As the EVP and CMO of Nestlé Waters North America, my responsibilities include leading large teams internally as well as working externally to nurture corporate partnerships and other strategic relationships. I also give many high-profile keynote speeches in English, some of which are televised and shared across social media.
As a native of Italy, my spoken English has been a huge development opportunity, as it had been a challenge for me to optimize communications with my audience, especially during high-stakes meetings, public speaking engagements, and other important presentations. Per a suggestion from our CEO, I hired Melanie to help me with all of the above. Melanie has been a major asset in helping me to improving my accent and developing better and sharper communication skills.
After a few months of virtual sessions via Zoom web-conference, the clarity of my spoken English drastically improved. My colleagues and family frequently point out what a difference they see and hear. I have already referred Melanie to several colleagues, and I plan to keep taking weekly lessons, so I can continue to polish my business English and pronunciation. Thanks for everything, Mel!
VP, Global Corporate Affairs
I’m a native Brazilian working as a Global VP of a prominent brand—and I regularly represent my company in high-level meetings and presentations. I am often onstage leading panel discussions and delivering keynote presentations—I present to the United Nations and other organizations, our CEO and board members, various media, and our global clients. I often need to make persuasive arguments or give interviews. Based on my experience, I know that delivering a presentation with poor pronunciation can cause a hugely negative impact on the outcome. Having stakeholders or audience members clearly understand and engage with you is key.
Prior to working on my accent with Speech Fox, I learned just by listening; I incorporated whatever I could acquire naturally while living and working here in the United States. While I did pick up a lot on my own, my English speech was not at the level I wanted. During my assessment session with Melanie, she was able to identify areas where my speech did not match that of a native speaker. We focused on specific sounds, intonation patterns, and other areas of pronunciation. For the first time, I was able to learn that there are certain rules and patterns that apply across American English—and once Melanie clarified them using drills and worksheets, I could immediately apply the strategies to my own speech. This allowed me to accelerate my learning and improve very quickly. I am now confident when I deliver presentations for all occasions. In summary, pronunciation is crucial and has a very important role to play in your success—so, working on your English pronunciation and communication skills with Melanie is an excellent investment in your future and is essential to your success!
International Business Development, Sales Leader
A trusted colleague referred me to Melanie, as we are both Brazilian executives working in high visibility, client-facing roles. He uses Melanie at Speech Fox as his coach for accent reduction and business presentations, so I met with Melanie to discuss working with her in the same capacity. And Melanie did not disappoint! Our first meeting was an assessment where she listened to my speech and systemically documented the "nonstandard" sounds I was making. Then she presented me with a customized lesson plan that would cover all of those areas. Our sessions are very focused and efficient in learning the phonetics and drilling the sounds, and they are also fun -- especially when we practice the sounds in conversation. I have also used some sessions to prepare for high-stakes presentations as well as company videos I produce on a regular basis. I would recommend Speech Fox to any executives who want to improve their English pronunciation and communication skills -- Melanie is an excellent speech coach!
Melanie has been my savior. I am a financial advisor and sit down with folks coming from high net worth families and ivy league educations. Growing up in Brooklyn, I speak what you would call "Brooklynese". In order for me to build a strong practice in my field, I needed help with reducing my accent. I also wanted to perfect some business communication skills, such as outbound sales calls (cold calls), sharpening my elevator pitch, in-person presentations, dealing with sensitive clients and topics, and even re-recording my voicemail.
When I reached out to her assistance, immediately I knew she would be my coach. She had me come in for an assessment, and this enabled her to create a customized program for me. From there, step by step, I began to see major improvements. Her help has been invaluable to me and my business. I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for accent reduction Melanie's process is proven!
Presentation & Interview Skills
As a health care provider, good communication with my patients is very important. Even though I speak fluent English, I have not been completely able to lose the accent from my native language. To improve my communication skills, I have searched for a speech coach who can help me to improve my accent. After having consultations with world-renowned language pathologists and speech therapists, I decided to work with Melanie. Even from the initial analysis session, Melanie’s unique approach is apparent. After the initial session, you will receive a detailed analysis of your regional accent, which lists your pronunciation problems. Based on this analysis, Melanie creates a customized study plan. In each session, you work with her to improve each item on your problem list. Melanie is not only a great accent reducing coach but she is also an excellent speech coach for professional presentations. When I was being interviewed by a local heath TV show, Melanie helped me to prepare for the interview session. Melanie’s guidance prepared me for all aspects of the interview, including such details as the tone of my voice and my gestures during the interview. Thanks to her help, I successfully completed the interview. I have been very happy with my decision to work with Melanie and I would definitely recommend her without any hesitation as a speech coach.
