Q: Why should I choose Angelika Blendstrup & Associates for improving my communications skills?
A: Angelika Blendstrup & Associates has earned a trusted reputation for results-oriented business communications coaching and training.
Our clients come from all over the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and the world—from private individuals to distinguished corporations—they rely on our solid experience to help them improve, enhance and achieve successful English speaking competencies, writing, presentation and pitch skills, accent reduction and personal branding.
Q: What does accent reduction training involve?
A: In spite of many foreign accents in the U.S., it is important to be understood well. Your colleagues and clients will appreciate understanding you easily and not having to guess at what you might have said. Angelika Blendstrup & Associates’ highly effective accent reduction training will enable you to speak clearly, confidently and convincingly.
Q: Will I lose my accent entirely?
A: It is unlikely and really unnecessary that you lose your accent altogether. You will, however, be able to reduce it greatly, but not sound completely like a native.
Q: Do you work on grammar and written English?
A: Yes. We devote special attention to your writing style through structured exercises to correct and eliminate grammatical errors and cultural ‘faux pas’. We evaluate and process business correspondence—such as your emails, PPT presentations, etc., to identify and rectify incorrect language patterns. We also provide coaching sessions on hitting the right tone in all your written messages, so that you are communicating with proper style, ease and proficiency.
Q: How long are the individual sessions?
A: Standard one-on-one sessions typically take one hour. It is important to take the lessons consecutively, once a week, so that you remain aware of how you speak and work on improving your sounds. Longer sessions are also available and may be appropriate for clients who have to travel greater distances.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: Typically 8-12 sessions; but it can vary depending on your accent and level of English speaking skills.
Q: Do you have a fixed curriculum?
A: No. Unless grammar or writing is involved, it is an adaptive curriculum. We provide handouts with language information, helpful tips and ideas that are used to supplement our training. This gives you reading and practice materials that can be applied to reinforce your new levels of communications competency.
Q: How much will I improve?
A: You can expect to achieve effective and steady improvement over the course of your training. Overall success is contingent upon your personal level of commitment and desire for rapid progress.
Q: Can I study independently if I don’t have the time for in-person sessions?
A: Yes. We can make a phone assessment of your needs and develop a customized program for you. This will include phone checkups to monitor results. Costs will depend on the length and intensity of the program.
Q: Do you have ‘refresher’ courses available?
A: Yes. We offer extended one-on-one sessions to clients who wish to receive additional support once they have completed standard communications training.
Q: What is the cost of your professional training and coaching programs?
A: Our individual and corporate Training Packages offer a convenient and cost-effective way to take advantage of our excellent training programs. Click here for more details
Q: Where are you located?
A: Angelika Blendstrup & Associates is located in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. We will also travel to your office or business facility for individual or group coaching.