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English Speaking Skills: A Job Interview as an Audition

English Speaking Skills: A Job Interview as an Audition

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A great tip for job interviewing : Think of the job interview as an audition.  Most people put lots of energy into getting an interview.  But many fall down during the actual interview.  Why?  Poor planning and a lack of practice.

What to do? Stage a rehearsal for your job interview. Get a friend or family member to play the role of the interviewer and stay with that role from start to finish.  Then use tips from interview experts and trainers:

  • Learn all you can about the organization in advance.  Share this with your mock interviewer.  She can use the notes you made to give you practice in describing the organization you are going to interview with.
  • Be ready for “Tell me about yourself,”   Have an elevator speech ready in case they want a brief overview of your career.  If you are internationally born or born in the US, tell them where you were born or where you grew up.  The personal information helps to establish a rapport and satisfy curiosity.
  • Know your lines: Actors do it, and you should do it too.  Memorize a few short quotes and have them ready.  They will help you respond in a memorable manner to questions.

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Rerun from 04/22/2014

Communication Skills

Communication Skills

 According to a survey of faculty members at engineering schools:  Opinion of the faculty members was that 15% of an engineer’s future success depends on his or her engineering skills, while 85% depends upon communication skills.

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Rerun from 03/03/2014

English Communication: The Clarity is Simple

English Communication: The Clarity is Simple

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All of life is relationship.  Love, compassion, helping, encouraging.  Hope, faith.

April 2, on his birthday, my beloved passed.

I, more than anyone, know which words were his.  Which ideas sprang from his fertile mind.  Where the science is that he was chief architect for.   Our evolution springs forth from all that.

Our mission is to help others communicate more clearly in English.  For what purpose?  So that those whom we help may live a more fulfilling life in relationship– wherever they are, whatever they do.  And so that they may, through their clear communication in English, help others.

One of my students once said:  It is all so simple — love.  It is all about love.

So shall we go forth.

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Rerun from 04/16/2014

Communication

Communication

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The thinking human being

Not able to express himself,

Stands at the same level as

Those who cannot think.

 -Pericles

Rerun from 02/24/2014

English Speaking – Grammar, Pronunciation, And Magical Changes in Words

English Speaking – Grammar, Pronunciation, And Magical Changes in Words

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Once my genius linguist and priest pointed out that “grammar is in the pronunciation,” I starting seeing so, so many instances of this.

Some of my favorites are suffixes and prefixes.  Those are the little syllables that we put on the end of the word to change the word perhaps from a verb to a noun, or a verb to an adjective, or one kind of verb into another kind of verb.  A suffix is a syllable we put at the end of a word.  A prefix is a syllable we put at the beginning of a word.

Examples of suffixes:

“Paint” is a verb; “painter” is a noun.

“Judge” is a verb; “judgment” is a noun.

Put “-ly” at the end of a word, and it is now an adverb.  Love to lovely. High to highly.

Examples of prefixes which also change the meaning of the word:

“model” to “remodel”

“cycle” to “bicycle” to “tricycle”

Here is a take-home message:  If you slur through the pronunciation of prefixes and suffixes, you have slurred through other people understanding your word and the information you are giving them.

If you swallow or leave out prefixes and suffixes,  the listener simply does not get the meaning.

Bonus for you.  If you speak prefixes and suffixes accurately, you will also hear more readily when other people say them.

It is very important to hear spoken communication accurately.  It is a compliment when someone says “You are mature.”   It is NOT a compliment when someone says  “You are immature.”    For you to hear the word “immature” accurately, the talker has to emphasize the “im-” – the prefix—so that you hear it.

Yes, yes. You certainly want to hear the prefix of this word, “im-.”  If you are acting “immature,” you probably want to change your behavior to “mature.”  That’s a sign of character.

So, pronounce prefixes and suffixes clearly. And listen for them!

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Rerun from 04/09/2014