Monday, October 11, 2004

Fish Talking: Speaking Your Best with Cheryl Posey

For our first interview, we talked with Cheryl Posey of Speaking Your Best. Cheryl provides individual and group lessons on accent reduction, through her Dayton, Ohio office. Using SightSpeed Web, she's able to offer live, real-time lessons to anyone, anywhere.

Here's the Fish Talking interview with Cheryl:

How did you get into speech therapy?

My interest in speech pathology came about as a result of wanting to help people. I decided on this field because so much of our success in today's world is determined by how well we speak and can be understood by others.

What services do you provide to customers?

I specialize in accent reduction. I work with both Americans and foreign-born individuals who wish to improve their American English skills. Because there are very few comprehensive programs available on the market today, I developed my own comprehensive program, called Speaking Your Best. This program teaches standard American English pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, conversational skills and stress/intonation.

When did you start offering online lessons?

Originally, I conducted lessons onsite at businesses or at my Dayton, Ohio office. I looked into online lessons after receiving a request for this service from a woman in Hong Kong. Video sessions were a perfect option for distance learners.

Why did you choose SightSpeed?

After researching several options, I chose SightSpeed's video messenger software because of its ease of use and the high-quality audio and video it provides. Because I am teaching people how to pronounce sounds, they must be able to see my tongue and lips move as I speak with no time delay. SightSpeed's real time delivery provides me with these important features. I pay the monthly fee of $49.50, which allows my clients to connect to me on the internet in a matter of seconds, at no cost to them.

Has SightSpeed changed the way you think about your business?

Yes. SightSpeed has provided with me the opportunity to work with people from all parts of the world. Now, anyone can benefit from my services.

How else could SightSpeed help you succeed?

I am anxious to try SightSpeed's multi-party video software when it comes out. I would like to be able to provide small group accent reduction services.


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