Why I don’t say “practise makes perfect”

Today I want to talk about the phrase “practise makes perfect”.

But before we begin today’s post, I want to give a shout-out to our awesome workshop students from last weekend! We had absolute fun teaching and watching how much each student was transformed by the end of the second day.

Now, back to our post!

Have you heard of the phrase “practise makes perfect”? If you haven’t, it’s what people say to encourage others to keep practising so that they get better at something.

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How to be more decisive

Do you want to be more decisive? About two weeks ago, I wrote about habits and how forming good habits can make achieving our goals easier. You can read the post here:

Start being more confident through your habits

From that post, we received an email from one of our subscribers. She asked us what habits she could start so that she could become a more decisive person.

Before we begin, let’s get you on the same page here. Decisive in this context means “having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively”. 

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Start being more confident through your habits

If you’ve been reading our posts for a while, you would know that we don’t just talk about English.

We also talk about working on our personal development so that we have better self-confidence. From that self-confidence, we can, in turn, become more confident in speaking.

If you know me well, I LOVE learning about personal development and listening to podcasts and videos about it. So I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt from all my hours of learning.

It’s about habits.

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How to elaborate to become a better speaker

Last week was the Eid holiday, and as we were catching up with friends and family, I had an idea of what to write about. Elaboration. Learning how to elaborate is a skill and requires practise.

You see, I’ve always been more of a listener than a speaker in conversations. I’m usually the one asking people questions and I enjoy listening to people share their stories or opinions.

So when people ask me a question, I tend to just answer without much elaboration and quickly ask the person another question.

Maybe I’ve always felt people would get bored listening to what I say. But I know that’s not true.

Does this sound like you?

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When to use “miss” and “missed”

What’s the difference between “I miss you” and “I missed you”?

As you may know, it’s the school holidays and for me, it’s the time to balik kampung and connect with family and loved ones.

So I didn’t get the chance to write an post yesterday (Thursday) because of this. Now that I’ve found some time to write, I thought I’d share something that Azimah posted on our Instagram Stories.

The difference between “I miss you” and “I missed you”.

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How to know when to use “a” and “the”

Today, I want to write a short post about using “a” and “the”.

Right now I’m in the midst of preparing some grammar lessons for our students, so I thought that writing about grammar in today’s post would fit right in.

“A / an” and “the” are articles. They are used to refer to or indicate a noun.

When you use “a” (or “an”), you are talking about something that is not specific. When you use “the”, you are referring to something that is specific.

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Do you have limiting beliefs?

Today I want to write about limiting beliefs and I want to help you identify yours (if you have any).

First of all, what are limiting beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are things we believe and tend to say to ourselves that are limiting our potential of doing better.

They are usually what we think about ourselves, our place in society or what we think of others that affect us.

The most common start with “I am”, “I am not”, “I don’t” and “I can’t”.

Here is an example: “I am too old to learn something new.”

Sometimes you may say: “I am not smart enough”

Or “I don’t deserve a promotion.”

“I can’t speak in public.”

These are all opinions that we may have about ourselves and they prevent us from reaching our true potential. They can also become excuses for us to not take risks or try new things.

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Here’s how to speak up

Have you ever been in a conversation with a person who talks a lot? How do you speak up? You want to say something, but they just won’t stop talking. Plus, they don’t even seem interested in anything that YOU have to say!

Well, this is normal. If given the opportunity, most people LOVE talking and it’s very common for people to not even think to ask about the other person.

I know, it’s sad. But it’s true.

So what do you do? You want to connect, share your opinions and express yourself too, don’t you? So how do you do that when the other person doesn’t seem interested?

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Is it “food” or “foods”?

Earlier today (as of writing this post), I posted an update on my Facebook profile. I asked my friends to share their ideas of what I could write about on our blog.

Sure enough, several people replied and one of my friends asked us to write about countable and uncountable nouns. She mentioned that she’s heard people say and write “foods”, “informations”, “seafoods” and it’s getting her confused.

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How to get straight to your point

how to get straight to your point

How many times have you sat in a meeting and someone talks for so long that you can’t seem to understand what they’re trying to say?

How many times have you been that person? You talk and talk and talk, but the people around you don’t seem to understand what your point is.

This is called rambling.

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