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Americanize Your Pronunciation

People say your foreign accent is "charming" or "cute" or "exotic."  But is it limiting your career?  Do Americans listen to you, take you seriously, and treat your words with respect?  Or do they often look away, ignore your ideas, or cut you off? 

Lloyd Bishop works face-to-face with every client
I'll help YOU improve your pronunciation and speaking skills!

Customized individual instruction is the most efficient way to refine your English pronunciation.  With BEST WORD COACH, you'll get immediate feedback on your accent, plus tips on adjusting your speech to sound more American.  And you won't be embarrassed -- you'll have my dedicated attention and supportive guidance ... and you may be surprised that it can be fun to explore the sounds and rhythms of English!  I've been working with professionals and students who speak English as a second language for over 20 years, and I'm continually surprised how enjoyable pronunciation work can be!
 
You can use our sessions to rehearse your own presentations and prepare for important conversations to build confidence and make adjustments in advance.  And you can record my demonstration readings as audio models.  

English pronunciation improvement topics include:
  • Phonetics: vowel & consonant sounds
  • Syllable stress (stressing the right part of a word -- especially important in English)
  • Vowel reduction (reducing unstressed vowels)
  • Sentence rhythm (stressing particular words in phrases & sentences)
  • Linking between words & syllables
  • Pausing in the right places
  • Intonation (pitch patterns)
  • Practice speeches (including your own presentations & planned conversations)

Speaking & Presenting Skills (for English Language Learners)
 
Would you like to improve your performance in business presentations, meetings, and conversations?  Are you nervous about an upcoming public speaking challenge?  Do you speak English as a second language?
 
Planning for important conversations, rehearsing formal and informal speeches, and even preparing for casual encounters can build your confidence and boost your speaking effectiveness.  I'll help you master techniques for refining your professional speaking skills by working on issues such as persuasive requests, convincing sales pitches, attention-getting presentations, impressive interviews, and effective small talk techniques.

Customized speech coaching and business presentation preparation with BEST WORD COACH will enhance your profile with employers, colleagues, customers, and associates.  Grammar review and idiom/vocabulary development can be included to strengthen your English language arsenal.

Free initial consultation