02/17/2016

Is my English good enough?

So life is good: you work in an international environment and you most probably use English as your main working language. Most of the time meetings and negotiations work out fine, but then again, this one question pops up:

Is my English good enough?

Here is one proven self – evaluation method. My coaching clients love it and I hope it helps you too!

Reflect on the following four aspects before deciding to take an English course:

Results

Analyse the results of the last 5 challenging negotiations or meetings. How did it go? What went well and what not?

Reflect the impact of using English as a working language (for you and the other party).

Feedback

Get feedback from 3 trusted colleagues about your English, preferable persons with different mother tongues.

Are you easily understandable? Do you have a strong accent?

Confidence

How confident do you feel when using English at work? What could help increase the confidence?

Knowing more vocabulary or better grammar? Being better at telling jokes and so understanding other people better?

Language Level

In order to add some expert perspective as for your level of English you can test yourself here. Worldwide, there are at least 375 million people using English as their second language at work.

For successful negotiations, level B2 or higher is recommended.


The answers to these questions should help you to decide if English classes/coaching could add value to your job performance.

In case you are still not sure what the best course of action in your individual situation might be, get in touch and we’ll tailor-make a plan for you personally!

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