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Winners will receive two free virtual sessions of individual speech coaching,. One winner will get coaching for public speaking (beginner or advanced level) and one will get coaching in pronunciation improvement. This may be due to a desire for better diction or to learn standard English pronunciation because of a strong regional or foreign accent.
Send your application to info@BusinessSpeechImprovement.com. Write public speaking or pronunciation in the subject line.
Write a paragraph of a maximum of 100 words explaining why you want to improve your speech and how this coaching will help you in your career development.
Also answer these questions:
1. your name and preferred e-mail
2, if you are available for coaching on the first two Sundays in December
3 .your state, territory or non-USA country of residence
4. (Optional) If there is anything else you want to be considered in your application, you may choose to add a maximum of 50 words in a separate paragraph.
All decisions about the winners are final. The free speech coaching must be completed by Sunday December 13, 2020.
Due to state regulations about licensed speech-language pathologists offering services online, winners must be residents of the following states in the USA: AR, CA, DC, DE, GA, GA, HA, IA, LA, MA, MS, MT, ME, NC, ND, NE, NH.NJ, NM, NY, OH, RI, TN, TX. UT,WY.
All entries are due by Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.
The two winners will be notified by e-mail by Friday, November 27, 2020 by 11:59 AM EST
Why is the deadline so tight?
The application is very short and if a person is motivated to improve, he or she will take the brief time needed to complete it.
Are you an experienced speaker and want to improve your next presentation with just a little bit of coaching? Polish Your Presentation is our new 2-session coaching option! Go over your presentation and delivery the first session and get tips on writing, delivery, pronunciation and more . Practice it between sessions, and then deliver it in front of the coach the second session to fine-tune it. Both sessions with the same learner must be used within 30 days. Get the advantage you deserve!
This is customized coaching to your specific needs, and within your budget. It can include one or more of the following: making pronunciation more easily understood by a specific audience, public speaking, job interviewing, conversational/small talk, executive presence, listening, or body language skills.
How do I offer this service to my employees?
Companies may choose to offer coaching in any aspect of communication to those employees who are motivated enough to request it. or to all employees. Emphasize that this coaching is to increase a skill-set, such as being able to be more easily understood by a specific audience. Being bilingual, for example, is an asset, and all speakers need to adapt to the a given audience's communication needs in pronunciation, wording, and depth of material.
I am an experienced speaker. Can you help me polish my upcoming presentation?
Yes! You will get the greatest benefit if you have an outline of your presentation and have run through it a few times, and have at least 2 weeks to practice. (If you want to work on your pronunciation, starting earlier would be even better.)
Pitches to venture capitalists or angel investors are a special type of presentation. Learn how they differ from regular presentations and how you can make them more effective.
We can also work on making small talk, American style, as well as speech rate, stage fright, body language and communication skills for leaders. Your sessions are customized to your needs.
I have a strong foreign or regional accent. Can you help me with standard American pronunciation? Yes. We will start with a quick skills-gap assessment, to understand your areas of strength and opportunity, and go from there. If you are combining this with giving an upcoming presentation, we will work on the words in your presentation first, and later we will work on other sounds and words. Rate of speech and pronunciation are easier to change. Usually intonation, or "lilt", is only slightly changed, as it is a function of brain neuro-plasticity.
I don't have a strong accent but want to learn to use my speech and voice more effectively.
We can work on your speech rate, diction, pausing and other verbal skills to make your speech more powerful.
I want to work on my communication skills for leadership or sales primarily. We can focus on listening and questioning skills, meeting management and leading powerful idea-generating group sessions, using a research-based protocol. You choose your topics of interest for our sessions!
I need to get emergency speech coaching for a presentation that is coming up. I offer a two-hour package just for this. The first hour is to hear the presentation and teach some modifications. The second hour, another day, is to fine-tune your practiced version.
Can you work with people all over the US? As a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist, I work only with people in specific states, based on your state's regulations. That is why I will ask about your state. If I cannot work with you, I will try to refer you to someone licensed in that state. I am located in Durham, NC, but work virtually. I also work with clients in other countries.
I'm a "one-stop speech spot" (and yes, I can teach you the secret to saying it correctly, fast!). I help companies with multiple communication improvement needs, as well as individuals who start with one need and then want coaching in another area. Afterwards, many clients report increased self-confidence as well as better skills!
Katie Schwartz, MA, CCC-SLP, director of Business Speech Improvement is a certified speech-language pathologist and has over 20 years of experience in working with professionals in many fields. Clients may be companies or individual professionals. Coaching is done online. It is available by appointment only; Sunday sessions are offered.
After you schedule your appointment and pay, you will hear back within 12 hours with a zoom.us invitation for your first session.
We will start by talking about your needs and time-frame, and assess your skills. We develop a plan and start working immediately on at least one skill - all in the first hour!
The number of sessions needed depends on how you are doing when you start, what you want to learn, and your goal when you finish. After your first session, you will be given an estimate.
Recent clients have needed the following:
Public speaking: Experienced speakers have needed 2 - 4 sessions, or more if also learning other skills such as pronunciation improvement.
Pronunciation coaching: 3-10 sessions
Leadership development: 2-4 sessions
Get help through customized professional coaching or instantly-available concise e-guides on the topics that matter to you: public speaking, diction, accent modification, executive communication skills for leadership development, communication for sales and customer service, and slowing your rate of speech.
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Two professionals will win a 2-session free package of speech coaching! One of the winners will focus on his or her presentation skills, either at a beginner or advanced level. The other winner will focus on improving his or her pronunciation. The person may simply want to have better diction, or have a strong regional or foreign accent that impedes listener comprehension.
Write a paragraph of 100 words, or less. Explain why your skills in public speaking or pronunciation are holding you back in your career and how better skills will help you succeed. Send your e-mail to info@BusinessSpeechImprovement.com, with either pronunciation or public speaking in the subject line.
Are you available on Sundays in December for this virtual coaching? What is your state or country of residence? What is your e-mail? Is there anything else you want to share about yourself and why you should be chosen ( This is optional and has a 50 word maximum)?
All entries must be received by Wednesday, November 25, at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be notified on Friday, November 27th by 11:59 AM EST. All decisions about the winners are final.
Two sessions are enough to get a good start on communication challenges and to polish an already-drafted presentation for most people. Otherwise, two sessions are enough to get an assessment of a challenge and a start on resolving it.
Why is this contest being offered?
Business Speech Improvement wants to offer two highly motivated professionals a chance to improve their skills and give them something else to smile about right now.
Why is the deadline so tight?
People who are highly motivated to improve will take the time to write this brief contest entry.
Why are you asking about my state or country of residence?
Some states regulate specific speech coaching services; these regulations are complex.