Are you organised and get all your work done on time with no stress? (Is anybody really like this??) Or are you like me, a bit of a procrastinator, who puts things off, suddenly realising you have loads of work to do....for tomorrow morning!
Here is a fantastic TED talk about procrastination. It's easy to understand. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you read my article on using TED talks to improve your English - there are lots of tips on how to get the most out of TED talks to improve your English listening and vocabulary. (And I've put the English subtitles on for you already :-)
get all your work done - finish your work
to put something off - do something later / postpone
to get the most out of something - to get the most benefit from something
One of my students, who speaks lovely English, was telling me how much he enjoys listening to bands like Radiohead and I realised I've never put a Radiohead song here on the blog. So here you are!
I love this song and it's the one my French friend Matthieu always sang when we went to karaoke. He speaks excellent English and now lives in California - proof that singing in English brings great results :-)
Here are the lyrics and some vocabulary explanations to download.
Some people love standing in front of a crowd of people and making a presentation. Most people don't love it...and it's even worse when you have to do it in English!
Preparation is the key to a successful presentation. You can join one of my courses on better presenting, but if you can't participate in that, just remember these 3 important points:
1. You are the presentation, not your slides. Keep your slides simple with as little writing as possible.
2. How you speak is important. Practise emphasising the important words, taking pauses and not speaking too fast. Videoing yourself is a great way to practise.
3. Fake it til you make it! Inside you might be a mess, but stand up straight and act like you are very confident. Even if you're not, the audience will think you are. And don't forget to smile!
Here's a great article on how make awesome presentations. Good luck!
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