Speech therapist working with people to tame southern accents

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Have you ever been told you should tame your southern accent? Or maybe felt that it has held you back in your career?

Well, if you want to take the edge off and still keep the charm, it can be done.

Several years ago Carole Cain, a Gadsden native, was working for Southern Living, a magazine that celebrates all things southern.

But when she would go to New York for business, people made comments regarding her accent.

"They had made comments about it. All in good fun, just the fact they were mentioning it made me realize it was a distraction to them," Cain said."Unfortunately many non-southerners view a southern accent as less competent, less professional, less intelligent. So I felt like especially in a business and professional situation, if I wanted to be taken seriously, I needed to at least take the edge off of my southern accent."

So Cain went to Deborah Boswell who by the way is also a southern girl raised in Auburn.

"I realize I have to be careful about this topic because it is part of our heritage," Boswell said."I'm not on a mission to eradicate southern accents but I do want to work with those who find it to be a liability. Usually it's about softening the accent and improving the grammar that goes with it."

"I didn't want to lose my southern accent. I love southern accents," Cain says."I am southern. I live in the south and I absolutely want to keep it . I just wanted to tone it down."

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