Wie Sie beim Small Talk mit Engländern und Amerikanern glänzen können

„How do you do?“ – wer wurde nicht schon auf diese und ähnliche Weise von einem englischen oder amerikanischen Gesprächspartner begrüßt? Die Antwort darauf fällt vielen jedoch schwer, da wir in Deutschland Begrüßungen dieser Art kaum gewohnt sind. Anstatt eines lockeren „I’m fine, how are you?“ tendieren wir eher dazu, die Frage viel zu ausführlich zu beantworten. Dabei übersehen wir den lockeren und eher oberflächlichen Kern dieser Eingangsfrage; einem Klassiker des Small Talks. Wenn Sie sich ab und zu in der englischsprachigen Welt bewegen ist es deshalb ratsam, einige passende Antworten und Small Talk-Themen auf Lager zu haben. Wir geben Ihnen hilfreiche Tipps und Anregungen, wie Sie sich erfolgreich auf dem Small Talk-Parkett bewegen.

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Does Your Remote Team Lack Trust? Here’s How To Build Some.

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Trust is a main ingredient in any manager’s recipe for a successful team. When you throw in a lack of face-to-face interactions, time differences, and the geographic distances of remote teams, trust is even more vital.

Muhammad Yasir and Abdul Majid detail how concepts of trust can fit into the different stages of building a “virtual organization” or remote team.

In their article, “A methodical study of the role of trust at various development stages of virtual organizations” they fit trust into Dr. Bruce Tuckman’s theory of team development. Tuckman outlined four stages of group development:

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What Good Managers Understand About Successful Cross-Border Teams

One thing good managers understand is norms. They establish them at the start, monitor them throughout, and quickly address bad ones when they develop.

But what are norms in a team context?

Norms are standards of behavior. They make teamwork easier and smoother, but they can also lead to conflict if individual members violate them.

Why is it important for team managers to understand group norms?

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How To Keep Small Talk Comfortable At Work

Small talk helps you build professional relationships. People do business with people they enjoy being around, and those who make good conversation fall into that category.

Nevertheless, actually making small talk can be intimidating. You don’t want to babble or dominate the conversation, but you also don’t want to be boring.

But most importantly, you don’t want to put your foot in your mouth. Say the wrong thing and you’re looking at a very awkward lunch break or meeting with your colleagues.

Not sure what you should and shouldn’t bring up during small talk? Play it safe by avoiding the following topics. Continue reading “How To Keep Small Talk Comfortable At Work”

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Remote Worker

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Wish you could work remotely while travelling the world? Eager to win international clients without buying a single plane ticket?

All you need to be a remote worker is a strong internet connection, an in-demand skill set, and a good work ethic.

Business savvy and a tough skin help, too.

But how do you get started?

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5 Easy Tips To Improve Your English Writing Skills – Start With Your Emails

 

If you are shy or self-conscious about your accent, email offers the perfect communication method. But there are a few mistakes that quickly reveal whether you’re a non-native English speaker.

These are not the same mistakes native English speakers make. Even a native English speaker with limited education knows these rules intuitively. In other words, these mistakes just sound wrong.

Look out for these errors while proofreading your next email.

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How Reading Comprehension Strategies Can Help You At Your Workplace

Star students demonstrate excellent reading comprehension skills. Guess what? Star job applicants do, too.

You don’t have to be born with great reading comprehension skills. It’s something you can pick up and practice, and there are specific strategies for developing this skill. Here are 3 reading comprehension strategies that you can apply to your job hunt.

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Wie Sie erfolgreich englischsprachige E-Mails verfassen

Von Frank Habbe

Vielen Menschen graut es allein beim Gedanken daran: Die ausstehende E-Mail auf das Angebot aus Manchester, die noch unbeantwortete Einladung des britischen Kollegen zu einem gemeinsamen Meeting oder der noch nicht fertige Bericht an den Chef in Detroit. Viele stellt die Formulierung solcher E-Mails vor große Probleme, da sie den Text in englisch verfassen müssen. Sicher fällt es den meisten etwas schwerer, in einer Fremdsprache zu kommunizieren, doch wenn Sie sich an ein paar Regeln halten, sollte Sie dies vor kein großes Problem stellen.

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Do You Want To Build Your English Speaking Confidence? Use Idioms

We’ve all been thereat least anyone who has attempted to master a new language has. You are in a conversation with some English-speaking friends or co-workers, and you have this brilliant, well-articulated idea to express. The problem is the idea lives only in your mind…and in in your native language. You attempt to articulate it, but your verbal translation just doesn’t do your original thought justice.

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