But It’s Not My Fault: Business E-Mail Etiquette When Your Sender Can’t Write Right

Yet another interesting aspect of modern communication came up during my most recent business e-mail writing course – interesting as I had certainly never thought of it before. Interesting because it showed a more sensitive side of human nature appearing in the otherwise fast-paced, hardened world of modern business. What came up and out in … les mer

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Less is More: Business E-Mail Insecurity Issues

A surprisingly large crowd showed up at my evening course last week on how to write correct business e-mails in English. As I looked out at the many faces expectantly looking back at me, I tried to remember back to when we all first starting this mode of written communication. Tried but failed to date … les mer

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Techie Talk: Do technical presentations need to live up to their reputation?

“There’s truth in every stereotype” – or is there? People attending my course on intercultural communication seem to like discussing this statement, at times to a point of seemingly no return. They give examples to show why or why not they find these words to be true, and never do seem to arrive at any … les mer

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Stop in the Name of Workplace Inclusion

At a recent course on intercultural communication in the workplace, I had just given my ‘do’s and don’ts’ advice on how newcomers to Norway should never wait to take the initiative in starting up conversations with native speakers: “Don’t wait for them to talk to you, but rather bring up some topic that you have … les mer

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What Not to Say to a Foreigner

Don’t make fun of a co-worker’s accent Les mer

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What Not to Ask a Foreigner

Don’t you miss your familiy? Les mer

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The Unspoken Yet Real Reason You Didn’t Get Called For That Job Interview

I just finished reading an article on LinkedIn entitled, ‘The Real Reason You Didn’t Get That Job’ by LI Influencer Liz Ryan in which she lists five potential changes in the company at which ‘you’ have just interviewed that may have prevented ‘you’ from getting hired. These changes include having the company cut the position … les mer

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Interview Poker: The Danger of Keeping Your Cards (Too) Close to Your Chest

While a job interview should be a lively, interesting conversation between two professionals exchanging experiences and ideas, all too often it can turn into something resembling an interrogation of the jobseeker by the employer. Les mer

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Minding the Gap of Underemployment

Halfway through my course on interview technique (in English) last week, I brought up the slide on which appeared what turned out to be a dreaded interview question: “So, please tell me/us, why do you want to leave your current job?” A few minutes before these fear-inducing words were shown on the screen, I had … les mer

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Praise Be – Or Not?

Last fall in Bergen, Norway, an unexpected thing happened while I was teaching an evening course on interview technique in English to a group of unemployed engineers who had lost their jobs because of downsizing related to the offshore oil industry. After having given them a long list of positive adjectives – creative, loyal, hardworking, … les mer

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