Business English Coaching & Media 


Networking through Self Knowledge

In the modern world, language is more important than ever before. How you write your CV, what you post on social media, the links you have, the way you speak, all these contribute to your image, your reputation and therefore what is and will be possible for you in the future, in the world.

But language skill goes beyond only social skills. When you meet someone, then it’s all about how you strike up rapport with someone. Lots of this is knowing where you want to go in life. This is what determines how and what you say, because it’s about character. This is the reason undoubtedly why some people dread events. A networking opportunity, a conference, a meeting may be a very dull affair for some. But this for me would suggest that in a broader perspective, one simply hasn’t found their way in life. The key to getting on with people and finding those collaborators and partners that are going to be vital to you, not to give up on the thing you really want to do: 

Do not give up on your desire”.

Let’s put it this way: when you are really pursuing the path that is right for you, every contact has enormous importance. Why? Because when you find your way and it’s right for you, then every person is a potential collaborator, client, or someone who could help you to manifest the thing you are looking to do in the world. Manifestation is that word that has become so popular and trendy. First, we feel kind of euphoric when one says, look at the world, what do you want to do, in fact many things are possible. But when one goes one step further and says:

Only the impossible is worth doing”.

Some people won’t get this statement. It seems counter-intuitive. But what is really being pointed out here is, don’t limit yourself, to what you habitually of tendentially have thought up to now. One of the key things about the modern world is the speed with which things can change. We live in a very interwoven, complex world, where language, messages, images, can literally fly through the world overnight. Not only this, but business now gives people the opportunity to live and work in different countries. 

The question often boils down to, how in fact I actually manifest something. I feel there are laws to these things. Yes, it is about thinking, but also about feeling and then onto strategy. What one thinks one wants to do, may not be in line with one’s feelings. Here we have to learn to be more honest with ourselves. The goal is to get back in touch with our desires and passions. For these are where we get our vitality for life. Some people come to be with burn out, others come with bore out. Beyond both these conditions, the ideal working relationship arises when people see that through collaboration, we can work together to expand our understanding of the power of language to change character and open up new possibilities for the future. 

Of course, this could be about entrepreneurship, or it could be about climbing the company ladder. There is a secret here: that anyone who has progressed to found, lead or develop something new, is a person for whom creativity has become essential.

In a small footnote in The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud asserts this division between the subject and what he wants:

“No doubt a wish-fulfillment must bring pleasure; but the question then arises “To whom?” To the person who has the wish, of course. But, as we know, a dreamer’s relation to his wishes is a quite peculiar one. He repudiates them and censors them – he has no liking for them, in short. So that their fulfilment will give him no pleasure, but just the opposite; and experience shows that this opposite appears in the form of anxiety, a fact which has still to be explained. 

Thus, a dreamer in his relation to his dream-wishes can only be compared to an amalgamation of two separate people who are linked by some important common element.” (SE V, 580, n1).

In the following Forbes article, the author speaks of maintaining networking while pursuing one’s career. But for me this could well bring up the problem mentioned above. We know what we want but we are shy of going after it. The images of these pristine perfect people in theory, in their perfect offices, somehow don’t always speak to out reality. Sometimes, you need someone to help coach you through a period of transition, and to remind you of values perhaps deemed out of the ordinary in “normal” society.


Three things: 


1.     Do you have the time and space to really unfold some creative time for study and to reconceive your future?

2.     Do you know what to read, what to study and how to get to the place you want to go?

3.     Do you have a way to look to the future to strategise, and someone to help you stay on track, to get there?


We have to be aware that getting to where we want to go is a huge undertaking. I liken it to the path of the hero. Like Odysseus leaving his island banishment in Homer’s Greek story. Until the hero knows he has to leave the island, until he can hear the voices of his future calling him, he has to endure 7 years captivated on an island. For many people in corporate life, those 7 years are spent looking at a screen, going to meetings, engaging in general corporate life and culture. But all the while, something new may be growing. All those dreams we have through the day. Giving yourself the time to explore your future, to explore life, and to learn to speak newly about the life that is unfolding for you through this process, is what coaching is all about.


