DON'T IMAGINE THAT YOUR AUDIENCE ARE NAKED - IMAGINE THE OPPOSITE
May 4, 2016
LINGUISTIC BUSINESS COACHING: A SHORTCUT FROM FEAR OF SPEAKING TO LINGUISTIC SELF-CONFIDENCE
June 1, 2016
Linguistic Business Coaching (LBC) offers a number of tools to help you gain self-confidence and increase the spontaneity of expression when you speak a foreign language in the business context. It identifies and targets the areas that you struggle with the most to ensure you can communicate as confidently as you do in your mother tongue.
LBC is a personal journey for everyone so, before you start working on yourself, you need establish where you are now and what you want to achieve in order to identify your very own course towards becoming confident and authentic in international business. This is where the 3 W’s of LBC come in. They are a series of questions, which help you establish where you are now, what’s your linguistic vision and what is standing in between:
Who are you now when you speak the foreign language of your choice and who do you want to be? What’s your vision as a competent international business communicator? Take time to see yourself being one and write it all down.
Why are you learning a language? How will you benefit from it as a professional and as a person? On a scale from 1 to 10 how important is it for you? If 7 or less, does it make sense carrying on? Should you learn a different language? What should happen for your motivation to increase? How do you make it happen?
What do you have to do to bridge the gap between who you are now and who you want to become in the context of international business communication? What are the next five steps that you could make? Who could you ask for help? What resources do you need? What obstacles are you likely to encounter?
Take time to write as much detail as possible and don’t be afraid to write about your weak points and insecurities. You don’t have to show your scribbles to anyone. The most important thing is to identify your development areas.
Having answered all the above questions will help you gain clarity in terms of what you want to achieve and give you the springboard to embark on the exciting LBC journey to linguistic self-confidence in international business.