Not thanking people where you ought to is considered rude.
But why some don’t thank?
You can’t escape introductions.
When you attend a conference, you introduce yourself to new faces you meet.
When you attend a social function, you introduce yourself.
When you attend an in-house training, you introduce yourself to your colleagues from other offices.
The first impression you create through your introduction can sometimes have far-reaching impact on your personal and professional life. People can take first impression as the last. And even if they don’t, your introduction may not excite them to carry the discussion further. Imagine, a crucial business lead losing interest because you faltered in your intro pitch, especially when many others were vying for the same pot of gold.
There are four kinds of skills in any language – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading and listening are passive skills in which you absorb the input (text or voice) passively. Writing and speaking, on the other hand, are active skills in which you produce the output, and therefore are more challenging to master.
Little wonder, most people are looking to learn speaking and writing when they express desire to improve their English. In this post, I’ll cover how to improve speaking and writing for people at two different levels:
You forget some of the points you had prepared the moment you start speaking.
You get nervous.
You get tongue-tied.
You may have faced some of these situations when speaking in a group or presenting your point of view in an official meeting or addressing an audience or making a presentation.
Why do some struggle? And why do some sail through without breaking a sweat?
No one has ever escaped death… and also email.
Even though emails have become such an integral part of our lives, many of us don’t understand the finer points of writing emails. Remember, you’re relying on emails to accomplish some seriously important tasks such as landing a job, accomplishing critical tasks at your workplace, getting approvals, and so on. And small slipups can cost you dear without you ever knowing that it was the email that resulted in self-inflicted disaster (people rarely tell you back that your email was awful on some count), and more often than not you don’t get a second chance.
Some of you hunt for formats for different types of emails (leave, job etc.) on the internet, but a format can leave your email overly generalized and ineffectual like smiley stock images. Such emails won’t stand out. And if they don’t… you know the result.
Instead, learn fundamentals of writing emails, which you can use to write any type of email.
I’ve extensively used online dictionaries, mainly dictionary.com (~ 80 percent) and Cambridge English Dictionary (~ 20 percent), to improve my pronunciation of more than 3,400 words and transfer more than 7,500 words from passive to active vocabulary.
I started with dictionary.com. Much later, when I tried Cambridge English Dictionary, I realized that dictionary.com, but for pronunciation, wasn’t the best overall option. It struck me then that many more users of online dictionaries may not be using the best dictionary and I decided to write a review of main dictionary brands at some point in future. And here it is.
In this post, I’ve reviewed (with ratings out of 10) well-known online dictionary brands on parameters that are usually the most valuable to users.
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