Publié le 14 Septembre 2014

I was called upon to coach one of my big clients in negotiating skills... for a deal they had been working on for a few months...

We sat down and started to look at the facts... and how far they'd already got into the business at hand...

All along I was reengineering their work and approach to ensure they got where they wanted in the best possible manner for both parties... and they went on to elaborate on everything stretching to their offer and future plans for the clients...

Everything was going well until after a few hours we rounded up everything and were putting the finishing touch when the fatal question came up... what for ?

That was that awful moment when they realized the 14 m €uro deal they thought they were ready to clench... was falling through in one fell swoop... as they had overlooked the main original question... their client didn't need the service they were trying to sell them !

They promised next time they'd call me first... and that should save them a lot of time and money...

If you think it's expensive to hire a professional...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 13 Septembre 2014

Listening to audiobooks maybe for the mere pleasure of reading... or listening to a story over and over again... and that's only one of the many ways and uses of audiobooks...

Students may also listen to the recording of a book as audiobook... so as to accompany the progression through the book in a more guided or atmospheric read... doing this will eventually guide the learners to build up confidence until they can listen to a whole book without reading it even... and moving on to audiobooks solely altogether...

Listening to audiobooks while reading boosts confidence in listening comprehension...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 23 Août 2014

What students will need more than anything is keeping their level and command of the language up to scratch…

This should not be difficult for students who have chosen to go and live in an English speaking country as they will be exposed to English they will use on a daily basis and for as long as they are there… more of a challenge for those who do not live in an English speaking country or environment… as those will need to endeavour in various efforts to keep their level of command of English up and running… and even develop it… may be even with a view to moving to an English speaking country in the mid or longer run… all the media and courses at hand may be required to ensure the objective is met…

Too often are English speakers underused… and when the time calls for them to use their English… they haven’t used it for so long they’ve lost their touch altogether… my recommendation is go for jobs where you will really use your language skills…

The only way to keep a language -and to keep it alive- is to practice… that is read listen to the radio and audiobooks, speak and travel to the country or countries where it is spoken… read articles, books, newspapers and magazines… watch films and series… some people will also start a conversation group, a blog, or a social network page…

That's why I developed the audiobook narration of my books...

Audiobooks offer teaching facility and the option of listening to your favourite book over and over… without the effort of turning the pages even...

They are also great with children who don't read –or don’t want to read-... but enjoy listening to a story... often repeated again and again and again…

Audiobooks present the opportunity of discovering books to be read again later... or to listen to books read in the past...

Audiobooks come in many formats… most of which are easily loaded or downloaded onto most mp3 players or smartphones... or even tablets and phablets !

Remember next time you're going anywhere take an audiobook along !

Teachers may also benefit from audio books… both out of and in the classroom… offering audio workshops for listening comprehension… story telling and developing… rehearsing roles for role play workshops… practising phonetics… revising lessons or homework… there’s no end to the benefits of audio books !

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 23 Août 2014

English doesn’t stop at lessons and books and exercises.

In life everything moves on… one way or the other… if it’s not forward it’ll be backward…

If you don’t change everything else will… because time waits for no one… and time flies !

Don’t blame yourself… you’re not to blame… neither is your timetable nor your intelligence… you could always do it and you did !

Let’s just say that we’re all only humans and it’s human nature…

Anyone who stops using a skill –or- even a limb come to that matter- will find they are losing the high level of performance of that skill or limb… that explains why we need to maintain and to keep that performance up.

No one and nothing escapes this natural law… what we don’t keep up goes to waste… and so for our memory… and so for languages… even our mother tongue disappear if we don’t take care of it and make sure we keep it up level…

Whether by chance, choice or design… consciously and unconsciously… we keep up and don’t keep up the good work with everything in our life… in our head… our priorities change and are revisited to suit our most urgent needs…

And this is precisely why we are suggesting different levels and language activities and games…

Furthermore, English like many languages moves on… maybe faster in some ways…

That's why I developed the audiobook narration of my books...

Audiobooks offer teaching facility and the option of listening to your favourite book over and over… without the effort of turning the pages even...

They are also great with children who don't read –or don’t want to read-... but enjoy listening to a story... often repeated again and again and again…

Audiobooks present the opportunity of discovering books to be read again later... or to listen to books read in the past...

Audiobooks come in many formats… most of which are easily loaded or downloaded onto most mp3 players or smartphones... or even tablets and phablets !

