English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. As more business people use this language, it continues to grow in importance. Without English you’re at a disadvantage for many reasons. These are the most important reasons why you should speak and write in the English language if you’re in business.
It Becomes Easier to Build Relationships
Business is all about building relationships. Speaking the same language as the people you deal with in the business world breaks down many barriers. Learning and understanding the English language makes it much easier to network with individuals you may not otherwise be able to build a business relationship with.
You Have More Independence
If you can communicate in English you don’t depend on others to carry out various business-related activities for you. You can prepare and present your own presentations, have full involvement in negotiations, write detailed reports and much more without needing the help of an assistant or translator. This gives you much more freedom and flexibility, especially if you visit clients and other business associates on a regular basis.
You Avoid Misunderstandings
When you’re dealing with other business people it’s vital that you have clear lines of communication with them. Speaking the same language removes the likelihood of any misunderstandings. If errors are made they can be easily rectified. This is not always the case when a non-English speaking business person tries to communicate with a native English speaker. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations can lead to a lot of confusion and wasted time.
You Become More Culturally Aware
Every culture is different and it takes time to adapt to the way people in certain countries communicate with each other. However, immersing yourself in the culture and learning English makes it easier to adapt when you’re doing business with native English speakers. Having an understanding of other people’s cultures including their language is something most business people will be impressed with.
You Can Communicate With More People
Learning English gives you many more opportunities to do business with people all around the world. The English language is far reaching, with a large number of countries using it as their main business language. Without English you’re at a disadvantage because you’ll find it difficult to develop business relationships in countries where English is the main business language.
You Become More Efficient
When you speak the same language as your business associates, business communication becomes much more efficient. There’s no need for translators and you’re able to react much faster to certain situations. This is vital in many industries where decisive action is required.
You Save Money and Increase your Earning Power
Learning to speak English costs money but it should be seen as an investment in your future. English courses with Berlitz and similar training organisations will save you money in the long run and present financial opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.
English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the business world. If you and your business associates speak a common language, communication is much smoother and many problems will be avoided.
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