ELEANOR MILFID ELLIS
Do you hate public speaking? Do the words ‘And now please welcome to the stage….’ followed by your name, send a chill down your spine, even make you feel sick? If so, you’re in good company. Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln both suffered from stage fright. Judi Dench, Andrea Bocelli, Stephen Fry and Rihanna still do. In fact, stage fright is so widespread as to be universal. As Mark Twain put it: ‘There are only two types of speakers in the world. One: the nervous and Two: Liars.’
These global figures have not succeeded by magically waking up one day without fear. They use techniques to combat it. Using a combination of breathing exercises, vocal methods and approach to text evolved over many years, I have developed a powerful way to help people overcome the fear of public speaking and therefore deliver their message effectively and with panache.
As an effective speaker you will be able to:
- Persuade others to your point of view
- Bring your message to a wider audience
- Enhance your leadership skills
- Convey just the right sentiments at a funeral or wedding and never wish again you were the one in the coffin, you can even make your jokes work!
- Get the job, or the role in the company, play or film, that will change your life
Milly Ellis, founder and CEO of Be Heard, started the company in 2004 Since then, she has worked with amongst others, Banks British Airways, Yum, Pret a Manger, Poundland and The White Cube. Royal Ballet. Victoria and Albert Museum.
Other corporate clients include, among other’s the Financial Conduct Authority, Glaxo Smith Kline, Woodmeadow Trust and GEFCO France. KFC. France, Germany and Spain. The Evening Standard, The Law Society, Medical Students. Vodafone.
Barclays Bank. Lazard. Deloitte, Unilever, Garrad’s, Vodafo
ne. The V&A. Save Venice Foundation. ‘ We are Here’ ‘ Space for Giants’ CEO Dr Max Grahame.
In 2014 – She coached Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter to read the lesson at her funeral in St Paul’s.
She has also helped editors at Conde Nast, The Evening Standard, The Independent as well as, artists at White Cube, designers, politicians, poets, barristers, prisoners and Princesses.
In the theatrical world, Milly has worked with actors such as Sir John Gielgud, Robert Downey Junior, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Nicholas Cage, Mark Rylance and Juliette Binoche. Anna Friel, Warwick Davis, Ellie Bamber.
Other clients have included, Sir Anthony Dowell, Darcey Bussell, Diamond Dance, Akram Khan, Anish Kapoor, Raquib Shaw, Colefax and Fowler, Debretts, Mara Galeazzi, Hanif Kureishi and John Hegley. The Fabula Collective.
In television, Milly worked on BBC Two HD. Heyday Films. ‘Page 8’ Sky’s Fortitude, Pathé; BBC Films and Bend It Films, The Viceroy House, HBO. BBC1The Casual Vacancy KBO, Churchill’s Secret, Telluride, Judy, with Sir Michael Gambon and Assassins Anonymous, and Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix, The Hollow Crown with Neal Street Productions. The Crown with Suki Waterhouse. Most recently, she has been working on the Disney / Lucas production of Willow, due for release in September 2022.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Corporate Voice Coaching
Leadership – helping both individuals and teams within organisations to work collaboratively on the collective vision of the company. Preparing Future Leaders . The Advocacy and Education Policies of Tomorrow.
Film, Television & Theatre
Tutoring to prepare for auditions
Rehearsals of scripts.
Working on set with actors as a voice coach.
Or helping with Ted Talks both in rehearsals and helping to construct the content.
Ted Talks ‘ The Power of Letting Go’ Insa Klasing TedxBerlin. https://youtu.be/jMhcF53c9JB
Olly Hicks The Benefits of Risk. 12th Sept 2017.
Olly Hicks at The Economist Sea Tourism Summit.
She works with senior management teams, helping them with their Corporate Narratives to improve employee motivation and performance.
By teaching them to become more effective communicators, Milly helps businesses achieve success, and individuals career fulfilment.
Working for Lazard Bank in Rome. KFC in Paris, Madrid and Berlin. TALK TALK – INDIA. Feature Films in Netherlands, India, Iceland, Los Angeles, France, Italy, Germany.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
University of York English and Related Literature B.A HONS.
1 Term at Heidelberg University.
Central School of Speech and Drama course in voice
Slade School of Art – started in experimental filmmaking – left as got a job as an assistant film editor – ACTT CARD.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE (Corporate Career)
FILM EDITOR – PETER GREENAWAY 1984 – 1997