Melanie is a great accent reduction specialist and Speech Fox is one of the best investment you can make on yourself!
I teach high school and college so I need to speak a lot in public on a daily basis. Some of my students and colleagues would ask me to repeat something because of my accent, so I did an in-depth research on accent reduction and find Speech Fox. The very first assessment session help me identify many of my major mispronunciations and Melanie worked really patiently with me to analyze and improve on those sounds. Being an educator myself, I especially love the part in her lesson where we compare and contrast two similar sounds. This strategy very help me distinguish similar sounds and reinforce the correct pronunciation. Before I realized, I was already subconsciously practicing the correct pronunciation in my daily conservation. I'm also surprised to find that it's easier to understand other people when they speak too!
Melanie also helped me nail an interview for a super competitive professional fellowship. She was really flexible to accommodate my last minute request for a interview prep session and gave invaluable advice on organizing my content and engage my interviewer in a meaningful way. I felt much more confident after the session and aced the interview. Thank you Melanie!
I recently moved to New York, and I felt that the first step before going on job interviews was to reduce my accent as much as possible. I also wanted to gain confidence in expressing myself in person and over the phone. I found out about Melanie and Speech Fox by searching online on "how to improve my English speaking skills" so that I could feel more confident while talking to others--especially to business people.
Melanie is great! She’s been teaching me for about two months now, and I already feel different while speaking. I’m more aware of how to pronounce words like an American. She’s is very energetic, friendly, and has a lot of business experience in "corporate America." Since I also need a job, she’s been helping me to prepare for job interviews. She knows a lot of people in NYC and connected me to several influential people already--and she always follows up. She’s the best, I love starting my weeks with her contagious energy and positivity. I absolutely recommend her expertise to anyone working on pronunciation or business English!
Melanie has been a valuable resource in helping me refine my resume writing, networking and presentation skills. I walked into my job interview 100x more prepared thanks to all of our practice sessions/scenario reviews. I highly recommend her services if you're looking to improve your professional portfolio.
I recently started working with Melanie to improve my communication and presentation skills, and I find her personality, attention to detail, and ability to relate to my particular issues help put me at ease. I feel she is genuinely interested in helping me succeed and enhance my public persona. Melanie absolutely has a wealth of knowledge, and I've learned so much from her, above and beyond overcoming my issues as a public speaker. She is remarkably sensitive and is tuned in to how another person might feel. I would highly recommend her to anyone who has issues with accents and/or public speaking or who just wants to give stellar presentations or speeches.
Melanie was such a comfort when I started my business and had to become comfortable speaking about my offering. She reassured me that I had nothing to fear, and she also gave sage advice that still rings true. She provided suggestions on potential business leads, this was invaluable. She went beyond what I signed up for and I am grateful for her. I highly recommend her to anyone who is stepping out from behind your work computer and in front of clients.
Entrepreneur, Health & Wellness
Melanie Fox saves the day...
I (a native English speaker) have had the pleasure of working with Melanie multiple times. In our most recent session, Melanie helped me perfect a sales presentation for a very big client. While grammar and spelling perfection are among her skills, she was more helpful in making sure the presentation flowed smoothly. Pronunciation, tone, and pitch were all improved making my presentation informative and welcoming. If public speaking were basketball, she'd be your Michael Jordan. Thank you for helping perfect my presentation Melanie. Looking forward to bringing you in on another project!
I had an important presentation to prepare for, and I sought the advice of a coach so that I could enhance it and make it more effective. After one session with Melanie of Speech Fox, I am much more confident and have made several modifications to make my pitch more impactful. Melanie gave me tips for organizing my content, maximizing engagement, and increasing the buy-in from potential clients. We worked on word choice and developing shared knowledge so I connect with my audience in a more meaningful way. We had the session virtually via Zoom video webconference, so I was in the comfort of my home -- plus it was a perfect fit, since I will be doing the presentation as a webinar much of the time. Thanks, Melanie -- my presentation is now stellar! (And my clients would agree.)
Investment Banking Professional
Working with Melanie to improve my accent was the best decision I've ever made! I couldn't be happier after taking a few lessons because of the positive changes that both I and my colleagues are aware of. I came from China and spent a few years in NYC to get a master degree and to become an investment banking professional. My job requires frequent communication with senior bankers and external clients, and my accent posed a big pressure on me.
