Have you ever been misunderstood when you thought you had been very clear?
Do people ever ask you to repeat yourself because they don’t understand what you said?
Are you concerned that you may miss a job opportunity or promotion because of your accent?
If you have ever experienced any of these things, you may have wondered if there were any way to solve these problems without losing your native accent or regional dialect.
You’ll be happy to know that the answer is YES.
By working with a trained speech professional, you can increase the clarity and accuracy of your English speech, often by 50% or more, without completely losing the accent that reflects your heritage.
Would it improve your self-esteem to be understood every time you speak? Would you gain self-confidence if you never had to repeat yourself again? Would you sleep better at night knowing that your speech no longer negatively impacted your job performance?
If you answered yes to those questions, then accent reduction training could be right for you.
First, look for a speech trainer or coach who specializes in accent reduction. Speech pathologists have specialized training in how to teach you to pronounce sounds correctly and show you how to form those sounds in your mouth.
To determine if an accent reduction class will be beneficial, ask for a screening or consultation and tell the trainer exactly what concerns you have about your speech.
A quality program should include a customized evaluation and a training plan tailored to your individual needs. It may include either individual or small group sessions, since it is often beneficial to hear others practice even if their native language is different from yours.
Your classes may be held in person at your office or at the office of your speech coach. Alternately, you may choose to have individual lessons via webcam, a more private and time -saving approach.
During the sessions, you should learn to hear the differences in your speech, discover a new way to pronounce troublesome words, and practice your new skills in relevant conversation.
Reducing your accent will require a time of dedication and practice on your part, but by working with a qualified speech professional and practicing at home, you will soon find yourself communicating more easily with everyone around you.
As Anthony Robbins says, “The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.”
Don’t you deserve a better quality of life?