Applying the Principles of Business to your Life.
These pages are primarily for students of Business English. 
I have in the past encountered too many students whose primary aim was to pass tests and their secondary aim was to find a job. However their primary aim should be to learn that which will equip them to pass tests and find a job.  There is a difference between the two concepts. 
Look at the introduction to any Business textbook and you will see that it's stated purpose is to teach you:
1. To Communicate
2. To Use Communication Skills
3. To Gain Knowledge
4. To Develop Fluency
5. To Enhance your Career Prospects.
Nowhere does the book state that it's purpose is to make you pass tests. But if you learn the subject it should follow that you will pass all tests.
Most of the material used in these pages comes from my  article at KingsCalendar entitled:
In that article I provide an example of a true 'job interview' in which the graduate seeking a position in a company, expected to be hired on the basis of a Bachelor Degree in English.
Unfortunately for her, the only skill that mattered to the English speaking manager of the company, was the one skill that this student had never considered important - to be able to speak normal English.
Many students ask for help to 'pass interviews'.  Interviews however, are not school tests.  The interviewer's questions are designed to discover if you have what the company needs.  If you go to an interview in which English Skill is required, then the best way to 'pass the interview' is to be able to actually converse in English.
If you want to know how to Prepare for Interviews, then the best way is to extend your vision somewhat and ask yourself: 'What is the Best way to Prepare for Real Life in Society?'
How Do You Prepare For Real Life?
1. Treat everything in class as a Test of Real Life Ability.
  • You can't memorize real life conversations.
2. Do not wait to be told or taught.
  • Don't Ask: "Why didn't you tell me?
  • Ask yourself: Why didn't I already know that?
3. Be Informed!
  • Keep up with current events! Keep informed in the areas of Politics, Economics, Business Practices and New Technology. This requires constant reading and research.
4. Be Self Motivated!
  • Learn to Learn for Learning's Sake!
  • The Real exam is in the Real World. In the Real world you don't pass or fail exams – You succeed or fail at your job!
5. Use your English!
  • Money in the Bank cannot be Spent! You have to take it out and Use it!
  • As long as your English Ability is in your head it is not being used.
6. Adopt "The Buck Stops Here!" as your motto in life.
  • Don't blame the world around you for your lack of progress or failure.
  • You are the one who is responsible for your own progress!
7. Learn to "Put your Money where your Mouth is!"
  • Don't talk about doing something - Do it!
8. Do not hang onto your culture so tightly that you hold yourself Back from being successful by relying on “the old ways”!
  • If the "Old ways" were so good, why do you all forget to be Traditional Chinese and instead try to live like westerners?
9. Do not use Chinese Traditions as an excuse for failure.
  • Square Pegs don't fit into round holes, but every foreign culture can be adapted to fit into local culture.
  • And every local culture can be modified to fit into foreign culture. Failure to try is nothing but failure.
10. Remember that "Nothing succeeds like success!"
  • Many things can prevent you from succeeding, but there is only one thing that can make you succeed – YOU!

The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran 
Luo Laoshi's Stories from China.

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Successful Businesses are not accidental.
  • Someone somewhere, did their homework and worked out a plan or strategy.
In order to be successful in business, and in your life, you need to have both short term and long term plans. Even the Government has it's series of 5 year plans.
Governments, Businesses and the Scientific community are constantly researching because:

1. They don't want to fall behind the competition.

2. They constantly want to advance

3. They are constantly searching for new discoveries

4. They are constantly checking out the reliability of Past Data.

If you want to be successful in the future, then you need to begin planning your success NOW.

Start developing your quality product (you) now, and begin the process of researching the market place demands (job opportunities and management requirements).

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From:   Breaking Through the Chinese Culture Barrier

  • However international their content, the disciplines we teach in Australian universities are conceived, elaborated and passed on in English. Their discourse is framed in English, and that is what we expect the students to acquire, use and contribute to – and what the students themselves expect to acquire and use.
  • But we need to recognise that few if any students from mainland China arrive on our campuses with the level of English language skills they would need to work monolingually in English, and that even the best of them are likely to take at least half a semester (6 weeks) to develop facility in thinking in English.
  • Should Chinese (Language) Be Banned (in the classroom)

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