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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, coaching, effective communication and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free food and good movies.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

From Gatsbying to going MIA, 8 examples of mirage friends' toxic behavior that you should avoid

What's your favorite podcast or radio station?
Zig Ziglar was used to saying that we all keep listening all day long to the famous WIIFM radio station...  As in What's In It For Me (WIIFM).
And, apparently, it is still absolutely true for the now so-called mirage friends, that take this concept to the next level.

Who's a mirage friend?
I'm pretty sure you met at least one of them, at some point in your life.

[In most cases, a mirage friend is not someone 
you should want to have around long-term. 
Just saying (1)]

Let me give you examples...
Eight of them, to be more precise:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In the big, flashy and groovy dance act that is your day-to-day life, choosing Disraeli's choreography style could make all the difference

"This should work this way, if everyone would do their part", she says.
And she is right, I have no doubt about that. 
Still, this is very probably not how things are going to look like, in the end.

It is tempting to plan, to think and to act as if we were living in an ideal world and to hope for the perfect scenario to happen every single time.
Thing is... We don't live in an ideal world and the perfect scenario rarely happens.

["All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"
is a famous quote from William Shakespeare's As You Like It.
The world can also be seen as a dance floor...
And even if not all moves are created equal, 
they are going to be part of your choreography, at some point...
Thanks to Sonja for the pic!]

You can either hope for the world to meet your expectations or decide to be open for what could differ from them and to embrace serendipity, while dealing with the situation you are exposed to.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Which superpowers do you have? Twenty questions that will help you the next time you will talk about yourself in public

If tomorrow you should stand up and find yourself in the middle of a room, filled with twenty people looking at you and waiting for you to talk about your superpowers as a human being, what would you say?

Is it easy for you to introduce yourself or you too, like most people, are somehow afraid of talking in public or not sure about what you should talk about in the first place?

[Like every other human being,
you are a special mix of everything that makes you...
you. How are you going to convey your superpowers?]

Here you have 20 questions that can help you to break the ice and to find your own superpowers, if you are still looking for them:

You & your unique experience
What did you love to do when you were young?
What are the five most valuable things you have learned, over time?

Your passions
What passions do you have? 
What does excite you?