How to Conquer English with the Tony Robbins Formula

The Tony Robbins Formula for English Fluency

Let me ask you a couple questions…

Does it ever feel like becoming fluent in English is impossible?

How many times have you studied at an English school or started lessons with a private teacher and a few months or even a year later saw no real results?

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

Don’t worry, these feelings are very common.

How do I know? Because I’ve seen students go through it hundreds of times.

But luckily for you, I know why students don’t get the results they are looking for.

I am going to tell you about a method you can use to achieve really great results with your English.

This will completely change how you’ve approached learning English in the past, which consequently will totally change the results you get.

I promise!

But first, I’d like to tell you a story…

This is the story of a 25 year-old Brazilian guy named Gustavo.

Gustavo is an Engineer at a multi-national company in São Paulo.

The company is headquartered in the U.S., and sometimes he has to communicate with Americans.

Gustavo speaks English pretty well. He definitely speaks it better than a lot of the people in his company.

But, he still isn’t very confident.

He usually communicates by e-mail, which is easy with a little help from Google Translate.

But sometimes he needs to sit in on conference calls with his boss. That’s an entirely different story.

On these calls he can only understand about 20% of what is said. Not good!

On top of it, sitting around the table with the managers stresses him out.

Gustavo gets sweaty, anxious and nervous and, as you know, it’s much more difficult to speak a foreign language when you’re feeling like that.

For him, English = anxiety. Why? Because he knows he could do better.

So Gustavo does what most people would do…

He decides to get serious about English again before it causes any problems for him at work.

He looks up a private teacher online. The teacher is American, so he figures that practicing with him will quickly improve his conversation skills.

It’s a little expensive, but it’ll be much better than taking some stupid group class at a language school. Paying for all the materials and having to listen to the teacher in front of the class is not what he wants to do.

He starts private lessons once a week with the American.

Communicating with the teacher is much easier than he thought it would be.

Over the next few months he doesn’t miss one class, and he’s feeling more confident.

But this confidence, unfortunately, is just an illusion…

One fine day at work his boss lets him know of an upcoming conference call.  He’s nervous as usual, but also a little excited to see if his private lessons are paying off.

That’s when the shit hits the fan…

The call goes terribly. He still can’t understand much and when it’s his turn to speak he has to ask for clarification from his boss.

No bueno, Gustavo!

He leaves the meeting totally disappointed and confused.

Why does he still have problems?

Are his lessons not working? Does his teacher suck? What does he need to do so he can finally stop worrying about f*@# English?

At his next lesson he tells his teacher what happened and the teacher says he needs to be patient because language progress takes time.

Gustavo thinks that’s a bullshit answer.

He thinks to himself, “how long does it take to reach fluency? Lessons are expensive and I don’t want to keep dishing out tons of money every month if they don’t even work.”

Plus, Gustavo needs to learn quickly!

So he continues with lessons but now, for some reason, starts cancelling sometimes. More important things start taking priority in his life (coincidence? I don’t think so).

A couple months later Gustavo realizes he’s wasting his money on private lessons because of cancellations. Besides, what he’s learning doesn’t seem to be working anyway.

He stops taking lessons.

His English isn’t horrible, he can get by. He’ll just have to hope that there aren’t too many conference calls in his future.

But is his boss unhappy with him? Is he already looking for someone to fill his position?

Gustavo’s anxiety about English continues…

Does this story sound familiar to you?

It doesn’t have a very happy ending, does it?

Why is it so hard to become fluent in English, and why do so many people become stuck at mediocrity?

Well, believe me when I say it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Gustavo was just misinformed on how to best improve his English.

And here’s the solution I promised you!

Gustavo made a very common mistake when he decided to get serious about English.

He knew he needed to improve, so he just found a teacher to help him.

This is not the cure for bad English!

Obviously, I’m not saying teachers can’t help you. Of course they can. But simply relying on someone else for your success, especially with language, is a futile approach.

He needed to do some preparation before contacting a teacher.

This preparation consists of 3 POWERFUL QUESTIONS that Gustavo needed to ask himself.

3 questions, that’s it.

Question 1


WHAT do I want?

Gustavo did not really know WHAT he wanted before getting serious about English. All he knew was that he needed to “be better”, so he found a teacher to help him.

Instead, he should have been extremely clear on the results he was looking for.

Clarity is power!

What areas did he want to improve? Speaking, writing, listening?

How good did he want to be?

How long did he have to achieve these results? Did he want to pass certain English exams like the TOEFL or IELTS to prove his abilities to his boss?

Question 2


WHY do I want this?

Gustavo did not really know WHY he wanted or needed to improve.

I’m talking about deeply knowing the purpose behind his desire to speak fluently.

The WHY has to be something personal and internal.

Something that inspires him and creates strong feelings inside of him.

Wanting to improve simply for job security is not personal enough, it is only based on avoiding something he does not want to happen.

Instead of trying to avoid something, he should focus on what he can gain.

Financial freedom, power at the office, creating deeper connections with people, being a better provider for his family, buying great gifts for his girlfriend or girlfriends, the feelings that go with driving a nice car, traveling every year to a foreign country… These are personal and emotional reasons for wanting to speak English fluently.

