Don’t Just Stand There, 2015!

Posted on January 26, 2015 by karen

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“Don’t Just Stand There…”

Love that phrase. It’s exactly how I feel about my personal and professional life. Thanks to that mindset, 2014 was a fantastic year for me. I continued to grow my company on the East Coast, moved from the East to the West coast, traveled for work (and play), and expanded AstiNova even further by opening up in San Francisco, California.

I’ve worked with so many amazing clients who have shared their ideas, cultures, and personal lives with me. Both past and present clients continue to inspire me with their needs regarding accent reduction and public speaking. Some clients do best 1-on-1, others thrive in groups, some need weekly audio recordings and others do great with follow up videos from me.

So I started to think: What can I do to make things better for my clients? What will help them neutralize their foreign accents, pronounce difficult sounds better, and make their overall experience better?

Tada! Below is a client inspired list of things to come in 2015! Disclaimer: This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning of the list. Do you have an idea? Do you have something that you think would help you out or make things easier? Then email me!

2015 Goals:

1. Multi payment methods: Accept Credit Cards, PayPal, Square etc.

2. Office Hours for extra Accent Reduction Help

3. YouTube Pronunciation Videos

4. Accent Reduction Video Training Packages geared towards specific languages

5. Client Specific Videos and Tutorials

6. Packages: VIP, Corporate, Individual, & Small Group

7. Tech & Startup Specific Accent Reduction Training Groups

8. Increase Conference Attendance for Public Speaking Clients

9. Corporate Consults or Seminars for Public Speaking and Pronunciation

10. Free (Live!) Language Specific Seminars

Bonus: Company Paid Accent Reduction Help!

What languages or sounds would you like me to make videos of? What was your first language? Would you like to see something else in 2015? Want me to email your boss? Email Me!

 

I’ll order the… um…. how do you say this?

Posted on January 20, 2014 by karen

I love Food.

There, I said it.

Splitting my time between San Francisco and Charleston, SC I’ve become very spoiled by the amazing food in both of these cities. I’m in love with the farm-to-table, fusion, and true authentic cuisines offered in these two spots. So when I stumbled across this article from Thrillist I had to share it.

Even though I specialize in the Pronunciation of the English Language- I don’t always know the correct pronunciation for many international words and phrases. There have been many times where I’ve asked a server or chef how to pronounce an item on a menu. How else would I learn? I wasn’t born knowing the right way to say everything. Thankfully, like you,  I was born wanting to learn to say it correctly.

So dive on into this fun site and see how well you pronounce some frequently requested foodie items!

How to Pronounce the 16 Most Confusing Food Words by Kristin Hunt

Karen