Whether you are relocating to a new country, expanding your business into foreign markets, or working across different cultures, language training is the key to your success.
Past U.S Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, was quoted as saying “To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries, Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages” (Forbes). This statement is particularly true for the corporate sector. Businesses that do not encompass language training into their employee education are missing out on a large portion of the global market. Building a multilingual staff will generate greater market expansion, easier integration into other cultures and the creation of a more accepting workforce. These factors are imperative for success in today’s global marketplace.
Expand Your Market
Pursuing industry specific language training will inevitably help your business to grow into foreign markets. Employees are the main source of interaction between your business and its potential relations. Those who are better prepared to meet the expected standard of language proficiency held by partners and clients of another culture are more likely to succeed in their positions. A multilingual workforce will allow for more accessible markets depending on the languages your company promotes – making tasks like finding new leads and forming relationships with new partners easier.
Integrate Your Business
Nothing is better for business than being able to comfortably traverse the culture and setting you’re in. Employees need to be able to relate to and blend in with the local environment. This allows partners and clients to be more responsive and comfortable working with them in everyday situations such as meetings, negotiations, speaking on the telephone and conversing through email. It can also build a good reputation for your business as being globally encompassing.
Create a Global Workforce
Speaking another language is as invaluable in the working environment as it is in peoples’ everyday lives. Utilizing multiple languages opens the mind up to new ways of thinking. It allows for more openness and acceptance of other cultures, ideas and approaches to life in general. As a positive aside, these benefits also happen to be perfect for business strategy and negotiation.
Being well versed in business practices is a professional standard. Being well versed in another language should be valued similarly for any company looking to succeed in a seemingly ever-shrinking international marketplace.
About Language for Professionals
Language for Professionals is a business oriented, language training program. We offer high quality language and cross cultural training services customized to the particular needs of any organization. These services include English as a Second Language Training, Business English Training, Foreign Language Training for multiple industries and Cross-Cultural Training.