Remember next time you're going anywhere take an audiobook along !

Teachers may also benefit from audio books… both out of and in the classroom… offering audio workshops for listening comprehension… story telling and developing… rehearsing roles for role play workshops… practising phonetics… revising lessons or homework… there’s no end to the benefits of audio books !

Jesse CRAIGNOU

Watch this space for more information

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That's why I developed the audiobook narration of my books...

Audiobooks offer teaching facility and the option of listening to your favourite book over and over… without the effort of turning the pages even...

They are also great with children who don't read –or don’t want to read-... but enjoy listening to a story... often repeated again and again and again…

Audiobooks present the opportunity of discovering books to be read again later... or to listen to books read in the past...

Audiobooks come in many formats… most of which are easily loaded or downloaded onto most mp3 players or smartphones... or even tablets and phablets !

Remember next time you're going anywhere take an audiobook along !

Teachers may also benefit from audio books… both out of and in the classroom… offering audio workshops for listening comprehension… story telling and developing… rehearsing roles for role play workshops… practising phonetics… revising lessons or homework… there’s no end to the benefits of audio books !

Jesse CRAIGNOU

Watch this space for more information

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Publié le 17 Août 2014

Just as I think excision for women is a crime... circumcision is a violation of the individual right ...

The body experience is a personal experience to be enjoyed by the individual and should not be dictated by anyone be it a religion authority...

I heard the other day that in most hospitals in the US unless the parents specify they do not wish their son to be circumsised the baby boy is systematically ripped of this part of his masculinity... and was shocked to the core... how can anyone decided to amputate someone for no physiological reason -and hygiene is certainly not a valid one !- without asking for their consent... would those mothers accept to be excised and excise their daughters ? Not to mention the medical staff who indulge in it...

But that's when it's done medically even... as it not practiced in so many countless places... one of my friends was ill for weeks on end after having been circumcised... and almost died !

Circumcised men who have been hypnotically regressed to the time of their circumcision reported experiencing excruciating physical and psychological pain...

My feeling is if men come like that it is because nature -or evolution, call it what you may- has designed it to be better this way... no to mention the pain the child endures and the frustration for the rest of their live... even if some men claim to derived pride from it... while more and more religious people decide to abandon it...

Should there be any wish or any need for this circumcision that it should be left to the individual to decide there and then...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 16 Août 2014

I remember this couple from the eighties on the disco floors… Peaches and Herb… they sang their love away to the disco beat… where are they now… they really had class and even their sleeves were artful… we lived our love to them… and our nights were our days…

Today it’s all r’n’b… and it’s got nothing to do with r’n’b… and everything sounds the same… equally uninspired… equally boring… you can’t tell one song from one other… and there’s nothing to sing or dance along to… gone are the days of disco, slow, rock’n’roll, pop, folk…

I remember the teenager I used to be expecting your records to come as heaven sent messages… what would the song say… what would the music be like… would I like it… artists and record companies back then tried to offer variety and quality… today they only seem to flush artists and songs to answer demand… after feeding us trash all those latter years… like force feeding a hungry farmed cattle…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 12 Août 2014

My feeling is we've got to sign and share petitions when it comes the environment and food...

because the environment is everywhere and concerns everyone !
We all live on the one planet and we're all in this together... near or far... no matter where you are...
We're doing this for now and forever !

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 31 Juillet 2014

As a student, I worked in restaurants... sometimes as a chef or mostly as a waiter... coming from a family of restauranteurs, I had both the knowledge and the experience...

I knew Italian cuisine like the back of my hand -having lived with Italians for 20 years already-... and of course French and English cuisines...

There was that Greek restaurant in town that had always enjoyed a wonderful reputation and so one day as I fancied a changed a position for a part-time waiter came up...

Although it was at the other end of the town and I have always been a walker I decided I had to give it a try...

I got there and got the job -if I gave satisfaction- after a one week trial period... during which nobody ever even said so much as Hello to me... or said anything to me for that matter... my Greek boss family sat in a corner forever speaking Greek -which I don't speak- with what seem the most male vent air whenever they caught my eyes...

The only thing they ever said to me was that I couldn't pour coffee properly -how many ways are there of pouring coffee I asks myself-...

So much so that came Saturday lunchtime when, after the service, came the time of discussing the continuity of my employment with them...

They asked me what I though of the job and my position... to which I answered the job was fine and I loved their food... only the transpersonal communication didn't agree with me... which motivated my refusal to take the job...

