I can’t tell you how useful knowing new languages has been for my business career. If I had not known Spanish, I never would have landed my first gig being a reporter in Mexico. If I had not known basic Mandarin, I would not have top government-owned clients in Beijing, China. The list goes on, but the bottom line is that knowledge in these Mandarin languages helped me expand my list of clientele.
Now, I know what you are thinking – you do not have the time, energy, skill, etc. to become fluent in a new language. Who said anything about fluency? There is an tendency for language learning software to promise fluency within ‘X’ number of months. But Rosetta Stone is completely practical in its promise. If you put in the time, you will gain more language skills.
In my own work, language fluency was never a requirement. You will be amazed how much smoother a business meeting goes when you open up with a basic greeting to your prospective client in their native language. Show them that you care, and you are halfway to sealing the deal. Leave them superbly impressed with how much you know about their culture by offering them a “thank you” or “goodbye” in their language at the close of a meeting.
Of course, you are a busy professional and need to learn on the go. The beauty of Rosetta Stone is that you can either learn at home while cooking dinner, or on your portable device while on the daily commute. Pick up a few handy phrases and your business career will be enhanced immensely.
You do not even need to invest a ton in this either. Rosetta Stone and Groupon Coupons are partnering together to offer savings ranging from 10% off to $100 off, so now is the perfect time to invest in your career. Take some time to learn a new language, or basic greetings in multiple languages, and you will see immense returns in your business career over time. You will love the response you get from prospective clients, so start learning today.