According to a new study by thetutorpages.com website there seems to be a soaring demand for elocution lessons for adults.
The report shows that elocution teachers have received more enquiries than teachers of any other subject in recent years.
Let me share with you the findings—it makes interesting reading.
Reasons given for the rise in interest in elocution lessons for adults
- A desire to be taken more seriously
- Worries about employment and promotion prospects
- Fear of public speaking and giving presentations
Some quotes from people seeking training
I have a strong accent and often the first impression people have of me when they hear me talk is that I’m thick. I want to improve my elocution and tone down my accent as I think it may hold me back in my career.
I am beginning to get tired of the reaction I get when I open my mouth and although proud of my roots I am wondering if I should have some elocution lessons in order that I am taken more seriously.
[I’m] looking for promotion but feel that my language skills are holding me back. I am from South East Asia and speak Mandarin and English. I’d like to improve on the clarity and tone of my speech, soften my accent…
What type of people are interested in elocution lessons for adults?
A high proportion of the requests come from professionals looking for a way to improve their career prospects, including
- business executives
- social workers
- non-native speakers
Thoughts from speech and elocution tutors about the surge in interest
There are a lot of pressures on people to try and improve all aspects of themselves….everyone is fighting for jobs and positions and employers have the upper hand in that they can pick and choose.
A lot of people I work with want to develop skills in presentation and communication as well as speech and articulation. It’s about how they put themselves across and whether they can make a clear point.
One factor behind the rise in requests for elocution coaching was The King’s Speech, the film starring Colin Firth as King George VI, who sought assistance from a speech therapist to help him overcome his fear of public speaking.
So are we seeing a return to the days of Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle?
Where ambitious people were denied opportunities because they spoke?
In this competitive job seeking world, it could very well be the case.
Food for thought, indeed…