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How to Make a Presentation in English Sound Good

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 11/04/17 08:59

We all know by now the cardinal sins of presentations: slides with too much text, or a presenter whose idea of presenting is to merely read aloud the text on the slides, or a presenter who gazes at their shoes… The list goes on. But, assuming you’re experienced enough to not be making those mistakes, what’s next?

How do you get to the next level, where you are routinely giving engaging, memorable presentations in English? Content, obviously, plays a key role in making a great presentation, and as I outlined in a previous post, you need an aim in order for the audience to follow you. However, I’m willing to argue that content alone is not enough to make a great presentation. For me, the one component that elevates a good presentation to one that is memorable is how it sounds. And, for me, it must sound good.

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Topics: Language skills, Working life, Presentation skills, Business English

Think People Follow Your Presentations? Think Again.

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 07/04/17 09:08

We have much to thanks the TED talks series for: not only did they provide us with excellent topics like Cameron Russell’s “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model,” or Hans Rosling’s “The Magic Washing Machine,” but they also put the idea of great presentation skills front and center again.

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Topics: Language skills, Working life, Presentation skills, Business English

5 reasons why mistakes shouldn’t stop you from speaking English

Posted by Annaelisa Huhtala on 29/11/16 08:53

It’s a rare business that doesn’t require any understanding of languages, and for most businesses, English has become their go-to option for international business communication. However, no one wants to fumble over words or make mistakes.

What if I leave a bad impression? What if I say something wrong? What if I use the wrong term by mistake? What if I forget the specific word at the worst possible moment?

Thoughts like these are common, especially among those of us who have been taught English with a heavy focus on grammar and little emphasis on actual talking.

However, here are five reasons why these mistakes shouldn’t stop you from speaking English:

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Topics: Language skills, Language training, Learning English, Business English

US presidential debate and communication styles

Posted by Brian McMillan on 07/10/16 09:13

In the United States race for the office of president, the current candidates have two very distinctly different styles for getting their message through to American voters.

How would you describe their delivery style, body language, choice of words and tone of voice, along with their general style of communicating? Would you consider using their methods of communication for getting your message through?

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Topics: Communication, Language skills, Webinar, Hillary Clinton, Presidential debate, Body language, Donald Trump

Language Used to Engage

Posted by Blake Schumacher on 28/09/16 10:43

When I was young, my mother took me to libraries and museums to listen to stories. The biggest thrill I had wasn’t at the end of the stories; it was the journey, the optimism, the promise that by committing to this voyage, you may receive big payoff at the end. I loved the tension created by the trek. Would the hero slay the villain? How will the hero go from rags to riches? How will a certain character redeem themselves after a tragic fall from grace?

Looking back, these stories helped me learn to dream, raised my awareness to the positive tension of mystery and instilled a curious desire to search for answers. It made me aware that obstacles were opportunities, not burdens. All of these lessons from those youthful stories created an exciting and charged atmosphere that has continually kept me engaged and curious throughout my life.

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Topics: Storytelling, Language skills, Language training, Working life

Invest in languages

Posted by Annamari Korhonen on 24/08/16 09:56

According to the 2013 Languages for the Future report commissioned by the British Council, approximately 75% of British people are not able to carry on a simple conversation in a foreign language, let alone sell their products using anything other than English. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has calculated that this costs the British economy £48 billion every year. All this despite the fact that in many countries, people understand English very well. We can only wonder how huge the corresponding losses are for Finnish businesses whose employees don’t have the same advantage of speaking the global lingua franca as their native language.

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Topics: Translation, Language skills, Marketing material, Multilingual communication

Learning new words by rote is no longer the way to go

Posted by AAC Global news on 20/07/16 21:26

Language learners that are at an intermediate level often complain that they lack the vocabulary to express themselves eloquently. Many feel that they have mastered the basics of grammar and can make themselves understood, but they are constantly stuck using the same words. This frustration is often intensified by the idea that expanding your vocabulary necessarily involves learning long lists of words by rote. More fun – and more effective – techniques do exist, but they require a little bit of creativity.

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Topics: Communication, Language skills, Language training, Linkword method

Do you know how people learn languages?

Posted by Sinikka Teikari on 23/05/16 09:35

Have you ever, even as an adult, thought about how people learn languages? It might sound like a lot of work, because learning styles, trends and methods follow each other like the changing seasons of haute couture. On the other hand, the current trend towards self-direction requires that everyone should now take responsibility for their own learning. However, it seems that few adult learners are naturally self-directed. Self-study does not necessarily work in at stages of language learning, especially if the learner is not interested enough in learning a language.

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Topics: Language skills, Language training, Visual, Kinesthetic, Teacher-guided, Holistic learner, Auditory, Self-direction, Learning style, Analytic learner

Summer is the time to focus on yourself

Posted by Heikki Siltala on 16/05/16 10:45

New year’s resolutions are made at the wrong time of the year. The busy start of the year and even busier late spring ruin these lofty decisions and the measures arising from them. So why not make a summer resolution? Make a resolution that will benefit you in your free time but also after summer in working life.

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Topics: Language skills, Language training, Working life, Language course, Summer, Summer vacation

Your product cannot get its message through by itself

Posted by Heikki Siltala on 13/04/16 13:41

Can your product or service speak or communicate in any manner to potential customers on your behalf? Does it know any foreign languages or understand the impact of the target country’s culture on closing a deal – including marketing, advertising, agreements, purchasing procedures, manuals, consumer protection, etc.?

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Topics: Marketing, Language skills, Sales pitch, Presentation skills, Internationalization

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