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your presentations are about to get so much better

I'm Jackie Gartner-Schmidt



My passion is to transform how professionals present… to make them as effective and accomplished in front of audiences as they are in their work.  Voice Now, LLC was created in 2013 for that purpose. 


What sparked this passion?  Here’s the story, briefly.


I work in academia.  At national and international conferences, I watch many presentations.  My colleagues are smart people – professors, surgeons, grant funded researchers, inventors, department chairs, among others.  What I noticed was that subpar skills hinder their presentations.  When it comes to commanding audiences... Expertise not powerfully communicated is expertise wasted. One of the biggest reasons for these bad presentations is that people do not know how to create GOOD presentation fast. Time is one of the biggest obstacles.   

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After receiving my bachelor’s degree at Queen’s University, I considered a career in advertising and management consulting.  I joined Deloitte & Touche before obtaining my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Michigan State University.  At MSU, I discovered a specialty, professional voice. 


My clinical fellowship took me to the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville and later the University of Maryland, where I earned my PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders.


I was co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for nearly 20-years. In 2022 I resigned my position for my "New Next".  Now I am an Associate Professor at Carlow University in Pittsburgh! I'm so excited to be sharing my clinical and research experience to the next generation of awesome Speech-Language Pathologists!


I’m routinely before audiences, nationally and internationally, having made about 500 presentations in my career.  I’m a member of the Presentation Guild and have consulted with TEDx Talks and Microsoft. I'm also founder and co-director of the Voice Therapy Conference (VTC) since 2004 which offers continuing education in the assessment and treatment of patients with voice and upper airway disorders. 

If you or your colleagues struggle with presentations or just want to learn best practices in presentation effectiveness, contact Voice Now LLC which offers on-site/virtual group workshops.  My approach centers on the three Ds: develop, design, and deliver.  Excellence in all three is critical to powerful presentations.


Let’s work together to take your presentations to the next level and beyond.  Become the presenter that audiences talk about and remember!

Voice Now: practical approaches to presentation effectiveness

TEDx Talk 2018

Otolaryngology researcher and clinician Dr. Jackie Garnter-Schmidt shares research and findings that show not only the connection between our emotions and our voice, but between our voice and the way that others perceive us.

Eric McKenna Project

Dr. Jackie Gartner-Schmidt joins Eric for EMp Show #86. Dr. Jackie is a renowned Otolaryngology researcher and clinician, and on the show we discuss aspects of vocal function including how our emotional and physical 'state' greatly effect our voice output and thus our communication.

e103: Presenting with your Voice (with Jackie Gartner-Schmidt)

The human voice is a critical element in presenting. Yes, more important than the presentation slides - sometimes! This episode is an amazing discussion learning about the human voice and ways to protect it and use it as we talk with Jackie Gartner-Schmidt who is a PhD in the "Human Voice!"

World Voice Day Frzy Interview, Freestyle Rapper on the way into the Guinness Book of World Records!

World Voice Day 2020 Interview with Pittsburgh Rapper, Frzy and Dr. Jackie Gartner-Schmidt with Voice Over Talent, Sean Caldwell

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