Becoming an English Teacher Abroad

I was working in an office building, doing the same old job day after day. I wanted something new in my life. I felt that my life was being wasted in that cubicle in the office and wanted to do something that would let me see the world and live a fulfilling life. I heard about teaching English around the world, and thought it would be exactly what I needed. I signed up for TEFL Academy online so I could become qualified to teach English in foreign countries.

By taking the online courses, I would be able to learn what I needed to be ready to teach English, and I would be approved by any organization on the planet that accepts English teachers.…

The Science Behind Successful Testimonials

First of all, let's talk about 2 different kinds of testimonials I see out there. I call them pamper testimonials and results testimonials. Pamper testimonials talk about how nice it was to work with you, how great you are and how much fun they had. They will not hurt your marketing and they will add a little bit of spice to you when they are nicely mixed in with the results testimonials. However, if all you got is pamper testimonials, alone they will not bring you many clients. Results testimonials are more specific and they talk about what the client actually got after working with you. "I made over 10K in two weeks after our VIP day …" or "my head was was the next day after our session" or "I met a wonderful man after this program and now we are getting married …" get the picture.

So the big question is, what do you do if most or even all of your testimonials are pamper testimonials or if you do not have any testimonials at all? Maybe you are just starting out or maybe you have not had a chance to ask your clients for testimonials, or maybe they promised to give you one but have not gotten around to it.

The first thing I would recommend is this, always ask for a testimony and try to do it at the right time. Timing is everything. Do not wait until after your last session or when they have already gone through your program. They may say yes, but life will get in a way and they might forget. Instead, try to catch them when they are feeling great about your work together and maybe even bragging about something they were able to do after your last session. That's when you can ask them if they are willing to put it in writing.

Also, when you ask for a testimony, make sure you fully explain the benefits both you and your clients will get out of it. For you the benefits may be obvious – it adds credibility and Promotes you. For your client it may give them more exposure and promote their business as well. You may want to tell them, "would you be willing to give me a written testimony I can post on my web site which will at the same time also promote your business." I understand this approach will only work if your business is not anything personal or intimate.

I believe there is a lot more to a testimonial than just that. I see them as gifts and expressions of gratitude. When you are in a state of gratitude, you are naturally a lot more attractive. When you read clients testimonials at your events or during your promo time, do not just read them. Make sure you add a touch of humbleness to the way you talk about the success of your clients. After all, it is not just about you and how …

Reasons to Approach Overseas Education Consultants

Studying abroad is becoming an increasingly popular option for students who wish to broaden their outlook on life, and gain a meaningful education. With so many options available, students will find it hard to understand which college and which degree would be the best suited to their situation. This is where overseas education consultants play an important role.

Most students who wish to study abroad are confused about which country to go to, the institute to choose, what they are looking for in their career, the procedures to apply for their visa and what tests to take. Overseas education consultants keep themselves updated on the latest compliances and requirements, and are well versed in the procedures for college and visa applications. They will be able to guide you through each and every step with precision and clarity. You will get a comprehensive idea about courses available at each college, possible career pathways, eligibility requirements, cost implications and application deadlines.

Here are some of the reasons why you should get in touch with a good education consultant.

They will help you chose the perfect career

Many students may not be aware of the various new career opportunities available. A good education counsellor will help you narrow down your options based on your talents and interests, and will help you take the right decision regarding your career. They will advise you on what kind of job you can do after completing a particular course and the money you can potentially earn.

They are well networked with leading universities abroad

If you are wondering which countries offer good education in your field of interest, a consultant can help by suggesting the best university for a particular course that you may want to pursue. You will be given various alternatives, a lowdown on the course at each university, and will also be advised on the admission requirements.

They will help you get your visa approval

Applying for a visa can be time-intensive, complicated and very harrowing. Many students find it difficult to get together the documents and approvals required. Going through an education consultancy will be much easier, as they have good experience in documentation, know all the right channels and can get things done for you in half the time!

