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Communication Matters

March 2014    Issue 69        

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating!       
In This Issue
Listen and Decide for Yourself
TELL US YOUR STORYFeatured Article
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If you are a foreign born professional, we would like to hear from you. We are very interested in the story of how you are overcoming self-doubt and learning new skills.

We would be happy to feature your story in a future issue.
trOur Mission is to help our clients transform their accents from a communication barrier to a charming cultural flavor using "listener friendly" speech. 


Order Mastering Meaning from today online.   For an autographed copy contact Judith Bergman through our web site. (Pay for autographed copies with check by mail or credit card phone order only). $19.99 + S & H and applicable sales taxes.   


We know that your confidence will grow as you experience success when your listeners understand you "the first time." 
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  Triangle Speech Services is the private, professional practice of Judith L. Bergman, a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in foreign accent and regional dialect modification and related communication skills. I offer customized, individual tutorials to corporate-sponsored and self-enrolled individuals who speak English fluently but with moderate to severe accents that create challenges and frustrations in the workplace.

  We had two possible "eye-catching" titles for this issue with the hope that new readers would be curious enough to open the email. The other title was "Confidence Comes From Success, Not Pep-Talks."  Both really point to the same thing: If a training program, such as accent modification, really works, the results will be demonstrated.  When a client experiences himself or herself as being understood the first time most of the time, when he is not asked to repeat or rephrase, he or she is experiencing success as a speaker of "listener friendly" English.  Each concrete experience of success builds more confidence and the speaker begins to participate more readily in meetings and networking conversations, has more success, builds more confidence.

   "Pep talks" i.e. encouragement by the instructor, should help the client understand the learning process, the need for patient and persistent practice and constructive feedback. 


Listen and Decide for Yourself    


  E.P. is an Attorney from Venezuela, and her native language is Spanish. If you click on this link to Sound Cloud  you will hear her reading the "Rockefeller Passage" from the Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language Pretest (Roc-Pre 2) and then reading the same passage during her post test (Roc-Post 8).  The numbers are just my way of ordering the multiple sound files to enable transcription. The sound link will not work in Safari but does in Firefox and other browsers.

  You can move back and forth and compare specific parts of the reading passage and then decide for yourself if "the proof of the pudding is in the eating." 


Feedback from E.P.and other clients who have recently completed their accent modification training:
E.P. wrote on her PESL Client Feedback and Evaluation form: "This program has helped me a lot! I can speak more clearly and confidently. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to reduce their accent for working purposes or self-improvement."

We received this note from N.D., a physician from Brazil (native language Portuguese): "I'd like to thank you very much for the great course and fantastic teaching you have provided to me. It has already made a difference in my confidence level and it will continue to impact on my life. Gracie mille!

M.M., an Industrial Engineer from Venezuela, wrote this on her feedback form: "This program has been life-changing for me. I am more confident talking to others. My self-esteem has grown.  When I first started I was feeling skeptical about improving my English pronunciation. Knowing that I was pronouncing so badly was kind of shocking. Becoming aware of the different sounds and using the tools of the program helped me to feel confident again. I learned strategies to use in my day-to-day conversation." 
   We invite you to click on Triangle Speech Services  to visit our informative website. Our goal is always to provide information, inspiration and encouragement since these are essential components of any successful learning experience.
  If you are seriously considering enrolling yourself or an employee in an individual tutorial with us or simply want to talk to us about our programs, please contact us through the contact page of our web site


Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Corporate Speech Trainer
Founder & Director of Triangle Speech Services