847-436-3740 sharyn@clearlysaid.net

Work With Me

I work successfully with clients from countries around the world, including Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, and Venezuela among others.

I also work with native-born Americans who never had the opportunity to learn to speak Standard American English proficiently.

I work successfully with clients from countries around the world, including Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, and Venezuela among others.

I also work with native-born Americans who never had the opportunity to learn to speak Standard American English proficiently.

What does the Accent Modification Program Cover?

Based on an interview and comprehensive assessment, I develop a custom-designed program to meet your individual communication goals. Here are just a few of the areas we target:

Pronunciation

The articulation of the sounds of Standard American English. When people think of improving their accents, they typically think of pronunciation. This is particularly important in this age of speech-to-text communications. You have to be able to talk to Siri and Alexa! But pronunciation is only the beginning.

Voice Quality

Adequate breath support will help you project a strong, clear and resonant voice quality so people will hear your words easily and enjoy listening to your voice. The smooth and controlled flow of your voice communicates as much as the words themselves. This creates an impressive and memorable vocal image.

Intonation

The various tonal, or musical, elements of speech include pitch, stress, phrasing, fluency, rhythm, rate and volume.  You use these elements to highlight your meaning and add impact to your message. In other words, your “OOMPH”!

Non-verbal presentation

The use of physical gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, and posture further support and strengthen your verbal message. You will fully connect with your listeners when you are comfortable with how you present yourself.

Location and Format of Services

This training can be offered to best meet your needs. Some options are:

  • Individually or in groups,
  • In person or remotely via video conference,
  • Half-day or full-day workshops at your workplace or another professional venue.

In addition, I offer two program options:

Introduction to Accent Modification – a short program consisting of six, one-hour sessions to get a feel for the training and begin to reap some benefits. You can decide later to enroll in the complete program.

The Complete Accent Modification Training Program – the longer program provides a huge shift, consisting of 12-16, one-hour sessions to achieve the maximum improvement in all areas of your spoken English.

Follow-up sessions can be scheduled after completing your training program to review and further solidify your new speech patterns.

Hear the Difference a 16-Week Accent Modification Program Made!

Before (1:50 min)

After (2:04 min)

I’ve served clients in the following jobs and fields:

In 16 weeks, I had significant improvement with all the issues that prevented people from understanding me clearly. I have maintained those improvements in the year since Sharyn and I worked together. I am much more aware of pronunciation and intonation, and confident in my communication.

Sharyn was very effective. She made the training program very easy to apply, interrupting my speech to correct my mistakes and practicing presentations in my field or work were very helpful. Now I feel more confident and people don’t look at me with a question mark face anymore.

F.D., Business Development Manager, Brazil

engineering

IT solutions

actuaries

consultants

team managers

operations managers

project managers

physicians and nurses

medical personnel

students from outside the US graduating from colleges here and needing to prepare for job interviews

realtors

ministers and pastors

business development directors

supervisors

supply chain managers

human resources

teachers

financial analysts

native-born Americans who never had the opportunity to learn to speak Standard American English

engineering

IT solutions

actuaries

consultants

team managers

operations managers

project managers

physicians and nurses

medical personnel

students from outside the US graduating from colleges here and needing to prepare for job interviews

realtors

ministers and pastors

business development directors

supervisors

supply chain managers

human resources

teachers

financial analysts

native-born Americans who never had the opportunity to learn to speak Standard American English

In 16 weeks, I had significant improvement with all the issues that prevented people from understanding me clearly. I have maintained those improvements in the year since Sharyn and I worked together. I am much more aware of pronunciation and intonation, and confident in my communication.

Sharyn was very effective. She made the training program very easy to apply, interrupting my speech to correct my mistakes and practicing presentations in my field or work were very helpful. Now I feel more confident and people don’t look at me with a question mark face anymore.

F.D., Business Development Manager, Brazil

Are you ready to be easily understood?

Let’s get on the phone for a free 15-minute consultation.

Click the button below to enter your contact info and I will call you to:

  • listen to your voice and analyze your particular speech patterns,
  • offer immediate feedback on what you can do to dramatically improve the quality of your spoken English,
  • and suggest quick tips and exercises that will help you immediately be able to express yourself more clearly and be understood more easily.

My promise to you: there is no cost or obligation for this 15-minute phone call. Continuing the work is entirely up to you.

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