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Communication is essential in any business... 
 
As technology races forward, and the internet sidelines verbal interaction, clients increasingly crave direct human contact, and it is the ability to speak clearly and confidently that helps build relationships, trust, and loyalty.  No matter how qualified you are, poor enunciation can stop you getting your message across. To stay competitive, you need to communicate clearly to avoid frustrating your listeners, whether they are clients, staff or superiors.
 
PERFECT ENGLISH SPEECH programs teach the mechanics of voice production by retraining the muscles inside the mouth, and providing you with the tools and techniques to understand the correct placement of the voice when speaking English.  Through a series of exercises tailored to each individual, the PERFECT ENGLISH SPEECH program can help anyone achieve better clarity and quality of speech.
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Updates...




May 1st, 2014: I shall be working from my Toronto office for the next coupe of months and for international clients available on SKYPE as always.



JANUARY 15th, 2014:Interesting research on the challenges facing nonnative English speaking professionals...click the link below.


http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/glass-ceiling-facing-nonnative-english-speakers/?goback=%2Egde_141949_member_5819254348395356162#%21




JANUARY 1st, 2014:JANUARY SALE- Pronunciation and Communication Skills


Purchase an EIGHT SESSION PROGRAM for $300.00/£200.00 (excl of taxes) before January 31, 2014, and get FOUR BONUS SESSIONS FREE. That's twelve sessions for the price of eight. A 30% SAVING!!! 

October 23rd, 2013:


Preparation is the key to successful interviewing. Perfect English Speech will empower you with the skills for that all important job or scholastic interview. Prepare to -Interview with confidence -Give well-spoken answers -Make a positive impression -Control the fear of interviewing -Manage that initial phone interview -Give Professional answers to the tough questions and give your best interview performance. 1 to 1 in person sessions available (location permitting) or ONLINE using SKYPE. For information including pricing and special packages, contact us today.


September 16th, 2013:


Mark will be working from our London office and online from September 16th.



June 19th, 2013:


Mark Caven will be working from our Toronto office from July 12th to September 15th 2013, and available for lectures, public speaking, workshops and seminars on Language and Communication Skills, and how they impact our daily and professional lives.


For a range of talks and programs available visit my website at http://www.perfectenglishspeech.com/Pages/WorkshopsandSeminars.aspx


May 1st, 2013: 


- To find our if online training will work for youBOOK A FREE ON-LINE ASSESSMENT TODAY! 



April, 2013


- Mark Caven's bestselling audio books are now "LIVE" on iScroll: http://store.iscroll.com 1/11/12




 
 Mark Caven               

MARK CAVEN is the director of the Perfect Speech Program. 
Mark studied voice in England at the London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Arts,  LAMDA, the largest Speech and Drama Board in the United Kingdom, with a reputation for excellence through-out the world and focusing on the techniques pioneered by... 

"We live and work in a global market. Our expertise is farmed out around the planet. Our clients, colleagues and customers are international. Phone your insurance company, your bank and find yourself talking to someone on the other side of the world. We encourage multiculturalism, keep adding to the melting pot, but rightly or wrongly English is still regarded as the international language of business. This is not about individual accents, so much as clarity in our communication skills. Clear speech sends out the message I am in control, I can take charge, gaining confidence from those around you. Clear speech will maximize your potential, making you a greater asset to your company, and your profession, as we work towards a common ground where we can all be understood."

 

Mark Caven for "The Lowdown".


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Helpful Tips!


Long Vowels vs Short Vowels "EE" vs "i"...


"Making the distinction between long vowels and short vowels is very important when speaking English. Otherwise a simple word like "week", pronounced with the long "EE", can end up sounding like "wick" pronounced with the short "i". A good tip is to create a word list using the two vowel sounds, and bounce them back and forth, working towards making the two sounds very distinct. Like so...

Week - Wick    Seek - Sick
Feet - Fit          Neat - Knit
Meet - Mitt       Greet- Grit
Beat - Bit         Heat - Hit

The Perfect “L”...


 "For those of you who have taken part in any of the Perfect English Speech programs you'll know the best way to improve your clarity of speech is to understand the muscular movements and correct placement of the tongue necessary for speaking clearer English. When it comes to “L” many people roll their tongues too far back inside their mouths forming the sound off the roof of the mouth.  In order to make a clearer sounding “L” place the tip of your tongue right behind your two front upper teeth, and press gently at the spot where the two front upper teeth meet the gum.  This is your start position and will bring the sound forward, making it easier to understand.  Try saying these words always returning the tip of your tongue to the same start position.  Late...  Like...  Look...  Lap...  Oh, and in case you're wondering the position of the tongue for the perfect“L” is the same regardless of whether the “L” falls in the beginning, middle or end of the word.  Try these words or make up your own list to practice.  Feel...  Pill... While...   Always...   Below...   Fly... Until next month...  Cheers!"

