The testimonials on the right range from the early 1990's up until 2013. The majority of testimonials can be verified by visiting my Linkedin profiles ( links above ). The remainder of the testimonials are via email - they are held on record and are available for inspection if required.
Alan now teaches privately in Brighton & Hove and offers courses and personal coaching in London and across the UK.
Alan Mars has taught Alexander Technique for over thirty years and offers:
Alexander Technique for postural, muscular, movement and stress related issues - no voice coaching involved!
Alexander Technique with vocal coaching for those who want develop their speaking and/or singing voice.
The testimonials below reflect the two different strands of his approach.
''I ha ve use d Alan in a corporate environment several times over the years, from one to one presentation coaching for directors to running Alexander technique to boost c o n fidence for developing staff. He was very credible at all levels and used creative approaches that gave a fresh perspective. I also attended one of his workshops which actually mad e me think that perhaps I could sing after all! Would not hesitate to recommend him.'' Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, Creative
Learning & Development Consultant, MB Development Ltd , Mary Banks - hired Alan Mars as a Business Consultant in 1999, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''Presentation Training is never an easy solution to source. Unlike many other fields of learning and development it requires an exquisite blend of knowledge, skills and personal style on the part of the trainer and also a good match of the trainer's mode of working to the confidence, competence and courage of the performer. I feel privileged to have experienced first-hand the way that Alan brings such excellent results in a few days to his clients and course participants. The most amazing thing about it is the refreshingly gentle and humble way in which he encourages (gives courage to) people to discover a vocal performance and level of persuasion and passion that they did not previously beleive themselves capable of. And all of this is acheived with a joy and poise which seems effortless, but which must of course be the outcome of many years of honing his craft. Alan's courses really must be tried, as words are insufficient to capture the special moments he creates.'' Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
Carey Olsen, Simon Nash - HR Director at hired Alan Mars as a Presentation Skills Trainer in 2000, and hired Alan Mars more than once
'After having had a couple of corporate presentation skills training sessions with some traditional trainers, I wanted to explore other ways of gaining better use of my voice and more confidence when presenting on stage. Alan's approach was refreshing and practical. Working through the Alexander Technique, Alan delivered an array of practical tips and techniques to bring colour to my voice, and pace and life to presentations. He used his wealth of experience from working in both corporate and drama settings to develop a programme tailored to what I wanted to achieve. Some of the elements of the training that worked best for me were ways to engage an audience by varying pace, style and intonation, and posture work to build confidence and to ensure a solid base from which to present.
I'd highly recommend Alan whether it's for improving confidence when presenting to audiences large and small, or developing a more compelling presenting voice and style. Not only did he help me achieve my objectives, but he also did it in a relaxing and enjoyable way.'' Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
Rachel Cummings - Market Access Manager at Pharmaceuticals Industry, hired Alan Mars as a Presentation Skills coach in 2012
"I enlisted the help of Alan in 2007 when a new role required a large degree of public speaking, something I had not been accustomed to. He used a number of techniques with me which all produced the required results and I am pleased to say went beyond just being able to speak in public in a clear, concise and professional manner. Alan has a varied approach calling on a vast array of methods from the conventional to the not so conventional, not dissimilar to the voice coach in the Kings Speech, but they are his tried and trusted methods and I am pleased to say, they worked for me." Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Richard Leadbetter - Associate Director at RBS, hired Alan Mars as a Business Consultant, 2007 (hired more than once)
Amazon Review of :-
I am a trainer and I deliver courses on presentation skills. This book is now my 'give away' instead of my own manual. It says everything I want to say...but better. Frankly people are more likely to read it, and it's just the kind of book you can refer to over and over again. It made me want to buy all the others in the series! (So I did.)
"I attended two of Alan's excellent presentation skills workshops and came away feeling much more confident about standing up in front of a group.
Alan's workshops are different from conventional presentation skills workshops as they focus much more on our inner skills, ie how to be more fully present when we stand up and speak - body posture, eye contact and connection with the audience, voice, pace etc. Alan works with small groups of people which felt very safe giving each participant individual attention which was hugely beneficial and supportive.
