The Global Economy Increases the Importance of Clear Business Communication Skills
Today’s professional world is more global than ever before. Career driven individuals move across the country, across the ocean, and around the world to pursue their career dreams. The migration of skilled individuals, especially in technical fields has increased awareness of the obstacle that can occur with language, pronunciation, and accent differences. From regional dialects interfering with promotions, thick accents making it difficult to get a foot in the door, and unclear communication slowing down career growth, accent reduction can give you a step-up.
Accent Reduction to Make Yourself More Marketable
While you may know English effortlessly, and understand it perfectly thanks to years of undergraduate and graduate schooling, you may still have a heavy accent from your first language. Colleges and universities are notoriously accommodating of large populations of students from around the world. Unfortunately, when it becomes time to land your first post-graduation job, your accent may not be as widely accepted. With Carolina Speech Services’ online or in-person speech modification program, you can reduce your accent to a level that will make the interview process smoother and ensure your accent is not a barrier to entry for your new dream job.
Accent Modification for Gaining an Advantage for the Next Big Promotion
Living and working in a country where your second language is their first, can create a barrier between you and your career success. Less than clear communication can make it difficult to pitch the next big idea, get buy-in on a current initiative, or distract from your position as an expert in your field. If you feel like you’re being passed up for promotions and your accent could be playing a part, call Carolina Speech Services. We guarantee at least a 50% reduction in your accent with our completely customized accent modification program.
Regional Dialect Stereotypes Can Cause Career Roadblocks
While American English does have standard pronunciations, various regions around the country enjoy distinct dialects due to variations in pronunciation, speed, and vocabulary. Regional dialects result from different nationalities that settled certain areas more heavily, social standing and economic conditions in those areas, and some instances of isolation where dialects develop independently of the rest of the country.
For instance, Irish settlers influenced the distinct Boston accent, so clam chowder becomes “clam chowdah, ” and Boston becomes “Bawstin.” In the Southern United States, a heavy twang can be heard with the drawing out of vowel sounds and the use of southern slang terms such as ya’ll. These variations in word use and sounds can be quite charming, but in certain professional situations, old stereotypes can, unfortunately, play a part in the impression you make on supervisors and clients. While it certainly is not the case across the board, if you find yourself in New York City trying to climb the ladder at a large law firm, a Southern accent could potentially slow that climb. We will provide you with the tools to soften your accent, removing it from the factors that contribute to your career growth, with a custom accent modification program.
At Carolina Speech Services, we make it easy for you. We’ll meet on your schedule and can even hold online classes to serve you no matter where you live or work. Call today at 704-845-1605.