The WHY behind the reasons for doing something is even more important than the results you are trying to achieve.

Por que? Because if you only focus on the results you’ll get distracted or discouraged when they aren’t what you expected.

Maybe the school you chose is not right for you or the teacher you hired is not what you were looking for.

Or maybe you’ll lose your job and won’t have the money to afford classes.

All these “problems” can make you want to quit if you don’t remember why it is absolutely crucial for you to continue to study English.

Your WHY can’t be affected by outside circumstances. The deeper and more emotional you get with your “why”, the better.

Thinking about how your English abilities will not only help you but will also help your future, your family, your happiness, etc., will keep you focused and motivated as long as it takes to reach your goals.

Question 3


HOW am I going to do this?

This is where you make your Action Plan that outlines exactly what you’re going to do to reach your goals.

Gustavo simply contacted a teacher then expected quick results. But his private lessons were just one small step in the plan.

He needed to create a daily action plan for English training.

He should have found the right material, scheduled time for practice and set deadlines.

Without daily practice, you won’t improve very quickly. There’s no jeitinho here. If you want big results, you need a daily action plan.

Just like going on a diet, you need to plan and be consistent.

If you want to lose weight or gain muscle to be bombado, can you do it if you go to the gym once a week then drink beer the rest of the week? Of course not. Não seja ingênuo!! (Don’t be naïve.)

It would have been necessary for Gustavo to think about everything he could possibly do every day to bring him to fluency.

Which books, which websites?

Which teachers, which schools?

When could he practice?

How would he make more time for practice?

He needed to figure this out from the beginning, and stick to it.

Does that sound too hard? It doesn’t have to be.

Finding the right materials and learning how to create powerful learning habits makes things much easier!

So those are 3 QUESTIONS you too should ask yourself before starting any English program.


To help you better understand, let me give you some examples that would fit Gustavo’s mission.



a) I want to easily understand others during conference calls.

b) I want to be confident in all areas of English: writing, speaking, reading and listening.

c) I want to make sure my boss can count on me.



a) I will feel powerful and confident during conference calls and I will feel very valuable at work. I will be the “go-to guy” for conference calls, making me an invaluable asset. I’ll be less anxious and I will work with much less stress. I’ll feel more relaxed and happier.

b) With great English on my resume, I will feel powerful in the job market. I can find better jobs that will allow me to better support my (future) family, travel more, provide a better education for my children and have a lot more free time.

*Again, the WHY is very important. Think about it. If your only reason for improving your English is based on your boss, then you’ll only think about English when you feel threatened or afraid of them. Don’t let your boss control your feelings of success. You’re better than that! And they might be an asshole anyway! Your English success needs to come from inside of you!



Now that Gustavo set up the foundation for success in the first two steps, he will create his Action Plan.

First, he will find the resources and tools he’ll need for practice.

The internet makes it extremely easy to find what you need, be it free or paid.

Because he already knows which areas to work on, he can look for specific material that will help him focus on those areas. *This is where having a teacher or tutor can help, as they should be able to recommend good resources to practice with. 

After he figures out the material he’ll use, Gustavo needs to schedule in when he will practice.

I can’t say this enough. If you don’t have time to practice almost every day, don’t expect to improve much.

Many students tell me they don’t have time outside of class to practice, and I do understand how busy things can get. But if you can’t find 10 minutes a day to practice then English is obviously not that important to you at this moment.

Be creative. Utilize the times when you’re not doing anything important or when you’re waiting for something (and I know waiting is very common in Brazil so that should not be difficult) to practice your English and get closer to reaching your goals.

Times like commuting to work, lunch time, at the gym or working out and driving around the city are some examples. Or maybe you could even replace a little of your sacred Facebook time for English practice.

If you sit down and plan your schedule with your big WHY in mind, you will find time.

I guarantee it.

When you really want to do something, you make time for it. Don’t lie to yourself, or your teacher.


Now it’s your turn!

So there it is; the 3-question method for success.

This method can obviously be used in any area in your life. The more you use it, the easier it will be to implement.

Last words of wisdom…

1) Every month or two reevaluate your WHAT and see if you still want the same thing. It will change, just like life, and it helps to be flexible.

2) Whenever you feel discouraged or lose some focus (this definitely will happen), remind yourself WHY you are doing what you are doing. Return to the emotions behind your objectives, and imagine how you will feel when you reach your goals.

Don’t forget about the other people in your life who will be affected by your actions.

3) Be creative, active and courageous when finding your online resources and looking for speaking opportunities. Language is social, so you’ll have to be social to really improve your speaking. Start small, and over time things will get easier and you’ll learn the best practices for you.

Lastly, don’t let others take you off your path, and be careful not to get distracted from English by what life throws at you.

Having these 3-steps in place will help you stay consistent, and keep you on the right track for as long as it takes you to get to where you want to be.


Thanks for reading! Now go be great!



approached – the way you do something or talk to someone 

headquartered  – the main office of a company

sweaty – perspiration 

paying off – compensating, worth it

suck – not good

bullshit – usally used when you think someone is lying 

wasting – not using something fully 


commuting  – daily travel 

life throws at you – random events coming into your life