The Most Important 10 Seconds of Your Career

Here’s the situation:

You currently have an excellent degree for your field and good job, but you’re looking to take the next step up in your career.

Or perhaps you’ve just finished an advanced degree that could land you your dream job.

And now with your great technical skills, you’ve made it to the interview portion for a job you’d love.

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We all know that the first few minutes of a job interview are that all-important first impression.

But as a non-native English speaker, your interviewer may size up your communication skills in just your first 10-second greeting.

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Will those first ten seconds show that your English is strong, clear, and easily understood?

Or will that first greeting leave your interviewer wondering if they’ll be able to understand you through your accent on a regular basis?

A recent survey of over 2,000 hiring managers by CareerBuilder shows how important “soft skills”, including clear communication, are to employers:

Employer Survey

You’ve probably seen that “excellent communication skills” are overwhelmingly a top requirement in a job listing.

Furthermore, the National Association of Colleges and Employers says that communication skills are the number one thing employers are looking for – more than your technical prowess.

These statistics show what could be your reality: the person who speaks standard American English more clearly may be hired over the one who has superior skills, but is difficult to understand.

So what’s the best thing you can do to increase your odds in getting that dream job?

Improve your English communication skills!

Polishing up on your pronunciation – or even better, learning which sounds in English are giving you the most trouble – is the key to your future success.

Prepare for your next interview with my speech tips and free online accent screening at Make your first ten seconds count!

Unvoiced Sounds: It’s National Popcorn Day!

A favorite treat for Americans is popcorn… whether watching movies, a sporting event, or enjoying a light snack at home. Some people will even stop at a movie theater only to buy popcorn! So today, I’d like to help you learn how to order your own bucket to enjoy.


The word “popcorn” is full of sounds made while your voice is turned off, and not just those first “P” sounds. Take a look at my video to hear all the sounds and then try it yourself. With practice, you’ll be ordering a jumbo bucket just like an American!

If this video helped you, or if you’re still having trouble with these sounds, don’t forget about my free pronunciation guide and accent screening at