A strong accent can be your biggest weakness when speaking English. Reducing and softening a strong accent, can help you to improve your speaking skills:
… leading to successful job interviews; better job prospects; more job opportunities; giving you that winning chance of climbing your career ladder and realising your dreams!
If an employee has a very strong accent, it can affect their employability.
As an example, I was contacted by a Spanish student, Raquel, working in digital marketing, who had a strong Spanish accent. She had been for 2 job interviews. These were high-profile job positions including “Head of Europe” for a global company. Her CV was perfect. Her experience was admirable. “She was the perfect match!” But, incredibly, she didn’t get the jobs – she was totally shocked!
After receiving some feedback from her agent, she realised it was because of her strong accent.
It was an important lesson!
Her CV was perfect. Her experience was admirable. “She was the perfect match!”
But, incredibly, she hadn’t realised her accent was her biggest weakness!
What I learned from the experience of this Spanish student, Raquel, was that the higher up you go on the career ladder, the higher the expectation there is of you being able to speak better English with a more natural English accent.
Having a strong accent was not a problem for her when she was applying for jobs lower down the career ladder. But when she started moving up the career ladder, going for jobs that were high-profile positions, her strong accent became “her biggest weakness”.
Remember, Speaking is a Skill.
And remember, your Voice is 50% of who you are!
Would you like to change your accent?
Accent Reduction: Wikipedia:
The English Accent Tutor: YouTube Channel: