Friday, December 13, 2013

Have you ever wanted to be able to call yourself bilingual? Do you want to add something new and fresh to your resume? There is no better way to do this than by learning how to speak Spanish. When you decide to learn Spanish you'll be doing yourself a favor by joining the millions of people who already do. Many of these people are speaking it as their first language and some use it as a second language. So why should you increase your Spanish vocabulary and join the millions of other people already speaking the language? The answer to this is simple.
The Spanish language is the second fastest growing language in the world and ranks number two among people learning to speak a second language. So why exactly is learning Spanish so overwhelmingly popular and quickly becoming a trend in mainstream society? There are two reasons that jump out among the many. First, if you can learn and speak Spanish then you are opening up a world of opportunities for yourself. Professionally speaking, the ability to speak Spanish will extend your reach into the commercial and business world by giving you the power to break down language barriers.
There are over 400 million native Spanish speaking people around the world. Add to that the number of people speaking Spanish as a second or even third language. Just think of the possibilities you could achieve for yourself and your career if you could easily and confidently communicate with this extraordinary number of Spanish speakers while using a vast Spanish vocabulary. Learning Spanish will put you ahead of your competitors either for a promotion or for closing that once in a lifetime business deal.
When you learn spoken Spanish you'll not only impress the people around you, but you'll impress yourself as well with your new Spanish vocabulary. You'll be able to establish new business contacts, make global business propositions and extend your business internationally. You will also have the confidence and knowledge to go on business trips to Spanish speaking countries. Basically, when you learn and speak Spanish you'll be giving yourself and your life a promotion.
Traveling to Spanish speaking countries has exploded with popularity lately. Not only have these trips been made affordable to most people, sometimes it's the opportunity of a lifetime. People traveling to Spanish countries who took the time to learn Spanish, tend to enjoy their stays much better. They don't fret leaving the resort or hotel for fear of not being able to communicate with natives due to a limited Spanish vocabulary. They take initiative and explore parts of the country far beyond the tourist attractions.
When you learn and speak Spanish you can easily converse with waiters and waitresses at restaurants and stop and ask for directions as well as immerse yourself into a new culture while abroad. Also, those learning how to speak Spanish view foreign travel as a great way to test their new Spanish speaking skills. Some even view foreign travel as a great learning experience.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

If you have a fear of speaking up, you're not alone. Studies show that 85% of people are more afraid of speaking in public than they are of death. Wow! That's a huge fear. So you're a fairly typical person if the thought of speaking makes you anxious.
However, the consequences for you if you're not speaking up are NOT typical. You're a business owner. So you need to be heard. It's critical that you get the word out calmly and clearly about what you do.
Staying Small
A decision to resign yourself to speaking anxiety is a choice to stay small in your business. It's that simple. Because it's socially acceptable to have performance anxiety, so it can be an easy way to hide. I know because I've done it myself. Yes - it's embarrassing, but it's true.
While coaching other people to speak up so they could grow their businesses, I found lots of reasons to avoid doing some things involving speaking because of my own fears. On the surface, they looked like performance fears. But digging a little deeper, I uncovered the truth.
My real fear was about what could happen if I expanded my business. As long as I didn't address my own particular speaking fears, I didn't have to know that, did I? It was a safe way to stay small.
What Are You Missing Out On?
Are you doing the same thing? If you've decided this is just part of your DNA so you're not going to address your anxieties about speaking, here are some of the business opportunities you're turning down:
  • doing group coaching
  • creating videos
  • creating audios
  • making radio appearances
  • doing your own teleseminars
  • presenting workshops
  • giving free and paid talks
  • networking effectively
  • being taken seriously by other professionals
  • speaking calmly to those with more authority or visibility

Take A Closer Look
Do yourself a favor and take a peek behind that fear of speaking. Is it just a reason you use to avoid a bigger fear? Maybe some version of fear of success? Fear of being overwhelmed with too much work? Of not being able to maintain a new level of production? Something else?
It's not always pretty, but the truth really will set you free. It gives you have a solid, specific place to start from. There are solutions to all these concerns.
Sometimes, just dealing with your core fear will make your speaking discomfort disappear! It was just an illusion after all - a camouflage for something else. And sometimes you need some outside help with those speaking fears so you can jump on all those business opportunities.
Take whichever path will work for you, but do yourself and your business a favor and eliminate that anxiety.
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