At university, Jessica Brown discovered her aptitude for reading and speaking Japanese in a chance 30-minute lesson. In the months that followed, she discovered that what she learned in those 30 minutes helped her connect with a surprising number of people. Not only that, she felt like she found her calling… helping people bridge the gap between Japanese and English.

While she was working at the Japanese consulate in Edinburgh, she started a Japanese conversation group locally. This led her to create a Facebook group, and demand from members all over the world led to the creation of her first online conversation club. Now, at NIHONGO Connection, Jessica helps Japanese language-lovers and native speakers improve their fluency – and has helped other people worldwide make powerful connections in their on and offline communities.

Today, Jessica joins the podcast to talk about how she turned her hobby into a thriving online business, how she’s achieved personal and financial freedom through the membership model, and the power of truly feeling heard and understood.

Key Takeaways

  • How a chance 30-minute Japanese lesson gave Jessica the confidence to speak and learn in another language. 
  • Why Jessica felt out of energy as she tried to help everyone all the time – and how this naturally led her to embrace the membership model. 
  • The powerful and unique ripple effect of Jessica’s membership site.

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Memorable Quote

  • “None of us are using our mother tongue, but we are able to connect across that universe and use this one language that we will have a passion for to communicate with each other.” – Jessica Brown

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