Have you ever started an English language training program where at the beginning, you do what you need to do everyday and you can see, feel, hear the difference? It feels pretty good, right?
If you’re a pretty disciplined person, you’ve probably figured out a way to carve out the time. You simply stick to the routine and materials needed for working through this program. If you’re not so disciplined, you may value someone who gives you a systematic program to work through. Which type of person are you?
Also, what’s your current approach for improving your spoken English?
- Listening to other speakers and picking it up in day-to-day life, youtube videos and TEDtalks?
- Using a book and/or recordings?
- Hiring a personal trainer/coach?
- Going through an online program
Too busy, or simply lost the momentum?
If you’re overworked and yet are motivated to improve your spoken English, also ask yourself these questions:
- What’s working? What’s not working?
- Are the materials that you’re using accessible to you anywhere you go?
- Are you receiving enough guidance every step of the way so that you can simply concentrate on the necessary practice tasks?
When speaking with clients for the first time, I typically hear that they’ve tried working on their spoken English (pronunciation, fluency, etc.) on their own but then got too busy. Or perhaps that they’ve worked with other trainers but again, got extremely busy and regretfully couldn’t keep up with the program.
My question for them is always, Were you too busy or did you simply lose the momentum?
One could argue that when you get too busy, that’s when you lose the momentum. My feeling though is that if you have the motivation, tools and structured guidance every step of the way, and this is easily accessible where you just have to sign in and pick up from where you left off online, you are more likely to sit down for a minimum of 15-20 minutes everyday. The momentum is more likely to stick.
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