Melanie Espeland

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Born (1986-09-30) September 30, 1986 (age 34)
Mount Kisco, New York
NationalityUnited States of America
CitizenshipAmerican
EducationBachelor of Science
Alma materCornell University
Occupation
  • Voice Actor
  • Executive Voice Coach
  • Founder of Espeland Enterprises
Websitehttps://melanieespeland.com/

Melanie Espeland (born September 30, 1986) is an American voice actor and executive voice coach. She founded Espeland Enterprises in 2019 and created The Espeland Method™, a practice that involves interdisciplinary training to improve the voice and executive presence.[1][2]

Early Life

Melanie Espeland was born in Mount Kisco, New York on September 30, 1986 and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. She later entered Cornell University and earned a B.S. degree in three years in Textiles and Apparel in 2007.[3]

Career

After graduating from Cornell University, Espeland worked in Saks Fifth Avenue's executive training program and subsequently worked for designers such as Diane von Furstenburg and Alice and Olivia. Espeland focused on production and product development to maintain designers’ creative vision while meeting financial and delivery targets.[4][5]

In 2015, Espelend enrolled in Columbia Business School and earned an MBA in 2017. While at Columbia, she worked for McKinsey and Company as a consultant and pursued voice acting. She trained with voice actors and coaches such as Anna Garduno, Paul Liberti, and Stevie Mackey, and explored the confluence of vocal training and business communications. Espeland is represented as a voice actor by CESD Talent Agency.[6][7]

In 2019, Espeland established her own consulting firm, Espeland Enterprises, and pioneered the field of executive voice coaching with the development of The Espeland Method™. The Espeland Method™ brings together physical, mental, and emotional tools, and borrows from disciplines such as acupuncture, speech therapy, and improv to help business professionals optimize their voice, communication skills, and executive presence.[8] Demand for that training has increased as Covid-19 protocols have expanded telework. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, approximately 5% of full-time office workers worked from home, but that figure has increased to 20-30%.[9] In 2020, Zoom (software) revenue was up 88 percent from the previous year, demonstrating a sharp rise in virtual meetings and less personal contact in business settings. Google's research on team productivity concluded that the most effective teams were those that offered the most psychological safety and that when team members felt seen and heard, they performed better.[10] The shift to remote communications puts more importance on presentation and voice skills. In the future, managers' people skills will be as important as technical skills and Espeland addresses this trend with her executive voice coaching.[11]

References

  1. "About Melanie Espeland". Melanie Espeland. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  2. Fairygodboss (2021-02-04). "Power by Voice: Executive Voice Coaching Tips to Immediately Impress". Fairygodboss (Podcast). Fairygodboss. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  3. "8 Things You Didn't Know About Espeland Enterprises' Founder and Voice Actor Melanie Espeland". Markets Insider. Business Insider. 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  4. Fairygodboss (2021-02-04). "Power by Voice: Executive Voice Coaching Tips to Immediately Impress". Fairygodboss (Podcast). Fairygodboss. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  5. Unleashed (19 September 2020). "Number 325 Melanie Espeland on Executive Voice Coaching". Umbrex (Podcast). Umbrex. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  6. "Meet the Executive Voice Coach Who Empowers Top Tech and Finance Executives". Markets Insider. Business Insider. 2020-09-17. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  7. "Win With Your Voice: 5 Tips to Impress from a Top Tier Executive Voice Coach". The U.S. News. The U.S. News. 2020-09-19. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  8. "Espeland Enterprises". Espeland Enterprises. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  9. Levanon, Gad (2020-11-23). "Remote Work: The Biggest Legacy Of Covid-19". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  10. McPherson, Susan (2021-03-23). "Kick 'Zoom Fatigue' to the Curb by Making Virtual Meetings More Personal". Newsweek Magazine. Newsweek. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  11. "Coronavirus: How the world of work may change forever". Worklife. BBC. 2020-10-23. Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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