Our Story

About WhalenVoices

The evolution of Whalen Voices is a story wrapped in serving clients with their communication needs. The company’s début was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa over two decades ago as Personal JAZ, a seminar and presentation coaching firm.

Founder Jan M. Whalen, MASL delivered powerful, intriguing seminars to a multitude of organizations—from corporations like General Mills, Rockwell International and AT&T to local Boys and Girls Clubs, United Way volunteers and church leadership groups.

Over the last 25 years, Jan has coached hundreds of speakers—including CEO’s, politicians, engineers and sales people. So to capitalize on this expertise, she wrote her first book: Rock Solid Confidence: Presenting Yourself with Assurance, Poise and Power, which was chosen as the 2012 Global Ebook Award winner in the category of Communications. That’s when she began to coach aspiring authors to reach their publishing dreams.

Her next publications were: Character Safari: Remember and Write the Stories of Your Life; My Trust Journal; You are the Perfect Age: Enjoy your Life; and Well Seasoned: The Beauty of Age. These books are tools for information, self-appreciation and self-trust.

In 2019 she launched an upscale line of uplifting greeting cards, The Perfect Age®, for women to send to their friends who might feel a bit anxious about their new age. Each cards is designed with intention featuring amazing art and meaningful lyrics. As you’ll see in Jan's Boutique on this website, the line continues to grow with these categories: Birthday, Care, Gratitude, Sympathy and Angel Thank You cards.

Now located in the Phoenix area and still in love with life, Jan lives with her husband, Ross, and is always ready to visit her grandchildren who live nearby. The business continues to evolve as her coaching and workshops serve aspiring authors and others who want to capture their stories to use in conversations or business settings. She continues to speak at seminars, conferences, and women’s groups on rock solid confidence, develops new workshops centered around writing your stories (many on Zoom) and helps you express your feelings through greeting cards.

Stay tuned for ways new ways we can assist you in reaching out to others through new cards we develop, new workshops and ways we can assist you by receiving our monthly.

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    What Our Clients Are Sayings

    • Sarah
      I want to extend to you my deepest appreciation. You have taught me a great deal and I thank you for that. Thanks for caring and supporting me. I hope I can somehow touch as many people with the love that you unsuspectingly give.
      Administrative assistant, software company.
    • Mary
      Taking your class was the best motivator and confidence builder I have ever experienced. You relate so well to people and impart enthusiasm for what you are teaching that we learn from you without knowing it, and develop self confidence in the process. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your talents with me!
      Small Business Manager
    • Brian D. Crowley
      I wanted to pass along this note to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you over the past three weeks. Your program “Presenting Yourself with Confidence” was both fun and educational. I feel like I now have a solid base to work with when preparing to give a business presentation. Especially helpful were the videotaping sessions, where I was able to see what things I was doing right and what areas I needed to work on. It is one thing to received constructive criticism from your peers, but it is an entirely different ball game to actually see yourself in a speaking situation.
      Brian D. Crowley
      Coordinator, Business Development, Health Enterprises Cooperative
    • Linda Gorkow
      I must thank you for the fantastic presentation training! Over the years my position has required me to do a lot of presentations and I feel as though your training provided me with the essential information to advance my communication skills. For the first time I feel as though I received the “meat and potatoes” information that I was able to implement immediately.“The one-on-one training helped direct my energy and knowledge to improve my ability to communicate with others on a personal level and for large group presentations. I was very impressed with the concepts you shared with me. The training sessions were very enjoyable and will help me communicate more effectively plus allow me to actually enjoy speaking to a variety of groups.“Again, Jan, it was a pleasure receiving training from you. I look forward to one of your upcoming seminars. You truly have the ability to bring out the best in everyone!
      Linda Gorkow
      MCS, Inc.
    • Steve Shriver
      Jan Whalen has developed a system of tapping into the confident voice in anyone. I am no longer nervous before and during presentations, plus I feel like I can really connect with the audience. Jan launched me into a new level of communication.
      Steve Shriver
      President, EcoLips, Inc.
    • Paul
      To anyone who may consider a Life Coach, I endorse Jan Whalen. You may ask yourself: will Life Coaching help me? Good question. Yes it will. You will stretch yourself and find personal dimensions that are priceless. Jan has a gift for the subtle. You will wonder if what she is asking is going to help you? I say yes. Whatever she provides will help you. Trust is her imperative; you will benefit as I have. You are worth it.
      Biochemical Equipment Technician from Rochester, MN
    • Logan Loomis
      Jan Whalen has a wonderful ability to help me show up for my audience when I speak. Jan’s work is not only about helping you be effective – it’s about helping you be confident and engaging. She honors the individuality in each of us. She helps me surprise myself.
      Logan Loomis
      Executive Coach, New Orleans, LA
    • Sandra
      I’ve always wanted to do more public speaking but was too afraid. With Jan’s help, I have now given several presentations, most recently in front of a group of hundreds of people.
    • Dr. Ralph Hillman
      Jan Whalen has a particularly unique talent as a presentation coach. As a coach she is able to encourage and help develop that inner being that is so necessary to share when doing public presentations.
      Dr. Ralph Hillman
      Voice Specialist, Nashville, TN
    • Don M. Frick
      When I asked Jan Whalen to observe one of my presentations and help me improve, I didn’t expect to “enjoy” the process! After all, who wants to hear what they did wrong? But what I heard–and felt–from Jan was so positive, so insightful, useful and graceful that I wanted the critique to continue. I’m still not quite sure how she does it, but it works, and I got rave reviews for my next speech. My advice is to work with Jan immediately. She is a master coach.
      Don M. Frick
      Author, Robert K. Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership
    • Lisa Edwards
      I have been a fan of Jan’s work for more than ten years. Jan is creatively wise, incredibly insightful and has a way of holding up a mirror that feels welcoming–all which makes her a trusted and valued leadership coach.
      Lisa Edwards
      Partner, Bloom Coaching Institute

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