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It's tough working in English when it isn’t your first language

A few years ago at a meeting in Brussels, I watched as a presentation for a brilliant idea fell completely flat. A group of 20 industry leaders from around the world couldn’t get a grasp of the concept. Why? English was the problem. The presentation had been in English, given by someone who wasn’t a native speaker to a room full of non-native speakers. This is a situation I’ve discussed with senior executives time and again. You’re at the top of your profession, you know your industry inside-out and you have a business to lead. Now do it all in a foreign language. It’s a big ask, but for many senior European leaders, this is daily life. When you have a critical presentation, a business pitch, or an international training event, it can make a big difference to have someone who’s been there and done it to help you prepare thoroughly. Being a language teacher isn’t enough.

What you really need is someone with presenting and pitching experience in the world of business, marketing and selling ideas. Having someone behind the scenes to work with, goes a long way to easing the pressure. Get in touch if you’re feeling it’s all on your shoulders.

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