Testimonials

Hi I'm Katrina Zavslowski, founder of Birth Goddess as you can see here, and author of a Modern Woman's Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth.

Before Karen I was very frightened of getting up on a big stage. I was very confident in writing, but actually getting up and speaking was a very different matter, especially to a large audience. Here I am now at the big GO Festival and I did it. This morning I got up in front of lots of people and I did it. I got up and I actually remembered most of what I had to say. I said it with quite a bit of confidence, a lot more than I had before, and it was fantastic. Not only that, I must have done alright because everyone followed me back to my stall and bough my stuff. My books, and my cards and my magazine subscription, so I'm really thrilled and she really took me though a process that helped me prepare, and gave me all the tools I needed to get up there with confidence. Thank you very much.

Katrina Zavslowski, Author, Magazine Founder, Natural Birthing Expert

Hi I'm Katrina Zavslowski, founder of Birth Goddess as you can see here, and author of a Modern Woman's Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth.

Before Karen I was very frightened of getting up on a big stage. I was very confident in writing, but actually...

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Katrina Zavslowski, Author, Magazine Founder, Natural Birthing Expert

When I wrote down what I hoped to get out of the day I wrote:

Increased self confidence in myself and when speaking in meetings/groups and Tools to help me overcome this.

I achieved all of this from the course. Today I attended tool box talk at work and I felt so much more confident speaking and I spoke more than I normally would have in this group situation.

I also felt confident discussing a problem in a challenging situation today with a couple of people! I probably would have normally avoided this if possible. And I attribute this new found confidence to the workshop.

The workshop was challenging for me but yes it was fun and easy to follow. All the preparation exercises were very helpful. I especially liked the clown + cats face exercises! I found they really helped to relax my jaw and help me speak easier.

Alison Trevithick, Co-ordinator, administration and site supervisor

When I wrote down what I hoped to get out of the day I wrote:

Increased self confidence in myself and when speaking in meetings/groups and Tools to help me overcome this.

I achieved all of this from the course. Today I attended tool box talk at work...

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Alison Trevithick, Co-ordinator, administration and site supervisor

Thanks so much Karen, for everything. Your support and endless encouragement means so much. I showed my monologue to my teacher yesterday and she was absolutely thrilled at how far I'd progressed and I couldn't have done it without you, thanks for being so willing and passionate to help me, after our work together I really feel like I have the ability to succeed.. not based on scores and entrance into courses, but to achieve something I'm proud of.

I have so much gratitude for you and all your effort

Claire Kennett, Singer/Actress

Thanks so much Karen, for everything. Your support and endless encouragement means so much. I showed my monologue to my teacher yesterday and she was absolutely thrilled at how far I'd progressed and I couldn't have done it without you, thanks for being...

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Claire Kennett, Singer/Actress

When I first came to Karen I was so scared of public speaking. I knew I needed to make a video for my Zing Health Hypnotherapy website but I didn't know how to go about it. I enlisted Karen for a few private coaching sessions.

After two sessions I was able to feel more confident and I had learnt a lot. I was able to make a successful video for my website. From our coaching sessions I was able to improve my public speaking and as an added bonus I fell more confident in doing group talks and its no effort to get in front of the camera to do a speech.

Karen was very easy to work with, flexible and very professional. I thoroughly recommend Karen to anyone wanting to improve their public speaking skills.

Vanessa Hawke, Hypnotherapist Zing Health, Louise Hay Workshop Facilitator

When I first came to Karen I was so scared of public speaking. I knew I needed to make a video for my Zing Health Hypnotherapy website but I didn't know how to go about it. I enlisted Karen for a few private coaching sessions.

After two sessions...

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Vanessa Hawke, Hypnotherapist Zing Health, Louise Hay Workshop Facilitator

I have been a student of Karen Ostenried for five years. From the age of thirteen to eighteen the lessons that I received from Karen attributed to not only the maturity and development of my voice, but also my ability to perform, knowledge of stage craftsmanship and management and confidence in public situations. Her natural warmth yet infallible professionalism renders her an instructor perfect for people of all ages and levels of experience.

Upon commencement of my very first lessons with Karen I expected to watch myself grow as a singer, performer and young woman under her guidance. These expectations were not only met but exceeded, as in Karen additionally I found a friend, who genuinely has my best interests at heart and commits herself completely to teaching her students every aspect of the music industry.
I am now currently studying full-time at university, and have had to take a break from my regular lessons with Karen. I have performed on numerous occasions at public events such as local festivals, official concerts and open mike nights. I am completely comfortable onstage, as I have been educated not only to fully comprehend all elements of voice technique but to be prepared for anything that I might encounter whilst performance.

