Here are some key points to know if you are experiencing difficulty at work due to your accent.
1) Know your audience. When speaking with familiar people, you may find you have no trouble communicating. The people you speak to on a regular basis are used to your accent and the types of technical vocabulary you use. However, when speaking with someone new, especially over the phone or internet, you may need to pay more attention to your speech in order to be understood. Be aware of the types of words you use, and check to make sure your listener is on the same page.
2) Know your issues. This may be a challenge for you, or you may already know which sounds, words, and speaking situations tend to be the most difficult for you. If you are not sure, you can take a free screening or have a full assessment to gain a better understanding of how your individual speech patterns affect your communication in English.
3) Make a commitment to improve. It may seem overwhelming to try to change your accent. But it is likely that if you have been living in North America, your speech has gradually been changing the longer you have been surrounded by American English. You can accelerate and take control of your speech changes by committing to learning your patterns, selecting practice targets and implementing a program for change. You may prefer to do so with direct coaching, or you might like to pursue self-study. To learn more about how to achieve your goals, schedule a free consultation today.