Looking to improve English speaking skills for yourself or your team?
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Perhaps you want to sound more confident, command the room, or stop having to repeat yourself.
But how do you determine what approach is best suited: Pronunciation Clarification Sessions or High Performance Communication Sessions (Elocution)?
You may have already read our summaries on our website for each approach, but still feel a little lost. How do you know what session to book an assessment for?
Keep reading, this might help you clarify.
Being a multi-lingual communicator has a whole lot of benefits!
Scope: You can reach a heck of a lot people- more than a monolingual!
Speaking with confidence.
Effective Communication Techniques
Which Pathway fits You the Best?
Pronunciation Clarification Sessions
Our pronunciation clarification sessions (formerly accent reduction) allow you to train up in the core sounds of English. All instruction is evidence-based.
High-Performance Communication Sessions
Voice Science High-Performance Communication Sessions aim to improve your communication presentation. We provide you with evidence-based strategies to have more impact when communicating. Our sessions can focus on a range of communication settings including, but not limited to:
- Business meetings,
- Public speaking,
- 1:1 situations,
- Team communication
- Client/ customer strategies
The Following Graph Captures a Few Trends We Notice
So many factors are at play when you head into an accent reduction program or elocution program with to goal of improving English speaking.
At Voice Science™ we emphasise functional and practical communication goals in line with our professional scope as Speech pathologists.
People seek our help with speaking for many reasons.
We will take some time in the lead up to your Diagnostic Accent & Communication Assessment or Elocution & Communication Consultation to learn more about the pain points for you so we can work together towards some practical outcomes.
Choose your own pathway…
At Voice Science we pride ourselves on providing personalised care to our clients. We want you or your team to achieve YOUR goals, not ours. Our aim is for you or your team to walk away with the skills you need to reach your full communication potential. As such, you may find that to do this you need help in both the accent and elocution areas. Or, after completing one of our packages you may feel you have all the skills you required to get you through your current situation.
We are more than happy to discuss with you what option best fits. If you feel you need more information on our services, please contact our team to book in a 1:1 Strategy Call with our Chief Speech Pathologist Sarah. She can talk through your main concerns and assist in helping you choose a pathway that suits you and your team.
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If workplace communication is a concern for you or your business team our Pronunciation and Communication programs can assist with fine-tuning communication.
Jiang, X., Gossack-Keenan, K. & Pell, M.D. (2019). To believe or not to believe? How voice and accent information in speech alter listener impressions of trust. The Journal of Experimental Psychology. To believe or not to believe? How voice and accent information in speech alter listener impressions of trust. thevoicescience.com.
Jiang, X., Sanford, R. & Pell, M.D. (2018). Neural architecture underlying person perception from in-group and out-group voices. NeuroImage, 181, Pages 582-597. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.
Further ReadingRead more around topics mentioned in this post!
Accents in the Workplace- Voice Science™
Read one of our blogs on the impact of accents in the workplace.
The Impact of Foreign Accent on social interaction and cognitive processes
This year-long project was coordinated by the Universiteit Gent, Belgium and funded by the European Union with goal of generating solutions “to reduce … social bias” of accent.
We trust people with accents less… unless they speak with confidence.
Monica Torres looks into believability & accent further in this article. A great read on negative and positive bias and accent.
Why do people discriminate against speakers with foreign accents?
Did you know that infants already prefer a native accent to a non-native accent, as early as 5 months old? Accent bias starts surprisingly young. Richard Grey opens the discussion about how our brains have to work harder when we listen to an accent different than our own.