Their jaw dropped and said they didn't understand how or why they could have made me feel so awkward when they had always felt most happy with my work... and would I reconsider ? I thanked them and said that my decision was made and I wasn't backtracking... and so leaving... after the evening service...

I never heard about them afterwards -nor about the restaurant strangely enough- if anything I hope it taught them a lesson for those who came after me... as I was to learn mine...

All the same I have Egyptian friends in Paris who have a pizzeria...

No matter how many times I tried to tell them that European did not like to sit all together in one corner of the restaurant they still insist on pushing every walker-in... in the same corner...

Furthermore, a restaurant with scattered diners all over the dining room gives the walker-by the impression it is busy... as opposed to spooking to fin a few people in the one corner... especially on quieter nights... when people will only notice that most of the restaurant is... empty...

We're talking about the same number of diners... it is the first impression that counts... but obviously Egyptians prefer to be stuck together...

Their restaurant is in an office area... so very busy lunchtimes but dead at night... and they could really use every tricks to attract the looker-in...

Twenty years later one of my clients is a Sales manager for a big Italian group...

A new Italian manger is moving in to cover for the departing French manager... and Frederick -my client- is having kittens at the thought that this new manager is nurturing a vicious hatred for him... this self-assured high-flying national sales manager is biting his finger to the bone at the thought !

We discuss it and I suggest he went out for a coffee with him and they could get things off their chests if there was anything... Frederick answers that he could never do that... and was leaving the company...

Within a week he gets a job with a 25 % percent increase on an already high salary... and a local -versus national- sales management position ! Frederick is on a cloud at the idea of meeting his manager to hand him his notice... that afternoon...

Comes the time of their meeting and Frederick announces proudly that he was resigning... to which the manager's jaw drops... band he had to confess he thought nothing but good of his performance and there was no way he would let him go...

Frederick walked out of his Italian manger's office with a big grin across his face and a 25 % increase on his salary... a job Frederick eventually kept... unlike me...

Both very similar experiences -except Frederick spoke good Italian (I was his Italian teacher)- only they don't end up the same... but both situation arose from a perception... one-way or both...

And the same goes for humour and gestures...

Years ago Will Smith was invited on a very popular show on Hong Kong TV to promote his film... the interview took a quick turn for the worse when Smith started monkeying about the stage mimicking what he thought was Chinese attitude and language...

You should have seen everybody's jaw drop... and the deadly silence that ensued... the interview quick moved on to the next subject and guest... and Will Smith was ushered off the stage unapplauded... his new film didn't make the second week's showing in the local cinemas...

If you're talking to an Iranian and he winks at you... he only means he agrees and is listening... and a Tamil in a conversation bopping his head in what a European interprets as a 'no' actually means 'yes' !

There is so much more than meets the eye even between sister cultures... or cultures which share a common language... i.e. English -like French- is spoken in many countries worldwide... but English speaking countries albeit speaking one common language do not necessarily share the same culture... British culture is not American Culture, nor are Canadian or Australian or even New-Zealand cultures similar beyond the English language??? and even then their English is not exactly the same...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 29 Juillet 2014

Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular among certain circles...

Sight impaired and disabled people, frequent travellers and flyers and commuters to start with but also with people -like me and me- who regularly like to be told a good story...

In our days of frenzied activity and extreme portability many people don't find the time to sit down and relax reading a book...

Listening to an audiobook is not solely the mere pleasure of listening to a good story...

Audiobooks offer teaching facility and the option of listening to your favourite book over and over without the effort of turning the pages even...

They are also great with children who don't read... but enjoy listening to a story...

Audiobooks present the opportunity of discovering books to be read again later... or to listen to books read in the past...

Audiobooks come in many formats most of which are easily loaded or downloaded onto most mp3 players or smartphones... or even tablets and phablets !

Remember next time you're going anywhere take an audiobooks along !

Teachers may also benefit from audio books… both out of and in the classroom… offering audio workshops for listening comprehension… story telling and developing… rehearsing roles for role play workshops… practising phonetics… revising lessons or homework… there’s no end to the advantages of audio books !

