice is equally important.

     

    We Speak runs a termly programme in schools for students from lower income backgrounds who have low speaking confidence to improve. We also run workshops in schools, universities and organisations.

     

    By creating a supportive and positive environment, and using methods based on research, we transform speaking confidence for people with lower speaking confidence.

  • The We Speak team

    Laura North

    Founder

    Laura has a long-standing fear of speaking in front of groups and feels passionately about removing this barrier for others.

     

    She has been developing speaking confidence with young people and professionals for almost ten years. She was awarded a Fellowship at the University of the Arts London to research how to improve speaking confidence and won a Teaching Award.

     

    Laura developed We Speak with the support of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Teach First Innovation Series, where it was a winner of the Teach First Dragon's Den. We Speak was selected for the Cambridge Social Ventures accelerator at the Cambridge University Judge Business School.

     

    "I've been terrified of speaking in front of groups for most of my life. I've come on a big personal journey with We Speak. I'm on a mission to remove this barrier, particularly for young people."

    Patsy Isles

    Training Lead

    Patsy is a media skills trainer and has worked with major corporate companies such such as Metrobank and Thames Water.

     

    She's also got years of experience delivering speaking confidence workshops in education and to university students across the UK, including Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Queen Mary's University, Middlesex University and Plymouth University.

     

    Patsy works with We Speak to train the Student Facilitators, and delivers workshops for our university and corporate partners.

  • Workshop facilitators

    Morenike

    Student Facilitator

    Morenike is a third-year student at the University of Essex studying English and US Literature.

     

    “I wanted to work with We Speak because I know it is possible to go from being scared of speaking to being able to find your voice.

     

    I wanted to be a part of the process and see the potential of student beings unlocked. It is a very rewarding experience!”

    Sydney

    Student Facilitator

    Sydney has just completed her degree in Fashion Design at the University of East London, after studying business in Chicago.

     

    "I enjoy being part of an experience that helps young people to find their authentic voice.

     

    I understand now that the only reason I ever felt confident being in front of crowds was because I had already found my own voice.”

    Niketa

    Student Facilitator

    Niketa is studying Geography and International Relations at the University of St. Andrews

     

    “Working with We Speak has allowed me to learn so much about speaking.

     

    Knowing that so many people are in the same boat as me has made me feel more confident when it comes to speaking, as I know most people will be rooting for me rather than judging me."

    Rhian

    Student Facilitator

    Rhian is a third year student at the University of East London studying Dance: Urban Practice.

     

    "When I saw the job post, I really loved the sound of helping young people.

     

    I would say it’s definitely made me understand how individuals from all different walks of life can achieve anything they want to.

     

    It allows individuals to grow and find inner confidence"

    Nermeen

    Student Facilitator

    Nermeen is currently studying on a physicians associate programme, at Queen Mary's University of London.

     

    "I noticed that the students really built their confidence during the programme, they were more eager to speak.

     

    I love helping people find their voice and help them meet their potential.

     

    I believe your voice really makes you who you are."

  • Email or phone us

    laura@wespeak.co

    020 7175 1610

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