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Is this bad habit resulting in poor communication skills?

Business communication skillsIrritants or awkward pause fillers might be doing more harm to your business communication skills than you know. You may not know it, but your colleagues might be controlling their urge to shut you up!

As an ambitious professional seeking to carve out a niche for yourself in the higher echelons of the business world, self-improvement would be a high-priority item on your career growth to-do list.

Apart from the technical skills that are so critical for your success, you’ve probably also been making a conscious effort to improve your business communication skills.

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6 Common social and cultural mistakes Indians should be aware of, in America.

Common Cultural Mistakes of Indians in USAAmerica is a vast country. In fact it is about 40% of an entire continent.

However, it is not the possibility of getting lost in its vastness, which could be intimidating to any Indian traveling to the US for the first time. It is rather the fear of the difference in the cultures between the two countries. And there are many. Of course there would be.

India is in no way lacking a rich cultural history, going back thousands of years, and diversity large enough that you could be yelled at in more than 1600 languages!

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How to become fluent in a foreign language fast

Language learning journey – Tips to prevent learning attrition

[blockquote author=”Nelson Mandela”]If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.[/blockquote]

Foreign language learning can have different meanings for different individuals. For some it is an avenue for better career prospects whereas for others it happens to be one of their bucket lists of New Year resolutions.

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Public speaking champion talks about the secret weapon in his training toolkit

Public Speaking Skills

After winning the title of the best public speaker in India, Aditya Maheswaran went on to represent the country in the 2015 world championship in Las Vegas (USA) and was declared 1st runner up.

Read how this IT-professional-turned-consultant made a mark at the international level: Indian MBA graduate shines in World Championship of Public Speaking.

Raw talent, passion for the art and a desire to excel are the basic ingredients that any champion must have. But unless there’s a guide or mentor who can channelize it all in the right direction, you’ll never discover the magic proportion.

The secret weapon in Aditya’s training toolkit which helped him do exactly that was a volunteer-run organisation called Toastmasters. It may sound like a wine-tasting club to those who haven’t heard about it earlier. It’s not. Its aim is to help members improve their public speaking and leadership skills.

Even if you aren’t preparing for an public speaking competition, you can still benefit from having strong communication skills and interpersonal skills. The ability to grip an audience and give them a peek into your brilliant mind is an invaluable and powerful skill to have.

We invited Aditya to share some insights on how the Toastmasters process works. He also talks about how he helps professionals tap into their dormant leadership potential.

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Standup Comedy Careers in India | Tips and Advice

Standup Comedy Career in India

After watching some MBA grads giving presentations, you may start thinking that the breed is naturally inclined for a career in standup comedy. But it takes special talent to understand and harness the power of being intentionally funny and getting your audience to laugh with you (rather than at you).

For Ankur Nigam, an accidental exposure to the field soon grew into a serious obsession. Since then he has been working hard on sharpening his funny bone and using it as a weapon at will.

In this article, Ankur shares tips and advice on how to become a standup comedian in India without waiting for a traumatic life event (such as an MBA) to trigger the catharsis.

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