Don’t talk like an Australian!

by Barrie Hopson on January 14, 2014 · 1 comment

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I just love the advice that you pick up for the new year for people considering changing jobs or career pattern. This will apply equally to portfolio workers many of whom are permanently pursuing new work and/or customers. Apparently if you are looking for any of these things you definitely should not  talk like an Australian.

Turning a statement into a question, with a rising tone on the last syllable, will make you a third less likely to get a senior management job, according to a survey of 700 managers, executives and business owners commissioned by Pearson.

High-Rising Terminal (HRT) , or ‘Australian Intonation Disease’ as it’s also known, is apparently infecting British workplaces  due to those popular US and Aussie TV shows.

So try talking to yourself now and listen to see if you raise your tone ……..

Would you give yourself a contract? Oh Dear – I think I just raised my tone at the end of that sentence!

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1 Gail Gibson January 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The rising intonation primarily exists among Aussies from Queensland or more affectionately known as the Sunshine State!! Famous folk in Oz who share this so-called ‘infectious disease’ with the Welsh 😉

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