Top reason for delay in promotion – Poor English speaking skills How often do we feel low because our chance of getting that much needed promotion is simply rejected because of poor English speaking skills? The boss shows us a ray of hope and says, “Do something about your communication skills”. We again sit wondering for a long time till we can clearly point out the failure to poor English speaking skills. One of the essential qualities of a leader is to be able to communicate effectively with people – management, colleagues and sub-ordinates and that’s a quality hiring managers are actively looking for while hiring or promoting as a lot of established companies have the training budgets in place for imparting technical skills but none for English communication skills. As English is the most commonly used language in offices these days, being able to talk in English fluently has become increasingly important. Can we do anything to improve our English speaking skills? “Many people would advise us to read newspapers, watch English films, buy English grammar books and we listen to this and try to follow all these methods in order to improve our English speaking skills. We make a schedule, make firm resolutions but nothing seems to really help. We try hard, very hard; we struggle with words, try it for a day or two and then again back to square one. But then do we really need to give up hope? Deep inside we know, we have all the perfect abilities, all the ideas and skills to do a job exceptionally well, so why should speaking in English be the only obstacle. inlingua methodology Finding a mentor at the work place can open a lot of doors for you. A mentor will groom you to succeed by giving you various relevant situation handling tips. Similarly, we need somebody to identify our strengths and help improve on the imperfections while speaking in English. And honestly, it’s not possible to do that on our own. Colleagues and friends can help a bit, but the presence of a trained instructor whose ears are tuned in to precisely what we say can work wonders in improving our English communication skills. We also need to practice with a group of people at the same level as ours so that we develop the confidence to face the real world situations on our own. All must have heard a common saying – Practice makes a man perfect! I’d prefer to say practice in an extremely stimulating environment with an expert leads to real, visible results. The expert will equip you with universally acceptable, versatile language, vocabulary and polish your existing language skills to help you to face the world. The friends you make will have similar fears and needs and therefore, will be a part in your journey of speaking fluently in English. Slowly, as you make it a habit to speak in English as a part of your daily routine by means of interactive classes you will see your fears gradually disappear and your real self - the one that was hiding, “develop and progress”. It won’t be too long, just a matter of a few weeks, before you could put your under-confidence and hesitation behind and go and grab that promotion!”

Sherin D'Souza, 24 July, 2017 (12:13 PM)

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