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Find your natural
confidence for languages
"I was terrified of communicating in a new language"
You want to connect with people… so why does it sometimes feel so scary to speak your new language with a real human being?
I speak five languages to a high level, and I'll happily hop on Skype to chat with native speakers of any language I'm learning.
But it hasn't always been that way.
Until quite recently, I felt really insecure speaking in another language. I'd sometimes arrange a conversation in my target language, but I'd get so nervous that I'd feel close to panic. Because of my nerves, I couldn't understand the other person. I'd feel bad about wasting their time, and sometimes I'd just end the call. Nothing came naturally, and when speaking to someone face-to-face, I just felt embarrassed.
So, I avoided speaking and focused on learning new vocabulary, reading and listening.
I now know that this drastically slowed down my learning, and I've worked out that I’ve wasted hundreds of hours of study time because of my low confidence. My progress was much, much slower than it could have been, if only I'd had the courage to speak.
And it wasn't just language learning. How many of us have felt a flood of anxiety before a work Skype call, a job interview, or even just meeting a group of friends?
My low confidence even impacted my music career – I felt terrified and downright uncomfortable being on stage and performing.
The worst part is, many of us let these experiences become the story of who we are. I know this happened to me. I'd tell myself that I wasn't "naturally" confident, unlike others in the music industry.
You’ve probably been there too – kicking yourself at how your language learning (or your whole life) could be so different, if only you had a natural, easy confidence.
You've probably heard the advice: "The best way to learn a new language is to speak it".
I know when I first heard this, I felt sure "that's not for me."
Only when I really gave the "speak from day one" advice a proper try did I discover just how powerful speaking a new language can be. Not only did my language learning accelerate – it also gave a HUGE boost to my confidence.
The problem? "Speak from day one" sounds simple, but how should you go about it? What if you're terrified of meeting new people on Skype? Or you feel stupid and self-conscious every time you make a mistake?
I was only able to put "speak from day one" into practice because I spent years learning specific techniques to build my confidence.
I identified a few simple beliefs that held me back, and discovered some key insights that completely changed my approach when I'm speaking another language.
Learning a new language - especially when you’re taking the first steps - means crossing all kinds of hurdles. Many of these hurdles you’ll be facing for the first time. It takes courage to keep jumping. And jumping. And falling. And jumping. Again and again and again.
“Courage” sounds like a big thing to find. And when you see someone else with natural confidence, you can feel like you’ll never reach that point.
In truth, the confidence to speak a new language is made of a few small building blocks – mindset shifts you can apply one at a time - until you’ve built a natural courage. You’ll look back and marvel at your progress – "how did I get here?"
I spend a lot of my time on stage in front of people, talking on a microphone, and networking after events. To someone on the outside, it seems like there’s no way I could ever have been socially awkward. And when the fact that I've struggled with confidence comes up in conversation, a lot of people roll their eyes. The truth is, it took me effort and focus to reach where I am today, but it was worth it.
In this course, you'll learn the exact mindset shifts you'll need to make to gradually build your natural confidence. Plus you'll discover how to bust through the barriers of anxiety and doubt that hold you back.
And then I'll show you how to practice these mindset shifts so they become second-nature. In no time, you'll be blending the building blocks of confidence into your everyday life.
What if you could use the power of inner confidence to connect with native speakers in your target language and have real conversations – even if you've just started learning?
"Shannon’s empathic and friendly approach instantly puts you at ease. Her step-by-step guide has helped me to go from wanting desperately to speak French but being too afraid to, to communicating in French in Paris. The challenges are fun and with the continual support you never feel alone. I cannot recommend this course enough."
- Debs B
In just a few weeks you’ll be ready to have real conversations in your target language -- whether that’s on Skype or in person.
Courage to Speak is a step-by-step system to building your natural confidence. After 60 days of working through the course, you’ll know:
"I just want to say I LOVE this course! Your videos are great, so supportive and encouraging. You have helped me go from thinking it's all impossible to, actually it IS possible. The key seems to be breaking things down into small and manageable chunks, which is a lot less scary and easy to work round a busy work life. It also helps knowing that others feel like I have, nervous/lacking in confidence etc... Thank you so much Shannon."
- Maria V
9 easy to follow video modules with mindset shifts, tested tactics and step-by-step guidance.
Action worksheets for every module, so you’ll be putting those mindset shifts you learn into practice – building your confidence means taking small steps that gradually expand your comfort zone.
Thousands of words of further reading, so you can explore the ideas that resonate with you most in more depth.
"I feel the course was excellent. The modules took us step-by-step, examining every aspect of language learning: from fear to courage; from time management to techniques, giving us many tips and tricks to gain confidence and fluency. I now feel I can at least make a video and speak, which I was unable to do previously. The course got me out of my rut, and I even joined italki and scheduled my first conversation with a tutor."
I'm certain that Courage to Speak will give you the confidence you need to start speaking another language.
If for any reason it doesn't, I insist you have your money back. Just email me within 30 days of joining, and I'll send your refund. No questions asked.
It would be easy to wait until later. You've got this far without speaking another language, right?
Every day that slips by without you speaking your target language, you're losing out. Speaking other languages has allowed me to connect with people around the world, make new friends, and have incredible, life-changing experiences. Plus learning to speak has helped me build a natural confidence that spills out into all areas of my life. You can have the same.
We all have a "What if...?" regret in the past. You have the choice about whether you’ll have more of these regrets in the future.
Confidence is one of the most powerful skills you can imagine. How would it feel to know you can handle meeting someone new – and enjoy every moment – no matter where in the world they are from?
That's why I believe now is the right time for you to jump into a new future – with a new confidence. And when you close your eyes and imagine the most confident person you know… you can see that it's the right time, too.
There's one more reason now is the best time to join this course. For this enrollment, I'm offering personal support to my students – so you can ask me anything, and I'll be cheering you all the way. I'm not sure if this is something I'll be offering in the future, so if you're interested in having this personal support, I recommend you sign up today.