alumni

Eloquence faculty have worked with wide range of companies and institutions such as: Apple, Google, Ebay, Microsoft & Amazon, San Francisco Bar Association, The Wallstreet Journal, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Wired Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Writers Grotto, Stanford Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center. Genentech, McKesson, Wells Fargo, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Adobe, Twitter and Facebook.
Below are a few testimonials we have collected over the years.



Henry Kruk, President, Genentech Toastmasters

Fonta Hadley was invited to Genentech Toastmasters and asked to provide some feedback to our club members on ways that we could enhance our vocal techniques while giving speeches and presentations. Members of our club come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, including people with a wide range of public speaking experience. One thing common amongst all our members is recognizing the importance of communication skills, not only in our jobs but also everyday lives. We didn’t really know what to expect when she came to evaluate our members’ speeches. To our delight, it was one of the most beneficial, objective and positive evaluation sessions our club has held. Fonta gave specific and precise advice both on preparing and giving speeches. Fonta’s open and honest comments immediately connected with people. Fonta’s friendly yet professional demeanor were perfect for the situation. It was clearly evident that her comments would enable people to immediately benefit and improve. Fonta’s evaluation of our members’ public speaking skills was definitely a very positive and rewarding experience.

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Deepa, Founder of a Silicon Valley start-up company

A shift in careers from a technical job to the founder of a start-up company required me to communicate more often and with more people. I came to Fonta to become a better speaker. Little did I know that her teachings would empower me to become a better manager.  Very quickly I noticed the results in that I was better heard, better understood and more convincing. Fonta customized our sessions to exactly what I needed and her teaching style and tips were very easy to follow.

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Cary Cronholm Rose, Actress

Fonta gave me the tools to nail a really huge audition! She combines the physical with the mental work and BAM…you begin to see a dramatic change in your work…you are living and breathing the text in a whole new way! Working with her is addictive, she understands how to make you the best you can be. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had, and I have had a lot!

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Kalean Ung, MFA, Acting, Cal Arts

I first met Fonta Hadley at American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training Congress (STC). As my voice and acting teacher, I was always compelled by the energy and passion Fonta put into her work and her students. Shortly after graduating from the STC, I began preparing to audition for MFA Acting programs around the country, and immediately contacted Fonta to arrange a series of private coachings. Fonta was incredibly informative and supportive of this huge and important endeavor. She began by helping me pick out monologues that were appropriate, diverse and challenging for me. Then we worked meticulously through the text until it came out with a freedom and clarity I’d never experienced before. Every week we dug deeper; we worked to articulate the text and actions more clearly, to be more specific and grounded, and to develop structure with the ability to be flexible and present in the space. One especially exciting aspect of working with Fonta was how she approached our work together as a true collaboration. Any problems I brought in we attacked as a team. Similarly, any progress I made on my own grew exponentially in our coaching sessions, leading to thrilling breakthroughs. I was always struck by how Fonta would always make me feel like a million dollars, but she was also realistic, challenging and straightforward. Fonta created a space where I felt safe to explore parts of me that I had never accessed before, leading me to discover a whole new range of mental, physical and emotional expression. When the time came, I pranced into my auditions with the confidence that I knew my material inside and out, and that I could perform it with power, grace and integrity. By the end of the audition process, I was accepted to five schools, with multiple offers for full scholarships and stipends. I am proud to share that I am now in my first year at the California Institute of the Arts, where I am working towards my MFA in acting and truly living my dream. Great teachers are hard to come by, so it is with the utmost enthusiasm that I recommend Fonta to anyone who is passionate about their art and interested in exploring new horizons in themselves and in their work.

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Donnie Hill, BA Acting, Stanford University ‘09

I have been working with Fonta for three and a half years, and I honestly believe that she is one of the best voice and speech coaches in the Bay Area. In the years that we have been working together, she has done everything from helping me understand and connect to a text to finding effective vocal techniques to maneuver around a voice disorder. Fonta really knows her stuff, and she is very passionate about helping her students achieve success whether it is on the stage or in the conference room. On top of being an extraordinary teacher, she is a loving and compassionate person. She cares about your vocal success as well as your overall well-being. Not only do I have a great vocal coach, but also, I have a wonderful friend whom I would highly recommend.

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Sheila Keene-Lund, Author

As a new author who was planning to be on the road giving workshops and seminars, I wanted to improve my delivery of presentations beyond what I had learned as a Toastmaster for ten years. Fonta is a true professional and a master in her trade. Her positive and friendly attitude made it easy to absorb everything that she taught and her systematic way of training the voice ensured progress after every class. Now, many times before and after a presentation, I think of Fonta, who so passionately taught me so much about vocal expression and delivery, helping me to increase my confidence and effectiveness as a speaker.

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Phillip Herrera, Managing Partner, Herrera & Company

Fonta Hadley is an expert vocal teaching instructor and coach. Her students are naturally drawn to her because of her positive energy. I felt that my public speaking skills were adequate but not as good as they could be. I was blessed with a deep resonating voice but my delivery was sometimes both rigid and monotone. Fonta’s one-on-one coaching helped me learn to increase my vocal expressivity and use other delivery strategies such as pace, inflection, projection, diction and breath support to increase my communication effectiveness. I highly recommend Fonta Hadley for vocal teaching. She is a true professional.

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John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group

Fonta’s devotion to communication means that she lives and breathes it. She has a mastery of the mechanics of speech and body language that only comes with extensive study and disciplined practice. Her astute listening and insightful feedback make her a challenging and inspiring teacher and coach. My public speaking has improved dramatically as a result of Fonta’s guidance and encouragement. I keep taking Fonta’s coaching because it is making such a difference for me.

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Tonia Hsieh, Film Producer

A million thanks for your advice! In one session, you not only showed me how to connect to my audience, you literally changed my life. My talk went off without a hitch. The thoughts flowed and I was relaxed even though it was a tough crowd (very smart and critical). But the biggest take-away of all was how you got me back into my body—rooted and grounded. I have spent way too many years in my head—practically disassociated from my body. I’ve noticed that my center is lower. I’m more connected and relaxed. Even my husband and kids have noticed a huge difference. Imagine what my life could have been like if I had found you sooner!!

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Clinton Alexander, Investment Manager

I came to the studio with one basic request: I wanted to be heard. I wanted people to listen and respond when I spoke. Fonta told me that in order to be heard, I had to speak in a way that would encourage others to listen and respond. The first session was to get a baseline, then she analyzed my voice. I had no idea there was a concrete methodology to the madness, but during the second and subsequent sessions, I was enlightened to the great world of voice. I learned (and practiced) pitch, pace, pronunciation and many other concepts that helped me find a truer voice for myself. Fonta is formally trained in teaching voice, which puts her light years ahead of most other studios in the Bay Area. Her mastery over this discipline is evident through her highly organized curriculum, vast reservoir of experience, and practical hands-on approach. The result of my sessions has been greatly increased confidence in speaking one on one, in small groups, and in front of larger groups. This, in turn, has led to the establishment and enrichment of several key relationships in my business as an investment manager, which directly equates to more assets under management. A bonus of the practice is also greater ease in social situations. Working with Fonta has been one of the most productive disciplines I have practiced because of the fundamental nature of voice in communication. There are not many skills more important or more critical to making our way through the world and Fonta’s guidance has and continues to improve my ability to express and be heard.

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