8 October

5 ideas to help someone with poor English understand you

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5 ideas to help someone with poor English understand you

  Maike presses the ‘leave meeting’ button and gets herself a cup of coffee. She needs it. She’s just had a meeting with Paulo whose English is pretty basic and she’s not sure that he understood what she explained about the project and his role in it. As soon as she noticed his confusion she […]

12 April

3 things you can still do in the 48 hours before a conference call

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3 things you can still do in the 48 hours before a conference call

As far as their stressfulness for non-native speakers goes, there’s not much that beats conference calls. Unfamiliar accents, incredibly rapid speakers, mumbling, unknown vocabulary – these factors can make any meeting a challenge. If on top of that you can’t see the other participants, things become much more difficult. There are no facial expressions or […]

12 March

Standing up for yourself and your ideas

  In November, I wrote about the disadvantages of not playing a full role in meetings. After reading the article one of my clients said: ‘I know I need to play an active role. And I try to. But sometimes the others just ignore me. What can I do and say then?’ Good question. And a […]