Interview with Matteo Negri (@m.negri71)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
After working for over a decade for the Associated Press, I decided to change my life and become a freelance English teacher. So I took the CPE, CELTA and CELTYL at Cambridge and I opened my own company.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
Teaching a student affected by Dyslexia, who had always been neglected by his tutors, and bringing him from an F to a solid B in three years.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Using socials to promote myself and my work I was able to stop working for schools and attract my students directly. This has resulted in a much improved work-life balance, and a much reduced impact of bureaucracy and red tape. If you’re the owner of your time, and can prioritise your workload, it’s impossible to burn out.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Professionally wise, the first name that comes to my mind is Nicole Dinzey, former DOS of the British Institutes in Milan, who first instilled in me the idea of pursuing this career. But I’ve always tried to learn from everyone I’ve met along this journey, and I’m really grateful for having met a lot of wonderful people.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I try to have an impact on student’s life on a daily basis. Meeting their needs and fulfilling their aspirations eventually leads to success in their lives, which is due to their effort and dedication, and in small part thanks to me. And their success is my reward.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
” “Everyone is the creator of their own destiny”. Quite self explaining, I’ve always lived my life according to this motto and it has always served me well. Another one is “You’re as good as your last lesson”, which is an adaptation from a sentence of the then Calgary Flames coach Brian Sutter, and it has always helped me questioning myself and striving for improvement.
.How can our readers follow you on social media?
On IG I have a page where I post daily tips and quotes, while on LinkedIn I have a more institutional page, including my CV, to advertise the IG profile. The profile on IG has got over 35K followers, the Linkedin page over 3K.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Qualifications and Experience perhaps.