First Impressions and Job Interviews… Oh My!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we lived in a world free of judgement?

Of course it would.
Does that make it true?
Of course it doesn’t.

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Going on a job interview is one long period of judgement. You are trying to take everything in and decide “is this the place for me?” and consequently, your interviewer is forming their opinions of you as soon as you walk through the door. Clothes, hair style, quality of handshake are all fair game to start the judging – oh yea, and your resume, job qualifications, etcetera. Then, as soon as you give your initial greeting – your accent. Your accent is beautiful and part of who you are, but is it also something that you are being judged for when being considered for a position?

Short answer: yes!

“A person can speak flawless English, but an accent causes him or her to be seen as someone who can’t do the job”

Dianne Markley, professor
University of North Texas at Denton
“Do You Sound Right for the Job?”

Having an accent has nothing to do with how well we are able to speak English, it is simply a beautiful representation of where we were raised, our family, our history, our first language. The truth is, there are sounds in English that don’t exist in any other language and there are sounds across worldly languages that can’t be found in American English. None of this makes either language wrong, it just makes it different.

The question is: is the difference large enough to get in the way of how you’re understood in a professional setting?

Accent modification is not ERASING your accent, it is SMOOTHING out your accent to make you an effective communicator, no matter what.

“An accent shouldn’t matter, but it does. That’s life.”

Carlos Soto
National Hispanic Corporate Council, President
“Do You Sound Right for the Job?”

Accent Helper is here to help give you the confidence and skill you need to improve your American English accent so you can concentrate on the most important part of an interview: how to make your weaknesses sound like strengths.

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Take the time to visit our website and get started with our one-on-one accent modification program! Complete your free accent analysis today, and

Don’t let your accent get in the way!

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Be sure to check out the full article:
https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/accents-and-hiring-decisions

A New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again: The beginning.

Every January we sit and try to determine what we can do to make better versions of ourselves. Suddenly, all our conversations start with the same question:

“What’s your New Year’s resolution?”

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So many options to choose from: working out, saving money, paying off debts, starting a diet…

Everyone gets off to a great start for the first few weeks, but time after time we all stall out on our resolutions by February.  Resolution just means there is something that needs to change and let’s face it: change is hard.

What is a resolution?

RESOLUTION: noun
res·o·lu·tion | \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən \
1 : the act or process of resolving: such as
a : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
b : the act of answering : SOLVING
c : the act of determining

When choosing a resolution, we all have to start by asking ourselves the hard questions:

What am I hoping to achieve?
Why is this resolution important to me?
Am I ready to take personal responsibility and make a change in my life?

What if we decide that change isn’t hard, it’s just different?

RESOLVE to take on a new challenge. Decide that your communication is important. Enough is enough:

I’m tired of feeling afraid of presentations.
I’m sick of hesitating to ask a question.
I’m fed up with worrying about communicating effectively with my patients!

Accent Helper is a 13 week program that can produce a long-term improvement in your ability to communicate across every aspect of your life. One decision can make a positive impact on you personally and professionally, so, what is holding you back? Accent Helper is here to provide you with the support and confidence you need to reach your goals.

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Take the time to complete your free accent analysis today!

Don’t let your accent get in the way!

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Healing Through Communication

You are an amazing doctor – no one knows your specialty better than you do.

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Then, why is your colleague getting more business, more attention, more accolades?  Why are patients asking to see a different physician?

What is the cause of the gap between the doctor you are and what your patients are experiencing?  As a medical professional, you are being asked to meet EXTREMELY HIGH expectations not only in your medical knowledge but also in how you are perceived.  The first thing that anyone will notice is how you sound.

Right now, your ability to communicate successfully with your patients and colleagues is directly related to your accent.

Patient surveys are consistently showing that patients are looking for better communication with their doctors and effective communication starts with how well you are understood.

Tongue et al reported that 75% of the orthopedic surgeons surveyed believed that they communicated satisfactorily with their patients, but only 21% of the patients reported satisfactory communication with their doctors.

As usual, it is very difficult to look at ourselves and determine where the breakdown of how we perceive ourselves and how we are being perceived by others occurs.  What can you do to be better?

If you are presented with a new diagnosis or want to learn a new treatment approach, you look for resources and grow as a professional.  Looking for help to improve your American English accent is no different.

Accent Helper is the answer.  Our 13 week, research-based program is created around your everyday communication needs.  Success is inevitable with our highly individualized approach.

Put in the time.  Make YOURSELF the priority.

Be the doctor everyone wants to see, be the nurse practitioner that all the patients ask for.

The medical system is turning toward patient surveys to guide reimbursement and that means it is more and more important to make the best impression every time a patient interacts with their medical professional.  Don’t be left behind.

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Intelligibility is the foundation of ANY communication.

You have a limited amount of time to work on all the dynamics of a successful, patient-doctor relationship – getting the patient to comprehend the complexity of their treatment plan, providing accurate education of their prognosis, ensuring all options are presented as thoroughly as possible – there is no time to worry if they are able to hear all the important information when it’s being clouded by your accent.

You work hard to make your patients feel safe and we are here to provide you with the same safety. This is a safe place to talk about what is hard for you when communicating in your professional setting. Accent Helper is here to focus solely on what is important to you and what will make an immediate impact on your day-to-day communication.

“The patient will never care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Terry Canale

Complete the free screening and receive an email with your initial analysis results and additional information on how to get started with improving your American English accent.

Don’t let your accent get in the way!

Click the button below to get your free accent analysis

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References:

Ha J.F., Longnecker N., Doctor-patient communication: a review. The Ochsner Journal. 2010 Spring; 10(1): 38–43.

Tongue J. R., Epps H. R., Forese L. L. Communication skills for patient-centered care: research-based, easily learned techniques for medical interviews that benefit orthopaedic surgeons and their patients. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005;87:652–658.

 

Breaking the Mold

Looking around at all the different options for accent modification on the internet, I feel like there is one thing they all seem to have in common:

They count on you fitting the ‘one-size-fits-most’ program.

You pay some money, download a video and hope for the best. Maybe one of the trainers will deem you worthy of some ‘one-on-one time’ with them and give you some ‘specialized instruction’(AKA What they are really saying is “If you pay us more money you can get the REALLY good stuff”).

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What if you could find a program that is targeted to what you need?

What if you could be in charge of the vocabulary addressed and participate in a program tailored to the sounds that impact your speech the most – not the sounds that are ‘usually’ impacted by someone with ‘your background’ or ‘your type of native language accent’?

Your language needs can’t be targeted with a blanket approach any more than one diet can work for everyone.

I want to make a program that means something to you, I want to target the sounds that can make an immediate impact on your day to day communication – this is about YOU, not about who can ‘generally benefit’ from a generic, pre-made, ‘from the box’ treatment recipe.

Accent Helper is a program that needs YOU to complete it.

Please take the time to complete the free screening and receive an email with your initial analysis results and additional information on how to get started with improving your American English accent.

Don’t let your accent get in the way!

Click the button below to get your free accent analysis

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