They will give you valuable financial advice

Studying abroad is an expensive proposition, and many students do not even try to achieve their education dreams because they are unaware about how to get their finances together. Your overseas education consultants can advise you about fees, costs of living abroad, and any hidden costs that you may need to bear. They will guide you on getting education loans and /or applying for financial aid. Quite often, students can work part time while they study to reduce the burden of tuition fees, and you will be able to get advice on this as well.

They will give you guidance on accommodation and travel

Overseas education consultants are well networked, and can help you in finding …

Types of Education Majors

Some people are simply born to teach. These natural educators should pursue majors that fit their teaching style as well as their favorite subject. A person who loves music and wants to be a teacher should choose music education as their major, not architecture or pharmaceuticals. Being true to yourself and what you love will make you an effective educator. This article is for those of you who want to know more about the different types of education majors available to you in an online college.

Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education major is for people who want to teach young children the building blocks of everything they will learn in future years. If you are interested in providing a strong foundation for the youth of today, this major would be a great way to get involved. Learning how to teach children the most basic of skills can be a rewarding experience.

Secondary Education

Everything beyond elementary school is considered secondary education. You might choose this type of major because you prefer to teach more challenging subjects, or simply because you feel you get along better with older children. Keep in mind that students who are in middle school are going through many changes, and may not treat you with the kind of respect and awe you would likely receive from elementary aged children. This also tends to be a problem in high school, so if you think you are tough enough and can deal with the attitudes and disrespect that come with teaching secondary grades, then this is the major for you.

K-12 Major

If you are unable to decide which grade you would prefer to teach, get an overall K-12 education by choosing an all-encompassing major. This gives you the option of being certified to work in any grade, at just about any school. Having choices is very good in the current economy situation, as you would be able to accept just about any job offer in education.

Music Education

People who choose to be music education teachers are a very special breed. They must have a passion for music of all kinds, because they will have to take classes for every type of instrument and voice. They must also be willing to break down what they know into smaller bites for their students. This is true of all majors, really, but with music majors, they have the option of choosing music performance as their major as well. Those who decide on being music educators set aside their love of performing to teach students how to play an instrument or sing a song. The difference between performance and education is that, in the beginning, the students are not being taught how to be musical because they are not quite able to comprehend that in beginning band, choir, or orchestra. Only when they have performed for several years will they come to an understanding of what it means to play with musicality.

Other Education Majors

There are several …

Cebu City, Philippines – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

A tourist visiting Cebu City for the first time may well be turned off by some of the city sites. The city has several world class resorts, hotels, beaches and dive sites. It also has some areas of the world’s most devastating poverty. Cebu City is the capital city of the Cebu Province and it is the second largest city in the Philippines following Manila. I always feel at home in the city and lived in the city before building my home in the rural Cebu Province of Camotes Islands. Cebu City is a mix of the old and new, rich and poor, good and bad and pretty and ugly. There is also the mix of clean and really dirty or filthy. The rule for anyone going to Cebu for the first time is to not make a snap judgment.

My first trip to Cebu City was in February 2004. I went to the Philippines to meet a girl (Judith) now my wife. I flew into the Cebu-Mactan Airport and was met by Judith and one of here sisters. My flight started in Florida and the last leg of the flight was from Hong Kong. The Cebu International airport is just a little outdated, but very functional. Once outside of the airport doors I saw waves of people waiting to meet people coming off of the flight from Hong Kong. The airport was not all that busy when I arrived and I think my plane was the only arriving flight at the time. As people from my flight walk outside of the airport door they were bombarded with shuttle, taxi and V-hire greeters, all trying to get a fare. I met Judith just outside the airport doors. She, her sister and I all jumped into an old Kia Taxi and we were off to my hotel.

The taxi was old and not very well maintained. The Air conditioner didn’t work and the window wouldn’t go down. Of course that didn’t matter as I couldn’t close the door because the door latch was broken. So, I got lots of air. The hotel was about a 30 minute drive from the airport. As we traveled the city streets I saw crowded sidewalks made even more crowded by the many sidewalk vendors and street vendors. Some of the roads we traveled were moderately maintained while others were in very poor condition. The roads were crowded with many types of cars, but mostly Kia’s and Hyundais. There were also a lot of Jeepneys, a Philippine traditional method of travel. A jeepney looks like a stretched army jeep with a hardtop and a large cargo area used for two benches for passenger seating. Jeepneys are normally painted with several different colors and lots of chrome. Many of the jeepneys are poorly maintained and most have bald tires and the braking systems may be questionable. Also, there were lots of small motorcycles.

