Accent modification training does NOT involve getting a facial! However, “making over” your speech with Capital Accent DOES include the following things.
Speech behaviors are things that people do while they talk. Speech behaviors are varied and can include things like clearing your throat too much; using extra words as fillers such as like, totally, um; speaking without inflection and appropriate word stress; not using your voice effectively by talking too softly; and talking too fast. Speakers can be unaware of them. However, since speech behaviors can be distracting to the listener and negatively impact your overall communication effectiveness, they are important to think about.
“Mindfulness” is getting a lot of attention these days. No longer conjuring up only images of yogis in meditative stillness far removed from their offices, this word is now being used to describe a workplace skill—a state that can help us advance in our jobs. And, like all other skills, mindfulness is one that can be learned and mastered. Google “mindfulness in business,” and you’ll find articles from Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, New York University, Financial Times, Forbes, The Economist, Fast Company, and more.
Everyone speaks with both an accent and a dialect. An accent is the way a person pronounces speech sounds, whereas a dialect encompasses accent as well as grammar usage and vocabulary.
The end-of-year holidays are one of the times when we can share our cultural differences through the unique ways we celebrate. Whether it’s lighting a Hanukkah menorah, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Eve, or marking the Orthodox Christian Christmas on January 7, we probably learn the most about cultural variations through holiday celebrations.