Pronunciation Pitfalls

Have you ever fallen into the pit of poor pronunciation?

We’ll start with what is possibly the worst word to mispronounce; it’s a horrible irony.

(True story) I once overheard a language teacher say to her students:

It’s absolutely essential you get your pronounciation right’.

The intended advice was excellent but… ‘pronounciation’? No. No.

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The Work-Life Balance Myth

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Is the concept of ‘work-life balance’ not working for you? There could be good reasons for that. You might be buying into the work-life balance myth.

Like any myth, it’s tied up with belief. We all like to believe there’s a way to have it all.

It’s the real world, though, and you, your family and your staff are human beings. In daily life, you cannot totally separate the human and the personal aspects from what you might consider the ‘work’ components. 

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SMART Meetings For Smart Managers

SMART Meetings
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We’ve all heard about SMART goals. Have you ever considered the concept of SMART meetings?

Leaders and managers who make their meetings SMART are showing the qualities that employees value: respect for the time, the energy and effort, the skills and the dignity of the individual; and commitment to a human-centric approach, in which the individual human being is placed front and centre.

The SMART meeting is an indicator of a human-centred workplace.

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Monster Words

monster words

Let’s talk about monster words. Can you think of some monstrously long words? 

Apart from the name of ‘that Welsh town that’s almost impossible to pronounce’ (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch), which has 58 letters, you’ll probably think of antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters).

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