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Expert coaching for Public Speaking
Unless they are the rare, poisonous kind; they can’t actually hurt you. However that’s what irrational fears do: set off the same reactions you would feel in life-threatening situation. Newsflash: house spiders and English conferences can’t kill you. The anxiety you experience is normal. The secret is to use it, not remove it.
One of the most intimidating situations for anyone who doesn’t like speaking in public, is giving a presentation – even if it’s in your own language but especially so if it’s in a second language. But you shouldn’t let fear stop you from doing it. There are many techniques one can learn to help and it all starts with deciding to confront your fears.
Practice makes perfect
One excellent way to build up your confidence is by investing in expert coaching. ILS run a series of English presentation workshops aimed at developing communication techniques. The unique courses are conducted by experienced trainers and language teachers, ILS’s very own in-house workshop team of specialists.
The benefits of attending a course are two-fold: as well as valuable presentation skills, which can be useful in any language, you will also learn situation-specific English vocabulary and grammar, i.e. everything you need to improve.
Trainers like Antony Howard-Grubb – who has years of experience in corporate training – use carefully-studied techniques to suit different learning styles. Participants are recorded and receive detailed, individual feedback and a useful take-away pack to consolidate learning and assist future needs. To date, the courses have been extremely successful with 100% positive feedback from participants.
Don’t just hear. Listen
Mr Howard-Grubb’s top tip for people who dread speaking aloud in a second language, is to listen as much as possible. Hearing a language works as a springboard to aid “producing” the language (the same way that reading helps you to write better). It’s simple, the more you listen, the better you’ll speak.
So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to hold that cute, cuddly tarantula? What’s the worst that could happen? Sign up for ILS’s upcoming “Workshop Taster” course aimed specifically at Human Resources professionals. Contact Elena Tagliabue at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your personalised invitation.
Part 2 of 3. Read part 1 here