3 Ways to Frame Expectations

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For my business English seminars, I’m often asked by my clients (internal or external) to cover vast topics in relatively short amounts of time.  When this situation arises, I always make sure to inform the audience  at the beginning of the seminar exactly how far we’re going into a particular topic.  I bookend this at the end of the presentation by either sharing methods or resources to further study the topic or by promising future seminars within the same field. Continue reading

Make It Real

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One of the things I loved about graduate school was the opportunity to apply what I was learning to real-world situations.  There’s no better way to learn how to make a marketing plan than to do a real one for a real business. Continue reading

Show > Tell

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In the midst of my recent seminar about reading and discussing financial statements, I made a rare, spontaneous decision.  Instead of simply explaining how accrual accounting works, I picked up a piece of paper, created a 100-yen IOU note, and handed it to one of the attendees. Continue reading

Leaving Your Mark

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If you live in Japan, at some point in life, you are going to have to acquire a “hanko” (name stamp).  Like a signature in western countries, a hanko is how you represent yourself in correspondence and business transactions.

The other day, I was staring at my own hanko (pictured above) and wondering how I could get more use out of it.  The only place that requires me to use it is my bank—I can simply sign for everything else.  Then it hit me:  “This would make a great blog post!” Continue reading