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Mother Tongue, Native Speaker, and Assorted Assumptions

Mother Tongue, Native Speaker, and Assorted Assumptions

One job description stood out on the online job board for writers.  The post was long but promising, and I continued reading until the last lines. “Write the word ‘pineapple’ at the start of your application so I know you’ve read it through.” “Only native speakers from North America can apply.” And then, in all […]

Hotel Event Planning: Showtime of a Different Kind

Hotel Event Planning: Showtime of a Different Kind

Hotel events manager, Madam Annette, walks deliberately between rows of round tables, head sweeping side-to-side not missing a single detail –  table numbers, floral centerpieces, crisp folded linen, gleaming cutlery, and the waiters in their smart uniforms. The head table takes longer to inspect.  She scans a list of names on her clipboard while simultaneously […]

A Job of Surprising Skills: The Voice and the Background Noise

A Job of Surprising Skills: The Voice and the Background Noise

Are you a good listener? I’m not talking about being nonjudgmental while your partner rants. I mean understanding sentences spoken rapidly in a singsong tone.  Do you get impatient watching The Voice when the judges, with swivel chairs facing away from a singer, take a long time to hit their lighted buzzers? Swivel Chair Settings […]