Play your joker card.
I’ve been studying foreign languages and linguistics since I was a teenager, but that’s still not enough to explain how I can contribute to my company’s growth.
Since the very beginning, I’ve found my way to do that by leveraging Imagicle international scope. I’m Italian, but I’ve got colleagues coming from all over the world (really: from all over Italy, Lebanon, Syria, France, US, Russia) and we work with customers and partners spread in more than 150 countries.
So, basically, speaking English is essential, and speaking French is my Joker Card: the plus point that has allowed me to find my special path in Sales Team (believe me, everyone has a joker card – sometimes you just need someone to point at it to see it yourself!)
My language knowledge has been my added value and my particular contribution to Imagicle growth in French-speaking countries, not only within Europe (France, of course, but also Luxembourg and Switzerland) but also in several African markets, such as Senegal, Mauritius, and Cote d’Ivoire.
“But don’t you get confused when you speak more than a language in the same day, aunt Vivi?”
“No, I don’t.”
(Well, maybe just sometimes!)
Third step: what do I do every single day?
“So, Becca, do you understand that my magic colleagues create apps to smooth people communications, right? And that all together we help people to get them and make their job easier, isn’t it?”
“Yes, I do, but do these people come to your office and buy them?”
“No, not exactly. We work with people very, very far from here.”
“So, do you take a plane every day?”
“No, dear: we use the Internet to work.”
“All right. Like when you were on holidays, and you called to show me blue seaside and fishes?”
“That’s exactly how we work, using video calls and other tools that help us to get closer, no matter how far away we are.”
“So it’s you or them who are on holidays?”
Well, this is a good question.
Out of the experiment, just one note: when I first landed at Imagicle in 2014, I had a very little experience in Sales, and no experience at all in Tech (I wouldn’t call using my iPhone to chat “experience”), but I found out a happy family ready to welcome me and help me grow my knowledge and skills.
My colleagues (and friends!) walked me down every single milestone, teaching me every useful thing to know about Sales and Tech.
But the very best lesson Imagicle taught me is that there’s not an arrival point: we never stop learning. So, keep on being curious and never get tired of studying.