Last week in Berlin, experts from around the world came
together to discuss some of the most important topics of our age:
education, technology, communication, languages and business. It was a melting pot of ideas.
Earlier this year, I reported on a language activity that I have often done with
students — asking them to think of the most important five-letter word
for business. Today, I am going to focus on four-letter words.
Companies are often attuned to the dangers of sensitive data being stolen, lost, or seen on
laptops by complete strangers. But how many also have a policy on
not talking about your business in public in a loud voice?
Much communication in the modern business world is virtual, via email, text messages, phone calls, and audio and video conferences. But this doesn't mean that it is more difficult, or less real, than face-to-face communication.
Flash Boys, the latest book by Michael Lewis, makes clear that the financial markets have become more dirty as a result of the advances in technology. The book tells the story of one man's battle to clean the markets up a little.
This coming Sunday — 9 November 2014 — Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the
fall of the Berlin Wall. Having arrived in the country shortly before this
historic event, I decided to find out just how German I am.
Can you meet the Zuckerberg challenge? If you’re reading this, you’re clearly interested in improving your business English. Take some time out to consider how often you leave your comfort zone in English.
A long, long time ago — as Don McLean said (or, for younger readers, Madonna) — I got a terrible shock while reading the morning paper. I was at university in England at the time and opened The Times to discover that I had died.