After traveling just a few minutes I decided that the most dangerous vehicle in …

Why Mentors Matter To Your Career

Mentoring is not a common business practice these days. That's too bad – whether you are looking for a job or simply managing a burgeoning career, a mentor can be of assistance.

A good mentor will provide impartial advice, coach you and answer questions, help prepare you for unfolding career challenges, and may teach you new skills. For example, he or she may use role playing to prepare you for tough interviews. A mentor may even be able to help open some doors, enabling you to land interviews with employers that you'd otherwise attempt to get into (more on this point to follow.) Mentoring is traditionally not something you pay for – generally, successful business people volunteer for this role because someone helped them in a similar way in the past. On a paid basis, similar assistance is available from career coaches.

For many of us, as we move through our practitioners, the closest we come to mentors is our supervisors. In rare cases, an exceptional supervisor may truly provide some of the benefits of a mentor. But mentors should be impartial, and a supervisor is anything but impartial. Here are more guidelines:

  • Do not necessarily include friendship on the list of criteria for a mentor. Mutual respect, candid, trust are all good – but if your mentor becomes your buddy, will she tell you need to dress differently? Will he tell you to stop feeling sorry for yourself? Look for friendship elsewhere – you need something entirely different from your mentor.
  • Remember that mentoring is a two way street. Perhaps there are skills you can offer to reciprocate -teaching them internet skills, maybe, or offering to house sit. Or depending something more in line with a small Christmas present, homemade cookies or just a heartfelt letter. You will hopefully come to know you mentor well enough to select the appropriate expression.
  • Your mentor may expect you to set the pace. Some protégés require assistance only periodically. You should clearly communicate your requirements – for example, monthly meetings or sometimes you only need to meet on an as-needed basis. If you do not establish and communicate your expectations, do not be surprised if they are not met.
  • Recognize the limits. Let's say you want a job at XYZ company, and you know that your mentor has a friend there. Understand that your mentor may not be able to (or want to) take advantage of that relationship in any way. Or, let's say they do take advantage of the relationship and manage to get you an interview. Should this occasion, recognize that you have asked your mentor to put his or her relationship with a valued college on the line. If you miss the interview, or get hired and perform poorly, your mentor is likely to feel that you have violated their trust. Bottom line: walk this path carefully!
  • > A mentor's assistance is more akin to that of an exercise coach than an emergency room physician. They can not work

History of Strength and Conditioning Science

Early records of strength training date back to 3600 BC when Chinese emperors made their subjects exercise daily (Webster 1976). During the Chou Dynasty subjects were required to pass weight- lifting tests before entering the military. There is a large amount of evidence that indicates weight training was part of life in ancient Greece and India. In fact, the Greeks built numerous sculptures of people lifting stone weights.

Numerous systems of training have been proposed over the years. The accumulation of experience and different philosophies has led us to the current training methods utilized today. Keep in mind; many permissions have varied greatly from the original purpose of strength and conditioning. Hard work and dedication formed the foundation of earlier training methods. Today the opposite has occurred in numerous settings as easy work and quick fixes form the foundation of most people's regimens.

During the 16th century in Europe books on weight training began to surface. Sir Thomas Elyot's book on the topic was published in England in 1531. Joachim Camerius, a lecturer at Leipzig University, wrote several books in 1544 recommending that weight training should be a key activity offered in the model school. John Paugh published a book in 1728 titled A Physiological, Theoretical and Practical Treatise on the Utility of Muscular Exercise for Restoring the Power to the limbs, which pointed out the benefits offered by weight training for rehab purposes. In the 1860's, Archibald Maclaren, devised the first formal system of physical training with dumbbells and barbells for the British Army.