I came away feeling that I had learned a lot of very practical tools to improve my presentations and as a result I felt so much more confident even excited about doing a presenation which I had never felt before. I had been a master at avoiding presentations, now I take every opportunity! Thank you, Alan." Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Karen Liebenguth, Environment and Coaching
'Have worked with Alan to improve delivery of highly complex subjects in an enjoyable way. He sees things that improve self confidence that can be instantly translated into a focused and understood message to your audience.”
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, High Integrity
VP Marketing and Innovation Robin Brownsell- , hired Alan Mars as a Business Consultant in 2009, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''Alan Mars is a highly competent voice coach, who has a quite remarkable ability to engage with a very diverse range of people, lead them through the landscape of thei r personal learning barriers and into an area where their acceptance & confidence in themselves & others is transformed. He is a joy to work with.'' Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
Brian De Lord - Owner of PPP (Pupil Parent Partnership) hired Alan Mars as a Organisational staff training in 2009, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''Alan is a passionate and inspirational presentation skills coach. My delegates walked into the room and then skipped and bounced out of the room full of confidence and practical tips. Alan has a very unique voice and manner which draws delegates towards him and encourages them to take risks. Alan uses his Alexandar Technique to improve breathing, posture, walking, spatial anchoring and overall confidence in presentations - my delegates adored him - and his harp! I Would recommend him with a capital R!'' Top qualities: - Great Results, Expert, Creative
personal and team coach at Cheryl Ann Winter - CAW Skills, hired Alan Mars as a Business Consultant in 2000, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''Alan worked with me on a one to one basis and was inspirational and great fun. I have also worked with him within a group. I would recommend his services to anyone who feels they want to increase their personal skills and confidence in making an impact publicly, in meetings or any other interpersonal situation.''
Top qualities: - Great Results, Expert, Creative
Godfrey Owen - Chief Executive at Brathay Trust, hired Alan Mars as a Career Coach in 2006, and hired Alan Mars more than once
'I contacted Alan because I was in a new role where I conducted ceremonies - often in large rooms or outside areas - without a microphone. As well as concern about projecting my
voice, I was lacking in confidence about my public speaking and presentation skills. Alan approached the resolution from a completely different angle and it was so much more effective than the standard 'Presentation Skills' courses which I have tried in the past. It was a relief to not have the constant focus (and therefore pressure) on the result. Instead, Alan used a combination of approaches (I won't give too much away) which included the Alexander Technique and vocal experimentation. He helped me to find and release an ability that I didn't know existed rather than having to adopt a voice that felt as though it belonged to someone else! Alan's approach is unusual and it works. He is also very patient, calming and funny. If you want tension-free learning and to build confidence in your presentation skills - this is your man!''
Prue Heron - Celebrant
'Alan is an expert on Alexander Technique. This concept was new to me and I knew little about it. Under Alan's guidance, I got positive results within weeks. Highly recommended.''
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Consultant at IBM Global Business Services, Samiran Sarkar - Strategy and Transformation hired Alan Mars as a Personal Trainer in 2008
''Alan's product does what it says on the tin - and much more. A well-conceived perfectly timed set of exercises and instructions that he carefully and patiently tailors to suit the audience he finds himself working with. His knowledge of the techniques is clearly profound and justifies the confidence with which he puts them across, and the confidence he builds in his students. I was asked to choose 3 attributes ''that best describe this service provider'' from a list of 7. It was an impossible choice: the three I chose at random are given below, but ''expert'' ''on time'' ''high integrity'' and ''creative'' are all more or less equally applicable.
Top qualities: - Great Results, Personable, Good Value
Steve Pilley - Actor / Manager, Southend Shakespeare C ompany (on left of picture), hired Alan Mars as a Alexander Technique teacher and vocal coach in 2010, and hired Alan Mars more than once
'Alan makes learning fun and very easy. He has a wonderfully calming style and the ability to bring out the best in people. Highly recommend him!!!''
