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Personality Development Expert, Career Coach - Answered on Jul 17, 2023

Ashwini Dasgupta is a personality development coach and a neuro-linguistic programming trainer.
She has 15 years of experience training corporate professionals and has worked at Amazon, JP Morgan, Nomura and Satyam among others.
As a career coach, Ashwini specialises in helping growth-minded IT corporate managers develop their self-worth and create the right mindset so that they can achieve their career goals.
Besides corporate training, she offers personal consultations as well.
Ashwini holds a master’s degree in human resources from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, and is a certified NLP trainer from the National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Programming, USA.
She has completed her soft skills training and image consultancy course from the Image Consulting Business Institute, Mumbai
Ashwini is also a PoSH trainer, certified by the Society for Human Resource Management.... more
Tapash Question by Tapash on Jun 22, 2023Hindi

How to improve my English communication Fluency. I understand English but i Can't Speak, when i tried to Speak English i have faced lot's of Word Grammer, and thinking which word meaning come fast.

Ans: Hi Tapash,

Thank you for writing in.

Few Tips to get started.

Reading -Read English texts out loud to improve your pronunciation and rhythm. This exercise will also help you become more comfortable with the language.

Think in English: Most often we think in our native language and then we try to translate the same in English hence grammar mistakes tend to happen. Instead do the reverse try to think in English rather than translating from your native language. This practice will help you become more spontaneous and fluent in your communication.

Focus on Listening Comprehension: Improve your listening skills by regularly listening to English audio, such as podcasts, audiobooks, or TED Talks. Try to understand the main ideas and key points of what you're hearing. Listening is the first step to communication. This requires patience.

Build Your Vocabulary: Work on expanding your vocabulary by learning new words every day. Use vocabulary apps to help with memorization or open your oxford dictionary and learn new three minimum words. This way your vocabulary will increase and get better. This will avoid you from falling short of words.

Learn and Use Idioms and Phrases: English is rich in idioms and phrases. Learn common expressions and how to use them appropriately in different contexts to sound more natural and fluent.

Practice Speaking Regularly: Find opportunities to speak in English regularly. This could be with native English speakers, or even with yourself in front of a mirror. Practicing speaking aloud helps build your confidence and fluency.

Surround yourself with the language as much as possible. Watch English movies, TV shows, and videos, listen to English podcasts, and try to read books, articles, or news in English. Immersing yourself in the language will help you familiarize yourself with its nuances and vocabulary.

Opt for Professional help- You can also look at professionals who can help you with their courses. There are many experts around. If you are comfortable investing money on such courses then I recommend you do so.

Learning any new language including English requires practice and efforts. Requires consistent practice and exposure to the language. Accept that you are in the learning phase and you will get better with efforts.

Hope this helps. All the best

To Your Success. Be You. Be Confident.
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Presently I am working as a General Manager Purchase and my age is 44, I find difficult in speaking without any agenda/specific question. Even in informal dinners or just casual talks I become blank. This is same in my personal life also. Like introvert type, but this is taking a toll on my professional as well as personal. I try very hard to be fluent with people but I am not able to do it. If somebody speaks 20 line and I convey the same in 1 line. But it is boring for others. How do I improve it.... like storytelling type.
Ans: Dear Balaji,

Thank you for writing in.

First of all, stop labelling yourself (like you have mentioned in the above question "I am an Introvert type"). As humans our brains are wired to believe what information we feed to ourselves.

Second, acceptance. Accepting the way, you are. That is your strength.

Certain steps that can be considered -
- Know the agenda you are entering into. This will help you prepare in advance on the conversations you need to engage in.
If there are no agendas then you can -
- Initiate small talks. For example- talk about current affairs in the industry (avoid talking about religion or politics) as this can get sensitive. Conversation should be general in nature. This will help you break the ice with the individual.
- Asking open ended questions- such questions help you encourage others to share more information. Instead of asking yes/no questions, ask questions that require a more detailed response, such as "What was that experience like for you?" or "Tell me more about..."
- Focus on your observation- Observe your surroundings and what's happening in the environment. You can use these observations as conversation starters. For example, if you're at a restaurant, you can comment on the decor, the food, or the atmosphere.
- Share Personal Stories- Personal anecdotes can make your conversations more relatable and engaging.
-Use Body Language- Your body language can enhance your communication. Maintain eye contact, use gestures to emphasize points, and smile when appropriate to convey warmth and engagement.
-Don’t hesitate to seek for professional help- If you feel that your difficulty in engaging in conversations is causing significant distress or impacting your personal and professional life, consider seeking professional help. This should help you navigate with the tips and tricks.

Hope this helps.

All the best

Ashwini Dasgupta
To your Success. Be You. Be Confident
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