Professional Public Speaking Skills... and the Personal Journey of Claiming Your Voice


A  Powerful and Effective 10 Week Online Training


Claim Your Voice is a complete and proven system for finding true confidence, power and skills in public speaking. And it's a personal growth course in claiming your voice. This proven and guaranteed method will transform every one of these problems:

  • Anxiety, nervousness and fear around speaking
  • Vocal strain
  • Fillers such as Um, Uh, Like and You Know
  • Exhaustion after speaking
  • Insecurities – and a mean inner critic
  • Presentations that are interesting… but do not inspire your audience to work with you
  • Being frozen, awkward and unexpressive – not feeling like yourself when speaking and networking
  • Not knowing what to do in order to speak effectively and get other people’s attention
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Here's just some of what you will get out of the Claim Your Voice training (there's much more):

  • Heartfelt *Confidence* - speaking will become MUCH easier and more enjoyable!
  • *Presence* - that transforms your life, and inspires others
  • *Connect* powerfully with your audience (also great for working with clients)
  • Compelling *Body Language* that’s approachable and authentic
  • *Craft Talks* that inspire and move your audience!
  • *Vocal Power* – increased resonance, vocal projection and an engaging speaking voice... and no more "ums"!
  • *Warm up and Prepare* for talks to eliminate stress and get consistent results!
  • Learn how to work with mics... how to engage your audience... and much more.

Want to see what the training is like? Check out this walk-through to look inside.

What’s different about Claim Your Voice?

First, this is a training – a complete and holistic system – that gives you everything you need to become a powerful speaker.  Its holistic approach will completely change your skill set... and give you tools that you will use for the rest of your life. You can begin the 10-week training right away...or wait a few months until you have more time.

And, to accommodate busy schedules, you get a full 6 months of live drop-in classes (two a month). This is more than enough to get the support you need, and also accommodates you in case you don't start right away or want to take longer to complete it. We're here for you.

Second... we make it easy. You're guided, step by step, through every exercise. Every level includes practice routines.  If you can practice twice a day for just 5-10 minutes, you will transform your speaking skills, and become a more confident and powerful speaker.

Third, we’ve found a solution to the biggest problem with online trainings: people tend to drop out. To change this, we’ve created a fully customized, gamified platform. Gamification brings in game-like elements to engage and inspire you to actually practice. It’s fun, motivating… and it works! In other words, don't expect some boring videos where you're left alone. You'll get motivated by many ways... including by the great community and class members joining you!

About the Coaches

Jonathan Bender, MS, MFA - Founder of WholeSpeak, LLC and The Performance of Your Life

Jonathan Bender, MS, MFA has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and professionals become confident, authentic and dynamic speakers who change lives. His work blends professional speaking skills with performance technique (acting, voice and movement) and personal development. He also trains and certifies coaches in the WholeSpeak Method. Jonathan is also the creator of Connection Jams™, and holds Masters degrees in both communication and performance, and is a theatre director, actor and creator.

A coach for 20 years, he specializes in working with those who care as much about growing themselves as they do their careers: his clients range from CEOs to entrepreneurs to actors, and people from 5 continents have taken his trainings.

You will also be supported with live classes, led by coaches who have been trained and certified by Jonathan Bender. While optional, these give you the opportunity to get direct feedback and help.

Julia Beauchamp

Julia has been described as, “warm”, “loving”, “refreshing” and “alive”! With over 2500 hours of performance and facilitation experience, Julia knows what it takes to captivate a room and have an impact. Julia has 15 years of professional training in performance, voice and speaking including a B.A. in Acting from Emerson College. She’s taught yoga and voice internationally and has toured to offer workshops and trainings across the country - and has coached yoga teachers in voice and presence for many years.

Cristie Chamberland

Cristie comes from a background in Somatics (working with, and through the body, to create lasting changes) with a strong dose of creativity. She is certified by Jonathan Bender and also a Master Somatic Coach from Strozzi Institute. Cristie believes in a whole body approach to life and its changes.  By bringing awareness to our sensations and our body, as well as our mind, we have a wealth of information.  She has a background in dance through the 5 Rhythms practice, Ecstatic Dance, and is a Dancing Freedom Facilitator. Cristie is also an artist and storyteller. She believes in the importance of play, laughter, and creativity in all things, especially ones that might scare us, like public speaking.

