Do you have to speak English with clients?
Are you terrified that they’re gonna think your English isn’t up to the job?
Newsflash: you’re not alone.
This is a very common situation. It’s one that I hear from coaching clients, Extraordinary English Speakers members, people who’ve read my book and … basically anyone learning English.
It goes like this —
You understand most of what people are saying.
And you can read no problem at all.
All of that’s easy… but when it comes to speaking, you feel like there is a barrier in your way. And no matter what you do, you don’t seem to be able to get past that barrier. It’s just there. And it’s a problem. You have a high level of skill in your profession and know you are excellent at what you do… BUT! In order to actually do your thing well, you need to be able to communicate it sufficiently to the people who you do business with. And because you’ve got this barrier in front of you, you can’t. You’re not able to communicate your skill to the full extent. And therefore people think that your skill is lower than what it is….
This is embarrassing.
But it also puts you in a difficult situation in your profession.
After all, if you’re not getting results you won’t go far.
You are not at the limit of your skill in whatever it is that you do. You are at limit of your ability to communicate that thing that you do. Therefore, in order for you to truly shine in your work… you need to remove the barrier. You need to get around it. Smash through it. Whatever direction it is that you want to take.
Improving in English is a simple process.
You need a method which works, materials that are going to give you the samples of language that you need and the correct attitude.
Then you’re gonna need to practise the English you learn to fluency.
This is what I call the two step method.
The world’s simplest method for mastering a language.
Of course, the devil is in the details… what language do you need to study? What are the best ways to practise? But at it’s simplest level, you’ve got to learn the language and then practise it. Then it’s just a case of constantly repeating, reiterating that process. Getting better and better and better with time.
That’s what you’ve got to do. So get on with it. Get it done.
At the same time, though, don’t be too hard on yourself. Everybody knows that you’re using a second language. So, if you are say for example a consultant who has to use English with the clients and you are struggling with English and you’re worried that that’s bringing down everything that you’re doing, go easy on yourself a little bit because getting stressed out isn’t gonna help the situation. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and if you’ve got to do the job you’ve got to do the job and just being stressed about is gonna make it even harder.
Go easy on yourself, give yourself permission to make mistakes, to screw up a little bit. But promise yourself that it’s only a temporary.
And that’s the key here.
Many people just give themselves permission to screw up, make mistakes and then they’re fine with that and they never make the effort to improve and then things go horribly wrong.
Give yourself permission to just feel okay about the fact that you’re not perfect yet…
… BUT promise yourself that you are going to improve.
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