 

For more information contactinfo@perfectenglishspeech.com or listen to one of our downloads by clicking on the icons below.

 

The Lowdown: Improve Your Speech - American English

The Lowdown: Improve Your Speech - North American English for Chinese Speakers



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On-Line Programs from Perfect English Speech


EIGHT SESSION, 1 on 1, ON-LINE/PHONE program $280.00/£200.00.

- Programs are individually designed to meet your needs.

- Course work is emailed in advance of each session.

- We then meet on-line at an agreed time using video conference through SKYPE or MSN.

- Each session lasts one hour.

- Secure payment through PayPal.

- Six months from date of purchase to complete your program.

- Offer applies to On-Line Programs only.


To book a FREE ON-LINE ASSESSMENT contact us today:

PHONE:TORONTO: 1 647 341 4499

LONDON: +44 207 485 4654

EMAIL: info@perfectenglishspeech.com.

 

This offer applies to on-line and audio (Phone) training programs only.

*Corporate Rates Vary*

 

Perfect English Speech customized language programs focus on pronunciation and will give you the skills needed to modify your acquired accent and work towards achieving a better clarity and quality of speech.

 

Please note prices in Europe may vary. For more details and corporate pricing contact info@perfectenglishspeech.com.

 



Recommendations from our Clients...

 "As the Director of International Programs at the University of Toronto - New College, I've hired Mark on numerous occasions over the past decade to offer his pronunciation workshop to lecture halls full of international students. Each and every time, it has been an instant success. Students love Mark's innovative approach to learning how to speak English. Using his extensive theater training, Mark has pioneered a refreshing approach to teaching the finer points of pronunciation. His entertaining and interactive style encourages students to leave their inhibitions at the door, not worry about making mistakes, and practice-practice-practice. I recommend Mark to both individual and group clients who are tired of traditional approaches and want a new way to perfect their pronunciation."
Service Category: Education
Year first hired: 2006 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value
 
 
Kevin Frey, Director of Programs, New College, University of Toronto
 
 
"In the UK, despite what people would like to believe, your accent is still the main indicator used by clients to judge your class and background, and therefore your skills or business. Some regional accents are considered honest and reliable; for instance Yorkshire & East Lothian, and many company call centres are located in these areas because of this. Other regional accents can seriously hold you back.They may give the impression of you being naive, untrustworthy, uneducated or even worse too humourous to be taken seriously. In my personal case I had a regional accent which was a hindrance at work in the affluent South-east. It sounded naive, and a little comical to Southerners. They focused more on my accent than to what I was pitching for. I took speech classes with Mr Caven which changed key elements of my regional pronunciation. The disadvantage I had with my accent was removed and I gained a level playing field with my competitors. Mr Caven gave me confidence to talk & give presentations to major corporates,and to get on with selling my business, without worrying about a poor accent. I do believe that working with Mr Caven on my pronunciation has helped me in creating a successful business in the Capital."
 
J E Blackwell, London, UK(First language English. On-line client.)
 
 
"In our professional services firm, we recruit talent from all corners of the world, and many of our talented professionals do not speak English as their native language. Mark delivers a highly creative and effective system for improving English pronunciation. I have noticed a remarkable improvement in the communication skills of all of his clients here at Konverge. He is exceptionally patient at working with each person, and always puts in extra effort to help his clients. Mark's creative program for English Speech, and patient attitude, worked exceptionally well to improve our diverse group of professionals and the results were impressive. All of his students that I hired him to coach at Konverge were able to perform well in subsequent interviews, and obtain job promotions that advanced their careers. Thanks Mark!"  
 
Sherwin Shao, Vice President, konvergeandknow, Toronto, Canada
 
 
"I was accepted at my preferred choice of university and I know this was largely due to Mark Caven and PES's interview training skills. Of course I had to do the work, but Mark gave me the confidence I badly needed and prepared me for all eventualities, helping me with my phrasing and answering questions directly. I can't thank PES enough"

Jason Lee, Osgoode Hall, York University! (First Language Mandarin)
 
"Mark Caven understood perfectly my needs and was able to

select the exercises that really focused on my pronunciation defects.  I praise so much the way he was able to make my texts sound more fluent. I had the feeling that my work mattered to him. Our lessons were like a rehearsal and it was fantastic for me.  When I went into the studio to record my text I felt confident.  Mark understood microphone technique and showed me how to correct my work.  really feel that my pronunciation has improved a lot and the corrections we have made will last forever.  I admire Mark's, patience, experience, ability to meet my expectations and charisma.  His teaching was confident, firm and clear. I would rate the Perfect Speech Training 10/10.  It was exactly what I needed."