Melanie took the time to evaluate my pronunciation and designed effective study plan to correct my accent word by word. I benefit a lot from the highly organized lessons and comprehensive material that she created for my specific problems. I can not only get instant feedback from in-person teaching but also review the recorded sessions afterwards.
Melanie is extremely helpful. Her lessons make me more comfortable either when presenting to professionals or dealing with colleagues. It is my most successful investment in my career! Speech Fox is AMAZING!
I worked with Melanie to improve my accent. It wasn't your average English language program. Melanie took the time to analyze MY slips of the accent which minimized the time for improvement.
Melanie took into consideration my language background and the sounds I am used to hearing and making. She was able to be technical with me when we needed to get technical, and she was focusing on results as opposed to the classification of sounds and short and long vowels.
As for results, I am noticing a significant positive change in my oral communication skills. I am now able to pick up the subtle changes in vowels and consonants.
Perhaps, this is very personal, but it meant a lot to me. I always had a hard time in clubs and bars where people would ask me about my accent right away. As soon as I said a few words. I felt that people were immediately making assumptions about me being foreign or unsophisticated. After working with Melanie, a miracle happened.
Nobody asked me about where I was from, at all!!! Two guys even thought I grew up in Pennsylvania. It was the biggest compliment for me and Melanie.
Again, if you are doing business in New York or somewhere in the states and have a hard time with your business communication, I highly recommend that you work with Mel.
It's an investment and not an expense.
I am Chinese and would like so reduce my accent when I speak English, so my friend refers Melanie to me and she is amazing!
At the beginning, I had a 1+ hour assessment with Melanie, during which she identified all my pronunciation issues and then came up with a personalized class schedule to address these issues.
Then during each class, Melanie used the international phonetic alphabet and photo graphs to show me where to put my tongue and how to make voice to help me correct my pronunciation, which I think is super helpful. She also recorded each class and shared with me so that I could keep practicing by myself at home.
All in all, Melanie is knowledgeable, patient and professional. More importantly, it is super fun to have class with her and she does help me a lot with my accent! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to reduce his/her accent!!!
Have you seen that guy, who holds a sign at a rally saying "Not usually a sign guy but..."? Well, that's me when it comes to writing Yelp reviews of any kind. But I had to take the time to write about my experience working with Melanie. If you are looking for a highly-tailored scientific approach to your accent reduction needs, Melanie is your coach. She puts in the time and effort to identify the specific areas of your speech that you need to work on and designs a customized plan to address those areas. Melanie is punctual and willing to work at your pace. However, despite her many admirable qualities, she doesn't have a magic wand (to my best knowledge), so you need to be willing to put in the time and effort if you want to see results. But she will definitely guide you and put you on the right path.
Speech Fox is one of the best investments that I've ever made for myself.
I am Thai, living in New York and had some British English education so I pick up and mix different things in my speech. I am currently working in an advertising agency and some of my clients had hard time understand my accent. After first assessment class with her, I knew that she could help me. And I was right.
Melanie really took the time to analyze my pronunciation and common mistakes. With her expansive experiences and knowledge in linguistic, she was able to identify all the problems I've never known I have, and gave me highly-tailored lessons and scientific explanations using pictures, charts, and well-designed exercises.
She is very flexible with the class schedule and the kind of class I want. She also helped me with my pitch presentations and practice my job interview.
Melanie is a patient and wonderful speech coach and I am very glad that I found her. She is very accommodating and flexible in terms of scheduling, which is very helpful when you have a busy and unpredictable schedule.
She is professional and truly knows the best way to help clients. She will design a lesson plan according to your needs and if you make progress faster than expected, she will even condense the lessons per your request instead of wasting your time. I have made much a great amount of progress each week and after only two months of lessons, I am more confident in my speech and people around me have noticed a significant accent reduction in my speech.
I am a Cuban-born professional who immigrated to the USA as an adult and had a need to minimize my accent as well as refine my English pronunciation. This was a critical initiative for me to take in order to establish myself in the healthcare profession here in the Greater New York area.
Having Melanie as an English pronunciation coach has been a blessing. She was able to quickly analyze my pronunciation needs and customize a program just for me. Melanie also has a great teachable way about her and is incredibly patient. After only 10 lessons, my everyday conversations with American-born colleagues as well as communications with patients has drastically improved and I feel so much more confident when speaking in public.
I highly recommend Melanie based on her expertise and professionalism.
Working with Melanie is the best choice I've ever made. Melanie is a phenomenal speech coach and I reached out to her in hopes of fixing my accent. Out of all of my past speech coaches, her method is the most effective for me. She knows exactly what to fix and exactly how to fix it. By targeting and distinguishing my exact needs and struggles, we were able to immediately make noticeable progress. The sessions were customized to my specific needs and Melanie did a detailed assessment of my speech as the first step. I've never had a session with any other speech coaches as customized, personal, and effective as Melanie's.
