Business Communications Blog

3
Jan

Can GOOG-411/US Conquer Foreign Accents?

Image via Wikipedia Can GOOG-411/US conquer foreign accents? Imagine an Indian, Frenchman or Chinese looking to call a local US business number using GOOG-411. Needless to say, it can become a very frustrating. If we think of a Chinese English speaker, who often doesn’t pronounce the consonants in the word or the endings, trying to get the number of, say,

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3
Jan

CNN Money Reveals 21 Dumbest Business Moments in 2008

Image via Wikipedia 21 Dumbest Moments in Business 2008 (CNN Money)   This post was just too good to pass on. CNN. Money discusses the dumbest business moments – and probably some of the most difficult  -in 2008. Will we learn from them for 2009?   1) Detroit execs flying to D.C.: The chief executives of General Motors (GM, Fortune

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30
Dec

Conversation with the CEO of Silicon Valley’s coolest little plug-in – CoolIris

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Soujanya Bhumkar,  CEO and Co-founder of the coolest browser add-on around – CoolIris! On February 25, 2009, at the law offices of Cooley Godward in Palo Alto, he and other inspiring entrepreneurs will tell us about their start ups and what it takes to make them successful. Stay tuned for more

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17
Nov

Obama’s World Election

The recent election was remarkable and historic and one that will be remembered for many years to come; not only because of the incredible turn-out of young people, with 23 million young Americans under the age of 30 voting, a turn-out this country hasn’t seen since the 70s, but also because it was an election that was felt around the

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7
Oct

Communicating the American Way – An Excerpt (pdf file)

Communicating The American Way

30
Sep

They Made It! Interviews with International Leaders from Silicon Valley

Click to Play Succeeding in Silicon Valley: Foreign-born entrepreneurs share their stories about making it!Eric Benhamou, the former CEO of 3Com, Andy Bechtolsheim, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, Wu Fu Chen, serial entrepreneur and founder of Cascade Communications, Raj Singh, whose Fiberlande Communications was later sold to Cisco and Redback for $12B in 1999, Jean-Louis Gassee, former President of the Apple

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6
Jul

When you speak English – can people understand you easily?

Image via Wikipedia These questions are taken from my web site: I thought it might be interesting to answer them in writing. Please write to me with other points you’re aware of and we can discuss them. o Do you need to change the way you speak? If people look at you with question marks in their eyes, if they

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1
Jul

Real Leadership in Silicon Valley – Eric Benhamou

While interviewing leaders of Silicon Valley for my book, one of the first people I was really lucky to be able to interview was Eric Benhamou, the CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures and a very respected executive, both here as well as in Israel and France. He was also willing to be part of an event we had on April

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5
Jun

Interviewing Tips for non USians – an important aspect of successful business communications

Image by mathoov via Flickr What do foreign-born career seekers have problems with when looking for a job in the US? They don’t know how to “sell” themselves; they talk around questions and don’t back up their answers with examples and interesting stories. Even when they are MBA students at Stanford looking for that special job. Many foreign-born professionals are

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4
Jun

Will the US be left out in the cold in future innovations?

A few days ago, Bob Greifeld, who is the chief executive of Nasdaq OMX, gave us the latest news on the “over- application” – once again – for the H-1B visas granted this year [2008].. He wrote: On April 1 [2008], the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the coveted 65,000 H-1B visas that allow

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