Mmmm watcha say?
I’m going to be up front about this one. If you cannot talk properly, you will not make it to the top. The end. I don’t make the rules, I just see them in play. Don’t blame me.
I’m not talking about accents per se. Sure there are some that will act like a weight around your neck and any strong accent is the career equivalent to being found guilty of having goosed the CEO. And before you start accusing me of regionalism, you can have people from any area who can speak properly, there are as many people from London and the Home Counties that speak like complete and utter oiks as there are from other areas.
This is the point when people start quoting the exceptions, but note that for every Alan Sugar, there are a thousand Stuart Roses. When was the last time you heard a FD tell you that, “the balance sheets all gone a bit Pete Tong, but don’t worry cos I’m all over it, innit?” I can’t think of a single profession where it is an advantage to be incoherent and sloppy, perhaps other than recruitment consultancies……
If you want to influence people, you need to have impact. If you want to have impact, you need to have gravitas. And if you cannot speak properly, you will not have gravitas. We have a beautiful language when it is used properly, so do so. It will be better for you, it will be better for your career and to top it all, you’ll stop offending my ears.