We do Business Presentations for many reasons, from the 60 second "Elevator Pitch" to a full 30 minute slot, however, whether we are simply introducing our business as in the 60 second or 10 minute presentation or delivering a business pitch to a potential client, it is imperative that we can be CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD when we speak, in order to get our message across. If we speak with a strong accent, regional or national, we are in danger of losing the impact altogether.
It is something I am seeing more frequently when working with my clients, particularly national accents with the increase of business owners from Europe. Although these clients speak a high level of English, it is often their strong accents that hold them back from moving their businesses forward. I will address these issues, as they arise, with my clients as well as teaching them the skills of Public Speaking.
I have also noticed that with many Asian and Arabic speaking people, the way they naturally speak is different to how we speak English and this can make them difficult to understand too.
Over the years, working with many different nationalities, I have observed that the use of vowels in English requires us to use an “open mouth” to speak. Many European languages don’t seem to use vowels in quite the same way or they are used sparingly so their words are formed differently, think in terms of Russian, Polish or German. I have also observed that Asian & Arabic Languages are spoken with a “closed mouth” so these nationalities may find it quite difficult to be understood when speaking English.
When other nationals learn English, I am not sure how much emphasis is put on learning how to form words correctly for the purpose of being easily understood.
CLARITY of voice & the spoken word is very important, especially in business presentations, so be sure that when you speak, you open your mouth and form your words clearly to avoid any misunderstanding about your message.
If you have a strong accent & feel that it is having an adverse effect on your business prospects? Perhaps we should have a conversation to discuss how I can help you be better understood?
As always, thanks for reading! Hopefully you have gained something new which will help you to communicate more effectively, to deliver your message with authority, clarity and confidence. If so, please do forward this to anyone else you think may be interested.
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