Improving English for non-native speakers

Practical tips to improve your English speaking skills (with examples)

I grew up in Malaysia speaking the Malaysian version of English at home. I prided myself on my English skills but when I first moved to Australia, I had no idea what anyone was saying! I could communicate just fine with people from other countries but for a good 6 months I worried every time …

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Top 10 interview tips for non-native English speakers

I’ve been through countless interviews and have walked out of every interview room thinking I could have done better. I am a non-native English speaker and have performance anxiety. By default, I sound like an idiot during interviews. I get thought block, can’t find the right words and often speak in broken English when I …

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How to Productively Deal with Difficult People at Work

After more than a decade working in 14 workplaces in 2 countries, I’ve learnt a lot about what works and what doesn’t in dealing with difficult people at work. It doesn’t matter how smart or skilled you are if you can’t work as part of a team. Unfortunately, difficult people are everywhere and are almost …

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7 Key Interpersonal Communication Skills (with practical tips for improvement)

A survey by The State of St Louis Community College Workforce Group found that more than 60%of employers say job applicants lack communication and interpersonal skills. Are you struggling with developing strong interpersonal communication skills to get ahead in the workplace? Like it or not, interpersonal communication skills are vital to your job satisfaction and …

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Effective business writing skills: A step-by-step guide to professional writing

A significant portion of your time at work is spent writing something or other. Now think of how much time you waste trying to read poorly written business documents. I bet you felt frustrated and annoyed that you had to take precious time out to decipher poorly written missives. The self-righteous scream judgments against others …

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Business English for non-native speakers

English is one of the most used languages worldwide with 1.27 billion people counting English as their native language or as a second language in 2019. With globalization, as of September 2020, 59.9% of content on the internet is in English.  In fact, many international companies have adopted English as their common corporate language even …

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Women: How to dress for a job interview

Congratulations on landing a job interview! Among other concerns, like how to get through the interview, I bet you are worrying about what to wear to the interview. Did you know that first impressions are made in the first 7 seconds of meeting someone? More importantly, people tend to get attached to their first impression …

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How to Shake Hands Professionally: A Step-by-Step Guide

A handshake is a strong form of non-verbal communication which speaks louder than words. We shake hands all the time. Heck, we might even think we are good at it. But do we really know how to shake hands professionally? Perfecting the professional handshake is essential to making a good first impression. That’s where this …

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How to Negotiate your Salary during a Job Interview (with scripts you can use)

Salary negotiation is the hardest part of a job interview and strikes fear into many an interviewee’s heart. While there is no hard and fast rule to negotiating your salary during your job interview, this guide will give you a working framework and help you avoid making mistakes that might cost you a higher salary …

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