The UK is home to a wealth of distinguishable, often charming regional accents that can instantly tell you where a person is from and give you an insight into their heritage and background, without you knowing anything about them. Many people are proud of their accents. They are a part of their identity and, in many ways, part of their character.
However, with many regions adopting a number of dialect specific words that only mean something to that particular region, it’s easy to see why accents present progression barriers when it comes to securing your chosen career, especially if it involves speaking publicly.
With many stronger accents difficult to understand for people from other regions and countries, it has led many to wonder if elocution lessons are the answer? And will they get us ahead in life?
It’s a topic that divides the nation but, with many companies now put off by strong regional accents due to the fear that the customers they will be communicating with will simply not understand them, should elocution lessons be viewed as a means of getting our dream job or is it a form of discrimination?
At one time, regional dialects were seen as fashionable. In fact, many regions have relied on them heavily as a way of retaining the reputation of its area. For example, Geordie Duo, Ant and Dec played a crucial role in glamorising phrases taken from their regional dialect including “Well Aye, which signaled a trend for the entire nation to adopt Newcastle’s affectionate use of slang.
Unfortunately, social stereotypes tend to deem regional accents as common, causing them to be an immediate handicap when it comes to securing high-flying jobs in the capital!
With a strong focus on using what is referred to the as the ‘Queen’s English’ or Received Pronunciation, many people have turned to elocution lessons to help them to finely tune their accents.
If you decide that you need elocution lessons that are an extensive range of highly qualified tutors out there, who can help you to fix the rough edges of your accent or make subtle vocal changes that will provide you with increased opportunities when it comes to bagging the job that you want. Firsttutors are a well-known option for this service.
And it’s not just politicians, doctors, lawyers and other influential people in the public eye who invest in elocution lessons.
Elocution teachers also help you to execute yourself confidently in demanding situations when you have to speak publicly to large audiences, or deliver presentations on a regular basis. It might be that you need help when it comes to slowing down when reading, pronouncing your vowels effectively, or simply making more of an impact with the words and messages that you are trying to get across to people.
Many of the nation’s favorite celebrities have had to receive elocution lessons. One famous example is Cat Deeley, who sought the help of an elocution coach after fears that she could potentially have lost her TV presenting job in the US due to her strong Birmingham accent.
On the other hand, many celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, who famously lost a job in the American version of the X Factor after fears that the audience could not understand her strong Newcastle accent, refuse to lose their regional accents and dialects.
So what’s the verdict? Do you stand loud and proud of your accent or do you think that people who have jobs where they are communicating with all segments of the British public should receive elocution lessons if they have a strong accent?