Accent Reduction: Mindset Tips for Successful Communication (Part 2)
In Mindset Tips for Successful Communication (Part 1), we addressed the first 5 accent reduction mindset tips for jump-starting your progress in the beginning stages and for boosting your effectiveness in later stages. Here are the remaining 5 mindset tips.
Maximize Accent Training through Mindset Tips
- Celebrating your communication successes will empower you to continue to improve. You will feel good about yourself and the effort you’re putting in. Acknowledge your specific challenge speech sounds and rule patterns in a non-judgmental way with curiosity versus unhealthy criticism. For example, instead of saying to yourself “You’ve been trying to correct this English sound and you’re getting nowhere with it”, say “I feel good that I’ve been putting the effort into shaping this American English sound into its target. I know my efforts are paying off.”
- View a busy schedule as an opportunity for quickly and efficiently completing your practice between accent modification sessions with your trainer. Knowing that you have a brief period of time to complete your practice alleviates apprehension that the practice will be a daunting task.
- Embrace the idea that by learning a new accent, you will not lose connection to your culture and heritage. The goal of accent reduction is to minimize communication barriers. Your native culture and heritage are yours. You can stay connected to them at the same time as you improve your ability to communicate in your non-native language.
- Approaching your non-native accent with a sense of humor will make your journey more fun. Taking a lighthearted perspective will help you to be more patient and accepting of any mistakes that you might make.
- Purposefully setting up scenarios to practice your accent techniques will mean taking risks. Practicing your newly acquired skills in functional practical everyday situations might be a little scary. Nonetheless, taking these risks will prove to be well worth it. View the “mistakes” as “learning opportunities.” Do an experiment to see if your fears that people will judge you if you make a mistake are really true. Observe their nonverbal and verbal behavior. If it’s appropriate, ask them if they feel frustrated that your American English isn’t “perfect.” Chances are that you’ll put your worries to rest.
Mindset is such an important part of many endeavors, including accent reduction. Briefly, the 10 mindset tips involve: celebration, trust, risk, perspective on time management, responsibility, teamwork, and practice. Hopefully you too, like my clients, will find that these 10 mindset tips for successful communication empower you to maximize your accent training for powerful results. To your accent mindset, Cher