Is your regional accent charming or annoying?
Do you use “yinz” “n’at” and “gumbands” frequently in your vocabulary?
Do you say “Dahn tahn,” “hahse,” and “Stillers?”
Do people know you are from Pittsburgh even when you are in another area of the country?
Do people smirk when you tell them where you are from?
You may be hurting your career if you do!
Mark, a client of mine told me that when he traveled on business trips, the people he ran into and talked to immediately knew where he was from. They would ask him and he would say, “I’m from Pittsburgh.” Then they would kind of smirk and say, “I knew it.” He always felt like he was being made fun of and not taken seriously after that.
Then Mark noticed that when it was time to present a proposal to a potential client, his boss always gave his colleague the opportunity to present instead of him.
Mark decided to ask his boss about it and his boss told him honestly like it is. He said, “You don’t seem to be ready yet. You don’t sound very polished when you talk. Because of your Pittsburghese, you are making grammar mistakes and you are using words that don’t even exist.” Then he added, “I would love to use you but I don’t think you are ready yet.”
Mark’s boss was afraid that because Mark used Pittsburghese he would be perceived negatively. This was not the image they wanted for the company.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Is your Pittsburgh accent interfering with your professional goals?
Has someone told you that your Pittsburghese is holding you back?
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Are you ready to portray the professional that you want to be?
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Are you ready to become the leader you want to be making more money, having more influence and greater impact with your colleagues, and your boss?
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