In the end, the pollsters got it wrong, the pundits got it wrong — and I
got it wrong. I'm talking, of course, about Britain's general election
last week. The Conservative Party won clearly, and now the UK's future is in doubt.
General elections in Britain used to be very simple. There was the Conservative
Party on the right and the Labour Party on the left. And one of those
two parties always won a majority of the seats. Those days are gone.
Can you remember what you were doing 25 years ago today? Experts calculate that a man of my age will, on average, live for another 25 years. That may seem like a long time, but 1990 seems like only yesterday.
Suddenly, I am seeing tigers everywhere. That might
sound like the mad ramblings of somebody whose brain was frazzled by
the recent sunny weather, but I assure you that I am really seeing
tigers. Or, at least, I think I am.
The main goal of business English training is to change the behaviour of
learners/students/participants, so that they can communicate more
effectively. The most direct way to do this is to give people the language that they need.
What is the role of business English
trainers? To provide language knowledge? To help people
improve their communication skills? To help them with the
content of their job? The main aim is to change people's behaviour.
The idea of "walking tall" — going through life with pride and self-confidence — is one that has inspired many singers. Now the theme has been adopted by an unlikely pop star: George Osborne, the UK's chancellor of the exchequer.