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When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

A shutout (US) is a game in which one team prevents the other from scoring any points. I teach a course called ‘Living in Norway’ for people new to the country. Its main aim is that by the time they walk out the door at the end of the evening, these newcomers will: ‘…understand Norwegian culture, behavior… Les mer

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

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

First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

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

Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

If English is your ‘L2’ (second language), don’t fall into the trap of using superficial buzzwords to describe your abilities in your CV/LinkedIn profile. The old phrase ‘I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place’ came to mind when I was reading a LinkedIn article the other day entitled, These are the absolute worst… Les mer

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

No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

Recently, I posted an article about our need to find out why we didn’t get a job offer after being interviewed. Something we said? Didn’t say? Just the basic ‘wrong background’ story? Unfortunately, interviewees quite often get a corporate-speak e-mail thanking them for their time, etc., but offering no real reason why they didn’t get… Les mer