A long way from home...
I’ve questioned whether to share this article - Working in my native language requires empathy - as it doesn’t really reflect a lot of self-confidence but as I said in previous posts, getting to know your supplier or your customer is really important for The Office Elf - Virtual Assistant, and this article really hit home.
Years of thinking how clever I was in the past, how much more I could give in a work setting if it was in my first language… I can now say after a few years of working in English speaking countries (Australia, Canada, UK - thanks for all the different accents!): I’m confident again in my skills and what I have to offer.
OK, I will always get some names wrong, spelling J and G (which sounds opposite in French) is still a nightmare, my social media posts might not be perfect but I came to terms with all of it.
It’s now part of my quirks I suppose!
I’m so grateful for my current customers for never making me feel less because of the way I speak and for seeing past the strange accent!