Learning another language while in business will benefit your prospects for the future. Being bilingual comes with many advantages to your business and enhances your personal experiences and opportunities.
While we’ll look mostly at career development and productivity boosts, we’ll also look at some of the benefits ranging from enhanced interpersonal skills to improved travel experiences.
- Improves overall communication skills.
- Improves your networking skills.
- Improves your experience while traveling.
- Improves decision making, improves memory.
- Enhances creativity and is great for stress reduction.
- A better understanding of other cultures and appreciating differences.
- Conclusion: Stand out from the crowd.
Improves overall communication skills
When you learn a new language you also improve your overall vocabulary and grammatical awareness in your native tongue. Since many do not continue to study the English language after compulsory education, the intricacies of the language are often forgotten. Learning the fundamentals of another language can help you become aware of the structures of your own language.
Bilinguals are known to be great listeners and articulate speakers. This means they are overall very strong communicators, which is due to their deeper understanding of multiple languages and cultures. The cognitive benefits of being bilingual are evident after years of research on children and adults. Choosing to pursue a new language will boost your career prospects and greatly benefit your business.
Improves your networking skills
Learning a new language to enhance your career means that you will meet like-minded individuals who are doing the same. Building a network of peers with varied knowledge and interests will benefit you when you need contacts for business purposes.
Networking is a crucial skill in business. By being able to speak more than one language you increase your networking capabilities. As well as being able to network with English-speaking people you will also be able to collaborate with people from other countries. Being able to expand your network and easily move from one team to another and switch fluidly between different languages will enhance your clients and peers’ opinion of you.
The more languages you speak, the larger your potential client base. Simply put, your knowledge of a second language will benefit you, your team, your business and any contractors or clients you happen to work with.
Improves your experience while travelling
A personal bonus to learning a language is that you will be able to enjoy holidays in foreign countries. Being able to speak another language will allow you to communicate with hotel staff, service providers, and locals abroad. For example, knowing Spanish allows you to communicate with people from Spain and many countries in South America. Also, knowing French would allow you to communicate with people from France, Morocco, and many more.
If you’re traveling for pleasure, knowing another language can make your experience simpler and less stressful. You’ll benefit from knowing greetings, asking for directions, and keeping conversations flowing. If you happen to be traveling for work. You’ll also benefit from being able to communicate with peers, clients, and contractors. Which will undoubtedly position you and your business ahead of many others.
Improves decision making, improves memory
Bilingual people are known to be better at handling multiple tasks at once compared to those who know only one language. Furthermore, memory is a strong suit for bilingual people as it is a skill greatly developed and exercised during the language learning process.
Bilinguals are also known to have improved decision-making skills as they tend to not focus on the emotional impacts of a decision. The decisions they make tend to focus on logic and reasoning, and they are well equipped to make decisions efficiently whilst taking into consideration any long-term effects.
Enhances creativity and is great for stress reduction
Learning a new language either as a hobby or for professional reasons is known to release stress. Doing something different from your day-to-day work can benefit your mental health and reduce stress. Language learning can bring a structured approach to a hobby while also being productive.
Another benefit is that it can boost your creativity. Learning a language is made easier by using flashcards, books, artistic approaches, organising notes by color, and using games and entertainment. So using creative learning techniques will boost your enjoyment whilst learning. As well ass more creative approaches to other things in your personal and working life.
A better understanding of other cultures and appreciating differences
Learning another language while in business will allow you to explore other cultures through a new lens. Which in turn will give you a better appreciation for the things that make it unique. As well as a better understanding, you will also be able to actively be a part of the culture and begin to get a more intimate understanding of the language and the people who speak it.
Actively working towards understanding a language, it’s history and current socio-economic position in the world will allow you to build stronger bonds in business. Building these strong bonds will push you into an elevated position when compared to those in similar careers. This is due to you having a commonality and shared ability with those who speak the same languages as you.
Conclusion: Stand out from the crowd
As a bilingual person, you’ll attract the right kind of attention from employers, clients, and peers. Learning another language while in business will boost your position amongst similarly skilled individuals in similar careers. As we’ve discussed above there are many benefits to learning a second language (or more!). From cognitive to cultural. Many of these benefits are in the form of improved skills and a newly gained understanding of existing concepts.
From an employers, contractors or investors perspective, bilinguals are seen to be self-sufficient, hard working individuals with a lot of drive to succeed. At Learn&Co we provide individuals and teams the necessary knowledge and skills to learn a new language and impress your peers, clients and future employers.