English coaching for higher levels, is not just about grammar and vocabulary, but reading articles, and learning to think, to feel things in a new way. All this helps us dream bigger for the future, to see the new things that are possible. Many people who have come to me over the years have gone on to international positions and new business opportunities. Others have come to see speaking as the essential key link to gaining new powers and influence in the world.


Why speaking skills are important in higher education

That path from who we are now, to the person that fires up our desires to take a path into the future. It is that person we want to speak to

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Benefits of English Coaching

In the workplace there are many benefits to improving your language skills. Not only does better English improve meetings and relationships with clients, but it helps you better manage your energy levels while at work. In my experience higher level English helps clients get more out of their professional lives and move in new directions. 

Our work is tailor made specifically to fit the different situations our clients are in. We work with vocabulary, grammar and literature that is relevant to your work and life. We place high value on feedback and consultation. With long experience in language teaching and coaching we offer a high quality package to meet specific needs and goals. 

What's it like working with me?

Fluency and accuracy are best developed through Speaking: the most efficient way to learn higher English is in Conversation. With a focus on speaking on a variety of themes: about books, news articles, work and daily life, I give detailed high level English correction, and feedback. Helping you unlock the potential of language to shape your life, career and character. From (B1 +) to Advanced (C1) and Proficiency (C2).

Realising aims and objectives is a skill. Like any skill, with practice, new things can be learned, and achievements gained. Every one of my students / clients is completely different. I take the time to prepare and provide you with the best experience possible. I enjoy what I do and I get you results.


Henry L: 'At Syngenta, Richard was the first teacher to really go into precise detail about the difference in pronunciation for Chinese students. We also looked at report writing, speaking in meetings, and did specific poetic speech exercises. I was very impressed by Mr. Cooper's methodology,  professionalism and his passion in teaching! I liked working with him a lot.'

Michael W: '
As head of IT security at a private bank in Basel, Richard was a great help preparing for meetings with international clients. He gives you practice of real conversation rather than getting stuck in text books. He always offers great corrections at the end of the lesson.'

Silke B: '
I have been studying for a further education masters degree for my work for a retail chain company in Basel. Richard has coached me in work related issues and in academic writing and has contributed to making a big difference to my results in essays and to my job in the work / office environment.'

Markus P. '
Our team works with IT for a media company in Zürich. The working language is English. We have worked continually with Richard since 2018. Richard goes beyond the standard language learning offer. He is well prepared, knows a lot about many areas of business and gives clear and detailed grammar and vocabulary explanation. Our team of 6 people come every week to the online Zoom sessions with enthusiasm. Richard sends reports and summaries of our sessions and posts regularly on Linkedin. Richard has a good sense of humour that makes learning enjoyable and makes sure all members of the team have the corrections they need to move ahead.'

Edith R: 'As an order manager at Novartis, Basel. I have worked with Richard since 2012. Richard has helped with presentations, meetings and pronunciation in English. We practice talking in meetings, discuss business vocabulary and look at study techniques. Richard has continued over the years to be a very insightful coach and gives me often new ideas to use in the corporate world. I can recommend him very highly.'

Seraina G. Handelszeitung: '
Many thanks for the inspiring lessons over the last 3 years. I very much appreciated your way of teaching because it was very focussed and tailored to my specific needs; you have a very deep understanding of both languages, English and German, and therefore were able to show the differences in thinking between the two languages; I also liked your enthusiasm about languages and your broad general knowledge which made it possible to work on conversation on a wide range of topics.'

Kerstin J: '
Hi Richard, thank you so much for the lessons. Working for HR at a multinational company in Zürich, we have had 'duo' lessons, with the other student working self employed with English speaking clients. We were looking for a more focussed coaching approach to learning English and  with your experience we were impressed. Reading a book together and talking about themes form the book and from work, you have helped me move my English higher and understand grammar better. I feel much happier with my English now and we are looking forward to working with you more in the coming year.'

Tobias R: '
I work for a multinational company in Rheinfelden. Richard has helped me prepare for the Cambridge Business certificate. He has helped me clearly understand my strengths and weaknesses and improve my English. We have worked on writing tasks, emails, reading and listening tasks. Most of our sessions have been online. Online learning works well and Richard is always extremely well prepared to answer questions and show me study tips for learning efficiently.'


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