"I’m very fortunate to have been working with a fantastic voice and presence coach Mark Downey since September through my TV, radio interviews with the CBC, Canadian Business, etc. and at various live and broadcasted speaking engagements. If you are interested in elevating your charisma and leadership skills, voice is a huge part of it and I’d love for you to join me and other Vancouver’s top business leaders in his exclusive workshops." - Alice Chen, CEO, Export Ventures Group Inc.
"I have practiced as a criminal lawyer and currently serve as an elected representative of my First Nations community. I decided to start vocal lessons with Mark Downey, because I wanted more from my voice when I speak in public. Lessons with Mark have been fun and the best thing I have ever done to assist me with my public speaking. Mark has helped me realize my true potential and range with my voice. He has taught me to live and speak in the present, and to own every moment." - Aaron Sam, Lawyer at Fulton & Company, Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band, The Nlaka’pamux Nation
"Mark Downey was referred to me by a colleague as I was mentioning I would like to continue to develop my public speaking skills. When I met him he was humble and unassuming which given the level of his teaching skills made me feel at ease right away. He helped me better understand the vital link between my breath, body stance and staying present so I can engage in second circle and more effectively communicate both at work and in my personal life. He communicates with precision and clarity and from this my active listening skills have gotten stronger and I’m learning to connect to my own voice. In a few sessions Mark coached me from wanting to hide behind the podium to walking around the stage in a confident and authentic manner in front of an audience of 400. Most importantly Mark is really easy to work with and I look forward to each session and I leave feeling like I accomplished a lot and had fun at the same time." - Christina Howton, Director Business Development, PwC Private Company Services
"I have been working with Mark Downey for several months and he is truly a master in his field. He has taught me how to be connected to my body and breath so that I can be present with my audience in order to truly connect, engage and inspire them. He has given me tools and strategies to build my confidence as a speaker and develop focus and clarity with my message. With his guidance I have been able to step into and own my power as a speaker in order to stand out and be seen and heard. I feel blessed to have found him." - Michela Quilici, Marketing Strategist and Business Advisor, Q. Consulting
"Mark becomes the right coach for you as he is adept at assessing what one’s needs are (which may be different than you think they are!) As an intuitive person, Mark is able to uncover personal goals that are often second or even lost when one’s professional goals more often that not instigate a search for such a coaching program. Because of his empathy and strong ability to connect, Mark is able to design a unique training program for you to meet your objectives and at the same time is very appealing and nourishing to one’s self. My work with Mark has afforded me a greater understanding of my physical self and with that comes the ability to use my presence to convey strong and committed messages that draw my audience to my message, and ultimately to me. I have learned many tools that I use on a daily basis. I love the textured and dramatic words that still cross my lips in anticipation of a presentation or important conversation/ telephone call. The ability to always present in a clear, confident and compelling manner is always at my fingertips even when caught off guard for a comment or speaking opportunity as I have an ability to activate new skills and coach myself in ways to deliver powerful communication. I owe a great deal of thanks to Mark for helping me improve the quality of my presentations – I consistently receive feed-back on how much people enjoy my passionate and engaging events/ seminars." - Karen Laprade, Lead - Family Enterprise Advisor