e.g. vs. i.e.

What is the Difference between “e.g.” and “i.e.”?

This CommunicationSnack® compares “i.e.” vs. “e.g.” and shows you how to use these abbreviations. These two Latin abbreviations are used to clarify information. e.g. = exempli gratia (for example) i.e. = id est (that is/in other words) e.g. Use “e.g.” when introducing information that includes an example of what you are talking about: The CEO […]

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Silicon Valley Accent Reduction Seminar December 5, 2015

Powered by Eventbrite Intensive Accent Reduction Seminar One Saturday ONLY! Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9 AM – 4 PM (1-hour break for lunch. Lunch included!) Location: Ovient, Inc. (Inside the Plug and Play Tech Center, 3rd Floor Auditorium) 440 N. Wolfe Rd. Sunnyvale, CA 94085 This Full Day (6-hour) intensive seminar will give you a simple 3-step process that will […]

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Entrepreneurs improving communication skills

3 Communication Tips for International Entrepreneurs

This week we spoke to another group of international entrepreneurs at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley. Our presentation topic was Essential Communication Skills for Silicon Valley Success. Here are three tips we shared with the group. 1. Be ready. You should be ready to explain what you do to anyone that […]

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don't be weak

5 Speech Habits that Make You Sound Weak

Don’t let your delivery get in the way of a powerful idea. If you have great ideas, make sure they sound just as great when you explain them as they did in your head. We have identified 5 speech habits that can make even the best ideas sound weak. 1. Overexplaining Make sure you can […]

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How to follow up after a networking event

Networking: How to Follow Up

You rocked the networking event: you had great conversations, you made people laugh, you told great stories, you talked about your company, and you talked to people who might actually be able to help your business. Now what? Don’t do what many people do and throw all the business cards on your desk in a […]

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Why not? What proof do you have? Why did you say that?

How to Handle Hostile Questions During a Presentation

Most audiences are friendly, but there is always that one exception: the guy (or lady) scowling in the third row throughout your presentation. When you finish your presentation, his hand shoots up. You know he is about to contradict, criticize, or attack you or your information. What do you do? Assuming you cannot avoid calling […]

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Thank you for your message. I hope this finds you well.

20 Sentences and Phrases for Beginning an Email

Do you always begin your emails the same way? Here are 20 phrases you can use: 1) Thank you for your message/email/phone call. 2) I hope you are doing well. 3) I hope you had a great weekend. 4) I hope this finds you well. 5) Just checking in. 6) Thanks again for your help. […]

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High-context, low-context culture

The Art of the Japanese “No”

When I lived in Japan, I found it quite easy to say “no.” The conversations went something like this: Japanese Coworker: “Can you come out drinking with us tonight?” Me: “Actually…I…” That little hesitation accompanied by the Japanese “Chotto…” (“Actually, I…”) or perhaps “Kyo wa chotto youji ga…” (“Today I’ve got something else…”) was almost […]

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How to Choose a Communication Role Model

In a previous post, we talked about why you need a communication role model. In this post, we will discuss how to choose and effectively learn from one. The best way to find a role model is to create a list of people who have the communication characteristics you want to have. Look at famous […]

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