Janie Lazar is an accredited Executive Business Coach, Organisational Training & Development Practitioner, Writer and Speaker, specialising in Essential Communication Skills. Her work in recent years has taken her as far afield as New Zealand and Fiji, working with individual business owners and larger organisations on a one to one and team basis.
Recent introductions to her training have focused on Innovation and Creative thinking with a particular focus on Enterpreneurship amongst non-native English speaking professionals in Ireland looking to hone their skills.
Coming from an advertising and marketing background and have lived abroad herself, she knows first hand how difficult it can be to not only learn another language, but to use it with confidence and effectively within a corporate environment and to network effectively as a business owner.
Qualifications are of course one means of ensuring an employee has the right skills for a specific job. Yet, being able to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, having a collaborative attitude all add immense value to the overall contribution one can make. As important is that non native English Speakers retain their individual style as they immerse themselves in a new language.
Technology may be facilitating our working lives, BUT, Janie strongly believes nothing will ever replace the need for personal connection in the workplace. Everything we do in life involves communication and collaboration. Having the confidence to network effectively, to build sustainable professional relationships, to speak in public, to make presentations are essential skills and valued by every company, regardless of size.
Recognising how important it is for professionals for whom English is not the first language to settle into the workplace in Ireland, she invited Andrea to coffee…. the rest of the story as you’ll guess is MUCH MORE THAN WORDS can say!