Do you feel blocked when trying to speak English freely and without thinking too much about it?

Photo by charlesdeluvio on Unsplash The best way to deal with this is to face it. Make it a priority and get support from an experienced business English coach and trainer. They can help you accept the feeling of discomfort, and then work your way out of it. The trick is to find the balance […]

Does your company or team speak international business English? 

How an intermediate level of business English can work to your advantage! Here’s something I hear all the time: “I feel confident in business English conversations with people who have my level of English, but I feel nervous when I speak to native English speakers.”  If your clients or target clients speak a kind of […]

Enhance Your Business English Solutions: Unlocking Full Fluency for your organisation

When a good command of English is no longer enough, you should aim for full fluency in English  Photo by Foto Sushi on Unsplash If your clients or business partners are based in majority native English speaking countries, a good command of business English is probably not enough. You, your team or organisation will survive with a B2 […]

When it comes to using business English at work: what exactly are you afraid of?

Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash In my experience, the most successful learners  identify their fears, face those fears and learn to overcome them or to manage them. So what are your fears when it comes to working in English? What language, emotional or psychological barriers are holding you back? What typical mistakes do you want to correct? What […]

How to speak confident, business English and become a role model for your team

Your confidence in speaking English will impact the way your team speaks English and the type of opportunities they pursue. A manager who lacks confidence in their English language skills can have a negative impact on the team’s level of and willingness to speak English. If team members sense the manager’s insecurity, they may hesitate […]

When you feel triggered, here’s how to stay cool

When triggered, the amygdala, the part of your brain primarily associated with emotional processes, can be activated. It releases stress hormones that prepare you to fight, freeze or flee. Fantastic if you’re in physical danger, but not necessarily when in a meeting or negotiation.  Here’s a way to return to or stay COOL. Catch the […]

Renewal or burn out? The choice is yours.

In his book “The Way We’re Working, Isn’t Working” Tony Schwartz talks about the four zones we spend our time in (see image).  Leaders often aim to stay consistently in the performance zone. But that’s not possible. At some point they slide into the survival zone, characterised by emotions like anger and impatience. And when […]

What does your audience want? I mean, what do they really want?

Berlin audiences can be analytical, cool and hard to seduce. On this particular evening, an earnest looking host introduces the first speaker. He begins:  “It’s Friday evening. I’m supposed to talk about A.I and Blockchain.You probably know more about that than I do. So I’m not going to talk about that. Instead, I’m going to […]

Why am I working again on a Saturday? I planned for this not to happen. So why is it happening again?

One reason could be your Immunity to Change, a concept based on the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahay. They describe it as having one foot on the gas pedal (your goal) and  one foot on the brake pedal (what gets in the way of the goal). The brake pedal is your immune system ‘protecting’ […]