My "Talk The Copy"™ workshops have been a staple at UC Berkeley's Journalism School and NPR stations for 25 years. Recent clients:  CIR's "Reveal," "The PBS Newshour," "Inside Energy," KJZZ/Phoenix, CapRadio/Sacramento, and Houston Public Media, among others. I also help reporters with the writing, the sound design, and the story. 

I coach Bay Area/Silicon Valley executives on how to "Talk Better Biz™" for speeches, media interviews, and internal meetings. I help polish their message, improve their speaking style, and develop their business persona.  I began this during the first dot.com with Intel VP's.    Clients: Salesforce, Muse Media, Splunk. 

Teaching my radio voice class at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Sept. 21, 2017

Teaching my radio voice class at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Sept. 21, 2017

Working on the script and the story at PRI's "The World," 2013.

Working on the script and the story at PRI's "The World," 2013.

TESTIMONIALS

"We were thrilled to get Marilyn’s help on our show. She diagnosed several issues and quickly came up with a strategy. Her approach is direct but kind, and she has a way of communicating very nuanced feedback so that a host can comprehend and change it. She’s tenacious and infinitely creative about how to “tune” a host’s voice. She has worked wonders; we’d work with her again in a heartbeat."   --Andie McDaniel, Senior Director, Content and News, WAMU, Washington D.C.

"Marilyn is an amazing coach, significantly improving my speaking and presentation skills to groups of 5 or 5000 people. This presenter , and the audiences, are eternally grateful. "  --Don MacDonald, CMO, MX.com

“Marilyn gets to the heart of each person’s sound. Her session had an immediate impact; the reporters emerged sounding confident, authoritative and authentic.  The recording gave me tools for consistent follow up and techniques I can use with everyone.”  --Joe Barr, Chief Content Officer, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento

"Marilyn understands how to push hosts outside their comfort zone...challenging and supporting them at the same time. You can't always effect change by handling talent with kid gloves, but you CAN make it safe for them to take risks...and see results. Marilyn is great at walking that fine line." --Cheryl Dring, Program Director, WOSU. 

"After just one session my voicing increased dramatically. You focused on the clarity and brightness of my speech to clearly convey the story, and in fewer takes."  -- Jimmy Jenkins, Reporter, KJZZ, Phoenix 

“The first thing I noticed was how quickly she established trust and rapport . With her irreverent and unique sense of humor, her profound grasp of the workings of the human voice, and her deeply empathic nature, I found it easy to connect with her in a way that made our work engaging and fun.  My boss was thrilled with the changes.  I immediately felt more confident on the microphone. Instead of recommending her, I'd rather pose a question: Why aren't you already working with her?!”   --Morgan T. Neely, Morning Host, Ops/Program Manager, Aspen Public Radio