Tatemae

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If you study or experience Japanese culture, it’s only a matter of time before you come across the concept of tatemae, the feelings/attitude that one projects to the public.  Tatemae may or may not conflict with one’s honne, or real feelings.  Whether or not one’s tatemae should match one’s honne is a constant source of debate.  Luckily, we’re not going to go into that here. Continue reading

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Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen

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Thanks to a training session, I recently found myself on the other side of the public-speaking coin: in the audience. As I watched Japanese salespeople give presentations in English, I observed various levels of pre-presentation anxiety. Despite that fact, each presenter made successful speeches. Nothing went wrong.

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