I have now more than 10 books out as audiobooks… narrated by various voiceover actors of various origins and accents… and the collection is growing…

My audiobooks come in collections

- Tidbits including many titles for short stories... for your pleasure

and

- Stories For English

- More Stories For English including stories arranged in a pedagogical progress with exercises...

and

- Finger Licking Good

- Paris Passion both for English students and teachers

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 17 Juillet 2014

I never saw the point in the stubborn interest my reggae fan friends saw in all those songs, the fight, the cause… for the Rastafari… until one day, I took the time to listen to their songs… little did I know then that my concern for the freedom fighters would not end there…

Let’s just say that we are not talking here of religion… as religions tend to get more and more challenge from records and new archaeological findings… but history… or a legend… time honoured, tried and tested… awesome stories of lost worlds and Ethiopia before it was famed and heralded for his champion Olympic runners… we’re talking of great stories that are history to some… and so many… as neither history nor religions stand up to close scrutiny…

Most of us will have heard of how God led the Jews out of Egypt and gave power and authority in His Name to Moses to lead the his people to the Promised Land, the land of Milk and Homey… and so the story goes… from schools books to synagogues and churches… as far as Hollywood…

The song Rivers Of Babylon covered by Boney M tells us of how the Jews were taken by Nebuchadnezzar, to Babylon, where they served as slaves to the Babylonians… gathering on the banks of the rivers of Babylon they wept and longed to return home… and prayed their god for forgiveness that they had had to sing for the Babylonians… while singing was meant to praise their lord exclusively… just as Verdi’s Nabucco…

The slaves, late at night, gathered by the rivers, after their day’s work, and recalled of long lost home of Jerusalem… to the point that, to date, Babylon has retained, if not for the Jews but for the Rastafari, the brand of a dangerous police… Rivers of Babylon, more than a mere song, is actually culled from the Bible (Psalms 137:1)…

King Pharaoh in Egypt was getting tired of not winning over the Jews, who had already defeated him when leaving Egypt, decided to resort to a ruse…

He called upon the beautiful Queen of Sheba to go and seduce King Solomon in Jerusalem and so, occupied with his new passion, he would easily be caught unawares by the Egyptian army and defeated… or so he thought…

When the Queen of Sheba made it to Jerusalem she took great care of her mission to steal King Solomon away from his fiancée…

But the Queen of Sheba had a heart… and she fell in love with King Solomon… and almost won him over before he return to his promised… while there is no evidence there ever was a connection here with Pharaoh Ramses II winning the battle of Kadesh… over the Hittites, also believed by some to have been some of the original rebellious Jews in Egypt…

Bob MARLEY, in his Exodus, advocates that the Rastafari need a new Moses… to lead them back home where they belong… Black people had to fight for their freedom all along… stolen from Africa to help built the new Promised Land they then had to fight for their rights in that new land to make it home too…

Nobody will remember today where the original Israel was supposed to be but… Israel in the old scriptures was not where it is today… but much further south ! In the land of Edom, which may lend evidence as to why nothing shows that the original Jews ever came from Israel –as we know it today- in the first place… not to mention the fact that there is strong evidence that the first Jews may be found in today’s Iraq… and Iran from where queen Esther came to Israel…

Again the original Jews got the first sprouts of their religion in the Sinai where the Madianites lived… a people who gave the Jews their Yahweh… otherwise known as Jah for Jehovah… sometimes even rumoured to be the creator of Jamaica to give the Rastafari asylum… as Jah Make Ya… still the Rastafari will mourn their homeland, their fatherland, forever… some have even made it back home… and so did some modern Jews otherwise know as the Falashas… although with little success to show yet…

After she was rejected and had to return home the Queen of Sheba found herself pregnant with King Solomon’s baby… who was to be born upon her settling back home and named Menelik…

Now Menelik being the son of the King of Israel, himself ordered by God… and worshipped as the son of God, with Menelik being his son he had to be worshipped likewise…

King Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, is claimed to be the direct descendant of Menelik and is worshipped like too… and the worshipped is passed down and on… he became in the birth of the Rastari religion the Ras (Chief / Prince / King) Tafari (his birth name) Makonen… give his name to the religion rising in his worship Ras Tafari… and suddenly I saw the light… and all those stories made perfect sense…

Ethiopians today still claim their Jewish descent in direct line from the Jews… all the way down that linage and still practice the ancient Jewish faith… they also claim to be the holders, and retainers, of the Ark of the Covenant, which they say they must see and cannot show… and accordingly keep draped away from the eyes of onlookers… the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from Jerusalem in ancient times and was never to be found or heard of again… when the Babylonians raided the Holy City they scrupulously and meticulously recorded everything single item they took… but never mentioned the Ark… giving way and vent to all sorts of rumours…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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