Tell me: What’s the short version of your (working) life?

Have you ever thought about practicing how to tell someone about what you do at work? When holding courses for foreign-born people like myself who are working in Norway, I advise them to practice and perform giving the short version of their life story. Why the short version? Because you should be aware that when … les mer

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Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

You need to write a message every time you send someone a connection request. You really do. Just clicking ‘Connect’ and expecting a positive response isn’t going to cut it anymore. Maybe it used to, but as LI activity is heating up, more people are getting choosier about accepting the increasing number of requests coming … les mer

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Your LinkedIn Summary: Be Smart, Write Smart

You don’t need to prove you’re smart. We know you are. At yet another one of my LinkedIn courses last week, this time in Oslo, I told the people there that I most often get inspiration for blog writing from something that’s said in class. This evening was no exception; I headed back to my … les mer

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First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

As often happens when I’m running a course, what’s said by participants is much more interesting and thought provoking than what I say at the front of the classroom. At my most recent course – Intercultural Communication in the Workplace – held last week in Stavanger, Norway, a comment that generated the session’s most lively … les mer

Kategori: Integration
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Here’s Looking at You, Norway…and Norden

Is Oscar Wilde’s phrase about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery true? Was he referring to individuals, or can we stretch it to talk about countries? A year ago I wanted to find a new topic for my course takers to discuss during class that would involve talking about working in Norway. But we’d … les mer

LinkedIn: Tell the Truth (Please), Part Two

It happened again. Call me an overly critical, detail-oriented resumé reader, but certain claims made by certain resumé writers need to be addressed so that we can all have a good think before sitting down the next time to write about our own life and work experience in this one-page stylized format. ‘It’ in this … les mer

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LinkedIn Titles: Tell the Truth and Nothing but the Truth (Please)

When you study literature, you quickly hear about the term ‘poetic license’: Definition: license or liberty taken by a poet, prose writer, or other artist in deviating from rule, conventional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect This is fine for the world of fiction, for where would great stories come … les mer

It’s All Good: How to Answer (Exasperating) E-Mails

I was recently asked a question from a rather frustrated member of the international workplace that went something like the following: “I’ve gotten several e-mails from a client that I don’t understand. The grammar and spelling are so weak that it makes the writer’s intention hard to understand. Want to keep the relationship positive, of … les mer

Why You Should Say ‘Sorry’ at Work

When said with sincerity, this five-letter word can solve more than a few sticky workplace situations. Once again while running a course recently, I was the one who learned something new while trying to teach something old. The old in this case is using a version of ‘sorry’ at work in order to soften what … les mer

How to Answer the Interview Question: “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

I recently got an e-mail from a woman that went something like this: “Last week I was being interviewed for a promotion within my company, and was one of several applicants being considered for the job. Thought things were going rather well until the interviewer suddenly asked me, ‘So how long do you plan on … les mer

Kategori: Job interview
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