Voice – The Benefits
Put simply – There will be a positive earnings dividend for those who work on their voice and develop its melodic capabilities to the max. And, I am not talking about winning a TV talent show. Customers and clients would rather listen to a pleasant, sonorous voice that a scratchy, squeaky weaker one. They will stay longer, learn more from you, and, even AGREE with what you are saying! Continue reading →
Incoming praise – Why do all the heavy lifting yourself? Take a moment to record all the kind, true and positive things others have said about you over the years. Your LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements are an easy place to start – Pick out and note key power phrases that someone else has said about you and that make you feel good. References for jobs, if you have access to them are a gold mine. Positive appraisal comments that stick in your mind are worth their weight. Even, kind words said at a birthday, anniversary or leaving do speech can be canabalised for this exercise. Any memory of someone you respect, saying something both true and positive will be just the right phrase to note down for this affirmation compilation list. Continue reading →
How to get out from behind the desk and shake your marketing booty to create a minor book marketing sensation (and justify all the pain and suffering of writing the book in the first place.) The Numbers Over 97% of … Continue reading →
To give you the opportunity to get to know some of our topics and to give you an impression of how we work, Gary offers regular free webinars on contemporary topics. All you need to participate in our freelearning webinars is a computer with internet access. The link to register is at the bottom of this post.
The freelearning webinars are limited to a maximum of 14 participants
and registration is on a first come first served basis.
Unconscious Bias – 23rd July 2019, 9AM German time / 8AM UK.
In this interactive free-learning webinar you will learn how implicit,
unconscious bias influences your daily business. You will discover how your
brain often tends to make wrong decisions.
Marketing for Trainers – 23rd July 2019, 11AM German time, 10 AM UK.
Many freelance trainers rely heavily on word-of-mouth without focusing on their own market position. In this webinar we will examine the components of a practical marketing and sales concept.
“Listen out for the quietly whispered truth and the mighty doors will open before you and reveal your gift.” Quote from US President, Donald J. Trump, 5th of Never Happened 2019. Face to face networking is, simultaneously, a feared sweaty … Continue reading →
Give birth to a book this summer Whilst everybody has a book inside them, having a tome-birth can end up being traumatic! – This post is written to get you moving and to start you off, writing your first book. … Continue reading →
More than a photobook about what it means to feel Italian today .
89 photographs selected by an international jury show images of the Italy of today. A country in transformation in a global context, in terms of behaviours, customs and values and, at the same time, a country linked to traditions and elements of continuity with the past. The Photography Contest, Feeling Italian, collected more than 600 images of professional and amateur photographers, from Italy and abroad. A jury, composed of experts of photography, visual communication and interculture has selected 24 photographic projects .
This photo contest represented the first phase of a wider research and training project, that SIETAR Italia is developing in partnership with the Municipality of Milan and other private and non-profit organizations, to promote cultural awareness and intercultural dialogue . The book Feeling Italian will be, for SIETAR Italia and for all the supporters of this campaign, a precious tool with which to stimulate a better cultural understanding in the Italian multicultural society, and it will be a showcase for the photographers selected by the project’s international jury. Feeling Italian : a book in Italian and in English, approx. 120 pages, with black & white and color pictures, 21 x 21cm, exposed binding, containing the selected pictures, some of the photo projects’ narratives, and short essays written by photography, visual communication and intercultural experts .
Many language students often feel overwhelmed when learning a new language – What to do when you feel like giving up on learning German in Switzerland?
It’s no secret that learning High German in Switzerland can be difficult, but what do you do when you hit a learning wall? When you feel frustrated that the language you are learning is not even what the locals regularly speak? How do you persevere with your language learning goals?
first moved to Switzerland I was so excited to learn a new language because I
wanted to be part of the community. As a resident of Basel Stadt, it seemed
like even the Canton was keen on me learning German as I was provided with six
weeks of free High German lessons.
After a few weeks of intensive lessons at A1 level, I was frustrated with the ‘full immersion’ process (you’re only allowed to speak German in class), but I was speaking basic German in a short time and I was determined to keep learning. Although my accent was terrible and the German sentence structure still confused me, I was eager to keep learning after my six-week course ended. I continued learning German on my own accord – but then things got really tough.
teacher introduced me to difficult German grammar known as ‘German
declensions’, so I decided to stop going to intensive lessons. Instead, I opted
for two lessons a week and a year later after moving to Basel I am halfway
through the A2 level course and am feeling very discouraged.After speaking with
other international residents and my former classmates, I learned the obstacles
I faced were all too common – especially for those affected by Switzerland’s new language requirements for citizenship.
obstacles to learning German in Switzerland:
local Swiss community speaks Swiss German, a totally different dialect to High
German which makes it difficult to practice in day to day life
people in Switzerland speak English so it’s easier to explain things in English
(when foreigners attempt High German, locals often respond in English)
with most languages, German is not easy to learn as an adult
to international German language teacher Heike Reinhart, many of her students
have expressed the same frustrations but these ‘obstacles’ should be dismissed
as limiting beliefs. “Many foreigners often give up on learning a new
language in Switzerland because they believe they will return to their home
country, but 70 per cent of people actually reside in Switzerland for longer
than they intended. That’s why it’s important to work out your desired language
outcome and not give up,” says Reinhart.
expert who has worked with German language beginners, she says to overcome
learning stumbling blocks, language learners must realise that the process is
similar to buying something new.
pay a lot of money for your German classes and in a sense, the journey is
similar to that of buying a waffle maker. When you first buy the waffle maker
you want to use all the time, so it’s exciting. But then your enthusiasm fades
and slowly there are no waffles and then you stop using the waffle maker, this
is the same when learning German,” explains Reinhart.
Reinhart says for many learners the curriculum is too difficult and not aligned with the specific needs of a student: “Often what you need is not what you learn and textbooks can be grammar based and irrelevant to your needs.”
Submission should follow the abstract template available online, please note that there are two templates (practitioner and academic).
Submission deadline: June.2019
AND. Did you know about our available student bursaries? Our student bursary awards are for students and early career scholars who have submissions accepted for presentation at the IACCM-IESEG2019 Conference.
Application deadline: June.2019
How to apply? All details can be found online here.
All enquiries on bursary applications (subject: student bursary) should be directed to Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas: email@example.com
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