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative
Leigh Ashton - Sales Consultant, NLP Trainer and Author, hired Alan Mars as a Trainer in 2000, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''Alan is a highly skilled teacher of the Alexander Technique tailored to meet your specific issue. In common with many of my gender I can get a bit 'frozen' if aggression arises in the office. It's annoying that girls don't get the same early training as boys, in fact we get the opposite and instinctively try to pacify. Great for social scenarios but not for situations when the bullies are rampaging the office. So Alan taught me some of the tricks from his Alexander Technique bag and literally within 24 hours I was holding my own and remaining calm enough for my brain to work. I also did some co-presenting with Alan as part of some team building sessions and again he wow'ed them with his physical solutions to perceived 'emotional' problems. Give it a go! I promise you can be more in control and remain calm in those testosterone filled occasions. Alan can help you level the playing field.'' Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Fiona Brownsell - Entrepreneur & Programme Director, hired Alan Mars as a Career Coach in 2003, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''I first met Alan in 2003, when I was attending NLP Master Practitioner at Stenhouse in Cardiff. I trained with Alan the following year at Trainers Training. Alan was an inspiration to me and taught me state control through breathing exercises and vocal exercises. I was representing my golf club that year in the All Ireland Golfing Championships and went on to win the Gold Medal. Golf is a mental game, and state control is the Key to playing successful golf under pressure. The techniques Alan taught me not only helped me cope with the pressure in 2003 but since then on four further occasions.'' Top qualities: - Great Results, Personable, Expert
Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator, John Bourke- hired Alan Mars as a Alexander Teacher and Vocal Coach in 2003, and hired Alan Mars more than once
"Alan Mars is like a breath of fresh air, easy to listen to, like Ron seal Alan walks his talk. Authenticity is written right through him - just like Brighton Rock! Stop thinking about booking him JDI ( Just Do it) you will not be disappointed!!!"
Top Qualities: Expert, Good Value, High Integrity
Service Category: Voice Coach
Year first hired: 2009
John White, Coach
''We used Alan as a voice coach on several of our NLP programmes over the years. He is unique - fun, inventive, knowledgeable and positive. Our delegates always gave excellent feedback on his work.''
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Ian Newton - Consultant and Management trainer hired Alan Mars as a Career Coach in 2003, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''I just wanted to say I loved your style, humour, warmth and openness. I have just started my executive coaching company and hope to have as much passion as you exude. I thought your workshop was light, fun and enjoyable and just what we needed after hours of intensity!''
Monica, delegate at NLP Conference voice workshop (2008)
''Thanks once again for the session you spent with me in March. It boosted my confidence ten fold.''
David, (Best Man speech coaching session 2010)
“I was to be my brothers best man and had written my speech, practiced it but continued to have problems with delivering the punch lines, it being long winded and me petrified with having to stand in front of 160 people. I met with Alan who’s first exercise involved techniques for centring the body, breathing and projection. The immediate benefit was that I had more control. The next area was to cut the fat in the speech and form it into bite size chunks with fewer syllables, this improved the flow and aided my breathing.
I had 3 sessions with Alan and each time noticed a huge improvement in my presentation and confidence. I even began to enjoy the thought of presenting to a crowd. Having the right techniques, help with the script, my speech was a success thanks in no small part to the expertise and calming influence of my teacher.
How did I measure the success of my speech? The number of guests that came up to me afterwards praising me on a great speech, they had heard every word and saw that I was even smiling. Some guests even advised that I should join the Guild of Toastmasters or take up public speaking professionally.
I would advise that anyone who is in the position of presenting a public or best man’s speech should afford themselves the enormous help that Alan can provide. Alan, many thanks Matthew Myatt”
Matthew Myatt - Director at Harland Consulting Ltd
' 'I have had the pleasure of appreciating Alan's contribution to me and others on many circumstances for 20 years. He often was the mostly highly rated contributor at the NLP conference, with his vocal and body work. I also know him as an engaging, personable Teacher of Aikido, combining Alexander Technique in the process of teaching movements. As a result of his classes and Alexander Technique my chronic backache disappeared and many people commented positively on the changes in my posture. Since then I understand he just gathered more experience.... He's got to know what he teaches..... Highly recommended.''
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Psychotherapist/Counsellor at Patrick Baron - patrick-baron.com, hired Alan Mars as a Personal Trainer in 1992, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''As a child I was told I couldn't sing and have carried this shame with me for decades. With Alan's help I have smashed this limitation and am finding my own voice.
That's the singing part, and the Alexander part has been a fantasic surprise too. I feel in my body far more, and haven't seen my osteopath since I started with Alan.''
