Languages & Cultural Blog



May 15, 2017

“Clarity is the most important characteristic of good business writing,” says Mignon Fogarty, creator of the 'Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing' podcast. “Often business people will use big $10 words because they want to sound intelligent. Instead, they end up sounding like they’re trying too hard.”

Sue Brett

May 9, 2017

Just knowing the correct terminology in another language can help save time, or even lives, and generate high quality customer care.

The ability to speak fluently in two or more languages therefore makes you a highly eligible candidate in the job market, and even just knowing just a few key high-use phrases in another language will help you stand out.

Check out the top jobs trending for bilinguals or employees prepared to learn a second language.

Sue Brett

May 7, 2017

Often behavior that is interpreted as rude or offensive is unintentional. What is perfectly reasonable to one culture can be highly inappropriate to another. So where does this leave us when working and living in multi-cultural companies or cities?

Nowhere is the lack of culture awareness more evident or more problematic than in the world of business. Building trust and effective relationships is key to business success, yet it is hard to develop relationships when behavior is not understood or misinterpreted.

Check out our 7 global guidelines to make sure that you fit in wherever you go, with tips to come out on top, culturally speaking.

Sue Brett

April 10, 2017

How many times have you heard the saying, "If only we could bottle it"? The key opportunity for decreasing training costs and improving performance is leveraging the skills of our top performers, and this is where self-directed training comes into its own. Read on to find out more.

Sue Brett

April 2, 2017

A small marketing budget doesn’t mean you can’t meet your goals and business objectives. You just have to be more creative in your marketing tactics. Read on for top tips for low-cost, and non-cost strategies to improve sales, develop your company’s image, and build your bottom line.


March 28, 2017

As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Same with learners. So how to whet their whistle, and make sure that your learners can't wait to dive in?

It’s important for learning and development professionals to keep learners and their desired experiences at a premium while tailoring their training.

Read on to find out how to make sure you are offering tasty morsels that will satisfy a learner’s cravings.

Sue Brett

March 22, 2017

The thought of writing a proposal overwhelms many people, but the task does not have to be daunting. There is a simple and proven method to making sure your proposal rocks.

Your proposal has to be well-nigh perfect to even have a chance of being discussed, let alone funded. Yes, proposal writing is the hardest part of the job, simply because there’s so much at stake for all parties concerned. 

Golden rule - hit hard with your proposal:


  1. What are you aiming to achieve?
  2. Talk to the right people
  3. Why should they give you the money?
  4. Write it well - create a work of art
  5. Make sure your figures add up and are based on fact, not fiction
  6. Grit your teeth and dig deep - proposals rarely get signed off first time round

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