Ready for honest feedback on your accent and how you sound when speaking?
Why should I consider a Clarity Consultation?
If you had the opportunity to ask a professional exactly what you should do to reduce your accent and improve how you sound when speaking English, what would you ask?
Maybe you'd ask about how accurate and natural your word and sentence stress actually is, what you can do to change your pitch and improve your intonation, or which aspects of your pronunciation still need work.
Perhaps you'd find out if your accent is distracting from your meaning, how you can better control your breath, or how to use your voice to communicate more effectively.
In a personal, private one-to-one coaching session, you can get answers to all of these questions.
How does a Clarity Consultation work?
After you invest in a Clarity Consultation, I'll send you a short list of questions so I can get to know you and your needs before we meet. This ensures our time together is focused and productive and you get answers to the questions that most interest you.
This session will be recorded so that you can focus on getting your questions answered rather than taking notes.
When we start the session, I'll ask you to tell me a little about yourself using familiar personal and professional topics so I can hear how you speak.
Then we'll talk about specific ways you can improve your pronunciation, word and sentence stress, intonation, and voice and breath. We can also discuss the best way for you to practice.
Within 48 hours of our meeting, I'll send you a link to download the video recording as well as a detailed PDF summary of the most important advice, guidance, and suggestions.
How do I prepare for the Clarity Consultation?
In order to get the most useful advice, you should try to feel relaxed and comfortable so that you speak naturally, without preparation. Just before our scheduled meeting time, you'll need to log-in to Skype or Zoom and check your camera and microphone so that our consultation goes smoothly.
What will I get from the Clarity Consultation?
When I evaluate your accent, I listen for the way you use your voice and breath and watch the way you form sounds with your lips, mouth, and jaw to identify any sounds that are distracting from your meaning.
In particular, I focus on how consistently you stress your words and ideas and how you use intonation to communicate what you mean.
I also pay attention to elements of prosody, such as your pitch, rhythm, pace, speaking speed, breathing, pausing, and volume, in addition to stress and intonation.
During the consultation, I'll give you specific suggestions on what you personally need to do in order to improve how you sound.
As you know, it is really challenging to identify your own communication challenges and diagnose what's not quite right about your accent. That's why you need clarity.
Beyond that, there are more advanced aspects of accent reduction you probably haven't learned about through YouTube videos or other online resources because they're too complex for a wide audience. But we can definitely discuss them during a private consultation.
When should I meet with you for a Clarity Consultation?
You should consider meeting with me for a Clarity Consultation when you have doubts, questions, concerns, or frustrations about how you sound when speaking American English.
You may also want to meet for this one-to-one coaching session when you've been working on reducing your accent and improving how you sound on your own and you want to check and see how you're doing and what else you should focus on.
This is an excellent way to find out how Americans "hear" you!
Here are some other reasons why you may want to meet for a Clarity Consultation:
- if you're applying to or interviewing for a new job at a new company or organization and you want to check on your accent
- if you're looking for a new position with your current company and you're concerned that how you sound will affect your ability to get promoted
- if you're taking a language exam like the TOEFL or IETLS and you want to know what you should do to speak more clearly and be more easily understood
- if you have to lead meetings, teach classes, or give presentations in English and you want to feel as confident as possible about how you speak
- if you're planning to attend a networking event or conference in English and you want an "accent tune-up" before interacting with new people
- if you're spending a lot of time working on your accent and you're not sure if you're doing the right thing or if you're even making progress
- if you simply want to ask questions about your accent and find out what you can do to improve
What My Clients Are Saying
The clarity consultation session with Kim is my game changing moment. I once had misconceptions about my English speech: wanting “perfect“ pronunciation. The consultation and Kim’s coaching philosophy and practices encouraged me to pursue a much more important goal: Clear, expressive, effective speech.
-Paula, China (living in the US)
Kim will work with you to find out the actual underlying causes of your English pronunciation and communication challenges and provides constructive feedback to help you improve further. She’s by far the best accent/communication coach I’ve ever worked with.
-Kel, Sierra Leone (living in the US)
Having lived in the United States for 10 years, I thought I had a fairly good accent already. I was blown away by the meticulous detail Kim has provided through the assessment, along with the helpful articles. With just one assessment, I found out some of the biggest pronunciation mistakes I kept on making for years, and fixed them already!
She even pointed out that I had "Californian" intonation, and taught me how to improve that into more "standard" American English. Looking at how Kim moved her lips and tongue in the video was very helpful as well, since I could exactly see how to change my way of making these sounds. This was the best money I've spent in the last couple of months!
-Sung, South Korea (living in the US)
I'm so glad I took this language assessment! I am very impressed with the thoroughness and expertise you demonstrated. I've been following your suggestions ever since and I've already seen improvements. Finally, not only you gave me invaluable suggestions and info to improve my speaking, but you also boosted my overall confidence.
-Toni, Brazil (living in the US)
Your assessment is so comprehensive and so spot on. I definitely can use all the tips and advice you gave. I'll work on them and will be keeping you posted about my progress.
-Henry, Philippines (living in the US)
Thank you for sending the assessment, it is very helpful. The concrete suggestions on what to change and what to change to was exactly I was looking for. Now I know what to practice on and where to start from.
-Raj, India (living in the US)
Kim has an engaging and practical way of teaching sounding natural. She is big on "musicality" of English so she trained me hard on intonation and length of pronunciation. She has phenomenal ears that could single out the subtle differences in my accent.
-Carol, China (living in the US)
Please note: Clarity Consultations are not available during July and August 2020. Sign up below to be notified when they're back!
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If you're ready to get my feedback on how you sound, please click the button below to pay for the coaching session. You can pay using your credit or debit card or PayPal.
After your payment, you will receive an email from me explaining how to schedule our Clarity Consultation as well as the questions you need to answer before our meeting.
If you don't receive the email within an hour or two, please contact me so I can send you further instructions.
I look forward to working with you!
Clarity Consultation Policy
Before paying for your Clarity Consultation, note that I am available to meet Wednesday and Thursday from 10AM-6PM EDT (Boston/NYC time) only. Please be sure this availability works for your schedule.
When you sign up for a Clarity Consultation, you agree to schedule our meeting and meet with me within 30 days of date of purchase.
If you do not meet with me within 30 days, you will forfeit your payment. You will not be offered a refund, nor will you be eligible to meet for a Clarity Consultation at another date.