What ‘soft skills’ are employers looking for?

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson are just a few examples of people becoming rich and successful, despite being college drop outs. I’m sure they will agree with me when I say that soft skills are more important than academic qualifications. It is a fact that most employers that the majority of applicants…

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A Short Story with a Twist

Casey peered hopefully through the window of the basement flat and waited for Nick to come home from work. She could see the pavement through the window and was hypnotised by the multitude of legs that were hurrying past. The children’s legs were covered to the knees in grey socks and their feet were covered…

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THE TEACHING GAME

8. THE TEACHING GAME   The next morning I was a little nervous about my first teaching assignment, but I was well prepared. The reason I was so prepared was that Erika had locked herself away in the office, which doubled up as a guest room for four hours the previous evening. I’d assumed she…

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Why English Is Hard To Learn

Let’s begin with box; the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes. One fowl is a goose, and two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose is never called meese.   You might find a lone mouse or a house full of mice; But the plural of house is…

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Learning to Learn.

I’ve been teaching English for 35 years now and although the students come and go, the learning problems haven’t really changed much. Let’s start with the children. The children start learning even before they are born. I know this because I have 4 children myself. My ex wife and I would play a certain tune…

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Week 5 of the training

The introduction was about networking through comments on other member’s blogs. I’ve looked at a few other people’s blogs and they all seem so much farther than I am. Oh well, I suppose they were all where I am now at one stage. In video 1 John told us that he had added another 4…

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Week 4 of the training

The training started by setting up our social media accounts. In the first video we signed in or opened accounts with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & LinkedIn. In the second one we downloaded the appropriate icons. After that I thought that things were about to get complicated. We were told that we were going to download…

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Week 3 of the training

In the introduction video John informed us that we would start building a mailing list. He stressed the importance of this. The first step in video 1 was to register with Aweber, which is basically an autoresponder site to manage emails and lists. I’ve heard a lot of internet marketers say that, “The money is…

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Blogpost week 2 of training

The first step in week 2 was to buy Optimize Press. I was a bit shocked at the 97 dollar price tag, but at the same time relieved that it wasn’t a monthly fee. Anyway, once John had explained just how versatile this software is, the panic went away. Let’s face it, I hope to…

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Week 1 of the training

Blogpost 2 Week 1 of the training. The long-awaited first week of training finally arrived. The fact that it started on Monday 10. February, which happens to be my birthday, is hopefully an omen of positive things to come. This training was a sizable financial investment for me so I’m still pretty apprehensive, but the…

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