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23 hours ago

3 Keys to Working Globally

If you are part of a large corporation or even a medium-sized company, you probably have some interaction outside your local city base. In fact, you may sell items or work with vendors from other parts of the world and even hire people remotely who are based in another country. There are several essential keys to making a global enterprise work. Here are three of them.


Learn How to Communicate


Communication is often considered the key to success in the business world. You must learn how to communicate with customers, employees and partners to ensure your business continues to grow and thrive. However, communicating with someone around the world is quite different from talking to someone who is from the same city or state as you.


You must learn how to speak clearly so you are understood. A speech coach can be helpful in this area. A business speech coach can help you learn how to enunciate better so you are more easily understood by people whose first language is not English.


In addition, you must learn how to say what you mean in clear terms. Many Americans use slang or local phrasing that is unfamiliar to those from other areas. A phrase may be misunderstood or taken literally when you mean it figuratively. Be careful to avoid local colloquialisms and other phrases that may not make sense to people outside your area.


Consider the Time


Time differences can have a big impact on meetings, especially when it is daytime in your location and night somewhere else. You will want to schedule video conferences and phone calls for the beginning or end of the day to be considerate of others.


You’ll also want to think about national holidays in other countries that may be observed in the business world. It will be important to communicate your days off due to holidays as well so that they know how and when they can reach you.


Think about the Culture


It’s all too easy to offend someone without meaning to when they come from a different culture than you. This can be a problem not only with employees based in other countries but with customers. When you create advertising and marketing promotions, you want to make sure you not only avoid any negative connotations but also create something that is relevant.


It’s important to learn about a culture where you will be marketing or doing business. You want to avoid being offensive with your words or actions. Even simple gestures can have different meanings in various countries. It’s often helpful to study a country’s culture before you begin doing business in that area.


Thanks to technology, the world has become much smaller. It’s common for businesses to interact with customers, employees and others from one or more countries. However, cultural and language differences still exist. To be successful on a global level, you must learn how to understand these other cultures and communicate with people from around the world.


Claudette Roche is a dialect coach in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

3 weeks ago

What You Need to Know about Being a Paid Consultant

You’ve established a name for yourself in your industry. Your business is successful, and making money seems effortless. You hardly make any mistakes, and it appears like you can create success out of anything. As others watch you, they want to learn your secrets. In fact, they would pay you to teach them what you know. Now, you’re ready to become a paid consultant.


People will pay you for your knowledge, but there’s a lot more to being a paid consultant than just sharing information. If you like the idea of retiring from your current career and using your years of experience and wealth of knowledge to make money, you should know what to expect in the consulting business.


Get Your Certifications Up to Date


You may need to get certified to be recognized as a consultant in your industry. You may even need a special license, so do your research to find out the requirements before you are ready to start your business.


If it’s been a while since you’ve taken any classes or learned any new skills in your field, you may want to sign up for some courses. Clients are going to want to know you have stayed current in your field and that you know the latest developments in the industry.


Learn to Network


When starting out, you will need to do a lot of networking. You’ll want to let them know you are now a consultant and why they should come to you for advice. You will want to explain your experience so that others will feel confident in hiring you.


Even if the people you talk to don’t need your expertise, they may know someone who could benefit from your advice. You’ll need to find events and other ways to interact with people.


Learn How to Speak


Even if you work one-on-one with people, you will need to learn how to communicate effectively. For some, this may mean hiring a business speech coach to help them learn how to speak more clearly. They may have to reduce an accent or drop the slang words they use frequently. As a paid consultant, you’ll want to be taken seriously, and that means being able to enunciate and speak so that you can be understood.


Set Goals


Know how big you want your business to be and where you want to go in the next five or ten years. Some people may use this as retirement income and only work a few hours a week. Others will want to work full-time and earn a good income.


If you have the background and the ability to share your knowledge with others, consulting may be the right career choice for you. This is one way to move out of your industry and away from the daily stresses while enjoying the positive side of this field to continue making money. A side benefit is that you get to help others achieve the same level of success you have enjoyed.


Claudette Roche is a dialect coach in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

3 weeks ago

How Can You Become a Motivational Speaker?

If you long to let people know a secret to success or a way to live life to the fullest, make more money or achieve some goal, you may be destined to be a motivational speaker. When someone is excited about something they have discovered, they often want to share it with others. This is one path to becoming a motivational speaker, but what do you need to know to make the career change?


Know Your Subject


What will you talk to people about? What do you want to motivate them to do? Maybe it’s to eat healthier, save money, learn a new skill or start a business. Your first step to becoming a motivational speaker is to know what subject you want to focus on.

Part of knowing your subject is in being able to explain the path to success. You must be able to tell people how to get from point A to point B. They need clear directions, so you must be somewhat of an expert.


Have Enthusiasm


If you want people to buy into your ideas, you have to get them excited. The only way that will happen is if you are excited about it. You should be enthusiastic about your topic and what you want people to achieve.


