Corporate Classes take place at the client’s place of work or online in real time. Classes focus on the skills that matter most for business communication. See the information described in Courses and Fees for specific details about Accent Reduction Training Classes. In addition to the sounds and patterns of English, Corporate Speech training includes the following skills, as required:
- Presentation and Interview Skills
- Telephone Skills
- Speech Rate
- Voice Projection and Care
- Non-Verbal Communication (e.g. eye contact, body language)
- Small-Talk Skills (beyond weather and how to answer “How are you?”)
- Informal vs. Formal Language (e.g. When can you say “gonna”?)
- Figurative Language (e.g. “Balance the books.”)
Speaking to an Employer about Accent Reduction Training
Sylvia is happy to speak to employers about Accent Training. Many employers are unaware that these services are available. Presentations varying in length from 20 minutes to one hour are also available to companies interested in learning more about Accent Modification Training.
Speaking to an Employee about Accent Reduction Training
Employers sometimes wonder how to address the issue of Accent Training in a sensitive manner. Here are some points to consider when speaking to your employee:
- Employees are typically very aware they are struggling to communicate clearly so it should not come as a surprise when you address it.
- They will be pleased you see it as an issue they can overcome and that you are willing to invest time and money to make it happen. Focus on the goal of increasing clarity as opposed to reducing their accent.
- Talk about their outstanding skills in other areas. For example, most people who seek Accent Reduction Training have superb vocabulary and overall English language skills. If you are considering this training, you know your employee is worth it.
- PRACTICE. Do they have time? Are they motivated to improve? Regular practice is an essential part of Accent Reduction Training and clients must understand that they need to make time. Sylvia recommends 30 minutes per day minimum. As the course progresses, practice is incorporated into daily life (e.g. first few minutes of conversations).
For more information on courses for your employee(s), please look under Courses or contact Sylvia. For groups, Sylvia would be pleased to meet you and/or your employee(s) in person.