It was a harsh world out there for the aspiring doctor Jitesh Lodha.
He felt like a failure who had wrecked his dream of becoming a doctor.
Why? Because he never learned how to speak Fluent English.
He studied in a Hindi-medium school in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP), where he spoke little to no English.
Then, he studied MBBS from Balaghat, MP. While he could read, write, and understand the English textbooks of his curriculum, he was miserable at speaking.
In college, he had the freedom to choose his preferred language to give exams and Viva. So he chose Hindi to answer questions because it’s his native language, and he felt most comfortable speaking it.
He completed his MBBS in April 2022. Currently, his posting is in a small village in MP as a part of his job program to treat rural and backward communities.
He has to visit different sites to understand how people live there, their health problems, and their living conditions.
So, Jitesh is searching for a vacant seat in rural villages' primary and municipal health departments.
But since it’s a rural environment, there is again no opportunity for him to practice speaking English.
Everyone converses in Hindi, and English never feels like a need. He can treat patients quickly because he understands clinical terminology well.
But Dr. Jitesh doesn’t want to limit his expertise and knowledge to small towns. He wanted to meet senior doctors for more opportunities to express and exchange ideas.
Even though he is grateful for where he is, he wants to move out to join a city hospital.
And to achieve that dream, he eyes two Indian regions to grab a seat for his Post Graduate Program - Maharashtra or Southern Indian regions.
What Pushed Jitesh to Address his Problem of Poor Spoken English Skills?
Preparing for this coveted seat requires him to leave his comfort zone - Hindi.
Unfortunately, only Hindi won’t help him in city hospitals.
Why? Because he would have to mingle with many senior doctors, attend national conferences, and present at international seminars.
He would need to speak English regularly instead of only reading and writing.
And he thinks he might lose the chance of getting a seat.
Why? Because in Maharashtra, Jitesh must converse in English as Hindi won’t be enough.
Moreover, if he gets a seat in any Southern Indian college, it would be challenging for him to open his clinic and start practicing.
Why? Again, because Hindi is not a common language for communication in the South.
“Is English that critical that it could cost me a seat in Post Graduate? He often thinks.
He studied English only through his MBBS textbooks. But he prepared and answered Viva questions in Hindi.
Hence, his spoken English communication skills were deplorable. And that’s why daily conversations in English are difficult for him.
He got so used to speaking Hindi that he now mixes Hindi words while trying to frame an English sentence.
But now, his textbooks’ knowledge and clinical jargon won’t help him once he starts practicing as a doctor.
He now regrets not taking any steps earlier to improve his English.
Why? Because now he wasn’t a student anymore. He is now on his way to becoming a practicing doctor who must meet other senior doctors regularly.
If Jitesh didn’t learn English communication SOON, his dream of becoming a doctor might crash before it even took flight.
And he dreamt of steering it since he was just 19. The road to achieving his dream now depends on how well he can speak English!
Why? Because he might never be able to express his ideas and solutions to save the lives of people and treat their ailments
Everything looked far out of his reach because he needed to understand the importance of English.
The hesitation and fear kept creeping up into him and his personality. He became nervous and conscious of his English-speaking abilities.
He suffered from low confidence and self-esteem. He stopped looking into the eyes of people whenever he talked.
He knew he had to change; he just wasn’t sure how!
Why Jitesh Wanted to Join BBR English?
For the last year, he needed to find a solution for his fluency problem. Before joining BBR English, he tried two options for learning English:
- YouTube videos
- Hindustan Steps
They needed to be more helpful to make him practice daily Basic Grammar, Fluency, and Confidence building.
He wanted a solution that could help him learn English from scratch.
He didn’t want to continue feeling at a loss for words anymore. He wanted to be more confident when talking to clients, colleagues, seniors, and friends.
Jitesh was confident of his decision to join BBR English - as he was impressed with the foundation session.
Why? Because BBR English prepared his personalized roadmap (with his mentor, Anuradha).
The course eventually helped him achieve his specific goals that checked all his requirements:
- Improve his English speaking fluency (Grammar, Tenses, Vocabulary)
- Public speaking and self-confidence (Communication, Fluency, Roleplaying)
He didn’t want to make a lack of English communication skills STILL an excuse for not taking up a task.
And his low self-confidence was becoming an obstacle that he wanted to overcome.
Jitesh’s biggest weakness was his nervousness when talking to new people.
He wanted a personal mentor who would focus on his problem individually.
Then, he came across an Instagram ad for BBR English. He liked the fact that it has IIT alumni as the mentors who were running this program.
Even though Jitesh had doubts, he still decided to go with it.
So, throughout ten sessions with BBR English, he found exactly what he was looking for:
- Understand gaps in his communication skills
- a flexible approach for setting a slow or fast pace according to his needs.
Here’s what his personalized calibration report after his foundation session looks like:
How Jitesh Came Out As An Effective Communicator with BBR English?
The mentor chose the spoken English program for Healthcare Professionals.
Through the ten sessions, Jitesh and his trainer, Aprajita, worked on his communication skills. The sessions comprised core competencies and their application to make Lokesh a compelling speaker and communicator.
At the end of the program, he was able to:
- Construct and frame sentences logically.
- Understand the contexts of different discussions.
- Use more industry-specific words in his conversations.
- Knew new ways of presenting and interacting with the audience.
Jitesh started his transformation journey from an underconfident professional.
With BBR English, Jitesh gradually explored hidden weaknesses and strengths through the sessions.
Sessions 1 to 3:
Earlier, he could hold conversations. But he faced issues while sharing his opinions effectively. He learned to use facial expressions and gestures to make his speech effective. he used to add fillers when speaking on the spot for the topics without preparation.
He can also understand the concepts better to use the information and knowledge in his speech in a way that allows him to help his colleagues resolve their queries.
He used to commit grammar mistakes while speaking, which led to ineffective or broken communication. His problems with past and present tenses started improving with the regular assignments provided by his mentor.
Sessions 4 to 6:
He talked about his challenges, handling difficult situations at work, and resolving conflicts. He learnt to talk about his negative traits in a way that favours him. He learnt about understanding people by repeating what they said.
His challenge was that he understood words but couldn’t apply them correctly because he got uncomfortable. To overcome this, he learnt a great way of conquering his fears. He started conversations in English with his family, friends, and colleagues.
Sessions 7 to 9:
Earlier, he used to add fillers when speaking on the spot for the topics without preparation. He now effectively uses storytelling by including real-life examples to engage the audience more.
He could effectively use voice modulation techniques to ensure clear pronunciation and deliver informative presentations with smooth transitions. His improvement started when he asked questions and shared his opinions upfront with a smile now on his face - an integral part of non-verbal communication.
In the last session, he could understand the concepts better to use the information and knowledge in his speech in a way that allowed him to help his colleagues resolve their queries.
He learnt the power of visualizing scenarios before speaking in public to tackle and answer questions better. He was on his way to building his confidence and eye contact.
Do you also feel hesitant and conscious while speaking English in front of a group?
Do you also find yourself frozen when speaking on the spot?
All it takes is to sign up for the foundation session at Rs. 499 AND a little daily practice!
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