In order to speak clearly, you need to stress the most important words. You need to bring your listeners’ attention to the most important words in a sentence or phrase using a slight rise in pitch. I call this pitch emphasis.
I’m going to teach you how to pronounce popular brand names in American English.
You’ll learn to pronounce the fashion brand names: Nike, Adidas, Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Tommy Hilfeger.
You’ll learn to pronounce internet brand names: amazon, Skype, Twitter, Adobe and YouTube.
You don’t need to lose your accent in order to be a great speaker, but you DO need to make some adjustments of the way you speak. When I coach international professionals to deliver speeches or speak clearly during meetings and conference calls, we focus on two skills.