Communicating With People Who Speak a Different Language

There are certain words we can’t pronounce – even in our own language.  Who hasn’t at one time or another stumbled over “synthesize” or “irrevocably?”

So when you’re delivering a presentation or preparing for a media interview, be sure to practice out loud and replace those tongue twisters to improve your communication skills. You have many words to choose from with the same meaning.

A Different Story

Communication skills for foreign language speakers

More than a mangled language?

But it’s a different story when you’re communicating with an individual or an audience comprised of people who speak a different language. Words have different meanings. And the gestures that you feel are perfectly acceptable may be considered offensive.

What works in one culture doesn’t work in another. America is a nation of immigrants so we are accustomed to hearing many languages and accents. We’re often in awe of visitors who can speak not one, but two or three languages. …Read more…

Practice Makes Eli Pariser Almost “Perfect” for his Talk at a TED Conference

Being asked to speak at a TED conference is a very big deal. So when author Eli Pariser was given his nine minutes of fame in front of an influential TED audience, he needed to make the most of the opportunity to promote the ideas in his book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.Ted Ideas Worth Spreading

TED conferences are prestigious events attended by industry leaders who come to hear “riveting talks …Read more…

Are You Due for a Professional Image Update?

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” may be a cliché but this one is true.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

That’s why it’s essential to develop a professional image that creates an unforgettable powerful first impression when you are about to make a presentation, attend a business meeting or appear on TV.

Find Your Personal Style

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Crisis Communications When an “Act of God” Strikes

Act of God Crisis

Act of God Crisis

What do you do when, through no fault of your organization, an Act of God causes a crisis that harms your employees or your customers?

When Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc along the Atlantic Coast a couple of summers back,  people coped with the horrific aftermath for months. Utility companies faced a barrage of criticism for their handling of power outages that lasted for days and weeks for thousands of customers. …Read more…