Clients often ask me if they should try to lose their accents on camera or when they give speeches. To me having an accent is part of what sets you apart and when you’re performing you certainly want to be memorable. So I never coach anybody to lose their accent. I think you should embrace it.
That said, you need to be aware that some words you say might be difficult to understand, especially if you speak fast, which people have a tendency to do when they’re nervous. The best way to mitigate this is to record a mock speech or interview and have a friend or colleague listen to the words you’re saying, with their eyes closed. If they can’t understand certain words, then you need to consider saying them slower and more clearly or replacing them with synonyms. After all, it would be frustrating to make a great point but have that point get lost because of a word choice.
I know it can be challenging to speak slowly but, accent or not, it’s a good habit to get into. Some of the best speakers out there take their time. There’s no rush; own the moment and command the room.
In short, embrace your accent because it makes you, you. Just make sure no words get lost in your delivery and you will be good to go. Remember, the ultimate goal is to make an impression and speaking with a unique dialect can help you achieve that!
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