“I know English but I’m still afraid to speak it.” This sentence struck a chord with me. This was what I was actually doing when teaching students Communication skills. I was actually trying to bring out their dormant language skill and help them use it. When I met Tarana at LearnEd, it was like meeting another kindred soul with the same purpose in life: to make communication easy and simple for all people.
Throughout my career of approximately ten years as a Communication skills trainer in several leading educational institutions of our city and in several corporates, the one thing that has always struck me is that most people know English, but they do not know how to use it. Here I was, equipped with a useless syllabus from a university telling me what to teach but not addressing the real issue at hand – how to use the knowledge of the language already known.
I wanted to work more on training people to overcome their fears and to best use their language skills for their occupational or professional purposes, not just on teaching the mechanics of the language. Then I read about LearnEd’s course that was addressing this very issue and that’s when I got in touch with Tarana. We talked about facing similar problems in the training field and how we could work together and overcome these challenges. The LearnEd team genuinely believes that with the right training program, we can help people enhance their communication strengths. It was this belief that drew me towards this program and also gave me a platform to re-instate my beliefs.
I believe that in today’s competitive world, communication skills are the most sought-after quality of an educated person. What deserves more attention is that most people do not feel confident enough to make presentations and speak in public, in spite of knowing English. Developing one’s communication skills can help in all aspects of life, from your professional life to social gatherings, and everything in between. It’s never too late to work on your communication skills and by doing so, improve your quality of life.
Most of us seem to have a stigma towards making mistakes inherited from our school days. Back then, every mistake was accompanied by a big red mark, a lower test score and a negative comment from the teacher. We were taught that mistakes are a bad thing and that we must try to avoid them. Nothing could be further from the truth!
In almost every walk of life, we improve by making mistakes and learning from our experiences. It’s pretty much the foundation on which civilization is built! So when it comes to learning a language, as an educator, I firmly believe that making mistakes is actually a good thing, and LearnEd ensures that every mistake is nothing but a stepping stone to bettering yourself!