For example, you may have lost a lot of weight on a diet you tried or an exercise program. You look in the mirror and think “Wow” about the change you see. You should translate that same attitude into your speech when you are telling others about this program. Let them see how excited you are with your weight loss and you’ll get them excited, too.


Speak Well


A person who is a poor public speaker will have trouble getting anyone excited about their product or idea. The audience will be too distracted with how the person speaks to pay attention to what they say. It may benefit you to hire a business speech coach who can help you improve your speaking ability. They can work on any weak areas you have to ensure you can clearly communicate your ideas to your audience.


Most people are not born public speakers. It is a skill they learned. Some did so informally by speaking in front of kids in school or at work. Others took classes and hired a speech coach to help them improve. No matter where you are in your speaking ability, you can improve with the right tools.


Connect with People


So you have a message you want to share and you’ve worked with a speech coach to improve your speaking ability. The next step is to connect with people who want to hear your message. You may start out talking to one or two people and rent a public area where you can host an audience. As your popularity grows, you will be in high demand and people will be asking for you to come speak to them. Pretty soon you will be making a career out of motivating others.


Claudette Roche is an accent reduction in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

2 months ago

The Importance of Understanding Local Customs in Your Business

If you operate a business that sells products or provides services in other parts of the world, you need to be aware of the local culture. Whether you are meeting with people in person, over the phone or in a Skype conference, you should know something about customs and what is allowed and prohibited in conversation so that you don’t inadvertently offend someone.


Know the Language


Even if the person you are speaking with understands and speaks English, there will be cultural differences. For instance, it may be offensive to use certain terms that are considered normal in North America. In some countries, it is not permitted to call someone by their given name. Instead, you refer

to them by their last name.


Using slang, being too casual or overly familiar with people is often considered unprofessional. However, in some cultures, it is a bigger offense. Make yourself aware of potential mistakes before you speak with people from another country or region.

To avoid being misunderstood, which can also lead to problems in business communication, you should work with a speech coach. They can help you learn to enunciate clearly so you’ll be easily understood.


Consider Body Language


Many gestures and moves that are normal in North America are considered rude in other countries. For instance, the thumbs up sign is not a positive gesture in South America, Greece and other places. In many East Asian countries, it is impolite to use your left hand for a handshake or to take a piece of food or other item.


These and many other seemingly innocent gestures can put you in a bad light with people from another culture. If you travel for your company, you will want to know about these potential offenses before they happen.


What to Do After the Fact


If you say or do something that causes people to look at you funny, and someone leans over and quietly explains what you did that was offensive, you should immediately apologize. You don’t have to go into great detail about your faux pas, but it’s always important to acknowledge your mistake.


Most people in the business world will know you made an honest mistake, but your apology will show them that you have respect for them and their culture. Of course, preventing the mistake in the first place is the best way to make a good impression, so take the time to study the cultures where you will be traveling.


Learn what are signs of respect as well as what you should not do. This will help you be memorable in a positive way. Remember, you are not only representing yourself in these travels but your company. You want to leave a positive impression about your business and how it can be expected to treat people who are different. Just by being aware of other cultures and learning how to communicate, you can help establish your company as a professional entity that they want to do business with.


Claudette Roche is a accent training in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.


2 months ago

How Entrepreneurs Get People Excited

If you’ve ever watched an entrepreneur talk to others about their business idea, product or service, you soon notice that the people who are listening begin to get just as excited as the speaker. They are drawn in to what the person is saying, and it’s not long before they want buy the product, sign up for the service and be part of the business. So, how do entrepreneurs get people excited?


They Believe


No matter what an entrepreneur is trying to sell to potential customers, investors or others, they must first sell it to themselves. They are magnetic speakers because they believe in what they are saying. Sincerity goes a long way for any public speaker. If you don’t believe what you’re telling others, it will be obvious, and you’ll be labeled a fake.


They Know


Entrepreneurs believe in their product or service because they understand it. They know how it works, and what it can do. They even recognize potential problems and how to fix them. In spite of any possible flaws, they believe this product is worth what it costs and will do what it is supposed to. However, they have done their research so they can promote it whole-heartedly.


They Paint a Vivid Picture


The audience is captivated because the entrepreneur knows how to draw them in. They paint a vivid word picture of the problem that someone is having, and then explain in detail how their product or service can fix it. They speak clearly, with many of them having taken lessons with a business speech coach to ensure they are heard and understood. They know how to use the right words and what to say when with the right timing.


Anyone Can Do It


If you think these people were born with this ability, you’d be wrong. Many of them were not great speakers or charismatic in their regular life. In fact, some of them may even be introverts, shy and recluses who have learned what it takes to win people over.

While hiring a business speech coach can help you learn the mechanics of speaking to people, you must take it further. You must learn how to use the power of words to bring your audience in, whether it is one person or a room full of people.


