Area of Specialism: Listening, IQ and EQ balanced communication, authenticity, command, leadership, diplomacy and negotiation. Fonta opened Eloquence in 2006 with the primary objective of helping “every day” people accurately self-represent out into the world. After 10 years of teaching speaking skills, Fonta now specializes in listening skills and offers an integrated approach in her interpersonal training. Using perceptual and behavioral tools she teaches a rich mix of logical and emotional communication for professional development. Her research looks at pre and post smart phone communication and the impact that personal devices are having on our interpersonal ability. Fonta has presented her work at PVSF/UCLA Voice Conference as well as the Pacific Voice & Speech Conference and has published in the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association’s Journal “The Voice and Speech Review” and the SF Bar Association’s “Bulletin”. Fonta has taught executive trainings for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Google, Ebay, Microsoft & Amazon. She was a voice and communication instructor for the San Francisco Bar Association, has worked with editors and journalists from the Wallstreet Journal, the Guardian, the New Yorker, Vogue, Wired and Forbs Magazine. Fonta offers media training cross professionally but is a designated trainer for the Writers Grotto, helping authors launch their publications. She regularly trains surgeons, physicians, nurses and other clinicians as well as administrative staff at Stanford Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center. Fonta has conducted leadership training in biotech with companies such as Genentech and McKesson, in finance with companies such as Wells Fargo, American Express and Goldman Sachs and with software companies such as Adobe, Twitter and Facebook. Fonta has a master’s degree in voice and speech from the Royal Central School of Speech in London; a bachelor’s in voice from Bennington College and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA). She has taught and lectured in London, New York, Los Angeles and centers her practice in San Francisco.
Area of Specialism: Verbal and nonverbal communication, nervousness & speaking or social anxiety, increasing professional polish and confidence. Amy is an interpersonal communication teacher with a specialism in speech. Her work covers all aspects of interpersonal ability - body language, voice, speech, content treatment, listening skills and reducing nervousness. Amy’s background in speech therapy promotes an approach that emphasizes clarity in every situation. Whether this is helping people to think more clearly under pressure, create more succinct and straightforward messaging, consistently intelligible speech, intentional and connected inflection or understandable and useful body language, clarity plays a prominent role. She specializes in reducing nervousness and increasing confidence and her work promotes self-representation that holds up under pressure. Amy has worked with industry leaders such as Apple, Google, EBay, Amazon, Oracle, Facebook, and Sony. Amy is a certified Accent Modification Trainer with a Compton P-ESL (Pronouncing English as a Second Language) program. Amy received her B.S in Speech, Language and Hearing sciences form the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Area of Specialism: Coaching, Presentation Skills, Workshop Facilitation, Presence, Influence, Sales, and Marketing. Donnie is a presentation skills coach and sales trainer. He has built his training and development career across industries including the arts, healthcare, computer networking, and corporate education. Donnie works with what he calls the “Gentle Giants” – business and healthcare leaders who know their work will dramatically change their industry and/or the community they serve, but shy away from the attention and notoriety that comes with being in the spotlight. For these thought leaders, it is critical that they be able to pitch and communicate their message and their vision clearly, concisely, and comfortably in front of any audience. Because of his work as a professional stage actor, executive coach, and corporate sales trainer, Donnie provides business and healthcare leaders he works with with tools and techniques they need to accurately, authentically, and persuasively represent themselves and their work. Donnie has helped design training for organizations such as Adobe, Oracle, Twitter, and Box. He has facilitated workshops for organizations such as EMD Soreno, Genentech, the International Center for Integrative Medicine, the East Bay Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and UCSF’s Prostate Health Support Group for African American Men. Donnie received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from Stanford University.
Areas of Specialism: speech clarity, accent reduction, pronunciation, pacing, pause, grammar and intercultural communication. Bianca is a speech and accent reduction teacher. She pulls from her speech therapy background to work with native speakers on pacing, pause and emphasis, helping them to sound clearer, more succinct and convincing, especially under pressure. She draws from her ESL teaching background to work with non-native speakers of English who feel that their accent impedes their intelligibility, credibility or path to promotion. Bianca teaches both spoken and written communication and is a cross-cultural communication specialist. Bianca has held executive trainings on pronunciation, grammar, and cross- cultural communication for ESL speakers in Europe, Asia, and South America. She has worked extensively with executives from Fortune 500 companies such as Siemens, Bosch, & T-Online Germany to improve their communication skills and speech clarity. Bianca holds a certificate in the Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (PESL) Accent Modification Method from The Institute of Language & Phonology (ILP) Academy and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Bianca Havel received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California at Irvine and her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center.