Top qualities:Great Results, Personable, Creative
Finance Director at Alexander Rose Ltd, Paul Stammer - hired Alan Mars as a Personal Trainer in 2012, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''I worked with Alan Mars a number of times the years. His experience and expertise, his ability to get a group of strangers to work together and, far more alarming a prospect (for me), to SING together was a delightful experience.
What I am most grateful for, however, is what Alan taught me about looking after myself using the Alexander Technique! His wisdom, humour, sense of fun and sheer professionalism continues to benefit me every day.
Go see Alan and you are more likely to go well!''
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Director, Social Effectiveness Training, Michael Mallows - hired Alan Mars as a Alexander Technique and voice coach in 1999, and hired Alan Mars more than once
' 'A highly personable and experienced vocal coach and Alexander Technique practitioner. Comes highly recommended.''
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Angela Mortimer PLC Jo Mortimer - Recruitment Consultant at , hired Alan Mars as a Alexander Technique and Singing teacher in 2011, and hired Alan Mars more than once
'I first came across Alan when I was a non-singer, and he was running a workshop 'for people who believe they can't sing'. In the space of a single weekend, he changed my belief about myself, and using tools from Aikido, Alexander Technique and drama school, showed me how to embody my learnings. I took singing lessons, and have sung widely since then. I have been back to Alan on a number of occasions for coaching in presentation skills. Alan is exceptionally skilled in teaching non-verbal skills that are transformative. Highly recommended.''
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Richard Stacey - hired Alan Mars as a Vocal coach in 1999, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''Alan has given me the confidence to sing out loud for the first time in my life at the age of 69. His lessons are fun with lots of laughter, and singing accompanied by his beautiful harp playing is a joy. Recently my chronic health problems worsened and our lessons evolved into helping me with my posture and joint and muscle problems. After a session I feel as if I am freed, walking on air. As well as being an extremely skilled and professional practitioner, Alan is very interesting to talk to, and a great listener.''
Helen Oram - Counsellor (retired)
''Alan Mars is an expert voice and performance teacher who quickly engages participants AND gets results. His easy, structured style ensures everyone is involved and having fun, working on their presentations and voice. If you can, attend, if not make time to. Niall Kelly.''
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative - MD at Lane Kelly Associates and Alexander Technique teacher hired Alan Mars as an Alexander Technique Teacher in 2004
'' I can highly recommend Alan Mars for his superb work as an Alexander teacher, and in particular to voice work and presentation skill. I have seen him transform the way people relate to their voice - both speaking and singing. He gets people up on their feet and projecting their voice in a gentle way that is amazing. His approach is everybody can speak in public and sing – it is only our thoughts that get in the way; he has a great knack of changing or removing those thoughts.''
Richard Brennan, Director of Alexander Technique Ireland and author of 6 books on the Alexander Technique,hired Alan Mars as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1987 and hired Alan Mars more than once
''I was first impressed by Alan's work at an Alexander Technique Student Network workshop I attended many years ago. A few simple ideas helped to clarify my thinking about voice production. Since then I have come to appreciate even more the richness and variety of his skill, his engaging personality and his readiness to explore.''
Peter Ribeaux - Director of Alexander Centre
' 'Alan Mars has presented several workshops for the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Continuing Professional Development Programme. Alan has detailed knowledge of his subject and his workshops are relaxed and friendly. All participants receive confidence and ecouragement from him and there is a good balance of relaxed learning with in-depth knowledge of an interesting subject. I would have no hesitation in hiring Alan''
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Stephanie Smith - Alexander Technique teacher at Posture PitStop, hired Alan Mars as a Alexander Technique Teacher and Vocal Coach in 2010, and hired Alan Mars more than once
''I came to Brighton in November 2011, hardly able to walk even using walking poles, following surgery for discs and correction of a scoliosis. As a GP I was aware of the Alexander Technique but had no experience of it, but it was a friend who is an Alexander teacher that felt this could help me.
I found Alan Mars from the internet and have had three sessions a week with him. Four months later I can now manage to walk about 4 miles, using the poles, which for me represents an enormous improvement. This has enabled me to get back much of my former life. Alan constantly assesses my problems and comes up with suggestions to help me.
