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I have just seen a film which I highly recommend if you are working in the Middle East, interested in doing so, or working with international teams. It’s called “WADJDA” by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the very first film by Saudi’s first female film-maker. The stories about how it was made are almost as interesting as the […]

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Something I read recently struck a real chord. It’s that although we seem to live in a culture that encourages us to constantly tick items off our “to do” list, at the end of the day, it’s the quality of our relationships that really matters.  (from blog http://www.realprosperityinc.com/blog) This goes to the heart of what […]

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I wrote about empathy in a previous blog – http://oxfordprofessionalenglish.com/?p=801   Here are some more reasons why it’s important.  Communication and empathy are at the centre of good relationships.  So we need to strengthen both sets of skills. In International business, cultural and linguistic empathy is especially important. There’s the matter of culture. Without empathy, […]

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Empathy is often defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another; to identify and understand another’s situation, feelings and motives. It’s the skill of acknowledging concerns and feelings felt by others, putting yourself in their shoes. Why should you be empathetic your business? By putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes we […]

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I received a newsletter from my IT support service (www.homeITsupport.biz) with various tips for using email more efficiently. Tip number 1 was: “Never send large attachments by email. Use an alternative like MailBigFile, YouSendIt or Dropbox. Email is designed for small text items, not files. Adding large files is like trying to drive a truck through […]

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Ever wondered how and why the English language works the way it does? Are you aware you’ve forgotten some basic grammar rules?  Because a lot of our clients find this really helpful, I thought I would share some language reminders and writing tips that will help you improve your professional English and establish a clear […]

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Have you ever wondered whether the impact you have on others is positive or negative? How good are your influence or persuasive abilities in conversation?  There are 3 ways we can evaluate what sort of impression we have on other people: Interaction – the basic transactional level – just the way we work, converse and […]

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I have a spelling checker, It came with my PC.   It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot sea. My son is a journalist and he sent me an article recently because he  rather liked this poem in it.  It got me thinking about spelling and how tricky it can […]

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How do you vary your speed of talk? Who are the people you know who like high-energy talk? Who are those who don’t? Who would appreciate a quieter, more methodical style from you and would it convince them better? Here are some tips that you could try: Fast movers are generally more high energy and extrovert so use your […]

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I found this topic interesting because I love words. You might like it too. In my experience, it’s recently seemed all one-way: Brits adopting words and expressions from USA (e.g. laid back, French Fries, alumni, play-boy, couch potato). But it didn’t seem to be happening vice-versa. Maybe we Brits find it makes our language more […]

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