 

Nicole Witek , Sao Paulo, Brazil, (First language French) www.institutonicolewitek.com.br  
 
 
"PES gave me a firm base to improve my pronunciation, intonation and flow.  Mark has a very good energy, positive attitude and sense of humour. I would rate my on-line experience with Perfect English Speech 10/10.Now I have to do my part and keep practicing."
 

Milene Kudlinski, Vancouver, Canada (First language Portugese. On-line client.)

 

 

"Perfect Speech helped me identify weaknesses in my pronunciation and improve intonation.  Mark is very humorous and enthusiastic.  He pays attention to even the smallest details and adjusts the training accordingly to your needs.  I would rate Perfect Speech 9/10."

 

Toronto, Canada (First language Tamil)

 
 
"As a result of my on-line training with Perfect English Speech I feel more confident when speaking English at work. A lot of the things I have learned are also practical and useful in daily life. I have corrected my pronunciation and now understand the correct placement of the tongue when speaking which is essential. I admire Mark Caven's professionalism, patience, easy going attitude and humour of course!"
 

Lola Guo,  New South Wales, Australia, (First Language Mandarin. On-line client.)

 

 

"The Perfect Speech training has helped me to overcome communication barriers and increased my confidence. Mark Caven offers experience, the highest level of proficiency, competence, capability, intelligence, attention to detail, style and patience!"

 

Lyudmila Denisova, Russia (First Language Russian)

 

 

"Mark Caven's teaching was wonderful. He was very good at identifying my pronunciation problems and selecting effective drills to correct them. I have made great progress in correcting sounds such as "R", "N", "ING" and "L" I really appreciate his efforts on my behalf. For me the most important part is I know how to correct my mistakes. Now it's up to me to apply them to daily conversation."

 

Jason Zhang, Toronto, Canada (First language Mandarin)

 

                        PERFECT ENGLISH SPEECH
 
North America: +1 416 525 9648
UK: +44 7429 215 770
 
 
 
 
ON-LINE and PHONE TRAINING AVAILABLE
Our eight session, one on one, customized training program is available online through SKYPE and MSN or over the phone.  For information contact us by phone or email.
 
 
INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSES
For anyone short on time, but eager to maximize their opportunities, our intensive training courses will give you the skills to correct the key sounds that you personally have difficulty pronouncing. 

   
SIX HOUR INTENSIVE
Three sessions lasting two hours each. Can be completed
in one week or spread over three weeks.  Train one on one or form your own study group...
  
INTERVIEW SKILLS
Perfect English Speech offers expert training in Interview Skills and will give you the tools to prepare for that all important job or scholastic interview.
 
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Public Speaking Coaching Available 
 

Single sessions and flexible programming also available. 

 

 
*Some restrictions apply. Special offers cannot be combined.
*Corporate rates vary. 
 
 
 
A best seller for audible.com now also available on iTunes.  
 
 
 
 
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An audible download especially designed
for those who have English as a first language. 
A great way to practice and sharpen your skills.
 
Written and narrated By
Mark Caven



 
An audio download written and narrated
by Mark Caven
 
 
(Please note if you do not have iTunes installed on your computer you will need to key the title into the search engine.)
 
 
 
What the critics are saying about Mark's latest download...
 
 
Audiobook Reviews  

THE LOWDOWN: IMPROVE YOUR SPEECH — AMERICAN ENGLISH

Mark Caven
Read byMark Caven

Mark Caven explains how the quality of our speech relates to our professional lives. While we know about "dressing for success," not everyone realizes how often we are judged by how we speak. The way we speak says a great deal about our backgrounds and educational levels, and may even influence the way we're treated. Caven offers, and participates in, a series of helpful warm-ups and exercises in a friendly, sincere manner. Topics include "Valley of the Lost Consonants," "Incomprehensible Vowel Syndrome," "Reconnectin' with your Word Endings," "Learning, Like, Not to, Like, Say Like," and "Losing Those Upward Inflections?" Caven's humorous delivery and training techniques are fun, quick and easy, perfect for audio, and sure to inspire listeners to rise to a more professional level and "speak for success." S.J.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2009]