Intensive Accent Reduction FULL DAY Seminar - Sunnyvale - November 10, 2017

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Ovient, Inc.

(Plug and Play Tech Center)

440 N. Wolfe Rd.

Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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Intensive Accent Reduction Seminar

Friday, November 10, 2017

9:30 am - 4:30 pm (1-hour break for lunch; lunch included)

Location: Ovient, Inc. (Inside the Plug and Play Tech Center) 440 N. Wolfe Rd., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

This Full Day (6-hour) intensive seminar will give you a simple process that will help you improve the clarity of your speech and reduce misunderstandings almost immediately. We will teach you to properly encode your words and sentences by formulating and modulating thought groups, correctly apply the three levels of American speech intonation, and accurately apply stress rules to words and sentences.

In addition, we will demonstrate and help you practice the correct pronunciation of difficult sounds. We will explain when correct sound pronunciation is critical and how to identify and improve the most problematic sounds. We will also discuss the role of syllables in sound formation and the effect of syllable stress on the pronunciation of individual sounds.

Bring your questions! We will dedicate a portion of every hour to answering your specific and individual pronunciation and accent questions.

All participants will receive a copy of our pronunciation study guide: The Accent Diet: A Daily Program for Improving Your American English Pronunciation and access to Online practice materials that you can continue to use after the seminar.

This is a very popular seminar, and we expect it to sell out! Sign up now to reserve your seat!

What is included?

  • 6-hour seminar
  • Access to Online learning materials and videos
  • One copy of The Accent Diet pronunciation book
  • 1-hour lunch break; lunch included

About the Instructor:


Blythe J. Musteric, M.A. TESOL
Co-Founder, CEO, and Executive Coach
Ovient, Inc.

Blythe has dedicated the last 15 years to perfecting the art of professional communication. She has logged over 10,000 hours coaching individuals and leading workshops and seminars on professional communication at Silicon Valley’s most famous companies. Her clients have included executives and senior leaders at established tech companies, startup founders, angel investors, attorneys, and healthcare professionals. Blythe has developed more than 20 courses in the areas of confident professional communication, presentations and public speaking, interpersonal communication, grammar, and writing. She has a passion for working with professionals who speak English as a second language and has worked extensively with expat managers and executives. Blythe is the co-author of the book, The Accent Diet: A Daily Program for Improving Your American English Pronunciation, designed for engineers and business professionals living in Silicon Valley. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and has encouraged others working in the education and training fields to start their own businesses. She is a regular speaker at capstone classes in the TESOL department at San Francisco State University and her workshop titled The Entrepreneurial Self-Employed Teacher has attracted large crowds at teachers’ conferences in Seattle, Dallas, and San Diego. Blythe also has a passion for supporting women in technology and leadership.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I really need to change my accent and pronunciation?

A: It depends. If most of your communication is with people who know you well and who trust you, you may not need to worry about your accent or speech clarity. If you frequently communicate with customers, investors, or others outside of your immediate team or group, however, improving the clarity of your speech can have a huge impact. Here's why: People who know you well and work closely with you have a strong incentive to work around miscommunications; they will try hard to communicate with you even if your English is difficult to understand. Potential customers, investors, and partners, on the other hand, have very little incentive to work around miscommunications; they expect you to make the effort to communicate clearly and effectively.

If your job involves communicating with customers, partners, investors, or others outside of your immediate team, or if you are a new or aspiring leader, improving the clarity of your speech by working on your accent and pronunciation can have a huge impact on your work and career.

Q: Will this seminar really help me improve my pronunciation and accent?

A: We have provided similar seminars to companies throughout Silicon Valley with great success. Our corporate customers are focused on results, and so are we. We understand what needs to happen for pronunciation and accent to improve in a meaningful and efficient way, and we have applied those concepts to this class.

Q: Is pronunciation the same as accent reduction? What is the difference?

A: Pronunciation. Accent reduction. Accent modification. Clear speaking. There are A LOT of terms out there that describe the process of improving the clarity of your American English. In most cases, these refer to the same process. Pronunciation is a term more commonly used in colleges and universities. Pronunciation can also refer more specifically to the improvement of individual sounds and sound groups, such as /l/, /r/, /th/, etc. Accent reduction and accent modification typically refer to the broader goal of changing the rhythm and the sound of speech. These terms are preferred by private industry. Clear speaking can refer to improving the pronunciation of sounds/words or to the structure of speech.

We use the term "accent reduction," since this is the term most familiar to our customers. However, we are not really "reducing." Our goal, rather, is to "add" a skill. We focus on teaching you a new set of skills that will help you speak more clearly and with the proper rhythm, stress, and intonation so that you experience fewer miscommunications. As a result, your speech should be clearer and your accent less noticeable.

Q: What time shoud I arrive?

A: We will start promptly at 9:30 AM. Please plan to arrive by 9:15 AM so we can start on time.

Q: Is parking available?

A: Yes! There is plenty of free parking available. If there are no spaces at the front of the building, please park at the back or at the side of the building. You will need to walk around the building to the front door to enter.

Q: If I have additional questions, who can I call?

A: Please feel free to call the Ovient office anytime with your questions about the class. You can reach us at 408-524-1649.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Registration may be canceled, with no penalty, until 11:59 PM on October 20, 2017. For cancellations between October 21 and November 2, participants will be charged a 25% cancellation fee. For cancellations on or after November 3, participants will be charged the full tuition; there are no refunds or exchanges after November 3. Ovient reserves the right to cancel the class at anytime due to low enrollment or extenuating circumstances. If we need to cancel the class, you will be offered a full refund.

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