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The US state and city names can be tricky to pronounce. From repetitive alphabets to silent letters, it is not easy for every non-native English speaker to get the articulation right when they pronounce an American state or city’s name.
To help you get the correct articulation of all 50 states plus the most famous cities of the US, here’s the right pronunciation for each when spoken in a neutral American accent.
[al] + [uh] + [bam] + [uh]
[ar] + [uh] + [zoh] + [nuh]
[ahr] + [kuhn] + [saw]
[bost] + [uhn]
[kal] + [uh] + [for] + [nyuh]
[shi] + [kaa] + [goh]
[kol] + [uh] + [rad] + [oh]
[kuh] + [ned] + [i] + [kuht]
[del] + [uh] + [wair]
[flor] + [i] + [duh]
[jor] + [juh]
[huh] + [why] + [ee]
[ahy] + [duh] + [hoh]
[il] + [uh] + [noi]
[in] + [dee] + [an] + [uh]
[ahy] + [uh] + [wuh]
[kan] + [zuh]+ [s]
[kuhn] + [tuhk] + [ee]
[loss] + [vaygass]
[loo] + [ee] + [zee] + [an] + [uh]
[mer] + [uh] + [luhnd]
[mas] + [uh] + [choo] + [sits]
[mish] + [i] + [guhn]
Listen, repeat and pay attention to the primary stress marks. If you want to improve your American accent to sound like a native, try our live, one-to-one accent reduction training today.
This old sales adage has stood the test of time and still stands true when it comes to building relationships with your customers.
But why is that? Scientifically and socially it has been proven that when you have a strong relationship or connection with someone, you tend to have more influence on them. Same goes with your sales qualified customer. If they respect and value your experience and advice, they are more likely to seek your advice with making the buying decision.
One of the quickest and most effective methods for building sales relationships is building rapport.
What is Rapport Building in Sales?
Rapport is the foundation of a relationship based on harmony or affinity. Rapport enables smooth communication because it allows people to be at ease. People tend to be more biased towards people they know, like or trust when it comes to doing business.
Though rapport building in sales seems intuitive, it’s a challenging skill to master because of its personal implications. It is easy for a sales person to easily miss opportunities to create rapport with a customer when they take the situation or the person for granted, don’t want to connect and keep on driving their own agenda.
How to Build Rapport in Sales
When you build a solid, lasting relationship with buyers, they are not only more likely to make an initial purchase for the company they represent, but they are also more likely to become the “long term clients”.
1. Listen first
Active listening is a fundamental sales communication skill. When a customer perceives that you are actively listening to them they feel important, understood, appreciated, and respected.
The best way to show interest in what your customer is saying is by asking questions – ask first, listen closely and respond appropriately.
This will show the customer that your focus isn’t just “pitching” your product but to genuinely understand them, their issue and providing the, with the applicable solution.
2. Learn About Your Customer
Another powerful of building rapport in sales is to learn about your customer. Finding common experiences with the customer and then bringing those up during the conversation will help you establish a connection with them faster. It is important to find a common ground as if you don’t mirror and match your customer, the customer won’t feel that your rapport building is natural or sincere.
Digital platforms especially social media have now made it easy to uncover common experiences with your customer even before meeting them.
3. Mirror and Match your Customer
Now that you have listened and learned about your customer, it is time to layer your verbal efforts with authentic actions by mirroring and matching them.
Start by mimicking their body language. If they are sitting cross legged across you, you should try and sit cross legged as well as this will make you appear more familiar and alike. Also, match your customers voice patterns during the conversation. Keeping up with their speed and volume will help you sound like them and will aid you establish an instant connection.
The Bottom Line
Building a strong relationship with a customer is foundational to successful selling, and a great relationship begins with developing rapport. If you want to develop you skills and learn more about the art of selling through conversation, try LocalMasters’ Sales Pro Professional Training.
2020 has changed how we used to conduct business. From remote work to zoom calls, distant and virtual conversations are the new norms of the business world. Conference calls and virtual meetings are the way that most of us are communicating in business at the moment, and chances are they are going to remain the way we keep in touch for some while. So ensuring that you present the best of yourself, via that little camera at the top of your screen, is really important.
Here are five presentation skills for video conferencing and zoom meetings you should take in consideration as you take your business online – whether it’s for business networking with coworkers, pitching your ideas to a potential sales prospect or delivering a speech at a virtual conference.
