Keiter was in the midst of a motivational talk at a high school and as was answering some of the student’s questions he asked a student directly, DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? She replied, “yes but I don’t like it because I have an accent!”. Keiter answered: “you speak two languages and not everyone can say that”. She clearly grasped his message and agreed instantly.
When Keiter resumed the assembly he began to speak in Spanish and he asked who can understand him, the student lifts up her hand and he acknowledged her as a confirmation that it is COOL. He shared his new message to everyone and they yelled it back with all their might.
The feedback was so positive we continued to share the message. The positive instant impact it created needed to reach more people because it creates awareness relevant to critical issues of bullying, racism and xenophobia around the world.
Having an accent makes you YOU, makes you different, makes you special, makes you unique, it shows you are a brave, persistent and a strong individual.
Speaking with an accent opens the door to share your life story…we all have one.
Embracing others with an accent shows you are accepting, tolerant and real.
So...it is cool, to have an accent.