What Is Your Learning Process: Shelf Development or Self-Development?

Are you over-consuming or taking a “greener”, more organic approach to your language learning? I haven’t counted the books in the above bookshelf but the total figure probably equals the number of books I’ve read over the last 5 years. In the past 12 months, I’ve greatly reduced my consumption but it took me a […]

My Journey With Perfectionism

“I’m a perfectionist.” This is the clever reply I sometimes gave in interviews to the famous question “what is your weakness”? At the time, I was proud to be seen as a perfectionist but I’ve since understood that it’s like seeing the tip of the iceberg and thinking that the tip is all there is. […]

How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything

Why you need ONE big goal if you’re a perfectionist language learner Perfectionists have a fixed mindset in general, particularly around areas that are often associated with “intelligence” such as business, creativity or language learning. I speak from experience as I’m a “recovering” perfectionist. What is a fixed mindset exectly? Fixed and growth mindsets are […]

5 Simple Ways To Calm Our Fears Before Speaking Up In A Foreign Language

Public speaking in a foreign language. What does that evoke to you: an adrenaline rush or a battlefield? If it’s the second option, this article is for you. Because I know the fears you’re struggling with. In a nutshell, you’re worried about: making mistakes misunderstanding or being misunderstood not having the words you need to […]

How To Make Public-Speaking Practice Fun

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to write a good impromptu speech.” Mark Twain Public speaking. Depending on how we view it, it can be a pain or a pleasure! Giving presentations, giving keynote speeches, leading or facilitating meetings, making company or product pitches, social networking… the possibilities are endless and so are […]

How To Connect In Your Communication & Speak the Language We’ve All Been Waiting For

“There is no more B2B or B2C: It’s Human to Human“. Bryan Kramer Whether we are entrepreneurs, freelancers, or CEOs of small, medium or mega-sized companies, whether we’re selling products or services to individuals or companies, whether we’re native or non-native speakers, there is only one way to really connect with our customers/clients: by being […]

Vision Setting (Designing Your Best Life)

Why Make a Life Design Plan? The Life-Design Plan was made famous by Debbie Milmann, a renowned designer and educator, who has appeared on Tim Ferriss’ podcast several times. You can find more details on the Plan here. In a nutshell, the Plan makes you establish a direction for yourself. Think about it. If you […]