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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What’s your struggle?

If we look up the word “struggle”, here’s one of the definitions:

to strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance.

So if you’re striving and working hard to achieve something that’s difficult, that means you’re struggling.

We often look at struggle like it’s a negative thing. But actually, it’s the opposite. Anything worth achieving is not easy, right? You’ve got to struggle for it. So struggling can be a good thing.

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Who’s or Whose?

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the difference between these two words – “whose” and “who’s”.

This is certainly a grammar mistake that even I’ve made–hey, we’re all humans! So that’s why I thought it’d be a good idea to write about it today.

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Let’s talk about grammar again…

me vs I

Two weeks ago, I wrote an email to our subscribers about speaking up at work even if you think you have poor grammar.

Did you miss it? Read it here.

We received so many replies from that email. So today, I’m writing about grammar again.

But this is not a lesson about grammar. This is a post to help change your mindset around it.

Grammar is important when you’re writing professional emails, letters to clients or copy for marketing materials such as websites and leaflets.

But when it comes to everyday speaking situations, it’s okay to have imperfect grammar.

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“Double check” or “double confirm”?

double confirm

How often do you come across the phrase “double confirm”? After we had our dinner last night, I asked my husband whether he had any ideas of what I could write about for this week’s post.

He answered, “Write about the use of “double confirm” and why it’s wrong.”

“Do a lot of people actually say that? I don’t remember many people using it back in my former job,” I replied.

“Ever since my colleague mentioned it, I’ve been seeing it everywhere,” he said.

Thanks for the suggestion, hubs.

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Are you afraid of speaking because you have bad grammar? This is for you.

Today’s post is a short one. I want to talk about one common struggle among our students. Grammar.

We hear it many times.

“My problem is grammar.”
“I have bad grammar.”
“I’m afraid people will laugh at me because I have poor grammar.”

And I went to tell you it’s completely normal to not have perfect grammar. Even people whose first language is English struggle with this.

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How to improve your vocabulary

Today I want to talk about something many of our students talk about–vocabulary. They struggle with finding the right words to say when they need to speak.

But before I start this post, let me give a huge shout-out to the participants of last weekend’s Presentation Skills Workshop!

All of the participants were amazing and I felt like a proud mama bear at the end of the day, seeing all the transformation and accomplishments.

Here’s a photo of last weekend’s event with our students:

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I’d like to share a tip that I hope would be helpful for improving your vocabulary.

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