Learn English Effectively & Quickly

Prepared: 17 September 2018.

Place: Hong Kong

This is a student guide about how to learn English quickly and effectively. This article has been prepared by Anthony Eric and is aimed at mature students or, anyone who seek a successful career.

First and foremost; to make massive progress requires massive intensity and efforts. You don’t win 100m hurdles by exercising, 1 hour, 3 times per week. Everyday is a must. Show commitment. Get determination. Have fun at the same time. Passion for English is required in order to maintain energy and determination, but how do you get passion? One way is through engaging and well planned classes, and by getting continuous feedback from skilled and experienced teachers. Another way is to set personal goals and and a future vision. Remember that strong English open doors in many parts of the developed world. Strong English skills enable global online studies, and to get a job in global corporations with better working conditions and higher salaries. Why not working in Singapore or the USA after your graduation? Internet is packed with online training, and online jobs should this be of an interest. Why not starting to date a foreign prince/princess and get life happiness through long lasting love? Strong English skills make your life happier and more rewarding. But you need to put required efforts to make it happen.

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21 essentials for leadership success in the education business

During my time as K12 teacher, university lecturer and education adviser, I was fortunate to get into exciting discussions with very experienced deans, senior teachers and school directors about what makes a qualified educational leader.

With this blog, I wanted to share these insights to help you and your network to better manage educational institutions. Many of below leadership elements are applicable in other industries, and not only in the business of education.

  1. Assess the capacity of teachers. How do you assess the capacity of your teachers? What is the quality of applied lessons plans? How motivated are your teachers? What methods and criteria were used when hiring your teachers? feedback in terms of just saying “I heard something from a parent about you”, will not create confidence or motivation. Feedback must be objective, clear, realistic and justified.

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11 essential actions for project management success

Last 15 years of my career include management of multiple projects from A-Z including but not limited to: recruitment, communication management, negotiations, conflict management, risk management, budgeting, execution, and C-level executive management.

Throughout discussions with senior project managers, and project management officers, I received additional inputs to help you understand how to manage better projects. I am also the author of the e-book “project management success”; it is available on amazon (kindle) for download. -> TO AMAZON

Why are projects failing to deliver with success?

Projects can fail when there is a mismatch between sales management, and, project managements’ ambitions and goals. Sellers promise unrealistic deliveries to get the deal, and the sales bonuses being one example. Projects can also fail when there is a wrong project management aptitude of candidates who got promoted as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ for serving in the firm for a very long time. Very often, I also got to understand that communication is a key issue, besides critical leadership dimensions (EQ, IQ, MQ). Important people were not informed timely, or, decisions were made while excluding key stakeholders. Unrealistic promises are very common, which sets expectations on different levels, hence, leading to project failure. Many more reasons can be added to why projects fail to deliver and above factors are just touching the surface, but they are still seen as very common causes for project failure.

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10 tips of how to overcome the fear of a public speech; Get presentation success!

The fear of conducting a public speech is larger than the fear of death. How do you execute a success speech?

Conducting a success speech is crucial when seeking to win new customers, or, when seeking to get a critical decision by higher authorities. Below blog sheds some light into what needs to be done to make this happen!

This is my own experience; I was very nervous and not confident at all when speaking in public after my first university graduation in 2004 . I did not know how to conduct a professional public speech, and, what to do, to overcome my former fear. But by doing research, and by teaching public speaking, and by conducting dozens of public speeches, I got used with being on stage and I learned the perks of making a professional public speech / presentation.

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Think about this before signing a shareholder agreement

Don’t get into the trap of getting bad deals; consider below tips for a better shareholder agreement

As part of my work as education specialist, founder and business negotiator, I am talking with recognized law firms at times when critical agreements have to be made with shareholders, suppliers and customers.

This blog introduces basic tips to consider before signing a shareholder agreement. The topic is of an importance because loopholes in agreements may lead to law suits, bankruptcy or a substantial personal financial loss. You don’t want that to happen!

19 tips for a watertight shareholder agreement

  1. In a private contract between shareholders; what if:
  • One of the shareholders want to leave the corporation? You may want to decide to  offer the shares to other shareholders first, before going public.
  • Shareholders receive an offer to sell the corporation? All shareholders may have to agree, or major shareholders have to agree. Make this clear in your contract.

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What makes a successful 21st century, K12 educational institution

Originally posted: May 14, 2018

Educational trends in the 21st century

Trends include the role of the teacher, followed by technology adaptation and how technology benefits pupils’ learning and development. In the 20th century, one of the most important roles for the teacher was to provide knowledge and content; this was mostly a hidden “commodity” found in printed books and in the mind of the teacher. Today, in the 21st century, knowledge is available online, and with new advanced technology the opportunities and requirements of learning has changed drastically. Pupils can often feel overwhelmed by information and they often feel an increased pressure to perform outstanding in every single moment of their studies. Therefore, a teacher’s job is not primarily to hold and distribute knowledge but instead, to focus on facilitation, motivation, as well as, to monitor and manage pupils’ learning and development. Another vital task for teachers in the 21st century is to set goals with the pupils, to serve as role models by showing private success stories, and to counsel and guide them to better decision making. A 21st century teacher adds value by suggesting specific tasks, information, articles and text books depending on each student’s needs, learning capability and study pace. A 21st century teacher adds value by ensuring that most suitable information and technology are used by pupils to maximize their learning and minimize early drop-outs. In the 21st century, pupils need to understand how to find appropriate information, how to critically evaluate data and how to apply taught methodologies and concepts. This, to reach an expected outcome, within a certain time frame, and according to predefined quality criteria. This is vital, because the industry expects these personal characteristics from graduates.

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How top business professionals stand-out

Originally published: April 20, 2018

Having trained approximately 500 professionals and students last 12 months in topics such as management communication, public speaking and project management, I got to understand what makes a top candidate.

Below findings highlight 11 typical signs of highly successful students and business professionals:

1. They are driven, and often run a business such as online merchandising.

2. They maintain a positive attitude and a positive mentality in good and tough moments.

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