The Benefits
The FocalVocal team consists of highly qualified and culturally aware drama and language teachers; linguists; journalists; management, communication and personal effectiveness trainers and professional actors. FocalVocal trainers and actors have all been handpicked for their extensive experience in either or both the corporate and public sectors and passion for making the learning process a highly enjoyable, creative and successful one.
Our use of theatre and role-play in our teaching and our pragmatic, practical approach to learning allows you to not only practise and develop your skills in a safe, non-judgmental environment, but allows you to better retain the information you have been given and feel confident to apply the skills you have learnt. And finally, if English is not your first language and you have trouble in understanding, we will instantaneously translate what is being taught into either German or French, as required.
To complement our courses we offer:
A free follow-up call. An opportunity for you to discuss on a one-to-one basis with your trainer your development since the course.
A free pack to complement your course filled with exercises and ideas to help you continue to reach your full potential.
DVDs of the course you have attended.
Follow-up days can be offered upon arrangement
What is the aim of a follow-up day?
A follow-up day is offered in order to enable participants to return to the training group and share how they have practised what they have learnt, evaluate how far they have gone in working on their personal action plan. This day will enable participants to reflect on and evaluate their own achievements, share with others what worked well and discuss areas that presented more of a challenge. The course facilitators will use this information to enable the group to engage in further practice work on communication techniques that will assist in developing skills and confidence in these areas. The day will end with further goal setting and exploring what structures can be developed in the workplace to enable participants to continue to support each other in their goals.
Discounts on subscription to three or more courses, pilot days and follow-up days.
About Us

Some of the Team
Monica Lowenberg

Trainer in Public Speaking, Presentation Skills
and Media Training

Monica initially studied hotel, catering and institutional management at Brighton University before throwing caution to the wind and training as an actress and singer at... (read more...)
Gareth Rubin

Trainer in Media Training and Actor

Gareth holds MAs in English literature from St Andrews university, and in drama from Essex university (with a dissertation on the use of the word 'The' In Waiting for Godot); and a post-grad certificate in journalism from the National Council... (read more...)
Clare Concannon

Trainer in Customer Care, Work/Life Balance, Assertiveness and Communication Skills

On successfully completing an OND in Hotel and Catering Operations at Ealing College, Clare went on to obtain a certificate in Group Training Techniques, with the Hotel and Catering Training Board. Following... (read more...)
Chris Robinson

Trainer in Management Development

After some years in accountancy, Chris started a new career as a training advisor with The Industrial Society, specializing in leadership and management training in a white-collar environment. First as an advisor, later as... (read more...)
Bill Blass

Trainer in Sales

After initially studying pharmacy at the University of Strathclyde, Bill chose to switch professions and work in sales. After thirty years in the profession, Bill is a recognised Fellow of the Institute of...(read more...)
Monika Key

Trainer in Personal Effectiveness Training

A graduate with a BA Hons in French, German and Spanish from Bristol University, Monika completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies at City of London Polytechnic and with distinction a Further Education Teacher's... (read more...)
David Jarvis

Facilitator in Behavioural Change and Team Building

David though born in England went to live in French speaking Canada at an early age. He has a diploma in acting from Studio 58 in Vancouver and for the last 24 years... (read more...)
Stephan Erdman

Facilitator and Actor

An actor/coach/facilitator and NLP Practitioner, Stephan is bilingual in German and English. He trained as an actor at the Drama Centre in London and regularly keeps his training skills... (read more...)
Stephanie Schonfield

Facilitator for Diversity, Communication Skills and Actor

After graduating in English and Drama (BA Hons) from Goldsmiths, University of London, Stephanie trained to be an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She recently enhanced her training... (read more...)
Isolte Avila


Isolte trained with the Cuban Ballet and The Netherlands Dance Theatre. She has a degree in Dance from California Institute of the Arts where she won a scholarship from the Disney Foundation. Born in Cuba Isolte is bi-lingual in Spanish... (read more...)
Karen Bartholomew

Scriptwriter and Actor

Karen studied drama at Middlesex and Sacramento University, California. She also began writing sketches and the occasional draft of stand up comedy for University productions. After graduating Karen launched into educational theatre... (read more...)
Katy Bartrop


A gifted linguist and actor Katy speaks French and German. She initially graduated from Nottingham University with a BA Honors Degree in French... (read more...)
David Karl Bower


David Trained at Reading University's Theatre of The Deaf with Theatr Clwd in North Wales, and Carovana Dance Company in Sardenia... (read more...)
Debbie Chazen


Debbie trained as an actor at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where she won both the Patricia Lawrence Scholarship and a Laurence Olivier Bursary (SWET)... (read more...)
Andrew Byron


Andrew grew up in a bilingual French/English family which has given him a lasting fascination with languages. Andrew has an MA in Russian (St. Andrews) as well as a basic knowledge of German, Spanish and... (read more...)
Alex Dower


Alex has been acting for over thirty years, from playing Ahmal in Ahmal and the Night Visitors at school when he was six, to acting alongside Christina Ricci in the British Horror film, The Gathering. Alex holds a BA Honors degree in... (read more...)
Pradeep Jey


Pradeep successfully completed a three year degree (validated by the University of Manchester) from the accredited and highly regarded Rose Bruford College. He also holds a Diploma in NLP... (read more...)
Damian Lynch


Damian graduated from the University of Nottingham with a second class division one BA Honours Degree, in French & German (which included a year working as a Language Assistant in a bi-lingual grammar school in Northwest Germany). After... (read more...)
Shereena Glean


Shereena graduated in Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre Pathway) from Central School of Speech and Drama with second class honours... (read more...)
Louise Mai Newberry


Louise Mai read English at Selwyn College Cambridge where she received a BA Hons and MA. She later studied for an art foundation at Central St Martin’s before training at East 15 Acting School. Louise Mai also holds a yoga... (read more...)
Anthony May


Anthony joined the National Youth Theatre and then trained at R.A.D.A... (read more...)
Neil Sheffield


After successfully completing a BTec in Business Studies at Solihull College of Technology, Neil subsequently trained as an actor at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts London before going on to study acting and directing at the... (read more...)
Mark Stevenson


Mark studied drama at The Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama in Glasgow, before going on to study film at the All Russia State Institute for... (read more...)