Before You Learn About Me

You're here because you want to learn more about me, but I would like to talk to you about someone else.

She was one of my first clients and her name was Leslie. Leslie was a hardworking master's degree candidate at the School of Social Work at Columbia University. She had graduated at the top of her class, and was asked to give a major commencement address. She was thrilled...and terrified. That's when she called me.

When I showed up at her office, her brow was knitted, and her arms crossed. Her floor was scattered with public speaking textbooks. Drafts of her speech were littered about her desk. She collapsed in her chair. "Oh God..." she muttered. Leslie felt that she did not have a solid structure to her presentation, and she believed her material would not connect to her audience. She was stuck, and the commencement was days away. 

Leslie rose to the challenge.

I suggested that she view the speech as a major opportunity to change lives, and craft a thesis that reflected that ambition. I gave her a simple, effective structure she could use for the speech. I suggested she use personal stories, analogy, contrast and comparison. And I gave her a healthy dose of encouragement. Leslie rose to the challenge. 

She dug into statistics and stories about homelessness in New York. She calculated the number of times the homeless in New York could fit into the venue for the commencement address, and used the figure in her speech.  She worked with me on her non-verbal communication, and her voice. I taught her to hit her content words, and breathe from her diaphragm. We worked to calm her nerves, and envision success. 

On the day of the commencement, Leslie stood in front of two thousand students brimming with optimism, and gave her speech, calling them to be active and engaged citizens.  She received a standing ovation. Then, she came off the podium and was greeted by her husband who had tears in his eyes. To this day, she still hears from former students about how much her speech meant to them.

You came here to read about what I am "about". I am about helping people like Leslie. People who want to make change through the power of speech -- whether it is through an improved social condition, an improved product launch, or an improved business relationship. I am "about" helping you. 

About Jeffrey Davis

Speak Clear was founded by Jeffrey Davis in 2005.  Speak Clear’s mission is to help struggling speakers to become audience-focused, relaxed, purposeful, and articulate. Before Jeff started Speak Clear, he was an Adjunct Lecturer teaching courses at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York and St. John's University. Jeff worked under Dr. Debra Gonsher Vinik as an Adjunct Lecturer teaching a course titled “Voice and Articulation for the Business and the Professions” at Bronx Community College. Dr. Vinik is the Humanities Division Coordinator and a Professor and Chairperson of the Communication Arts and Sciences Department. Jeff worked with students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, aiding students to become engaged, audience-focused speakers, and developed an affinity for helping students to speak English more fluently without losing the use of their accent-of-origin

At St. John's University, Jeff was an Adjunct Lecturer teaching a course in Public Speaking at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences under Chairman Thomas Kitts. Jeff has a Master of Fine Arts in Performance from Rutgers University where he studied the International Phonetic Alphabet, in addition to the Skinner and Linklater Articulation and Speaking Systems with famed vocal coach and author, Patricia Fletcher. Jeff has appeared as a guest speaker on "American Morning" on CNN with Jeanne Moos, and in print in the Daily News and A.M. New York.
Speak Clear's executive clients include Telefonica Inc., Deloitte, The Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The French-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Conde Nast, TedX Navesink, and Femgineer.  

Speak Clear has offices in Manhattan and Central New Jersey. Our office in New York City is located at 315 W. 36th Street, and our New Jersey office is located in Red Bank right off of the Garden State Parkway Exit 109.
"Jeff is a talented, patient, and dedicated teacher who has helped me become a more effective speaker. No matter the medium—radio, television, or simply speaking “live” before an audience— Jeff shared simple and effective techniques that made all the difference. I heartily recommend him." 
Richard Zwolinski, 
Psychotherapist and Addiction Specialist, 
Author of "Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On" 
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