"I love helping people to find their English ‘identities’ and to discover ways of speaking that add to their message rather than distract from it."
Where it all started
Two years ago, I would never have imagined that I would be running my own business today. With an undergraduate degree in languages, I began my career working for the Japanese government as an English language trainer,television presenter and columnist
I was well-qualified and spoke five languages, but I had to give up my job as principal when I became a mother because it wasn’t possible to adapt my role to part-time hours. From that point on, my career took a back seat and finding a stable part-time job that was gratifying or stimulating was a constant challenge. Gradually, I lost confidence in myself and my abilities. I lost my sense of self and I struggled to feel anything other than negativity. After eight years, I came to the realisation that I needed to make a change, although I wasn’t sure how.
I clearly remember despondently picking up an issue of ‘Barnet First’ from the doormat and seeing the advert for the Rebel Business School. I’d had ideas in the past but never had any real intention of starting my own business because I felt like I didn’t have the knowledge, energy or confidence. That day I realised I needed to focus on the future and do something, anything, so I signed up!
One year on and I have a company called Chat Naturally and I am an online Neurolanguage® Accent Reduction Coach. I provide British pronunciation and accent reduction programmes to corporate and individual clients, which enable non-native English-speaking professionals to develop a more neutral accent, gain confidence and authenticity in their communication and increase their professional impact. Every programme of sessions I create is a bespoke roadmap, unique to each client which means I can deliver brain-friendly coaching built around their motivation and pronunciation goals.
I founded Chat Naturally and qualified as an ICF accredited language coach in the middle of the pandemic. I am also excited to be the first person in the world to combine Neurolanguage Coaching® with accent reduction and my client list is growing rapidly thanks to referrals alone.
By taking one small step and signing up for a course, I discovered the self that I had lost, including my positivity and ambition, which in turn has re-kindled my passion for linguistics and pronunciation
I have managed to create the right balance for me of being a mum and having a job I love and can control, (although keeping that balance isn’t always easy!)
Setting up a business is not just something other people do. It is far less complicated than I had imagined, so my experience has been eye-opening and a complete game-changer.
Even in these unprecedented and challenging times so many things are possible, and I feel incredibly thankful to have discovered a new perspective on life and to be able to give something back.
I’d love to support more Japanese and Spanish / Latin corporations and their employees, as my knowledge of both languages means that I understand the pronunciation and communication difficulties that can exist.
I have several exciting plans up my sleeve for 2022, so do follow or message me on LinkedIn to stay updated.
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