Many of my American friends and family members often wonder how I can take on such a seemingly overwhelming language as Japanese. Well the answer to that, as well as an excellent example of audience involvement, can be found in today’s case study. Continue reading
Kaizen, Japanese for “good improvement,” became a popular word in Japanese business as the country developed after World War II. As the phrase spread throughout the international business scene, it grew into a business philosophy, loosely translated as “continuous improvement.” Perhaps its most famous application is in the Toyota Production System. Continue reading
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.