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Speaking Studio sessions are 1:1 specialised coaching appointments. Whether you need to build high-level skills, counter nerves or write your keynote speech, we support you at every step.

Appointments are in-person at our Sydney office, 6 Middlemiss St. Lavender Bay, NSW 2060, or online.

We offer: spoken word coaching, speech writing support, presentation skill development, keynote/board rehearsals, speaking confidence, voice training and more.

Bring your materials, drafts, or ideas to the session, and we will tailor the experience to your needs.

This is your time, and our highly experienced trainers, Catherine McGrath and Mary-Ruth Monsour, are here to meet your needs promptly and effectively.

Catherine specialises in presentation/speech training and support. She is available Mondays 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Mary-Ruth is a specialist and accredited vocal coach. She is available for appointments on Wednesdays 9:00am – 1:00pm.


Duration: 50 minutes
Delivery Mode

In-person training at our Sydney Speaking Studio, located at Work inc, 6 Middlemiss St. Lavender Bay, NSW 2060, or online via Zoom.

Please select your preferred mode of delivery in the secure booking link below (in-person or online).

Price: $175 per 50 minute session
Experience Level: All levels

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Training format

  • Online or face-to-face
  • One-on-one 50-minute sessions.
  • Dynamic training tailored to your professional needs
  • Instant help for speeches and presentations
  • Speech writing support as needed
  • Specialist voice training (vocal development program) available with Mary-Ruth
  • “Voice for media” training available with Mary-Ruth
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Fun, interactive, and engaging sessions
  • Confidentiality ensured


Catherine McGrath

Catherine’s clients described her as the best speech trainer in the business. She is an outstanding speaker herself and a brilliant, innovative and inspiring trainer.

Her strength is her intuitive understanding of how to make great speeches, how to engage audiences and how to write and deliver a speech that works. She knows how to make this an easy and hassle-free process. Catherine always aims to reduce stress on speakers

Catherine learnt these skills during her 30-year career as an Australian leading national and international broadcast journalist for ABC and SBS Television. After journalism, Catherine has dedicated her professional life to supporting and training speakers of all kinds delivering speeches from keynotes to board presentations, team meetings, online webinars and media interviews.

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours)

Experience: 30 years live and breaking news broadcaster, foreign correspondent, political editor, speaker, trainer, businesswoman.

Mary-Ruth Monsour

Mary-Ruth trains people to make the most of their authentic voice in any arena. She’s coached voices for broadcast media, public events and studio recording for over 30 years. Course content is sensitively tailored to the individual and is based on achievable development goals. Mary-Ruth’s experience as a senior journalist and manager in the dynamic deadline-driven world of television news helps drive her enthusiasm for helping people to build confidence, vocal strength and versatility. Mary-Ruth’s also well recognised as a subject matter expert in the development and tailoring of communication strategies that engage diverse audiences.

Qualifications: Mary-Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business in Communication, majoring in Journalism, and Speech & Drama Teacher Diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and Trinity College, London.

Experience: Mary-Ruth combines a senior editorial leadership role at SBS World News with freelance teaching. She has 30 years of journalism experience as a reporter, producer and presenter for television news and in that time has specialised in training journalists and presenters around Australia.  Through her private studio, Mary-Ruth also enjoys working with people aged from eight to eighty, training for Voice development, Media and Presentation skills, or Speech and Drama.

Elevate your speaking skills in 50 minutes

Book your personalised session now with one of our expert trainers, Catherine McGrath and Mary-Ruth Monsour – in-person or online.

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"Sessions with Catherine have really helped our team members present with confidence. The guidance she provides for crafting and delivering the right message for the intended audience is invaluable."

Jane, Technology Infrastructure Sector

"Catherine, I just wanted to say a big thank you for your time yesterday. What great advice and framework to get me started on what I hope will be a wonderful first chairing of an event!"

Brooke, Financial Services sector

"I was recommended to Catherine McGrath Media by a trusted business contact as someone who could help me with both the structure of my content but importantly an authentic and impactful delivery. Catherine ran a number of one-on-one sessions with me over the course of 3 months and her coaching and methodology vastly improved what I was presenting, my confidence and how it was delivered. I have no hesitation in recommending her in this field."

Peter, Asia-Pacific CEO technology sector