1. Pace Your Speech
It is difficult to capture the essence of an in-person conversation via video conference. But there are a few things you can do to accomplish this. Foremost is to pace yourself when speaking — slow down the pace of the conversation. Once you say something, give pause, so the other speaker has time to reply.
Also, when someone else is speaking, be sure to show you are listening by making nodding movements every so often. This will show not only that you are listening, but also that the speaker’s cameras did not freeze. Make sure these gestures are natural and not sudden, jerky movements.
2. Adapt Your Environment
A speech that works well in a live venue may not translate well to a virtual one. You may not realize it at first, but large gestures and other visual cues that you (sometimes unknowingly) use during a live speech won’t work in a virtual event. For this reason, you should tap into special materials for this delivery medium, such as a modified slide deck. This can help convey information or emotion that may not otherwise be communicated effectively across a digital medium.
3. Look Where Your Audience Is: The Camera
Virtual conferences are supposed to simulate you, as the speaker, talking directly to each viewer. The best way to accomplish this is to look directly into your web camera, not your screen. This gives the viewers a sense that you are making eye contact with them. We know it might feel a tad awkward to look at a camera while you talk, but this will help immensely for your storytelling.
Also, it will create a stronger sense of engagement with your audience because they will think you are talking directly to them. This is a very important feature for a successful virtual conference. Eye contact, even virtually, is what connects you to your audience.
4. Don’t Be Inanimate
An absence of all hand gestures will make you look disengaged and robotic. Speaking with your hands shows enthusiasm. Find the balance. We are able to distill our points when we use our hands to talk. Holding them still will just render you speechless.
However, when you are not talking but listening to someone else, then keep your hands in your lap. Don’t let them wander to scratch your nose or fidget with things on the desk. Then you’re being super distracting. You become the circus sideshow. If you want to help the main speaker, mirror their body language (within reason) as that makes the other person feel relaxed.
5. Organize Your Speech
Last but the most important thing to remember when delivering virtual presentations is that because the audience is not physically present and they clearly have an electronic device in front of them, it’s easier than ever for them to get lost. It is important for you to have a clear mind, an organized speech that you can summarize to your audience before presenting and then referring back to that summary when delivering to keep people on track.
If you are currently learning English or speak it as your second language, you may find a few sounds or words more difficult to pronounce properly than the others.
Over the past decade, the team at LocalMasters have discovered that one of most troublesome sounds to conquer for our accent neutralization students is the “Th” sounds. The reason: The “th” sounds do not exist in many languages including Asian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and more.
For ESL learners wanting to master the “th” sounds, read through this guide created by our accent reduction coaches on how to articulate words with “th” clearly in English.
Types of “Th” Sounds
The “th” sounds are continuous consonants which can commonly be classified into two types in American English – /θ/ and /ð/. Both are fricatives and are pronounced with the tongue behind the teeth.
/θ/ is voiceless meaning it is made only with air, whereas /ð/ is voiced and is made with vibration of the vocal cords. Some examples of words with each sound are:
Voiceless “Th” /θ/
Voiced “Th” /ð/
The Ways the “Th” Sound is Mispronounced
As we have mentioned above, some people have trouble with these sounds because it doesn’t exist in their language or if it does exist in spelling, it might be pronounced in a different way. So some of the ways that non-native English speakers mispronounce the “th” sound can be like:
– Confusing it with an “F”. So instead of saying “thank you”, they might say “fank you”.
– Another way the th sounds might be mispronounced is with an “S” sound in the beginning; instead of “thumb” it comes out as “some”.
– Mispronouncing this sound would be pronouncing it as a “T” so we would have “tink” instead of “think”.
– Substituting a “Z” for the “th”. Example saying “zat” instead of “that”.
– Another way might be to pronounce it with a “V.” Example “wiv” instead of “with”.
– And the last way is saying it like a “D” sound. Example “duh” instead of “the”.
How to Pronounce the “Th” Sounds Properly in English
The Voiceless “Th” Sound
When making a voiceless “th” sound, /θ/ is made only with air and is made at the front of the mouth with the tongue between the lips. While pronouncing a voiceless “th” word, lightly blow out the sound against your teeth and tongue.
Pro tip: If you want to see if your tongue is in the right place hold your finger up and down across your lips (like you are saying shhh!). Make the front of your tongue have light contact with the back of your finger. Relax the back of your tongue and keep it low and flat. Blow out and let the air pass through your teeth and tongue. Don’t engage your vocal cords.
