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Lynda Katz Wilner, M.S., CCC-SLP is a corporate communication trainer and 
a Speech and Language Pathologist.
She is the founder and director of Successfully Speaking, a woman-owned communication consulting firm, which specializes in professional speaking skills, foreign accent modification, and regional dialect reduction for native and non-native speakers.
Ms. Wilner developed and published Medically Speaking: Accent Modification for the Medical Profession, The Medically Speaking Inventory: Assessment of Accented Speech, and collaborated with Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker in the development of  RULES, Medically Speaking RULES, and RULES BY THE SOUND. She trains individuals, groups, and trainers around the United States with her unique programs. 
July 2010
I attended the June CHRA (Chesapeake Human Resources Association) meeting on "The Diversity Journey - How to Begin and How to Measure Progress," presented by Cornelia Gamlem, SPHR, President, GEMS Group Ltd. At that meeting, the James W. Rouse Diversity Award was awarded to Sinai Lifebridge. Congratulations! Workplaces are attempting to incorporate diversity initiatives, increase acceptance, and instill cultural competency amongst their workforce.

The diverse workforce brings with it many communication styles and patterns of pronunciation, vocabulary, rhythm, and melody. Diversity is embraced in the workplace, however, the potential for misinterpretation and communication breakdown prevails. Effective communication requires individuals from diverse cultures to fluently and accurately communicate amongst each other and with outside vendors, clients, and customers.
Communication Skills and Accent Modification Training
The role of accent modification is to identify the patterns that are interfering with communication and systematically address these features. The outcome is more successful communication, particularly in the workplace. Accent elimination is NOT the goal! As long as the individual is understood, communication is effective.

Supervisors, co-workers, and Human Resource Professionals often avoid discussing this "accent barrier" due to the potential fallout and concern about "discrimination". However, when the employees' job responsibilities include verbal communication, ineffective skills may become a reasonable barrier for career success or advancement. The terminology of  "professional speaking skills enhancement," "communication skills training," and "professional development" may be more acceptable to the employee than "accent elimination", "accent reduction", or even "accent modification." Keep this in mind when approaching your employees.
Our Vision
Successfully Speaking enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence in communication and maximize their professional success.
Please contact us if you have any questions about how to approach employees, colleagues, or friends who are having difficulty with communication skills. contact us 
How it is presented will influence their success in the training process.
ESL RULES, LLC is a division of Successfully Speaking. We develop training programs and materials for non-native English speakers. Learn more about us at
With warm regards, 
Lynda Katz Wilner, M.S.
Successfully Speaking
Telephone/Fax: 410.356.5666