Some people don't think they have an accent, or they view their regional accents as a badge of honor.
No one wants to believe they talk funny. And even if they can cop to their accent, they probably think it's cute or unique. Therefore they might believe they shouldn't do anything about it. But they're wrong.
"I recommend you spend some time to neutralize your accent," says Lee Miller, career coach and author of "UP: Influence Power and the U Perspective---The Art of Getting What You Want."
After all, how you look and speak are the first things people notice about you, and they often make snap judgments.