The Voiced “Th” Sound
When making a voiced “th” sound, /ð/ make sure to hold your tongue lightly between your teeth, blow out the air, and engage your vocal cords to produce the vibration and the slight buzz to articulate the word properly.
The best way to improve your ESL pronunciation of the voiced and voiceless “th” sounds is to listen and practice. Tongue twisters are a great way to practice and improve your English accent, fluency and pronunciation. Below are a few English tongue twisters to help you master the “th” sounds.
1. Some theories believe there to be things out there.
In the highly competitive educational market, wherein schools and colleges put in their best efforts to offer students a high-tech labeled educational environment. However, within a short span of time, virtual classroom or say online education has gained prominence throughout the world.
Online classes are not necessarily bound to provide classes related to school and college modules but also trains people across the industries for leading their specific roles in any industry or genre. Online education is one of the classy examples to prove that education has no boundaries. Online classes are accessible by individuals belonging to corporates, private firms, or someone who wants to pursue hobby classes, et cetera can enroll themselves.
Here are some of the finest examples of online classes or say, e-learning methods are a good way to disseminate education without being physically present in any one to one traditional classroom.
People are reacting to online education as their best decision and giving children a feeling of homeschooling.
So True! Another confirmation for us as a family, we made the right decision for our children in homeschooling.
Live online sessions can be accessible by anyone and from anywhere sitting in any part of the world. All you need is a good teacher and you can pick up slots of your preference with the time convenient to the student.
Coronavirus threat has been seriously taken into consideration and the best possible efforts are being made by every country across the world. The pandemic disease that occurred due to the coronavirus outbreak has not just affected businesses and trade worldwide, but it has also affected schools, children, and studies.
Amid this tensed situation, many schools, colleges, and universities are shifting to online classes. Moreover, parents are enrolling their children in hobby classes through online learning so that children do not feel aimless and to boost their confidence.
Undoubtedly, e-learning seems the best solution irrespective of any situation. Many good articles are doing the rounds over the internet explaining how everyone can be benefited from online classes. Just take a look and do not let any circumstance get into your way.
E-learning or online sessions – An ideal way to keep children engaged, happy and minds active because it keeps them busy throughout the day seeing the scenario of covid-19.
The importance of online learning as this is the only way to engage children since schools have gone off due to covid-19.
Coparenting During #coronavirus 1. DO have a routine for your child & try to work with your coparent to have a similar routine at both homes. 2. DO prioritize online/ e-learning since this is their school day for the foreseeable future.
The virtual classroom is an indispensable way to take up in any difficult situation and also effective to support the study of children. Children get happily enrolled in online education and finding out their creative side amid the covid-19 outbreak is prevailing all over the world.
As the covid-19 continues to rise across the globe, parents and school authorities are taking the best possible steps to combat the virus by keeping the schools shut down for a while. Students have been given holidays and being instructed to stay at home.
Meanwhile, in such a tense situation the schools are making the best of virtual classrooms to not let the study suffer at any cost. With schools, colleges, and companies locked down globally, online classrooms are becoming a savior for many individuals who want to stay engaged throughout the crisis of covid-19 persists.
A young lady elaborating on how remote learning has become the need of the hour and e-learning has shown its apt importance during coronavirus outbreak.
As schools in Australia have been shut down and facing temporary closure, the people are opting for e-learning quite inquisitively.
With schools in Australia on the verge of experiencing temporary closure, it has highlighted the importance of 21st century learning and brought e-learning to the forefront. Google Classroom is a critical app for the success of students to continue during these unfortunate times.
A person seeing covid-19 as an opportunity to be utilized for introducing e-learning in secondary schools.
Economic importance of COVID-19 1. e-learning shall be introduced in secondary schools 2. New field of research in virology. 3. Provision of sanitized soapy water at the entry points of all schools. 4. To achieve no. 1, all schools to introduce computer studies
Whereas the entire world is facing the unforeseen challenges that occurred due to the coronavirus outbreak, it has also given a chance to people to understand studying online is effectively working during this period of crisis.
Employee skills training has become a crucial aspect and it is needed for every business to survive the odds of the highly competitive market. There are umpteen challenges that employees usually face during their stay in any workplace and during fulfilling their job responsibilities.
