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If you are the Keynote Speaker at a business function or conference, or a speaker at a wedding, we offer personal speech coaching to improve your personal or business speech delivery, as well as one on one speech training for perfect voice projection and pronunciation.

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Learn how you can present at a world class level at business meetings, where communication skills are key to achieving sales outcomes and results and improve your business sales and presentation abilities.

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The SpeechCoach Program, 'Presentation Skills Training for Professionals', covers information mapping, writing, editing, rehearsing and delivering a polished presentation. Recommended for keynote speakers, executives, entrepreneurs and salespeople.

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The Voice Makeover Program is a flexible coaching program designed to suit individual needs. This Program includes voice enrichment, voice projection, vocal variety, diction and speech clarity. Recommended for professional speakers, actors, trainers, coaches and sales people.

English Language

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Our English Pronunciation & Accent Reduction Program uncovers the secrets of speaking English fluently. It includes techniques to reduce unwanted accent and maximise speech clarity. Recommended for people born overseas, including doctors, engineers, accountants, teachers and telemarketers.

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Emphasis Patterns In English Words - By Sonya Maybury

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Emphasis Patterns In English Words By Sonya Maybury

Speakers of English as a second language often pronounce these words wrongly. The following verses use rhymes to demonstrate the correct vowel sounds for each word.

English words of more than one syllable have distinct emphasis patterns. The emphasis pattern is a critical part of the word. Incorrect emphasis patterns may cause confusion for listeners. While there are no definitive rules, sadly, here are some guidelines.

Words of one syllable

Single syllable words are the easiest to pronounce: man, dog, cat, help, meet, work.

Two-syllable words
As a general rule, words of two syllables in English have the emphasis (stress) on the first syllable, not the second: SPREADsheet, THURSday, WEEKend, OVERtime.

Multi-syllable words
Words which contain two or more syllables, such as "advertisement" may requireemphasis on the second, or even the third syllable, such as: adVERtisement, or "education" [ed-u-CAY-shun].

If a multi-syllable word is stressed inaccurately, listeners find it hard to understand. For example the title "software engineer" [SOFTwareENgineer] would be misunderstood if it were pronounced "softWARE" enGINeer".

Verb and noun forms of multi-syllable words

Some words perform as both a noun and a verb. Sometimes the word is stressed in exactly the same way whether it is a noun or a verb. At other times, the emphasis pattern changes in a subtle way as follows:

Same pronunciation for noun and verb forms:


Please prepare a "report" [REport] for me and "report" [REport] to me at 5.00 pm.

Different pronunciation for noun and verb forms of the same word:

The farm would produce (v) [proDUCE] dairy produce (n) [PROduce].

She did not object (v) [obJECT] to the glass object (n) [OBject].

He was asked to present (v) [preZENT] the birthdaypresent (n) [PREZent].

KEY TIP # 12: Multi-syllable words require correct emphasis patterns. Words which are both a noun and a verb may require two different emphasis patterns.




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