Accent Reduction Coaching

Speaking English Clearly for Non-Native Speakers of English

Speaking English Clearly is an accent reduction and accent modification program to help leaders pronounce the sounds of English correctly.  Many global professionals have a strong grasp of the English language, but heavy accents may interfere with their ability to be clearly understood when communicating crucial information. While they do not need to get rid of their accents, their roles require their spoken English to be easily understood by clients, customers, and co-workers.

Results of the Speaking English Clearly Training

  • Allows the foreign-born professional to be more easily understood.
  • Increases their self-confidence to share expertise and take charge when needed.
  • Improves their acceptance as an “insider” and a respected colleague who is easily engaged in conversation.
  • Increases their value to the company, clients, customers, and boards.

Customized Accent Reduction Programs for Individuals

Individual coaching for accent reduction or accent modification usually requires 8 or 12 one-hour private sessions. Sandra identifies 10 to 15 specific sounds of English that the foreign-born professional is not pronouncing correctly. She teaches leaders how to articulate those sounds, helps them practice the sounds while speaking English and uses industry specific material to make sure they can pronounce words common to the client’s profession. Sessions are often scheduled every two to three weeks to allow the client to practice and integrate new sounds into their daily speech. Sessions may be done in person in Sandra’s Houston office or by video conferencing from anywhere in the world.

Customized Accent Reduction Programs for Small Groups

Customized Accent Reduction programs are offered in small groups of 4 to 8 participants at the client’s location. Participants learn to pronounce the sounds of English that help them be more easily understood when speaking English. For example Asians typically need to learn the consonant sounds of L, R, V, W, N, NG and TH and certain neutral vowels that Americanize their pronunciation. Sandra teaches participants to use their teeth, tongue and lips to form these sounds correctly. They practice in words, sentences, reading aloud. They also practice to integrate the sounds into their daily speech using industry specific material.

If you would like to organize a small group of 4-8 colleagues from your company or organization, Sandra can tailor a program specifically customized for your group.

Individual Coaching Fees:

  • $1,000.00 for 4 one-hour session
  • $1,800.00 for 8 one-hour sessions
  • $2,600.00 for 12 one-hour sessions

Sandra Zimmer offers individual voice coaching in her Houston office or by video conferencing from anywhere in the world.

Your voice is the instrument on which you play the symphony of your life. – Millard J Bennett

About Sandra Zimmer

Sandra Zimmer has coached thousands of professionals for public speaking and for overcoming fear of public speaking. Sandra suffered terrible stage fright, but she had the right set of training and experiences to figure out how to transform public speaking anxiety into radiant presence and confidence to speak from the flow state. She brings her training in psychology, acting and directing, meditation, spiritual psychology and voice to help you shine when you speak.
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