Over the weekend, three people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program asked me about Toastmasters.
If you’re not aware of Toastmasters, it’s an international organization for helping anyone improve their public speaking.
Toastmasters has clubs all over the world. There’s probably several clubs in the city where you live right now.
Toastmasters & Accent Reduction
While Toastmasters is not a place to learn the techniques for accent reduction (how to use syllable stress, schwa, intonation, linking, vowel & consonant sounds)….it is a place where you can practice what you’ve learned about accent reduction in a structured and very supportive environment.
If you’re looking for a place to practice what you’ve learned in an accent reduction training program….Toastmasters is an excellent place to do this!
P.S. Many HR departments recommend Toastmasters as a solution for solving communication problems encountered by non native speakers. For most people, I don’t believe that participation in Toastmasters alone is a solution.
I DO think that a combination of accent reduction training AND Toastmasters is a valuable and effective approach.
I was a very active Toastmaster for two years and I loved the opportunity to speak in a supportive environment.