To successfully survive through the intense business competition, the importance of employee skill training programs are highly beneficial. If you run a product or service-based business and want to grow – you must know how employee skill training methods will benefit your business before implementing it.
Without a doubt, employee skills training is not limited to management, leadership, communication or personality development, but it expanded its reachability to provide training on customer service, native accent reduction, telemarketing tips, presentation skills, and speaking skills, et cetera.
Employee skills training is a unique training program that helps employees to attain specific knowledge about the company’s products and services, as well as how to deal with customers, effective communication skills, and more.
The knowledge gained in these training programs helps employees to improve their performance in their current job roles. It mainly focuses on enhancing the skills of the employees for the future and do not just aim to focus on their current job role.
What is the objective of the program?
The training focuses to enhance employees’ performance at the workplace and to ensure that it is aligned with the company’s vision and goals.
Why should this training program be undertaken?
Keeping in mind the changing business needs, employees must be trained according to the skills that the industries demand and their skills need to be polished from time-to-time. Hence, such training programs are being introduced now and then.
Is Employee Skills Training better than traditional training methods?
Traditional training methods include canned sessions with the instructor for the initial few days and hardly any training takes place thereafter.
However, with corporate training, the employees can book training slots of their choice without compromising the work schedule, and can take classes on a wide range of topics. Moreover, they will have complete flexibility to custom tailor the course content of their needs.
What are the skills that will be improved?
Employees are likely to gain an increased confidence level, an ability to analyze the product/ service features, and improved knowledge to detail the business offerings to the customers.
Who will benefit from this training and post-training impact?
Every year the demand in the market changes and many new firms establish their identity, especially several online start-ups shuffles the market norms across the industries. So, the training does not only aim to educate the junior or managerial level, but it can benefit all the employees across the departments.
So, it is quintessential to help the employees upgrade their skills with an engaging training program, so that they can adapt themselves and compete in this changing business environment.
What will be the outcome after the employee skills training?
Employees and management will be able to perform brilliantly in their respective job roles. After attending the training sessions periodically, they can counsel the customers and provide relevant information to solve customers’ queries.
The employee skills training sessions will eventually help the businesses to grow exponentially without investing much and could save a lot of resources with online employee training.
To know more, you can take a trial of online Corporate Training Solutionstructured byLocal Masters, which takes care of training needs of small, mid and big-sized corporations and helps companies to grow their business by providing corporate and employee skills training across the industries.
Training is the most essential part of the corporate sector across the industries which turns out beneficial for every type of business – be it a start-up or a well-established firm. Nowadays, companies are more focused to merge corporate training with online training methods to educate their employees and customers.
The training sessions are not limited to only one-day information that is being provided to the attendees. As corporate training sessions do not just aim to train the recruited employees, but also allows increasing the feasibility of becoming future leaders by attaining all the relevant information about the core business model.
Advantages of a corporate training program
Corporate training programs give the power to have good communication with customers and colleagues, helps to improve productivity, and bring the creativity out of the employee. On top of it, interpersonal skills also improve with the way one gets training and becomes efficient to face real-time situations at the workplace.
It is essential to understand the benefits of corporate training for your organization. There are a plethora of methods that enable organizations to train their employees effectively through training. Depending upon the necessity and need, the online corporate training programs are customizable for employees and customers.
Here are the key advantages to take-up the corporate training programs.
Gain complete product/ service information
Whether you are an experienced working professional, or a novice just entered the corporate world – adjusting oneself in new company culture and understanding the protocols, information on company’s products and services can only be gained through extensive and unique training methods.
Certainly, these days, the online training methods are exclusive when detailing-out the core business model idea because it covers every aspect of the business, and also includes focuses on improving the employees’ skill-set.
Enhance employee’s productivity
There is always a huge difference between an amateur and a non-amateur person when it comes to recruiting and onboarding the individuals for different job roles.
Certainly, every person performs as per their job role and responsibility, but with the help of consistent training sessions, the employees’ performance is likely to surge and improve his/ her productivity.
Usually, employees start to feel monotonous and lose confidence after spending a few months or years in the same company.
Provided that the training sessions must be a mix of many things such as interactive, casual, formal, fun-filled and of course, and should be informational to make them think innovatively.
To make them feel motivated and to boost their self-confidence, corporate training programs are very useful to let them revive the same enthusiasm to perform well in the workplace.
Improves soft skills
Since the businesses have extended their reach to excel in the market and make the business model a success, employees are expected to have good communication skills to interact with foreign clientele.
