Should A Soft Skills Trainer Focus On VnA? - CiteHR
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I would like the esteemed members of this forum to discuss whether it is important for a Soft Skills trainer to focus on the accent part. I've come across a few trainers who themselves have an MTI with a certified trainer tag attached to them!
I think voice/accent is a part of Presentation Skills and therefore a trainer needs to focus on this aspect too.

Hi There,
My answer for your first question is NO. You dont have to maintain an american or UK Accent to become a softskill trainer. Its always better to maintain Neutral Accent.
Further, What u said is true. many trainers have MTI. This is a matter to be concentrated on. As a trainer it always advised to remove your MTI ASAP. because people who listen to you are learning something from you and they should not catch you wrong pronunciations.
Hence, maintain neutral accent and remove MTI.
All the Best.

Hi,
Thanks for your reply. I didn't really mean a trainer having a US or UK accent but rather having a nuetral accent. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to matter to some trainers, they tend to forget that people are learning something very important from them.

Ask yourself, what sounds impressive ? especially in meetings, whether it's client meetings, video conference or in house sessions.
You need an accent, not a strong one, but a global accent, which is soft to hear.
The Indian pronunciation does not go a long way and MUST be stopped.
I am disappointed to hear soft skill trainers, TTT specialists and even V&A trainers who refuse to learn an accent, and yet claim they are qualified to teach US/UK accent, culture and etiquette.

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