I once had a student at a large hi-tech company who told me:
“I’m can carry a conversation pretty well,
and I think I am fairly Fluent. I read and write perfectly.
But sometimes when I have to present or when I have an important meeting,
I lose my grasp of English, I get stuck, I’m unable to formulate a clear thought and overall I feel pretty lousy about myself”.
(He actually used a harsher word. But I toned it down).

I asked:
-“How do you prepare yourself for a meeting in English?”
-“I don’t”, he answered.
-“Wait, you don’t approach it any differently than the way you approach your Hebrew meetings?” Said I.
-“No”.

After releasing a dissatisfied grunt I went off for 10 minutes (no breaks) telling him what he absolutely HAS to do if he wants to succeed and improve in English.

You see,
You, as a non-native speaker simply CANNOT approach important speaking opportunities the same way you approach them when they’re in your native tongue.
You just can’t.
You don’t want to survive in English. You want to thrive.
(Look at that. A good point AND it rhymes!).

Here is what I told him:

How to prepare in English

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Let me know how it goes!
Good luck,

Hadar

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2 Comments on “5 Tips to Kick Ass in any Meeting, Presentation or Interview in English”

  1. Great points Hadar. I think that breathing is a key component of succesful public speaking. Everybody, whether English native speakers or not, always face the fear/intimidation of speaking in front of an audience, some more than others. I usually take 5 minutes alone before the presentation to slowly breathe in and breathe out, it relaxes the neuro vascular system and calm the nerves, plus more oxygen goes into my brain. And remember to keep breathing while your presenting! Believe it or not, many of us want to rush what we want to say and forget to breathe properly.
    Another pointer is to practice breathing along with your presentation in front of the mirror, try to record yourself and see the areas where you need to improve, it’ll make a huge difference.
    Cheers!
    T.

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