Are you scared like me?

As the youngest of 9 kids in my family I’ve always been most comfortable as a quiet observer.

I do not like being in the spotlight.

It makes me laugh that I now have a business where my face is everywhere online in pictures and video.

When I first started Pronunciation Pro I tried to stay in the background. My face was no where to be found.

But I wasn’t finding much success.

A mentor encouraged me to get in front of the camera and talk personally to my potential students.

She knew the love I had for my students and my passion for my work, and that I was the only one that could really communicate my hard-earned expertise.

She also knew that people want to connect with a real person.

She was right.

I remember the moment I decided that I was going to face my fears and step into the spotlight… or in my case, in front of the camera.

I told my mom on the phone…

“I know this is the work I’m supposed to do in the world, and if stepping into the spotlight is what needs to happen, then that’s what I have to do.”

Now 10+ years later I still don’t love being in the spotlight, but I’m not scared of it anymore.

Because I faced my fear and got uncomfortable, I’ve been able to help students from all over the world find their voices and their confidence to face their fears and step into their personal spotlight.

And now they are doing their work in the world.

And I’m so proud of them because I know that it’s not easy… but it IS completely worth it.

So… what about you?

Do you have work to do that requires you to step into the spotlight?

Are you scared like me?

If so, I encourage you to do it…even if it’s a little scary.

And if you need any extra help finding your voice and confidence, I’m here for you.


English Pronunciation & Fluency Expert
Annie Ruden M.S.CCC-SLP
CEO | Accent Reduction Trainer
[email protected]

Be Understood. Be Confident.