"This program helped me to become the CFO of our China operations."

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 1. Advanced Pronunciation Coaching for International

Executives, Scientists, and Engineers

Marlene Schoenberg, Ed.M., will provide you with  dynamic speech coaching and tools you need to add impact your speaking skills, improve accurate English pronunciation and refine high-level grammar skills. Several packages to suit your needs include: a series of 20 weekly or bi-weekly coaching sessions (face to face or through Skype or Face Time), or a two day seminar with distance learning follow up.

Learn to understand and use a variety of business idioms. Beginning with an interview with the accent expert, a customized program will be created, setting up a plan for self-improvement in articulation (speech sounds), intonation and stress patterns in phrases and long words related to your work.

You will gain an understanding of the American cultural voice patterns and how the sound system of your native language may influence your American English pronunciation. By understanding speech sound positions and transitions, you will learn a consistent phonetic approach to pronunciation. With these skills, you can resolve many of the confusing differences between written and spoken professional English expressions.

Audio and video feedback, as well as guided consultation,  create an opportunity to help you move forward in your business goals and prepare you for your next promotion. There will also be opportunities for a customized follow-up program.

CEOs and VPs have benefited from this coaching to help them reach important milestones in their careers. International directors, managers and supervisors in finance, IT, engineering and marketing from major corporations have commented:

“This is just what I was looking for!”

“I really benefited from this program and learned things I didn’t know by studying on my own. ”

“This helped me move to the next level!”

“I have so much more confidence now!”

“Now I know what to focus on to improve my communication skills. ”

“This was more relevant to my needs as an international speaker then a general presentation course would be.”

“My job demands a high level of excellence in everything I do and I wanted my speaking skills to match. ”


 2. Intensive Two Day  Customized Executive

1-1 Coaching plus Follow-up

In this engaging program, executives and key employees are flown to the Twin Cities for an intensive two day Advanced Pronunciation/Grammar consultation. Some companies choose to fly the consultant to corporate headquarters in other states. This facilitates business communication training for specific succession planning.
The program begins with an assessment, and then a customized plan is developed. An intensive program is practiced face-to-face with audio and video feedback. There is a distance learning component over a three to six month period. At that point, a follow-up visit is scheduled at the client’s company  for an additional one day coaching session. The client is re-evaluated to demonstrate progress in pronunciation and English proficiency. Additional recommendations are made at that time to make the practice relevant to current work interactions.


 3.  Just-In-Time Presentation Training

When international scientists, executives or engineers are preparing major presentations, the speech consultant can work with them intensively in the period preceding the presentation to insure clarity to the listeners. This can take place in Minneapolis, at the conference site or at the client’s company site.
This specialized presentation training may  be offered in a Skype or Face Time format . Customized packages can be arranged.




 4. Home Accent Team- Couples’ Communication Program

A customized series of sessions  is provided in the comfort of your home with a combination of group and individual lessons. This unique communication training model for executives and their spouses begins with an assessment of the international couples’ English speech and language skills. In some cases, training is provided for the American-born spouse to facilitate more precise speech practice at home.
There may be a variety of language levels and coaching motivations which determine the training match for each couple. English language/professional levels may be the same, different or supportive.  Practicing meaningful interactions with significant others enhances home carryover.

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