Let's just imagine, you, a cardiovascular professional, need to make a presentation in English. Are you confident you can express yourself properly? Are you comfortable with the thought of doing that, or does it make you feel nervous? Here are three tips that will make you more confident when you have to express yourself in English.
#1 – Slow down. Many non-native English speaking professionals speak to fast for people to understand. There is a rhythm when giving a lecture that should be calm and relaxed. You do know about cardiology, you are a subject matter expert. You just need to brush up (study) the cardiovascular English you learned in school. Slow down as you come to difficult to pronounce words such as brachycardia, antiarrhythmics, and streptokinase. Native English speaking professionals will understand you better, and appreciate your effort for pronouncing the word correctly. Believe it or not, native English speakers think you are exceptional if you can give a lecture, in English, in front of them. They will be very forgiving. All of them will be thinking, "Wow, this person is brave, I could never do that!"
#2 - Realize that all medical professionals make mistakes when they lecture. Even if a native English speaker is speaking to another group of native English speakers, it is normal for them to make mistakes in their lecture. It is only human! Do not think that just because you are a non-native English speaker, you cannot speak in front of an English speaking audience. You can do it, and will receive an enormous amount of respect from your peers!
#3 – Use the internet to help you with pronunciation. There are many free resources to help you with your pronunciation. Dictionary.com is a great one. Just search the term "cardiovascular English" and you should find lots of helpful resources.
In summary, slow down, realize everyone makes mistakes, and use the internet to your advantage. If you use these three tips, your presentation will be great!