July 19th, 2023
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to deliver a presentation at a prestigious Japanese university on the topic of succeeding in an increasingly global world. The audience consisted of 90 English-speaking students, both Japanese and international. During the presentation, I discussed the six essential keys to achieving global success:
1. English proficiency: I emphasized the importance of not just test-based English, but practical proficiency.
2. Global mindset: Openness to diverse ideas and perspectives.
3. Relationship building: I highlighted the value of cultivating a diverse and extensive network.
4. Continuous skills development: I stressed the need for ongoing improvement and upgrading of skills.
5. Adaptability: I encouraged flexibility in adjusting their styles and expectations.
6. Embracing challenges: I emphasized stepping out of their comfort zones, learning from mistakes, and embracing new opportunities.
To illustrate these principles, I shared case studies of four former clients who have achieved international success in diverse fields such as healthcare, IT, HR, and consulting. These Japanese individuals exemplify what I call the PREP approach: Plan, Resilience, Effort, and Passion.
During the presentation, I conveyed valuable advice from these clients, including:
– “Don’t be afraid to step into new worlds, understand people with different backgrounds!”
– “Get out of your comfort zone.”
– “If you are kind and work hard, people will appreciate you.”
– “Respect differences, and have an open mind toward people, opinions and situations.”
– “Perfect English not necessary, but you need to speak clearly, logically & confidently.”
– “Find what you love and interests you. Then you can find what unique contributions you can make.”
I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the audience, considering it was the last class of the term and in the midst of summer. The students actively engaged in the discussion, asking insightful questions. Such experiences instill hope in me for the future of Japan and its future business leaders.