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What Is Accent-Reduction Training?

13-51Do people often ask you to repeat what you say? Do you feel like your accent is holding you back in your career? If so, you may benefit from an accent reduction training program.

What exactly is accent-reduction training? First, let’s talk about what it is not. Accent reduction training is not designed to eliminate your accent. For many people, their accent is an important part of their identity. Modifying your accent so that you sound like a native English speaker is not necessary for professional success. However, clear, dynamic, articulate speech is a key component to improved communication. A particularly heavy accent can make your speech difficult to understand and create communication gaps which detract from your message. This is often true for regional accents for those who speak English as their native language as well; even native English speakers may be faced with professional challenges if they are not clear and articulate when they are speaking. An accent-reduction training program is designed to give you the skills to communicate in a clear and confident manner.

The first step in accent reduction training is the evaluation. During the evaluation, a certified speech-language pathologist will assess your speech, analyzing each sound in Standard American English. Other speech patterns such as rate of speech, volume and stress will also be examined.

Once the evaluation has been completed, the speech-language pathologist will design a program that is tailored to your specific goals and personal communication needs. In addition to targeting english pronunciations and speech features, the speech therapist may also introduce common American English idioms and expressions to help increase conversational fluency.

Want to learn more? Take a look at the following video to hear Corporate Speech Solutions President and CEO, Jayne Latz, talk about accent-reduction and accent modification training:


If you are ready to consider accent reduction training you may want to review the top ten reasons to consider Corporate Speech Solutions: http://www.corporatespeechsolutions.com/about-corporate-speech-solutions/#sthash.iM7m8SNi.dpbs

Think accent-reduction or accent-modification might be right for you? For information on the New York Based Speech and Accent Reduction services offered by Corporate Speech Solutions please give us a call at 212-308-7725 or visit us on the web at www.corporatespeechsolutions.com. Not in NYC? No problem! We also provide Skype and video conferencing services.