Johanna Walker

Johanna is the fear-blasting, storytelling maven for entrepreneurs and people with a mission. She helps men and women with a mission put their powerful stories and from-the-heart voices out front so they can have the impact they want to have, reach the clients they’re meant to serve, and change the world in big and small ways. Since 1997 she’s helped hundreds break through fears, step into leadership, and claim their place at the table through speaking. She’s worked with teenage girls, incarcerated women, fledgling entrepreneurs and corporate execs, over and over witnessing the transformative power of telling our stories and speaking our truths. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.

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The Claim Your Voice training integrates numerous performance techniques - which professional actors use to find confidence, presence and expressiveness, but can take years of training - and simplifies it into a cutting-edge, step-by step system that is accessible for anyone. If you practice, you are guaranteed to find greater confidence and speaking power.

Speaking was one of those “necessary evils” related to my business that I neither enjoyed nor felt very competent at. Working with Jonathan turned that around dramatically. And actually very quickly. I had visions of it taking many months or longer before I achieved confidence and ease with speaking. But in mere weeks my experience of speaking changed from dread to excitement. I found that my true voice had been there all along. I just needed the grounded, warm, and compassionate presence that Jonathan provided to relax into my natural style of expression. And he made the whole experience fun … and very playful. Working with Jonathan has truly changed my life. Allow him to change yours.

Chris Zydel
Chris Zydel Creative Juices Arts

How It Works...

Each week, you learn a few techniques to practice daily, just a few minutes a day. These pave the way for the next level techniques. This holistic approach organically builds both your skills and confidence in a matter of weeks.

You can also expect this training to change your life. You will become more relaxed and at ease in social situations…have stress reduction… experience greater connection in your personal relationships… and more. This is not hype: it's been reported over and over from our members.

And, it will give you all of the foundational skills you need to become a strong speaker. All of them.

How did this system develop? It's the culmination of 30 years of theatre and speaking experience, and 20 years of coaching. Here are some of the techniques, methods and influences:

Acting , Voice and Movement Techniques and Influences Include:

  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Body-Mind Centering
  • Roy Hart Vocal Work
  • Linklater Voice Training Technique
  • Michael Chekhov
  • Jerzy Grotowski
  • Viewpoints

Theory, Philosophy and Growth Modalities Influences Include:

  • Performance Studies
  • Communication Theory
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • The teachings of Maestro Lar Short and Grace Essence Mandala
  • Numerous Energetic Practices

Yes, that's a lot of influences! Instead of it taking you years to learn and piece it all together, Claim Your Voice seamlessly integrates these techniques into a powerful, yet easy-to-learn system. 

YES - I want to grow my skills and claim my voice

What's included in the Claim Your Voice training:

    • 10 Weeks of Training – broken down into 10 levels

    The program is set up as 10 levels, with dozens of professionally crafted videos, audios and handouts, laid out in a digestible format where you learn and integrate a bit at a time. Do one a week, or go through them faster if you like.

    The 10 levels:

    Level 1: The Inner Work of Claiming Your Voice. Before we move into actual speaking and performance training, it's essential to get you in the right state to shift into this new way of being in the world!

    Level 2: Cultivating Ease and Relaxing Into Confidence. Level 2 helps you let go of physical tension, improve your breathing, and prepare to enhance your voice.

    Level 3: Opening to Being Seen. Learn foundational body language and vocal power.

    Level 4: Cultivating Expressiveness. Enhance your enunciation, voice and facial expressions.

    Level 5: Crafting Powerful Talks, Part I. Discover how to put together talks that are dynamic, engaging, and sound completely real and non-formulaic.

    Level 6: The Art of Connection. This will reorient you to connecting with an audience, and with people in your life - so that others feel deeply seen and heard by you. You'll also learn how to gesture.

    Level 7: Presence. The culmination of the other levels, you begin here to find your own authentic presence!

    Level 8: Crafting Powerful Talks, Part II. You'll be taught how to craft your own talk, step by step - and you'll put together a short "Manifesto Talk" to share with others!

    Level 9: Own the Stage. Learn how to walk effectively... use a mic... and more.

    Level 10: Integrating and Growing. Get an introduction to becoming a dynamic speaker, and how to take these skills to a new level.

    • 6 Months of Live Drop-in Classes!