The showmen and strongman entertainers of the 19th Century heavily contributed to methods used today in the fitness and sports conditioning industry. From extensive research iron game historian David Webster credits Italian circus and fairground performer, Felice Napoli as the one who popularized strongman performances on an international scale. Disciples of Napoli include Professor Attila (Louis Durlacher) and Eugen Sandow (Frederick Muller). Attila became well known and he attracted some of the world's most well known physical culturists and many rulers of Europe. His list of students including King George of Greece, King Edward of England, Crown Prince Frederick who became King Haakon of Norway, the six children of King Christian of Denmark, the Queen Mother Alexandra of England, Princess Dagmar (Empress of Russia and mother of Tsar Nicholas), and the Duchess of Cumberland.

At the time training the wealthy was a much respected occupation. We have what we call personal trainers today. The current protocols used by the major of today's trainers are a far cry from the original teachings and benefits provided by trainers. The fame and notoriety of trainers of those days was a result of the public displays of extraordinary physical feats. These events were often attended by royalty and were highly acclaimed for their promotion of physical well-being.

Eugen Sandow, born in Koningsberg in East Russia in 1867, was enrolled for his teachings by presidents and rulers from around the world. Nine kings and queens and many princes of Europe, …

Sales Careers – How to Earn Lots of Money in Sales

You must establish a good sales career in order to earn good money in sales. This article will guide you regarding establishing a good career in sales. Read on to get some tips:

The steps:

• When you are applying for a sales position in a company, do close the sale in both the cover letter that you submit and also in the interview that you will face. The recruiters want to see whether you can close the sale or not. Therefore, you must complete the task of closing the sale. In your cover letter, write that you are seeking an interview. Also mention that you are going to call the company and ask for an appointment with the employer.

• Always remember your transferable skills. You may be a fresher in this profession. But this does not mean that you can not be successful in this profession. You must have acquainted some experiences from activities that are similar to sales. Have you raised funds for any cause? Have you given presentation before an audience? Have you been successful in convincing people with your opinion? These are some of the skills that you require in this profession. While you are facing an interview, mention these. These are the sills that you need in any type of sales career or in any stage of your sales career. Be it in a medical sales career or in any stage of your sales career starting from sales training careers up to sales management career and the top sales career, you require these basic skills.

• A good employer will provide you good training so that you learn the job and also learn the tricks and trade that is required to boost sales. You grow through the learning process. So look out for employers who give good training.

• If you want to establish a successful sales career and earn a lot of money in this profession, you must always establish good networking. Connect with professionals in this field. Networking, if done properly, will take you a long way.

• You must be able to deal with rejection. This is something that you are bound to face. But you can not take it personally. You must move on.

• Select a product that interests you. You will not be able to sell products that embarrass you. Your enthusiasm regarding a product will take you a long way if you want to sell it.

• Your appearance matters a lot. You must be presentable and properly dressed for the occasion. Your employers while recruiting you will take into account how you have appeared for the interview. While you are selling a product to your clients, your appearance matters a lot. Basically, in this profession, the saying, first impression is the last impression, holds a lot of value.

• You must seek help from a mentor. Select a person who has a lot of experience in this field and who can guide you well. …

Career Networking Does Not Produce Instant Results

Are you expecting instant results from your networking? If so, you may be disappointed. Networking is not a one time activity. The most successful networkers are consistent and network for life.

As a business and career coach I ask my clients about their networking plan. Some clients tell me they tried networking once and it did not work. I spend a good portion of each day talking with people. I talk to all kinds of people including corporate professionals, small business owners, strategic partners and other regular people. It is very rare for these discussions to immediately produce sales or new clients.

What does happen is that I develop on going relationships with people. I look for ways I can add value to their career and personal life. I follow up after the initial contact with an interesting article, a referral or note just to say hello.

There are times when I meet a person several times before I even talk about my career. It is not unusual for me to get a call from someone I met 6 or 12 months earlier with a coaching referral or public speaking request. Everyone knows other people. You never know when one of your contacts will connect you to the perfect job opportunity, strategic partnership or new client.

If you are looking for networking to drive huge changes over night, it is time to reset your expectations. Slow and steady is the way to develop and nurture networking relationships which are mutually beneficial to both parties. …

Is E-Marriage For You?

