1. How do the Skype sessions work? Do we meet live?

Skype video is used for all accent reduction coaching sessions. I meet you once a week for a full 75 minutes. During your Skype sessions I teach you specific techniques for speaking English more clearly.  This includes the specialized vocabulary that you use in your job or area of research.

All sessions are recorded for you to listen to and review during the week.

2. What kind of people do you work with?

I typically work with professionals in the following fields; health care, IT, engineering, accounting, higher education and sales. My current clients live in North America, Europe, Ukraine, China, Samoa &  Singapore.

I also work with International Toastmasters who want to reduce their accents in order to improve their public speaking skills. I am an active Toastmaster and I’m currently working towards my Advanced Communicator Silver award.

3. Can I really reduce my accent and how long will it take?

Most people will never sound like a native born English speaker. However, you can make changes to your current speech that will allow others to understand you much more easily!

The techniques that you learn in your course will make communicating in American English more enjoyable for you and for your listeners.

99% of my clients begin to hear English differently after their first coaching session. This is critical because listening is a KEY skill that you need to develop in order to change your accent.

In order to make significant changes with your accent, you must practice consistently after each session. I will provide you with plenty of customized practice exercises that you can use to do this.

4. How often do I need to practice?

Short daily practice is ideal for busy people. I supply you with 5-6 short, focused practice assignments after each session.

Short daily practice sessions will help your mouth and tongue develop the new ‘muscle memory’ that they need for you to articulate American English sounds and patterns correctly.

This will be uncomfortable for you at first, however…

The more you practice using the assignments I give you each week (with the correct feedback), the more you’ll improve. You simply must practice a sound or pattern over and over for it to become a habit.

My clients practice their audio homework assignments while

  • driving to work
  • exercising
  • cleaning the house
  • shaving (yes)
  • putting on their make-up
  • talking with their kids
  • on their lunch break
  • for 10 minutes before bed
  • for 10 minutes first thing in the morning

You will not achieve the results you want if you wait until the day before your session to practice.

5. What happens when my coaching sessions are over?

At the end of the course you will be evaluated on everything you learned in the program. We will talk about the progress you have made and the steps you must take to continue to improve your American accent.

6. How much does accent reduction coaching cost? Why is it so expensive?

Accent reduction coaching is definitely more expensive than accent reduction classes.

I’ve taught both accent reduction classes and coaching, so I know from experience that the level of improvement you realize through coaching is well worth the cost.

If you haven’t compared prices, my coaching program may seem expensive. However, similar programs cost $95 per hour (that’s more money for less time). I can assure you that my program is excellent value for the amount of personalized attention you will receive.

As one of my valued clients says, “It’s not a payment, it’s an investment in my future”.

7. How many sessions should I sign up for?

People with a heavy accent are encouraged to sign up for 16 sessions. This can be completed over the course of several months. People with a lighter accent may prefer to take 8 sessions.

You can click here to see my current packages and prices.

8. I’m still not sure if accent reduction coaching is right for me….

If you have questions or concerns, send me an email message at susan@confidentvoice.com. I will be happy to answer any questions you have about my program or about your accent.

I  would also be happy to send you a PDF report on American English pronunciation and accent for your language group.

Finally, don’t forget to check to  out my Confident Voice blog to learn excellent, proven accent reduction tips and techniques.

Thanks for taking time to read this! Contact me if you are ready to take your communication skills to the next level.

Susan Ryan, Accent Reduction Coach at ConfidentVoice