Whether you’re running your own business, working corporate sales or retail, going to school, if you have to deal with people, being multilingual will make you much more marketable and accessible to others.
Business is about people. If you ask any entrepreneur how they achieved their success, aside from all of the hard work they had to put, at the very core of their business is a simple commonality: people (and relationships). The goal of any business is to provide a good or service, whether that’s assisting people with getting the things they want, providing a service that they need, or marketing and selling people items they may not necessarily need.
Point being, in business there is constant interaction and communication, and it’s about forming connections and relationships with people, first and foremost.
And it’s the same with languages.
You have to have a passion for wanting to better yourself, and constantly work on developing the skills that you need in order to improve yourself. This will allow you to achieve your goal of being able to effectively communicate with others in their native language. Remember, work and passion are not mutually exclusive – you could really love doing something, but if you don’t genuinely work on learning and growing, then you won’t be bettering yourself.
There are huge opportunities – and incentives – for making language learning a part of your business strategy. Becoming fluent in a new language, especially in the language that your customers, clients and partners abroad speak, allows you to build more relationships. This in turn not only allows your business to grow, but also provides a greater understanding of the needs, wants and cultural perspectives of the people whose lives you’d like your business to affect so that you can serve them better.
Some of these relationships may already exist with current partnerships which can be enhanced and strengthened. Or they may be sitting there, untouched and untapped, waiting for you to reach out and start building them.
Combining a language with your pre-existing skillset and qualifications such as marketing, medicine, IT, construction, etc. is even more ideal, and goes that much further to making yourself more accessible and marketable to others.