A charming Frenchman, the vice president of a Southern California bank, participated in a recent Decker training session. He remarked to the instructor that he hated his accent. Even when we suggested that it was charming, he remained certain that it was a detriment – that it blocked his progress. Finally, we brought it to a vote: how many in the class of 12 thought his accent was a plus rather than a minus? Eleven hands shot up – unanimous, except for him.
Unfortunately, he still did not recognize the truth as others saw it.
An accent is a plus - in most cases. If people can understand you, and if your accent does not connote a lack of education, it adds a pleasant characteristic to your personality. We are all more sensitive about our personal characteristics than others.
If you have a difference that sets you apart, use it! In your communications it is usually a strength, and is part of your natural self.