I recently read on a colleague’s website, “The problem is not the level of your English. The problem is how you feel when you speak it.”
The more I talk to my students, the more I am convinced this is true. I can also remember quite vividly when I arrived in Germany with a degree in German, French and Business Studies, how difficult it was for me to open my mouth and even say a few words of German (I know you may find that hard to believe 😊).
And I froze in panic when the phone rang … So I totally understand how some of you feel when speaking English, especially in an important professional situation like a job interview.
You need survival strategies for interviews to make you feel more confident. I recently wrote an article on the subject for one of my clients, The Boardroom.
It is also important to take little steps and set yourself small goals to improve your confidence. Say to yourself that you will say one sentence in English on a regular video call, then two, three … etc. But don’t ever say no to taking part in a meeting in English – it is always good practice, no matter how much or little you say!