As you may have heard when I give a public speech, or while you are listening to my podcasts, I am not a native English speaker. I come from the Flemish part of Belgium. The Flemish language is the same as Dutch.
In theory, there is no difference between Flemish and Dutch, except the pronunciation.
When I finished University, the professors told me I would not make it as I didn't pass my language exams. Many years later, I don't speak my mother language in my daily life anymore. I only speak French and English the two exams I didn't pass.
Yes, I do make mistakes in speaking and writing and yes, I give public speeches, and I do business worldwide. Even more, I do have a specific pronunciation when I speak. "The heavy R."
That's why I'm interested in finding out how important language is in business today. Does not being fluent in 1 language block your future success or not? How does the way our voice sounds affect our success? And if yes, how can we overcome this?
Today, I sit down with LeoNilda Renaldo, LeoNilda moved from academia to business. For the past 13 years, Nilda has supported executives hailing from North & Central America, France, and Switzerland who want to uplevel their careers in the luxury, pharmaceutical, arts, and services industries. Nilda understands the barriers managers face when they want to uplevel the way they communicate by staying true to who they are, quirks and all.
What was interesting for me was her catchphrase, Stop learning English, Start Speaking it.
I know Nilda from the International Toastmaster Club in Geneva, where she was last year the club's President.
Let's start to go deeper into the science of language, voice and how it impacts business success.