What is usually the main obstacle your clients face?
|If you are an English speaker seeking to improve your American accent quickly, here are five proven techniques to help you overcome linguistic obstacles and achieve your language goal.
1) Pay close attention to how American English speakers form their words when you interact communicate with them. Watch the motions of their mouth and lips and practice the idiomatic expressions they use when they speak.
2) Each language has a distinct rhythm and English is no exception. Find a language CD and listen to it over and over while you are driving in your car or have free time. This will get used to the rhythm of American English speakers.
3) When you are speaking, be sure to take your time and breathe slowly. Many other languages are spoken at a much faster tempo than English and you want to be sure you are speaking in a calm and coherent manner so you are understood. Once you gain the confidence you can always speed up your tempo from that point.
4) Practice is a very important. Try to read English out loud every day for at least 30 minutes if you have the time. This will help get you used to pronouncing common expressions and phrases. If you have a recording device, try recording yourself and listen back to focus on the improvements you can make.
5) Perhaps the most important technique to improving your accent is to surround yourself around native English speakers and continuously receive feedback from them on how your accent training is improving. They should be able to help you focus on areas where you are having trouble and help you improve. There should be clubs and social organizations in your local area where you can meet people.
There are many different resources available to help you with your American Accent training. I recommend starting your search online to gain a more focused understanding of exactly what you would like to achieve, and then turn your focus to a professional English Coach will help you attain your life/career goals.
Although each person is unique I would say self-limiting beliefs are often the obstacles in the way. But very often the coachee is not aware of them. Many coachees have low self esteem, little trust in their abilities to excel, or no set boundaries.
Hmmm - well each client presents a slightly different case, but often what holds people back, I find, are two things: lack of self belief, and fear of failure/success. Often people will self-sabotage not because they fear failure, but because they fear success, i.e. "If I become well known people will attack me and put me down", etc.
Their own fear.
Most of my clients are facing fear--fear of the unknown, fear of success and/or failure and fear of asking for help. Thankfully, my down-to-earth approach allows people to quickly move beyond this to recognize when they truly need to ask for help and when they are ready to be a "rock star".
The biggest hurdle is getting past the technology. Because most of my clients were born way before not only the internet, but home computers were a reality, they are not always as tech savvy as the younger generation. Accordingly they don't always get how to do even simple tasks beyond opening their email and reading it without someone to show them how. I try to show them that it doesn't have to be an obstacle. I will work with them every step of the way to help them get it and make it work for them.
They get stuck at the crossroad in many ways and not being able to move forward without seeing the big picture.
The main theme my clients come with is being challenged in understanding their emotional responses, how to be okay with change and managing crisis.
My clients' main obstacle is believing that they are worthy. They worry they're not worth the effort to change their lives and they worry they're not worthy of the possible rewards. This can be a very deep-seated belief and it can seem insurmountable to my clients at times.
The key to getting beyond this is to focus on the good things about yourself and forgive yourself for the rest. I make sure my clients remember their achievements, their skills and talents, and the loved ones around them who want them to feel great every day.
Barriers in their heads, mainly stemming from belief system they have learnt in early childhood development.
Lack of self esteem/confidence.
Accepting the fact that THEY are in charge of their life and decisions.
Usually it is suspicion that this will not work.
It takes time to get results, so people really need to have faith and stick to the program. Follow the diet, do the workouts, eat the recommended supplements - depending on your goal. If you have a problem, talk to me. I am here to help.
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