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
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
Now that we have introduced the concept of flow, and two major tools to achieve it, let’s bring it all together with a practical example. The following slides are taken from the Talking About Your Company segment of one of my business English seminars. It’s designed for lower-intermediate-level English learners. Continue reading
The best way to become a better instructor or public speaker is repetition and practice. You need to become comfortable being in front of people and interacting with your audience. Of course, it’s helpful to take courses and read books on the topic, but the only way to truly become an excellent public speaker is by trial and error. Continue reading