I absolutely owe all my accomplishments as a singer to Karen. Her flexibility and extensive knowledge has allowed me to stay true to myself yet be accredited with the versatility of an experienced, senior student. I give her my full recommendation for any person seeking to expand their abilities as a singer, musician or performer and further discover themselves within the parameters of music.

Emma Lehmann, Singer

I have been a student of Karen Ostenried for five years. From the age of thirteen to eighteen the lessons that I received from Karen attributed to not only the maturity and development of my voice, but also my ability to perform, knowledge of stage craftsmanship...

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Emma Lehmann, Singer

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your efforts and wonderful presence as MC at the Bushfire Memorial last week.

Your gentle holding of the space was just lovely and professional and allowed for a sense of inclusive direction to the program...........It flowed beautifully!

Thanks again for all your efforts and it was great to meet you.

Alexandra Crocker, Family, Alcohol and other Drugs Counsellor- CatholicCare

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your efforts and wonderful presence as MC at the Bushfire Memorial last week.

Your gentle holding of the space was just lovely and professional and allowed for a sense of inclusive direction to the program...........It...

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Alexandra Crocker, Family, Alcohol and other Drugs Counsellor- CatholicCare

Today we attended the Yarra Ranges "Eastern Women on the Go Business Forum & Expo", it was, in a nutshell "AWESOME".

The expo gave a great opportunity for businesses to interact and represent what they have on offer.

The guest speakers, one of which was Karen Ostenried, were inspirational and I certainly left the event feeling full of energy, great ideas and confidence.

Section Technologies, Participant- Eastern Women on the Go Forum

Today we attended the Yarra Ranges "Eastern Women on the Go Business Forum & Expo", it was, in a nutshell "AWESOME".

The expo gave a great opportunity for businesses to interact and represent what they have on offer.

The guest speakers, one of which...

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Section Technologies, Participant- Eastern Women on the Go Forum

I would like to share what benefits i have received from having singing/voice training with Karen Ostenried.

I have had voice training with a guy but found that even though i enjoyed it my voice didn’t really develop any further over the three years i had been with him. I knew my voice wanted to go even higher and i wanted to experience my voice reaching the high notes.

I have been singing for one term only with Karen at this point but have already got more confidence in reaching those high notes and feel more relaxed with myself and not as shy about letting my voice be heard.

Karen is very encouraging, positive and creative in the way she teaches. I truly enjoy her personality, style and her incredible voice and range. I like the way she gives that extra push and challenges you on your abilities.

Karen has taught me some great techniques with breathing and reaching full lung capacity which has not just improved my singing but also my health issues have benefited from this. Singing is a great way to forget ones problems and it is relaxing, fun and a wonderful way of expressing who you are. I am happier in myself when i sing and i am grateful that i got to become one of Karen’s students.

What has also been an extra benefit is that Karen really enjoys singing and having fun with voice so it is something that as a student you pick up very quickly and want to be a part of.

I am glad to have found Karen and thank her for not just being good at what she teaches but also for showing me that it is fun for anyone who wants to give it a go.

Anneke Smit, Manager, Singer

I would like to share what benefits i have received from having singing/voice training with Karen Ostenried.

I have had voice training with a guy but found that even though i enjoyed it my voice didn’t really develop any further over the three years...

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Anneke Smit, Manager, Singer

The show experience was a lovely one for us all. We have watched Chloe grow and push past her comfort zone with your teaching and encouragement, and gain confidence in herself and her ability.

We were confident that Chloe was ready to meet this challenge and more importantly she felt the same and enjoyed herself.

Thank you so much for providing safe, strong and appropriate guidance.

Diane Falla, Parent of teenage singing student

The show experience was a lovely one for us all. We have watched Chloe grow and push past her comfort zone with your teaching and encouragement, and gain confidence in herself and her ability.

We were confident that Chloe was ready to meet this challenge...

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Diane Falla, Parent of teenage singing student

I have recently launched my book, "The Longest Journey" and found myself having to get up in front of a lot of people and talk about the book. It also involved using a microphone for the first time, something I never envisaged doing. Karen has been an invaluable help, advising me how to respond in different situations, how to make the most of every interview and discussion. We are just beginning our work together but already I feel totally confident that Karen can help me to "get on stage" without feeling terrified.

Amanda Stuart, Author of The Longest Journey, Counsellor

I have recently launched my book, "The Longest Journey" and found myself having to get up in front of a lot of people and talk about the book. It also involved using a microphone for the first time, something I never envisaged doing. Karen has been...

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Amanda Stuart, Author of The Longest Journey, Counsellor