Meanwhile, communication is not the only requirement, other vital aspects related to communication are also required such as soft skills. Through corporate training sessions, one can develop a sense of speaking politely and concisely with the customer.
Corporate training programs encourage employees to break the monotony they feel in their daily job routine. Perhaps, they start to feel that they do not get the opportunity to learn new things and implement to upsurge their career growth ladder.
If you want to bring your employees out of this monotonous job routine and want to grow your business like anything, give them the right platform to experience the excellent hassle-free online corporate training by LocalMasters, a leading corporate training platform for corporations.
With robust features and complete flexibility, the Local Masters Corporate Training Platform is certainly a treat to use. Our team has developed a solution where the primary focus has been to offer good user experience, as well as an easy mechanism to provide engaging training to employees, customers, or partners.
Over the years, companies have been facing some problems or the other – be it the issues with the platform through which the training is conducted, or the scarcity of instructors, or lack of experience for training on a new topic, or providing training to the remote employees/customers.
To solve these pain-points and to hold hassle-free sessions, Local Masters presents corporate training programs through an amazing online platform. Here is a step by step guide on how you can manage the training programs within the platform.
Choose Standard Course or Create Custom
The platform allows you to choose a standard course from a wide range of options that fits your requirement. Or, you will also have the flexibility to create a tailored course that will cater to your specific training needs. With Local Masters, you will get 100% personalized training programs for your employees or customers.
Quick and Easy Setup process
There is no hassle in setting up the training process. Just share some information like Name, Email, Company, etc. and get started with the training instantly.
Get Matched with the Right Talent
Local Masters provides a network of talented and experienced Instructors who will lead the courses for your employees, customers, or partners. Select the Instructor of your choice who matches your training needs. This facility helps you to save big on hiring resources and saves valuable time.
Your Time-Your Schedule
The attendees of the training can set the time per his/her convenience or availability. They can then schedule the sessions – once they schedule, all the stakeholders of the training will get a notification – Instructor, Attendee, Company.
Advanced Engagement and Feedback Metrics
Local Masters offers interactive classes where the instructors will conduct live on-demand and online training sessions. Throughout the training, companies can monitor and see the progress, user feedback, and more. In fact, post the training session, there will be further assistance via online messaging so that the attendees can get clarification of their queries from the Instructors.
There are a lot more in terms of features and functionality of the platform. We urge you to Book an online demo today to understand how Local Masters Corporate Training Program works and how you can save big on time and money using our platform. Looking forward to meeting you!
To execute a successful corporate training program companies need trainers/mentors who are industry experts. Along with it, a well-structured mechanism is mandatory to conduct the training sessions for the employees, customers, or partners.
Local Masters has introduced an engagingCorporate Training Solution with rich features and user-friendly functions that will open up a new window for the companies to execute the training program. Here, the courses are offered online through live interactive sessions that help remote employees or customers to take up the training program quite easily.
Our approach is simple but effective since we focus on these key areas:
How Local Masters corporate training platform solves/improves your problems
What benefits customers and employees can expect from the training
How companies can generate more revenue through our training platform
Local Masters has a network of certified Instructors well-experienced in delivering quality training to thousands of professionals. Our community of instructors will save your effort and money on hiring additional resources or outsourced companies. Now, companies can tap our training platform and instructor network to provide training on a wide range of Topics. Should you wish to provide new course for your employees or customers, you can do that without any hassle and investment. You can choose any Instructor from our network who matches your requirement and start the training program easily.
In case of pricing, there is friendliness too – you will be able to decide on the pricing and have complete flexibility on the revenue margin. Decide what price you want to set for each program and earn more by providing training on various topics.
The training content will be 100% personalized to your requirements. The custom-tailored content will cater to your specific needs and thereby it will be faster to master the skills immediately that are important for your employees or customers.
Local Masters also offers messaging support to the training attendees so that they can get clarification on their queries post the sessions. With a proven track record of assisting many companies, Local Masters is helping them adopt the best practices and strategies that are fruitful for business growth.
80% cost savings
Save adequate time and effort
Increase revenue by 5x
No hassle in hiring additional resources
Open to offer training on a wide range of topics
100% custom-tailored content
Independence in setting training price
Complete flexibility in revenue margin
Book an online demo today to understand how Local Masters Corporate Training Program works and how you can save big on time and money using our platform. Looking forward to meeting you!