How often do you have to convince people about your ideas? Just all the time, right? Persuading people can be an even harder task when they are from other cultures. In her book, “The Culture Map,” Erin Meyer adresses this topic and explains how we can be more effective in our persuasion strategies in multicultural teams. As I always say in my articles, just speaking English well is not enough to have an effective communication. So, here goes some nuggets of knowledge and stra
I often see people who have been studying English for years constantly experiencing feelings of frustration because they still don’t feel confident in their communication. This lack of confidence not only affects their communication, but also negatively impacts their chances of professional, academic, and personal growth. Likewise, teachers often times feel their hands tied. Despite their best efforts to motivate students, there seems to be an invisible barrier that even teac
Back in 2010, in the beginning of my career as an English teacher, I remember an interesting situation that happened in the language school I worked in Brazil. The school had about 6 trained, experienced, and certified English teachers, until one day an American native speaker was hired. He didn’t have any certification, he was just hired because he was a native speaker. Is it enough to be a native speaker to teach English? Teaching and speaking another language are two diffe
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