We live in a global economy. We are all connected at all times. Although English is commonly used in many business settings – it never hurts to learn a new language to help give you an upper edge and build rapport with your international business partners. And let’s face it; we are all stuck inside right now as we navigate being quarantined – so take advantage of your extra time and learn a new language.
Did you know that learning a new language rewires your brain? When you begin to learn a new language, your brain is forced to synthesize information in new ways. Our brains are not set in stone – in fact, they are pretty malleable and can be rewired when we think in different ways.
Language is the cornerstone of culture. When you learn a new language, you open your eyes not only to a new way of speaking but also to novel ideas and concepts. Take time to challenge yourself and your current thought processes while learning a new language. Investigate how people think in other cultures when speaking different languages. You’ll open yourself up to new perspectives and innovative ideas.
Learning a new language opens you up to deeper relationships with your business partners. No longer are you solely relying on English to carry the conversation. Instead, you can delve deeper into discussions with your colleagues and bond with them over their primary language. Keep in mind; many of your international partners have to search for the right words when talking to you in English. Show them you are capable of the same skills and connect with them in their language.
Take advantage of your “down-time” and challenge yourself to think and speak in new, innovative ways. There are plenty of apps that will help you learn a new language. Check out Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, or Mondly. Each offers different techniques, pricing, and games to help you excel in your language learning skills.
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Derek Rundell, is a successful business leader, operator, and serial entrepreneur. Derek has founded, managed and sold businesses in the technology, media and finance industries. He sits on several boards and serves as an advisor/investor to numerous established businesses and startups. Startups are Derek’s real passion, and in addition to building his own portfolio of technology, media and financial ventures, he invests in and mentors startups and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping other businesses succeed.