NEW CLASS! I am very excited to offer a new class— one that has been requested by many of my clients. It is for both native English-speaking and non-native English speakers who want extra practice in working on their speech and communication goals. It is a great opportunity to practice with a group— and as you know, I have the coolest, nicest, most interesting, fun, wonderful clients in the world. So not only will it be a great opportunity for practice, you’ll also get to meet some great people and have fun, I guarantee it.
If you are not a former client, no problem. I just ask that you take a trial session (reduced fee), so that we have a chance to get to know each other and establish your goals, so that the class is most beneficial to you.
At each class, we will start with one or two exercises focusing on different elements of speech & voice. For example, we may start with a grounding, breathing, relaxation exercise and then do another exercise for improving rate; or, it might be an exercise for improving resonance and vocal dynamism— again, the activities will be based on the participants’ needs. Every participant’s goals will be addressed throughout the class. If you are working on improving your presentation or professional language skills, you will have a chance to practice in class, with supportive feedback and constructive critique. If your issue is reducing an accent and increasing clarity and confidence, you will have an opportunity to practice— through structured exercises or games, and then carryover conversation with the group. (Individual activities for home practice will also be provided.) If you are working on speaking with a more dynamic voice, you may read part of a play script with another group member! See what your voice is capable of! Practice the talk you’re getting ready to give for your department! The possibilities are endless.
We will discuss the activities that will take place in each session beforehand, so that you have an opportunity to practice and or plan.
Life is short. Let’s keep growing and have a blast while we’re doing it.
This class will meet weekly, for 8 Thursdays, starting January 19, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm. This time might change, depending on the preferences of the group. The fee for the class (for this introductory offer) is only $320.
Write to me if you have any questions at all. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Next GROUP CLASS for non-native speakers of English
starts on May 25th, 2017.
The following group class will start on March 1st (Wednesdays).
WORKSHOP for Improving Speaking and Communication Skills
At this 90-minute workshop, we will discuss elements of speech that are important to all speakers, whether native or non-native speakers of English, such as speech clarity, volume, rate, and dynamism.
In my practice, I have found that the majority of native English speakers are working on improving one or more of these factors, and that communicative competence and confidence comes with a greater awareness for one's own speech habits, and understanding how to improve specific areas of communication. All of the issues that my native English speaking clients face often apply doubly to my foreign clients.
The second part of the session will address specific sounds that are challenging for most non-native speakers: **the "th" sound, as well as the sounds [i] as in beat and funny, and the [ɪ] sound as in wit and give.
**Please tell me what sounds are most challenging to you when you contact me. Depending on participants’ needs, target sounds may be different from these.
Both parts will involve participation, and discussion/dialoguing is encouraged.
Methods and techniques for practicing, as well as carryover strategies will be discussed.
Walk away with knowledge and practical strategies to start implementing into your everyday speech right away!
When: Monday, December 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Where: 137 Varick Street (at Spring)– Suite 404
New York, NY 10013
Price: Only $40
Limited to 10 people
Please contact me to register or learn more at: email@example.com
Free Workshop For All Bloomberg Employees
At this workshop, we will discuss and practice key elements of clear, effective speech. Applicable to both non-native and native English speakers.
February 27, 2015
Thank you, CBS! I had a wonderful time presenting on the topic of how women can change their voices and speaking habits for enhancing their professional image. A lot was covered, some of which I will be adding to my blog soon!
February 26, 2015
I will be speaking at Columbia Business School on Thursday, February 26th at 12:30. Click the link below for more information.
February 2, 2015
I will be giving a talk and Q & A in Midtown Manhattan on accents and accent reduction. See the link below for more information and to RSVP.
January 9, 2015
I was a guest on Sirius Radio's Urban View with Karen Hunter. The topic was speech, accent, and dialect, and the ways they affect listeners' perceptions. It was a lively and interesting dialogue, and I had a great time, with her and her entire, very welcoming staff. Thanks, Karen!
Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
150 W. 22nd St.
If individual sessions are too much for your budget, you can allay fees by working with one or two other people. Contact me, and I will help to find an appropriate person to work with (ex. from a similar language/speech background)!