He has 30 years experience of teaching the Alexander technique and it is this that I am sure enables him to be such an effective therapist.''
Dr Sarah Siegler - GP
"Alan’s work as Alexander teacher is outstanding. My most impressive experience was an amazingly fast (within the hour) and lasting reversal of symptoms of a 3 days old whiplash injury, a condition that can often take weeks if not months to heal with or without physiotherapy. His interest in neurophysiology and neurobiology underpins his work on repetitive strain injuries. I do experience him as innately and sometimes uncannily perceptive of my physical states. Alan also draws on a broad range of expertise and skills including voice training, presentation skills, aikido and NLP techniques amongst others.I would recommend him unreservedly as an Alexander teacher."
Dr C.Gutjahr - (GMC 3434127)
"Alan introduced me to the teachings of Alexander and not only sorted out my architects' back but helped me walk tall. I strongly recommend his teaching."
Robin Nicholson , Senior Partner at Edward Cullinan Architects,
''I first came to Alan for Alexander lessons in July 2011, about 6 weeks before my 69th birthday. A lifetime of bad posture had led to various problems, including chronic back pain, exacerbated by the fact that I still work in a sedentary job. His teaching - both the hands-on aspect and the explanations of how the body works, what to practise and be aware of as I stand, sit, walk about - has made a truly remarkable difference. Although I still get twinges, unsurprising at my age, I am no longer in constant pain. This gives me more energy and I am therefore more mobile, I feel better and I look better. At a New Year party - just under six months after my first lesson - someone meeting me for the first time (and who works in the theatre) asked me if I was a dancer. I reckon that says it all and was a great tribute to a splendid teacher.''
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Alison Jelley - Administrator, hired Alan Mars as an Alexander Technique teacher, not voice trainer in 2011
"I have been an osteopath and cranial osteopath in full time practice for the last 22 years and it has recently been my pleasure to have received a number of treatments from Alan. I have been very impressed with the quality of his work. His skill and experience are very evident in his touch and his hands. I would highly recommend Alan's Alexander technique lessons and treatments to anyone requiring treatment for any physical problems relating to their spine, pelvis or limbs. Personally I have greatly benefitted from his work and will continue to do so. Alan's work is deep and powerful yet gentle and supportive as is his personality and approach.'"
Andrew Bryant -
''Alan Mars introduced me to Alexander Technique when he was still in London over 25 years ago. I have returned to take classes with him at intervals, and have always found them invaluable. What appeals to me about Alan's approach to Alexander Technique is its freedom from mystification and jargon and the subtlety of Alan and of Alexander's methods. I have no hesitation in recommending Alan and AT to potential clients.''
Dr Chris Abel
''I started Alexander Lessons with Alan initially intending to try it for 6 sessions to work on posture, voice (speaking and singing) and presentation skills. As someone with a tendency to laziness and ill-discipline I am always on the look out for easier ways of doing things and Alan is a polymath in the intelligent and efficient use of the body and voice. I have been having lessons on a regular basis for the past 3 years in part because of Alans engaging and expert teaching style but also because I find the lessons incorporate elements of yoga, pilates, physio, relaxation and mindfulness meditation without the effort of going to a class.
The other great thing for me is that I don't have to set aside time for formal practice as - much like minfulness meditation - I practice the technique in everyday life - walking the dog, running, getting in to the car. As a health professional I have to know the principles of how something works - and Alan has a great, humourous and uncomplicated teaching style - but I also need evidence that something works and the main reason I keep having lessons is the benefits I have noticed - better posture, an end to chronic low grade back pain, a stronger easier freer voice and as a runner I have been able to improve my running economy and stay free from the usual chronic injuries, aches and pains I used to put up with before having lessons.''
Dr Rick Clarke
''Alan was my Alexander Tutor at The Arts Educational Schools from 1991 to 1994. We all loved him. He had great knowledge of the subject and taught us all a great deal about posture and how our bodies are affected by our own life experiences. He was also caring, empathetic and personable in one to one sessions. I would highly recommend Alan.''
Top qualities - Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Sarah Jane-Lee - Actor and Freelance Practitioner for The Royal Shakespeare Company, hired Alan Mars as a Drama School tutor in 1991