    While the 10 weeks of training are self-paced to fit into your schedule, you also get 12 live classes (two per month) to drop in and get coaching from when you like. Taught by both Jonathan Bender and other certified WholeSpeak coaches, you'll get direct feedback and coaching on topics ranging from vocal power to crafting talks to confidence. Classes alternate days and times to accommodate members in different time zones, and you can watch the recordings if you miss some.

    While optional, they're great to join in when you can. And yes, 6 months is far more than you need, but we know that sometimes people get delayed due to other things in their lives, so we're giving more. Also, many members love them so much that they want to keep coming back!

    • Be Supported by a Global Community.

    You'll be supported in many ways. We will help you find practice and accountability partners, either in person or over video, and include a video practice room inside our membership site. Our private Facebook community will also be there to help you grow!

    Regardless of where you are, you’ll be connected with a global community of people who are claiming their voice and making a bigger difference.

    • Numerous Extra Bonuses! Including...

    Becoming a paid speaker. If you want to monetize speaking and offer your services, we've included several bonuses to support you.
    Nonviolent Communication (NVC). If you experience conflict in your personal or business communications, we've arranged for you a full 6 HOUR TRAINING from Alan Seid of Cascadia Workshops. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from a master - for free.
    We also keep adding in extras for you! Really. Our focus is on overdelivering while also making it easy to learn.

    If you're unsure... check if any of these public speaking myths apply to you.

    I could never be a speaker – I don’t have any talent.

    Here's what Jonathan says: “I stopped believing in the idea of talent years many years ago. I consistently found that anyone can become a great speaker simply by learning and applying this method. This is true for you, too. If you take this training, you won’t believe how much you’ll improve, and how quickly it will happen. Hundreds of others have benefitted, and you will too. Guaranteed.”

    I’m not ready. I have too much fear and I’m an introvert.

    The only thing that is truly required is your desire to transform your old patterns, and to learn great skills that will transform your speaking! That's it.

    And, this training is actually perfect for introverts: you get to learn and practice the techniques on your own, and then apply them in all aspects of your life. If you’re willing to simply try…and to be kind to yourself as you grow… then you’re ready.

    I should wait to take this when I have speaking engagements lined up.

    You mean… wait until you’re really under pressure?

    Please… no!! Not a good idea. It’s best to integrate these skills over time, so that they become second nature to you. Then, when you have an upcoming talk, you'll be ready!

    I don’t have time do this.

    Is that really true? In general, just 10-15 minutes a day of practicing is all you need.

    However, we know you're busy. Adding in even that might feel like a burden… and yet, these exercises are actually also wonderful self-care. 

    We teach you at the very start of the training how to integrate the practicing into your life, so that it becomes easy. And, we're here for you: the Claim Your Voice team is dedicated to your success.

    By the way, the video and audio trainings will be yours to keep, as well as recordings of all the live classes, so you can continue to review and learn from them in the future.

    This is going to make me look fake, or like other speakers.

    While other speaker trainings can't be spoken for, the basis of this one is to help you be authentically you, and to enhance your true presence.

    The powerful growth work included in the training assures this, as does the Claim Your Voice system.

    Our commitment is to help you be yourself on stage – and to grow into an even more relaxed, confident and dynamic version of yourself.

    I can learn what I need through Toastmasters.

    Toastmasters provides excellent practice – but most chapters don’t teach actual technique.

    They don’t address the inner world of the speaker either (to authentically address fear and discomfort, for example), and certainly don’t give you anything related to theater and performance techniques.

    They will, however, count all of your “ums” – which won’t help you actually change it, but might make you more self-conscious. This is why many Toastmasters members take Claim Your Voice.

    Public speaking training only works in person.

    Live trainings are great. However, what you need the most is a way to integrate what you're learning. This simply isn't provided in most weekend workshops. However, in Claim Your Voice, every level has a clear and concise practice routine.

    This is actually the 3.0 version of Claim Your Voice. First debuted in 2012, it's been revised and improved over the years. We know it works –and have made it even better. 

    Jonathan adds: “I can’t tell you how many clients over the years requested videos and audios of our lessons for them to keep practicing with. These are built into the training and are yours to keep, so you can learn and practice for years to come. Plus, this provides an very safe space for those who are sensitive or shy.”

    When you take this training… you’ll also be giving.