In addition, she's extremely friendly and open. She listens to my concerns about my speech and is very flexible and patient with me. She's very organized and she makes sure I understand the concept by using pictures and charts. Melanie's expansive experiences and knowledge in the linguistic field are apparent after just talking with her once through the phone for the first time. She was also able to immediately distinguish a certain sound that I know for sure I was struggling with for a long time while my prior speech coaches failed to catch it and claimed I sound fine. This is when I knew she is the right coach for me. By fixing my speech, I've felt more confident and I became more vocal. It was an amazing experience!
Melanie is a very professional and responsible coach and a very kind and delightful person! I enjoyed every minute of her tutoring and truly benefited a lot from her expertise.
We started working on my pronunciation at the beginning of the year, since “improving my English pronunciation” was one of my New Year’s resolutions. Melanie did a pronunciation assessment before the course began. She then created a detailed lesson plan based on my pronunciation issues, so that there is a lesson specially designed to correct each problematic sound. She records each session and shares the sound files with me so that I can review and practice with them at home. She always kindly and patiently helps me overcome any language difficulties, and I definitely feel a vast improvement in both my English pronunciation and my confidence to speak English!
I’d love to recommend Melanie to any students or professionals who want to improve their English. You will have a wonderful and fruitful time working with her!
Thank you, Melanie!
Melanie is fantastic. It was a big pleasure working with her and I did some major progress in my English diction. Highly recommended.
Business Owner, Logistics
I know Melanie for more than 2 years now, in simple words ...she is great! Extremely professional and most important extremely FUNNY! I took few classes which were very helpful, Speech Fox teach you what you need to know, the way that you will remember.
I recommend Melanie and Speech Fox to all who would like to improve their English and lose their foreign accents-regardless where they are from.
Speech Fox is anything but boring.
Educator, Portuguese Language
She's really great! Very professional and kind. I could improve my accent with her. She's probably one of the best teachers for accent reduction.
For actors, models, and other performers
Actor & Dancer
Melanie Fox is the best and only option available in NYC if you want to drastically and efficiently reduce your accent. As a native Portuguese speaker, I had a very strong and distinguishable accent that is common to the specific area in Brazil that I am from. The way I pronounced words clearly showed that I came from a particular area or country.
Melanie was highly recommended to me by my English school’s group of advisors and teachers. I had an initial mini 20-minute phone consultation with her, explaining in detail what my specific issues and areas of improvement were. She was honest and direct, offering me her insight on the best methods to accomplish my goals in a speedy and cost-conscious way.
Her friendliness, good sense of humor and high level of professionalism made me feel amazingly at ease and comfortable at our first in-person session. She administered an in-depth evaluation of my level of English pronunciation, grammar, word choice, intonation, and speech behaviors. Melanie made sure each session was comprehensive so that not one detail was overlooked or error remained unfixed. I had my own class curriculum customized specifically for me. Melanie creates worksheets for you to practice with and records the sessions so you can continue practicing outside of her sessions.
After a few months of taking lessons with Melanie, my acting coaches, colleagues and family members also noticed dramatic progress in my English speech and pronunciation. I started receiving compliments, and people commented that I sound like a native speaker. Since working with Melanie, my English and self-confidence have both improved exponentially.
Melanie Fox is a great accent reduction specialist. I came from Russia and lived in Italy I picked up bunch of different accents, Melanie helped me to reduce incorrect pronunciations. Today my speech is much clear and understandable for many of my friends and colleagues. I was amazed knowing that some mistakes I used to make were so obvious but I didn't know that I was making them. I recommend everyone to try in order to sound clear and define.
Actor & Model
Working with Ms. Melanie is a joy. She has a big knowledge and lessons with her are worth every dime. She is the best choice and I see the results and she is improving my English like no one before (and I had many dialect/accent coaches). I fully recommend Melanie in every aspect. Enjoy!
Model & Student
Melanie is an amazing accent reduction coach. I contacted her over a year ago after a long search for an accent reduction specialist and couldn’t be happier. Initially I planned to take only a few lessons to work on my th sound , however ended up meeting up with her every 2 weeks to work on different areas of my mispronunciation. I would get annoyed when people ask me where I am from and always wanted to sound more like a native speaker and lessons with Melanie help a lot! She is very flexible as well and works around my hectic school schedule.
