ABOUT – LISA ÅKESSON
I am passionate about empowering aspiring business people and leaders around the world to become confident, captivating and influential communicators.
I have spent over 20 years in the business world as a voice and presentation skills expert. I enjoy learning about new cultures and the different ways of communicating to reach your audience and land your message.
Having started my career as an Actress, it provided me the fundamental tools on how to use my physical and vocal presence to reach my audience, which led me to become a voice coach, getting my Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies from the renowned Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD). I worked at LAMDA training Actors on their voices for stage, film and television – many of whom have played major roles in Hollywood films, West End theatres, Netflix and BBC series.
Becoming a Master Practitioner of NLP gave me techniques to help my clients manage their nerves, step through their fears and become empowered speakers. I am heavily influenced by the rich teachings of Marshall Rosenburg’s Non-Violent Communication (NVC) to help build long lasting relationships and deal with conflict in the workplace. As an Executive Coach (Henley Business School), I help my clients identify their goals, harness their skills and navigate their way to new and creative choices that help progress their careers.
These teachings, resources and tools provide a rich, eclectic mix to my training, coaching and facilitation skills.
My clients range from the public to private sector. I work with CEOs and C- Suites, Board members, Politicians, Luxury brand designers, Professionals, TV Anchors and Entrepreneurs.
I am hugely passionate about empowering women to reclaim their space, unlock their voices and realise their vision. I co-designed and run a highly successful 3-day programme for RADA Business entitled “Executive Presence for Women” and also run my own personal workshops on “Impactful Leadership for Women” and “Personal Impact for Women.” In this capacity, I was invited as a specialist guest speaker on BBC Radio 4’s “Women’s Hour” to discuss the effective use of voice for women in Political and Leadership positions.
Whilst based near London, I travel nationally and internationally and have worked with clients in Canada, U.S.A, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
I help men and women overcome the barriers that hold them back, realise their full potential so they can become credible, authentic and memorable communicators that affect positive change in others and in the world.