October 8, 2014
    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM      Price: $25

Executive Breakfast Series

iSpeak Clearly - Accent Modification Solutions

Communication Skills for Career Success

In today's global economy, successful communication skills are vital.  The ability to converse clearly and effectively is critical.  Accent modification embraces cultural diversity in the workforce while facilitating clarity in verbal communication.

Course Description:

Success largely depends upon one's ability to communicate clearly and effectively.  "It's not what you say - but how you say it."  Have your message be understood the first time you say it.  Accent modification is a method designed to help speakers improve the clarity and accuracy of their spoken American English.

This 2-hr workshop is an overview and will focus on several steps required to replace existing speech habits with new habits. Develop clear, effective communication skills.  Attendees will acquire strategies to reduce a foreign accent or regional dialect through changes in sound pronunciation, rhythm, intonation patterns and grammar. Vocal quality and projection will also be addressed.


  • Introductions
  • Overview of Accents and Accent Modification
  • Speech Habits
  • Sound Pronunciation Change Activities
  • Vocal Quality and Projection
  • Tools for Speaking Clearly on the Telephone, at Meetings and Presentations
  • Practice Suggestions

Who Should Attend:

Employees and Individuals in a variety of fields including but not limited to Business, Finance, Engineering, Medical, Technology, and Customer Service seeking:

  • Accent modification/reduction and regional dialect modification
  • Clear communication training
  • Improvement of presentation and meeting skills


Anne Marie Strauss M.S., CCC-SLP, Founder and President of iSpeak Clearly is a speech language pathologist with over 20 years of extensive experience.  She is a certified instructor of the Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL) Accent Modification Program. Ms. Strauss brings innovative and creative methods to the corporate setting. As a certified accent modification trainer, she customizes her instruction to the needs of each individual in order to maximize outcomes.

Center for Corporate Education at Stony Brook University
Research & Development Park • 1000 Innovation Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794-6044
631-216-7518 • sbucce@stonybrook.edu

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