What happens when the natives suddenly become the foreigners - not in their own land, but in their own language? For every 1 person born into English, there are 5 who migrate to this language when communicating internationally. On a global scale, this quite literally means that there are more voices that stand out, than fit in. Our speaker Heather Hansen is director of the corporate training firm Global Speech Academy where she helps talented global professionals speak with clarity and confidence in international settings. It’s hard to imagine anyone more qualified to do her job, since Heather knows all about global communication first hand, after having lived in 6 different countries already! Heather Hansen has worked internationally as a global communication specialist for over a decade and learned a lot from her experiences. She believes our accents say a lot about who we are. Unfortunately our accents can sometimes say more about us than our words. Heather passionately believes that your language and pronunciation should not hold you back from reaching your dreams! This is why, at TEDxOdense 2018, Heather Hansen will take us to the other side of language, a flexible, adaptable, and accommodating place where 1.5 billion different voices can be heard. What if, instead of changing the way we speak, we change the way we listen?