You must know what you are trying to sell to other people, whether it’s a product, service or idea. You must believe what you are telling them, and know that your words are true as far as you are aware. People are good at spotting a fake, and they won’t be won over by smooth words if they aren’t sincere.

If you want to be one of those people who can gain new customers, new investors or to promote your product, you must learn how to get people excited. Be excited about it yourself because you understand what you’re promoting and you believe in it. Follow these steps and you’ll discover that you have people who are avid fans of whatever you’re selling.


Claudette Roche is a accent reduction in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

3 months ago

Why Social Networks Increase Public Speaking Anxiety

The fear of speaking in public isn’t anything new. People with this fear have always had to deal with the sweaty palms, racing heart and dry mouth. However, modern society may be making it even more difficult to manage and to allow the people the opportunity to overcome their fears.


Reduced Interaction


People don’t have to spend as much time talking to others face-to-face in any situation, much less in groups. Instead of calling someone or going to their office, you can merely send an email. Even when dealing with customer service about an issue, people have the option to message or chat online rather than speaking over the phone.


What’s the difference, you may ask. With an email or chat message, you still have time to think about what you want to say and even delete what you’re typing and start over before you hit Send. In a phone call or in-person meeting, you don’t have that option. You’re more likely to make a mistake, which is one of the main fears for people with public speaking anxiety.


A New Workforce


The workforce of today is much different from years past. More people are working from home, linking in online only when necessary. They are more isolated from co-workers and others in their business circle. While they may be more productive in this new environment, they lose out on socialization. The result is people who can do their jobs but not handle interaction as well.


Web conferences and conference phone calls have also reduced the amount of in-person interaction. Often, you don’t even see the other people when you are involved in a group call. A person may feel freer to speak because they don’t have a bunch of faces to look at. While this type of interaction does provide some benefit for those who are anxious in public, it doesn’t help them deal with their issue.


Can Anxiety of Public Speaking be Overcome?


While the need for public speaking may be reduced in many scenarios, it will never go away. Anyone who has to deal with this fear needs to work on their problem rather than trying to avoid it. Hiring a business speech coach is one way to help a person feel more confident in their ability to speak. The business accent coach can help them enunciate better and speak more clearly, so they are more self-assured when they have to speak with others.


A person who battles this anxiety must work to find ways to be exposed to speaking in front of others. Otherwise, their fear will grow larger rather than subsiding. When they are called upon to speak up, they will literally be unable to do so. Avoiding a fear doesn’t make it go away; it only makes it bigger.

Instead of hiding behind the anonymity of working online or at home, a person must continue to look for ways to develop confidence in their ability to speak in front of others.


Claudette Roche is accent training in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.


4 months ago

3 Tips to Turn You into an Amazing Public Speaker

You sit on the edge of your seat as the person at the podium describes a harrowing experience in vivid detail. They pause at just the right moments, increasing your anticipation until you reach the end of their speech and you’ve learned the moral or objective of what they had to say. Time passes by unnoticed because you can’t wait for the next word from this amazing speaker. As you sit back in your seat when it’s all over, you wish you could captivate an audience the same way.



Learned not Born with It



Most speakers who can captivate an audience weren’t born that way. They probably had some boring speeches that put their listeners to sleep. The difference between them and the average speaker is they kept learning and trying new things.



You’d be surprised to find out how many public speakers consider themselves shy or introverted. However, they overcome that tendency to develop into a powerful speaker that people want to listen to. So, tip number one is be willing to learn and try something different when you get in front of a crowd.



Be a Storyteller



Regardless of your subject matter, you can capture your audience’s attention with a story. If you’re selling vacuums, tell about the time when you had a bad spill you had to clean up. Any topic can be turned into a story that people will relate to and enjoy.

Like public speaking, storytelling is a learned skill. You create the sequence of events and add in sensory details to make listeners feel like they are there. Don’t hurry through the story to get to the end, but let it build anticipation until you reach the climax. Use storytelling to create interest in the real topic of your speech.



Speak Clearly



One of the most basic principles of public speaking and one of the most overlooked is speaking clearly. You want your audience to understand what you’re saying or they will tune you out. Speak slowly enough to be understood rather than hurrying through your words. Pause regularly so the listeners can keep up.



Learn how to enunciate your words if you have a tendency to mumble. You can hire a business speech coach to help you develop proper speaking skills. They can analyze your current skills and tell you where you need to improve. Someone with a heavy accent will need to work with an accent reduction coach to develop the ability to speak clearly. Also, avoid slang unless you know your audience will understand it. Even then, use it sparingly and make sure you still sound professional.



Becoming a top public speaker isn’t something that happens overnight. Instead, you must work to improve your skills and develop confidence. A person who feels confident in front of a crowd has an edge because their listeners will buy into that confidence. Just remember, amazing speakers learned how to amaze their listeners, and you can, too.



Claudette Roche is an accent reduction in the Vero Beach, FL area.  She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.