Matthew Collins is a voice coach working with clients who range from prisoners and business people to members of the Women’s Institute. He is also a professional speaker and presenter.
For ten years he was ‘Special Assignments Man’ on BBC TV’s The Travel Show. He presented on Wogan, Open Air, This Morning, Well Worth A Visit… And (not his finest moment) an Anglia TV quiz show. He brought up two sons alone, wrote books and articles about their travails and travels, and ran prison Fathers Workshops.
Today, the work he most loves is encouraging non-thespians to explore their voices by going beyond their vocal comfort zones. And to encourage everyone to delight in speaking great words. In public or in private – whether by delivering a speech or presentation; exploring the power of Shakespeare’s language; speaking a poem; or reading the words of a great story aloud.
Over the last discombobulating 20 months, Matthew’s run online and in-person Voice Courses; Poetry-Speaking sessions; and Explore Shakespeare by Speaking Him workshops. He’s also done online and in-person work for businesses and schools.
He presently does corporate voicework in The City and runs a Voice Club at We Work, assisting sales teams with pitches. Recent school work includes an in-person presentation about Language, Habitual Coarseness and Social Media for the London Oratory School’s Sixth Form Well-Being week; a talk to Dulwich College about Teaching Shakespeare to Prisoners; and a Voice Workshop for King’s Worcester.