Setting the record straight

Being featured in the Fox News story (Job Seekers Lose Accents to Get Jobs) was exciting, but I want to share my opinions about a couple of things. Your comments are encouraged!

1. Costs for training at The Sound Center vary. We offer free workshops, special promotions, and group classes, all of which bring costs down. The message and accompanying graphic used in the story (‘MORE THAN $100 AN HOUR’) was misleading. In fact, we have a promotion going on through the end of this month that takes $100 off the first month of training.
2. The last comment of the story was that training could be detrimental if it makes a person feel so different that they lose confidence. In fact, we help clients communicate the way they want and we emphasize that to be effective, communication has to be authentic and real. We would never train someone to be robotic and fake–that wouldn’t be effective! Increased confidence is a natural result of the work and change clients do. And of course, some clients realize they are happy communicating in their habitual way. We consider it a success when we have provided choices for communication, and clients follow their values to make the best choices for themselves.

What do you think?

Posted on 24 January 2010 | Category: General

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The Sound Center on Fox News Chicago

Last night–January 14th, 2010–The Sound Center was featured in a story on accent modification.  Check it out and let us know what you think.  I’ll post again with some comments of my own.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/money/local_money/job-seekers-lose-accents-to-get-jobs

Posted on 15 January 2010 | Category: Accent, Communication

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Voice of Joy

A colleague recently made me aware of the voice struggles of Rolando Villazón, a fantastic operatic tenor from Mexico.  He had a cyst on one of his vocal folds which required surgery.  This is like a football player losing a limb!  Actually, most of us can relate to the difficulty of voice loss whether we have experienced it or not; communication is necessary in our personal and work relationships.

Villazón’s surgery was a success and he exuberantly expresses his happiness in this video, from his website.  Watch it all the way through for the full effect!  Happy New Year to all!

Posted on 1 January 2010 | Category: Singing, Voice

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