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‘Go Abroad’ at Home

29 July 2010


Word count:  690

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes


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Many of my friends and colleagues are very fluent English speakers – but one in particular is as fluent as a native. I had (wrongly) assumed that she must have lived abroad. But when I asked for her ‘English story’ she told me that she never has.


Despite that, and despite the fact that she had neither the opportunity to go to university nor much money to take English courses, she still became one of the most fluent English speakers I’ve met in Hong Kong.

Show me value . . . show me what to expect . . . show me the way

22 July 2010


Word count: 750

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes



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A few weeks ago, we talked about how to get people to do what you ask. Research shows that if you use an easy-to-read font, the readers will perceive the task as easier to do – and they’ll be more likely to do it.


I’d like to continue on that theme and talk about how you can use titles and subtitles in a document – even in short emails – to enhance those results.

Tone is in your fingers

8 July 2010


Word count: 390

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes


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Guitar gurus say that musical ‘tone’ is in your fingers. In other words, your own fingers create the quality of the music. The less experience and skill, the lower the quality. The more experience and skill, the higher the quality. This is true no matter how cheap or expensive the guitar is.

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