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Understanding the Underground: Why Foreign Speakers Sometimes Can’t Stop Speaking

Understanding the Underground: Why Foreign Speakers Sometimes Can’t Stop Speaking

“But do you know what: I am convinced that we underground folk ought to be kept on a curb. Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk….”  Notes from Underground (F. Dostoyevsky) It doesn’t happen often,… Les mer

How to Break My Language Barrier

How to Break My Language Barrier

Patience and Participation: The Keys to the Communication Castle? Over the course of a regular workday in the global workplace, several small and seemingly insignificant events may take place in the life of a foreign-born employee whose language is one other than that of the native population among which he/she works. This person has a… Les mer

Conference Speakers: Do they ever learn?

Conference Speakers: Do they ever learn?

There is an old phrase in English that warns against what can happen when people gain too much power and status in society – ‘the higher they rise, the harder they fall’. Webster’s online dictionary gives the following explanation of this phrase by declaring that ‘the more important or powerful a person is, the more difficult it is for them when they lose their power or importance’.

Judging by the presentations given by various industry leaders at a conference I recently attended, I would alter this phrase slightly by saying ‘the higher they rise, the more they lose touch with what their audience wants to hear’. Les mer