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The Difference between LEARNING and MASTERING a New Skill

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by Positivevoice

Each week, i receive emails about British accent coaching from my YouTube followers. For many, videos seem to be the preferred medium for Learning a new skill. I Wonder how many of my blog followers learn from videos? If you do, how much are you really Learning?

Do you remember being tested at school, college or university? If you're anything like me, these moments when you were asked to demonstrate your knowledge were the most beneficial in terms of your journey towards mastering the subject. Don't get me wrong, i'm a huge fan of video Learning. I regularly follow YouTube tutorials and find it the best way to fit yoga into my Schedule. What i do miss, though, is the feedback and correcting i ued to get from my yoga teachers when i lived in London.

It is with this in mind that i have created a membership community. Follow this link to find out how to get a FREE 7 Day Trial to: Fran's British Accent Monthly Membership Community.

For just 49 Euros per month, you will receive:

  • Access to a growing Library of Videos (Get a FREE 7 Day trial)
  • Access to my closed Facebook Group: Fran's British Accent
  • An invitation to 2 Live Coaching Calls per month 
The Library of videos includes:
  • The 45 sounds in the International Phonetic Index
  • The melody and rhythm of British English
  • Warm up exercises to improve your pronunciation and to develop British resonance
  • Coaching on mindset
The Live Coaching Calls will provide you with FEEDBACK on your progress.The Facebook Group is the perfect forum for sharing, guiding and correction. There will be weekly challenges and this is where i will give additional feedback in between coaching calls.Are you in? Watch the video for further details or head over to Fran's British Accent to find out how you can sign up for a FREE 7 Day Trial.

A Simpler Way to Reduce Your Accent

Posted on Friday, September 02, 2016 by Positivevoice

For sometime now, i have intended to provide an alternative to face-to-face or skype lessons in accent reduction. My 6 month one-to-one course in accent reduction has proved a great success. Yet, i can't help thinking that i could work more effectively in order to help more people to improve their speech. To this end, i am creating a course that has been long awaited by many. A digital course in accent reduction. This does not replace one-to-one lessons, but can be taken as an alternative or alongside Skype lessons. I am now in the final editing phase and intend to launch the programme in the next two weeks.

This course is for anyone who would like to transform their accent or speak in a more polished manner. It is for both native speakers and those learning English as a foreign or second language. In addition to covering the 44 sounds presented in the international phonetic index, i also cover vocal projection, resonace, warm up exercises and mindset. Anyone who has taken Skype lessons with me, will be familiar with the course style and delivery. Having said this, almost all the content is new.

I am currently releasing sneak previews of the course via YouTube. Here is one such video:

How to Speak Naturally in Front of a Camera: 7 Simple Steps

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Positivevoice

Today's topic is preparation. Ever heard the saying 'If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail'? Well,  it is a little like that. Only, i believe that when it comes to speaking, it is not a great idea to OVER prepare either, as you can end up sounding wooden and unnatural. The 7 tips outlined in this video should put you in a good position to speak naturally with confidence without forcing you to memorise every word or speak from an autocue. Both obviously have their merits in terms of methodology, but the tips i share in my video will give you a more natural result, which is our objective here.

Clear Speech: 6 Greatest Mistakes

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Positivevoice

In this video, i introduce 6 of the 'greatest mistakes' that people make when doing their best to speak clearly. Have a watch if you would like to avoid making mistakes and improve your speech.


7 Secrets to a Successful Presentation

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012 by Positivevoice

Public Speaking Workshop April 2010

Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 by Positivevoice

April 2010. A workshop with Francesca Gordon-Smith. An opportunity for a group of women to overcome their fear of public speaking whilst boosting their confidence.

Making Connections Using Language

Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2010 by Positivevoice

Francesca Gordon-Smith is a public speaking trainer and confidence coach. She use NLP and hypnotherapy alongside traditional coaching and practical training in public speaking. She is also a professional speaker.

Calming Nerves with NLP

Posted on Monday, March 08, 2010 by Positivevoice

Francesca uses Neuro Linguistic Programming to calm this ladies' nerves. She also uses traditional coaching and hypnotherapy in the Positive Voice public speaking workshops.

March 2010. Public Speaking and Confidence Boosting Workshop

Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2010 by Positivevoice

March 2010. Public Speaking and Confidence Boosting workshop with Francesca Gordon-Smith.

Francesca uses therapies such as Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy alongside practical training in public speaking in order to help people overcome performance anxiety.

Public Speaking Workshop NLP

Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2010 by Positivevoice

Francesca Gordon-Smith is a public speaking trainer and confidence coach. She combines practical training with therapies such as neuro linguistic programming and hypnotherapy in order to help people overcome performance anxiety.

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