For actors and voice actors
Actor & Voice-Over Artist
I got a last minute audition that required a British accent and the first person I thought of was Melanie. I had less than 24 hours to prepare for the role and Melanie was quick to respond, she was kind and thorough. I sent her the scenes, she marked the script with the sound changes and we went over them on the phone. I felt secure and on the following day prior to my audition, we went over the scene again. I appreciate her professionalism and her quick response. I also got a very good feedback from the casting director! Thanks, Melanie!
Actor, Voice-Over Artist, & Singer
I am an actor and voice over artist living in New York City. I recently needed some help executing accents and dialects for a few characters I was developing. I had the pleasure of working with Melanie Fox of Speech Fox. I can’t begin to tell you how incredible the experience was. She has been so helpful that I can’t and won’t go to anyone else ever again. Outside of being super flexible, which is convenient for me because my schedule is always in flux, there is simply no substitute for a true professional and getting the proper training. Melanie's tutelage has benefitted me in so many ways, it helped with recent auditions, preparing sides, monologues, and performing in theatre and film roles. Some of the accents we worked on were Standard British English (RP), Cockney, Irish, Scottish, Brooklynese (New York), Italian, Hispanic (Mexican), and Southern. All of this work helped me create my character accents with greater imagination, proficiency, and accuracy. If I rehearse with Melanie, my auditioners often think the accent I'm performing is authentic. I’m also a singer, and I must say that learning phonetics through the IPA with Speech Fox helped me understand my craft even better. My progress has been incredible, and in such a short time. I simply can’t say enough. Thank you, Melanie. You really are the best!
Actor & Comedian
Melanie has been a huge help to me whenever I prepare for a role or go to an audition. After a few sessions with her, I have performed in Plays using a southern dialect and have acted in a short film using an Irish (Dublin) accent. I would highly recommend Melanie as a dialect coach for stage and screen actors.
ESL / TOEFL Tutoring
Dentist / Orthodontist
I am a dentist and orthodontist from the Ukraine. A few years ago I immigrated to the US and decided to obtain a dentistry license here. In order to do it, I had to pass a number of complicated exams. I had no problem getting a high score in dentistry related tests, however I had a serious problem with the TOEFL. My English was not at the level I needed it to be. For me, the language issue was much more complicated than the medical and dental boards. I took some preparation courses for the TOEFL, but my score didn't improve much.
I started to study with Melanie since the summer of 2017. She helped me greatly improve my English communication skills in speaking and writing. I started speaking clearly, with much less of an accent, and improved grammar and diction. Melanie pointed out my main issues and helped me correct them; and for that I am very grateful. After a short time (just a couple of months), I was able to pass the TOEFL with high enough scores to participate in a very competitive program for international dentists that I wanted to attend. Melanie helped me to compose an outstanding resume and curriculum vitae as well as a personal essay and statement of purpose. These were very important deliverables for this process.
When I had received an invitation to the interview from one of the most prestigious dental schools in California, I started to prepare for this event with Melanie. I had no prior experience with interviews of this kind--and this was a competitive group interview, where I had to stand out. On top of that, the acceptance rate was very low--only 1 applicant out of 5 applicants would be selected. She prepared me for this challenging process so well, that I arrived confident and well-equipped to stand out from the crowd. I was not surprised when I found out that I was successfully admitted to this program. At the end of the process, I was only 1 of 32 out of 150 candidates who made the final cut.
I strongly believe that Melanie played a key role in my success story, as I could not have accomplished these life-changing achievements, and so quickly, without the strategic help and support of Speech Fox.
World Language Instruction
Melanie is not just an accent reduction coach for English -- she also works with monolingual English-speakers like me to learn to pronounce Spanish for specific purposes. I am about to attend a wedding based in Colombia, and I had a unique, time-sensitive request -- I needed to learn my best man speech -- in Spanish! Within 24-hours, Melanie translated my speech into Spanish (not just literally, but rewording it to sound natural/appropriate), did a "transliteration" or a transcription I could use like a pronunciation cheat-sheet, and even put together an audio recording file so I could listen and practice on my flight over. Melanie was extremely responsive, thorough, and flexible. She did an excellent job, and I would 100% hire her again for future language or presentation projects.
In addition to accent reduction, Melanie also offers foreign language instruction. I reached out to her because I wanted to polish my French language skills so that I could use them professionally. She paired me up with a great tutor named Thomas, who was very smart and personable. He came to my office and I got a full hour of individual attention. We only worked on the skills and that were relevant to my individual needs. It was a great experience and it helped me feel so much more comfortable speaking French.