International language of business
It’s no secret that the last five years have been a big challenge for most european companies. Whether you work in finance, marketing, sales, healthcare or virtually any other domain, you have probably noticed that you have been increasingly exposed to the English language in your daily work (emails, memos, meetings, telephone calls – aah!) The reason? Companies have had to look outside their home markets to grow and in some cases survive and as soon as that happens, English is the language used to communicate as it is after all the international language of business.
Come out from under your desk…
Now, it’s completely safe to say that there are many of you who are vastly experienced and highly qualified in your respective domains but find your English level is holding you back regarding your progression and professional development. If you have up until now managed to avoid answering that ringing telephone with the ’00 44′ prefix or have run out of excuses why you just can’t attend that international conference call then maybe it’s time to change your mindset.
Seen from the inside
Having spent the last five years helping French professionals perfect their English presentations, conference call participation, meeting etiquette, emails and negotiations I have repeatedly noticed that more and more of my clients have had to almost re-learn their jobs in English which has put them under immense pressure on top of the daily stress that comes with the job in their native language. If you know however that your future job security and prospects depend on your English level improving then your motivation will be clear and present. Indeed my most highly motivated clients have been the ones who have had clear goals with the associated pressure to perform such as presentations to make to shareholders or top management!
Brush aside or brush up?
It is indeed still possible to continue to work and do very well within a French company without a good English level but sooner rather than later there will be an occasion when English will be center stage and that’s just when you need to be able to deliver because what this language will do for you is open doors both professionally and culturally. Isn’t it time that you brushed up your English and opened a few doors of your own..?
We’d be keen to hear from you regarding your experiences?
Jeremy Peter Williams – Cviber.com