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Do you ever feel anxious on your daily standups?
Navigating daily standups can be particularly challenging when English isn't your first language. This edition of our newsletter is dedicated to offering tips and strategies to help you manage anxiety and communicate effectively in these meetings.

  1. Prepare in Advance: Write down key points you want to discuss during the standup. Preparing your updates beforehand can reduce stress and help you feel more confident about your contributions.

  2. Practice Regularly: Regular practice can significantly improve your comfort level with the language. Try rehearsing your standup points with a colleague or mentor who can provide feedback and encouragement.

  3. Use Technology Aids: Leveraging language tools like translation apps or grammar checkers can enhance your communication and reduce the fear of making mistakes.

  4. Request for Clarity: Never hesitate to ask for clarification if you don’t understand something. It’s important for effective teamwork and helps you avoid misunderstandings.

  5. Slow Down: Speaking slowly not only helps you control nervousness but also makes your communication clearer to others.

  6. Connect with Peers: Sharing your experiences with colleagues or finding a support group of other non-native speakers can provide emotional support and practical advice.

Embrace these challenges as opportunities for growth. With time, patience, and practice, you'll find that your confidence in standups—and in using English—will grow significantly.


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Stephanie Cerf - Head of Community at TECLA.