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.
How do you prefer to spend your Saturday evenings? Almost certainly, your first choice would not be "meet up with other
people from my profession and discuss the challenges we face". But that's exactly what I just did.
Last weekend, I bumped into an old friend of mine. Or, to be more accurate, an old friend flew into me. I wanted to get his views on the crisis in Greece, but he seemed to think that it was all just nonsense.
The impressions we make on other people are very important, both in our
private life and at work. And it is often said that "you don't get a
second chance to make a first impression". But is that really the whole truth?