Hi, I’m Marcus.
If you’re an advanced or intermediate English learner, and you’re struggling with confidence and dealing with anxiety while speaking, join me for the next 30 days in a series called “English Daily Confidence.”
Over the next month, I’m releasing a series of videos to help you build strong, long-lasting confidence in speaking English.
Why am I doing this?
There are three reasons. And I’ll tell, you but first a story:
It was a beautiful autumn day in Madrid in the middle of the week during lunch time. I was sitting and chatting with my good friend Bego over some coffee.
Now, Begonia is a businesswoman who has studied English for most of her life. She has certificates and everything. It’s actually her third language; she speaks Spanish first, French and then English.
Our conversation was regular, flowing back and forth with occasional stops here and there to clarify or if we misheard a word. It was natural.
Then during our conversation, she tells me, “You know Marcus. I can speak okay but when I’m at work with other with other Spanish workers who speak like natives. When we have to speak English, I get shy.”
She said, “Because my English isn’t good.”
Now, I’m thinking in my head, “What?”
Remember, I’m an English teacher of 10 years.
I thought her English was beautiful. Of course, she didn’t understand a word here and there. But that’s natural.
I mean, if I speak with an Australian speaker there are going to be some words and phrases I don’t understand here and there.
But the part that hurt me the most was that she shuts up because she feels she doesn’t speak English well
…and she’s not the only one
Now, over my ten years, I’ve seen the lack of English confidence in my friends and learners
All around the world. Again and again.
From Brazilians to Spanish to Koreans everywhere.
And I’m not talking about just beginners confidence. I mean advanced and intermediate learners who have skills and abilities. They know they know they can speak, but in certain situations, they just freeze.
That’s the first reason I’m putting together these presentations.
1. The lack of confidence is a common struggle I see in advanced and intermediate learners (And no other teacher is addressing it.)
2. Confidence and managing stress are a transferable skill. They go beyond English. They affect your relationships, your business, and personal development. When you learn the skill of building confidence, it helps you grow as a person.
3. Lacking confidence is a struggle I understand. These days I stand on stage and regularly do public speaking or presentations. But I wasn’t always like this. I had the skills, but I wasn’t secure in my abilities.
But I learned a system and how to develop these habits helped build confidence.
And I want to share it with you.
So once again, if you’re an advanced or intermediate English learner who struggles with confidence or managing anxiety, join me on this same page for the next 30 days.
I’ll talk about different topics such as:
– Day 4: How to have confidence in moments >snap< just like that - Day 17: The three fundamentals of long-lasting confidence - Day 8 to 12: How to train your confidence with these specific exercises - Day 23: The Five concepts all confident people realize - Day 23: Why developing your confidence is not just for you I look forward to these next 30 days and having you join me. Have a great day. And until then, Be bold. Be natural. Be you.