Who I am

Hi, I’m Maria Wilhelmsson.  That last name reveals my Swedish origin, but Switzerland has been my home since many years.

I started singing and performing as a young child and wanted to become an opera-singer.  After two years of full-time studies of singing, voice craft, music & drama, I wasn’t so sure anymore. Would I be able to make a living? What about all the other things I wanted to do in life? I went for the compromise: pursuing an M Sc in International Business Administration and languages while I continued singing and performing whenever I had a chance.

It wasn’t until after 15 years of working in business that I finally turned my passion into my profession. 15 years of exciting, rewarding and instructive positions in organizations around the world. Through my work in business development, consulting and key account management, I learned a lot about business and people. It was a great observing ground for studying leadership presence and the difference between those who manage to influence others, and those who don’t.

These insights led me to create VoxImpact. In my work, I blend my knowledge of the voice and performing arts with my business and human experience to enable my clients to strengthen their professional and personal impact.

I am trained in a number of different voice and speaking methods. More about my formal credentials and experience here. To see me in action, check out some of my brief videos.

I believe that each human being has unique talents and a communication style that make up their personal presence. Rather than prescribing a particular voice or a gesture, I like to bring out what is personal and special, to reinforce what works, and to eliminate what doesn’t work. While I can be challenging and demanding as a coach and trainer, I also strive to be lighthearted and encouraging.

Languages are another passion of mine and I work in Swedish, English, Spanish and French.

I look forward to hearing from you!