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The Future

Unthinkable. Unpredictable. Unfathomable. There are the words that come to mind when thinking about the future while the future is accelerating towards us. It seems every day brings new unimaginable events. Just 3 years ago we had not heard of Covid19. The concept of a world-wide pandemic was complete science fiction to us. Now, however, it is a part of our lives and it has changed so much. ‍One of the major changes is in the field of communication. What's changed since the pandemic? Today people work from home connecting to their colleagues and business partners by Zoom. It has become a new normal. Among those who are currently working from home all or most of the time, 78% say they would like to continue to do so after the pandemic, up from 64% in 2020.‍This has also led to a need to speak a common language. Before Covid19, the CEO had to take a plane and actually physically go to another country to negotiate a deal. Now the team gets on Zoom and does it.‍French is the language of love. Italian is the language of song. English is the language of problem-solving. Thus is it the language of business. People who previously never needed to speak English are finding it necessary to learn English to keep their jobs. According to the World Economic Forum 1 billion people use English as a second languageWhat is the solution to this problem if your English is not on par with the company standards? How do you move forward? You may be doing some self-study and watching tutorials, but that is not enough to help you reach the standard. It's absolutely necessary to bring in classes. So here is my recommendation for you:There are numerous apps, most of them are like text books, a lot of them have too many options, so all of this gets confusing. I want to introduce a completely next-level app called Blabla Live! It's available on Android or iOS. What is unique about this app? How does it stand out among other apps? Blabla Live gives you access to free English chat rooms, to English videos designed by native speakers and lets you have classes with highly qualified tutors online. What a perfect combination of the necessary ingredients for your language success! Download your Blabla Live app today and buy classes now and feel good about speaking English!

Successful Public Speaking

Over the years I have become an expert in public speaking. For 20 years I made my living from motivational speaking. I was not born with the gift of the gab. I recall at school there was a debating class and we all had to take turns debating. I hated it. I was uncomfortable standing in front of the class. I recall I used to blush and sweat profusely. My thoughts did not flow, and I got tongue-tied. I dreaded the occasions I had to speak. Four years later I was asked to read a passage and comment on it in a youth event. I managed to read the passage and then froze. I said, "This is a wonderful passage" and sat down. Since then, I have managed to speak before large audiences, in different countries of the world, and an amazing variety of settings. I am still nervous before I start speaking. Every time. Nevertheless, as soon as I start to speak, I relax and enjoy the flow and interaction with the audience. What made the difference.? It was quite simple in fact. Choosing the subject. I discovered if I was familiar with the subject, in fact, an expert in the field, then I communicated confidently and passionately. This led to audience reactions that helped reinforce my confidence. A quietness as they paid attention, warm applause when they agreed with me. I began to realize the issue of public speaking was no personal popularity, but the power of the ideas expressed. Thus, I chose carefully and spoke passionately and became confident in my field.

Careers

Careers have gone through many different changes. Years ago, most children went to school and afterward chose a career. There were basic careers available that enabled society to function. Becoming a civil servant was seen as a solid career with a good future. You entered the Civil service as a school leaver and remained there till you retired at 60. Another career was joining the police force. It was a respectable career with good prospects and a good future. Others perused careers in activities such as farming, fitting, and turning, electricians, and plumbers. Over the decades the picture has changed. Society has undergone amazing transformations. Especially the emergence of technology. In a few short years desktop computers were invented and became commonplace. Laptop computers arrived and then the smartphone. Life was changing and so were careers. People were finding careers online. From online influencers, blog writers and teaching. One of those was teaching. Instead of being confined to a classroom every time you wanted to learn a subject, you could now learn on your smartphone. This meant that no matter the time, or the place you could open your smartphone and have a lesson. This was especially popular with English language students. I recall having to sit in a classroom and instruct students in English. Today I simply open the Blabla Live app and begin to give English lessons to students via the app. Likewise, the students no longer need to take long trips to their classrooms to attend class. They switch on their app and can study with their English tutor.

Advice to People Just Getting Started

The first day at a new job is the most exciting and the most difficult of any day. You wake up excited because at last, you are going to start your dream job. As the time draws near for you to start your excitement is joined by nervousness. You begin to realize how much you do not know. Not only about the job but simple things like the building layout and where the restrooms are. You walk through the doors look at everyone else going in and feel lost. Some basic tips can help you feel comfortable. When you are informed that you have the position ask directly where you must report. Get the name of a specific person and specific room. Now as you enter your task is to find the office of one person. All it takes is a smile and to ask, "Can you tell me where to find Mary in Room 9?“. You will quickly find someone who will direct you. If you have never met Mary before, ask for her description. As you walk along with your guide simply say that you have never met Mary before and ask," What is she like?" That will keep the conversation flowing and give you useful information. Once you are connected to your superior at work you may be given a mentor. Always ensure you remember their names and use them. A mentor is useful as they will spend time introducing you to your place and role in the organization. You will be given a workplace and be introduced to colleagues. Ask for the restroom, kitchen, and various staff areas. Confirm the working hours and when you can have a lunch break. Make notes as the day passes especially about your daily routines. That means tomorrow when you arrive you can feet to your notes and start being productive. At the end of the day thank your mentor for their help and let them know you appreciated their input. Do not be the first person out the door. Try to leave with the others in your department. Joining Blabla Live to start learning English can also be stressful. But the same rules apply. Make sure you know who to connect with. Find out who your teacher is and where you can connect with them. Ask questions and become comfortable with the learning platform. The tutors at Blabla Live will always help you get started.

Dreams Are Coming True for ESL Nurses

Nursing is a world wide profession that is widely respected. Florence Nightingale established a school for nursinibg in 1860 in England. It was the first secular nursing school in the world and gave rise to a highly professional career to millions of especially women. Today there is a huge demand for nurses worldwide. The recent Covid pandemic has given a huge demand for qualified nurses to help treat those who have been infected by this virus. Due to the worldwide spread of this virus there are countries that are experiencing massive shortages of nurses. This is due to the fact the countries did not have enough trained nurses in their health systems. The other is because many nurses themselves were infected by the virus whilst serving in the overwhelmed hospitals. The result is that many countries are recruiting nursing staff to fill positions in their health care systems. Countries such as the UK, and Canada are actively recruiting people to practice nursing in their countries. To qualify you will need to have nursing training. However, apart from that you will need to speak English. On most English speaking countries you will need to have IELTS band 7 to qualify. At Blabla Live we can assist you to reach this band level. Our profesional English tutors are experienced in helping students learn English and to pass their IELTS band levels. Download the app now and sign up for IELTS and take the steps necessary to launch a new career.