    We strongly believe in making this powerful accessible for people who couldn't otherwise afford it. The Performance of Your Life creates partnerships with 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that serve underprivileged and underserved demographics – specifically, people who are making a big transition in their lives and would benefit from greater support. They may be recently homeless…survivors of domestic violence… former gang members and more. These are people who need both the inner work of claiming their voice, as well as speaking skills that will help them get jobs.

    For every four paying members, we give one scholarship – so you’ll be supporting others when you join, who couldn’t possibly get this training otherwise. Here's one of our current nonprofit partners, Namati, whose staff trains paralegals around the world to provide legal representation to those who wouldn't be able to get it otherwise.

    I knew that I wanted to overcome my fear of being in front of people. I also couldn't speak in a clear and concise manner what I wanted to say. Jonathan showed me through his online training that I could learn the process of becoming a speaker. Now, I travel throughout Canada, the US and soon be traveling overseas to be a presenter and teacher for Fascia Bowen and other courses I developed for Bowen Practitioners. Jonathan, you gave me the tools to shape and till my garden… and now I harvest that crop of knowledge everyday and share my feast with others through my words. Thank you!

    Frank DiMaio
    Frank DiMaio Bowen practitioner and instructor

    Jonathan, I just want to say how grateful I am for your Signature Talk course and all your guidance. I was just at the beginning stages of my business, still working in my corporate job, and was taking my first big leap onto the virtual stage. You helped me express my own compelling story, organize my talk, and seamlessly offer consultations: my very first teleseminar, which you helped me with, led to six premium clients and $15,000 in revenue. What a great investment that was! Thank you again for such an excellent program. Keep doing what you're doing

    Fawn Gilmore Kraut
    Fawn Gilmore Kraut Relationship Coach for Single Professional Women
    I want to get started - it's time to claim my voice

    In summary, you receive:

    • 1

      The Signature 10 Weeks Claim Your Voice Training ($2000)

      Our signature expertly-crafted training, delivered on a cutting-edge platform, provides professionally produced videos, audios and handouts. You can even sign up for daily practice reminders (via email or text) to keep you on track!
      Master all of the skills you need to step on stage, including:
      - Confidence (*real* confidence - not just faking it)
      - Vocal Power (vocal projection, vocal resonance, powerful diction, reducing fillers)
      - Body Language (like gestures, facial expressions, posture, walking on stage)
      - The Art of Connection (eye contact and much more)
      - Crafting Talks
      - Presence

    • 2

      Extra bonuses and rewards when you complete each level of training, to motivate and inspire you ($2000 value)

      We've included a number of bonuses to help you grow your skills. Here are just a few:
      - Special tips and expert interviews to help monetize speaking, get speaking gigs and get clients.
      - 5 CD Nonviolent Communication Home Study Course
      - Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) session with Kate Winch, to help you release fears and trauma around public speaking

    • 3

      12 Supplementary Live Classes - 2 per month for 6 months ($1000 value)

      Jonathan Bender and other certified Claim Your Voice coaches will give you personalized feedback to help you move forward. Receive recordings for any you can't make, and learn from others as well!

    • 4

      Private Facebook Group ($500 value)

      Receive support from other members, and get detailed feedback from the Claim Your Voice coaches when you need it. This level of support is only available to our members.

    • 5

      Practice Partners

      We'll connect you with others so that you benefit from being part of our global community!

    • 6

      Special Bonus: Authentic and Effective Networking Training ($200 value)

      Jonathan has taught Conscious Networking since 2010. If you find it dreadful or simply unproductive, he will teach you in this special class how to apply all of the Claim Your Voice techniques so that you can connect authentically and deeply with potential clients, friends, and referral partners.

    Total estimated value: $5700+

    Your Investment

    The regular investment for this training is $2,000. Any training of this caliber will be at least this much, and we have many members who've paid that.

    At this time, you can join Claim Your Voice at a significant discount. We cannot guarantee this price will be available later.

    Payment Options:

    3 easy monthly payments of $367

    5 lower payments of $237

    Or, save with the full-pay option: $997

    Choose Your Preferred Payment Option... and Claim your Voice Now

    100% Satisfaction Guarantee

    We offer a 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days. By that time, you will have had time to experience the training and check that it works well for you.
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    YES - it's time. I'm Claiming My Voice.