Does the thought of speaking in front of a group make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you suddenly become tongue-tied the minute you face a crowd? Or are you already regularly presenting to groups, but feel like you need that extra edge to sustain the audience’s attention? Whatever stage you are in, Mary Gray can help you develop into a poised and polished public speaker. Mary has more than twenty years of experience in college level instruction, corporate training, and business and professional speaking, and is offering her private coaching services for children or adults on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at The 530 studios in Pelham, NY.


Lena Gilbert has been working as a communications coach since 2005. She has an especially astute antenna for industry jargon, and once she spots it, knows how to replace it with language that everyone can understand. As a trained dancer and experienced instructor, she is able to translate her movement skills to help clients communicate with ease and clarity in their bodies; she has quick instincts and a keen awareness of how to engage and connect with an audience – leading her naturally to teaching and coaching.  Lena embraces the gratifying work of crafting and clarifying every client’s particular message toward their desired goal.

Cancellation / Make-Up/ Refund Policies

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy on all lessons. If you are a “Pay as you Go” or “Trimester” student and cancel later than 24 hours before your scheduled lesson OR do not show, you will be charged for that lesson with no chance for a make-up. If you are a “Trimester” student and cancel in the appropriate time-frame, we will do our best to help you schedule a make-up as/should slots become available. Please be aware that SOOP does NOT guarantee make-up lessons, carry over make-up lessons into the next trimester OR refund money for any missed lessons.