Online dating can get a bad press but no one should be discouraged from looking for internet romance because it sometimes goes wrong. Finding yourself entangled with a love-rat you met at a social event is more commonplace. According to research carried out by the University of Chicago more than a third of marriages now begin online. It also reveals that online couples have happier and longer marriages.

A study by the National Academy of Sciences agrees: ‘Couples who met online were more likely to have higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of break-ups than relationships that began in face-to-face meetings.’

People who meet online tend to be more mature and in higher paid occupations. Among the least successful marriages were those in which people met at bars. A strong supporter of online dating is Neil Clark Warren, CEO of online dating agency eHarmony. His aim is to reduce divorce from 50 percent to single figures. He says, “It is not that it is too easy to get a divorce. The problem is caused by it being too easy to marry.”

Jeffrey A. Hall, associate professor of communications at the University of Kansas advocates online relationships. “Online dating was once regarded as a bad or dangerous place, a warehouse of losers or creeps. We are seeing a sea change in those views.”

Being single is the ultimate self-indulgence but the hitch is that you can become a social outcast. Take a restaurant table that would normally seat four and you soon learn the meaning of indifferent service and funny looks. Booking a theater seat or taking a holiday on your own guarantees your coming across as Billy No-Mates.

Having divorced I had no wish to commit but I did miss female company. Signing up to an online dating agency I candidly explained my preference for a platonic relationship. Such candor earned me respect. There was no shortage of dating opportunities and most were thoroughly enjoyable occasions. Economy with the truth is a tendency when subscribing to online dating agencies. Typical and common is the use of flattering photographs some of which were taken years earlier. One lady date used an image of her daughter as it got her more dates. Men are equally adept at telling white lies. Part of my night’s entertainment was hearing of the failings of earlier dates. I hope they are not now talking of mine.

Whilst much research is American based it is likely to mirror European studies and findings. Online courtships reach the altar in 18 months. Offline courtships take 42 months which suggests less confidence and commitment. Subscribers to online dating services by gender are fairly evenly divided. Two thirds say common interests are the most important factor when looking for a partner. Physical appeal is important too, an asset placed at 49 per-cent. Personality is a definite plus whilst hair colour preference is evenly divided between blondes and brunettes.…

Immortalizing Values Through Education for Sustainable Development

Education is the primary agent of transformation towards sustainable development, increasing people’s capacities to transform their visions for society into reality. Education not only provides scientific and technical skills, it also provides the motivation, and social support for pursuing and applying them. For this reason, society must be deeply concerned that much of current education falls far short of what is required. When we say this, it reflects the very necessities across the cultures that allow everyone become responsible towards quality enhancement.

Improving the quality and revelation of education and reorienting its goals to recognize the importance of sustainable development must be among society’s highest priorities. It is not that we talk only about environment but also about every component of life.

We therefore need to clarify the concept of education for sustainable development. It was a major challenge for educators during the last decade. The meanings of sustainable development in educational set ups, the appropriate balance of peace, human rights, citizenship, social equity, ecological and development themes in already overloaded curricula, and ways of integrating the humanities, the social sciences and the arts into what had up-to-now been seen and practiced as a branch of science education.

Some argued that educating for sustainable development ran the risk of programming while others wondered whether asking schools to take a lead in the transition to sustainable development was asking too much of teachers.

These debates were compounded by the desire of many, predominantly environmental, NGOs to contribute to educational planning without the requisite understanding of how education systems work, how educational change and innovation takes place, and of relevant curriculum development, professional development and instructive values. Not realizing that effective educational change takes time, others were critical of governments for not acting more quickly.

Consequently, many international, regional and national initiatives have contributed to an expanded and refined understanding of the meaning of education for sustainable development. For example, Education International, the major umbrella group of teachers’ unions and associations in the world, has issued a declaration and action plan to promote sustainable development through education.

A common agenda in all of these is the need for an integrated approach through which all communities, government entities, collaborate in developing a shared understanding of and commitment to policies, strategies and programs of education for sustainable development.

Actively promoting the integration of education into sustainable development at local community

In addition, many individual governments have established committees, panels, advisory councils and curriculum development projects to discuss education for sustainable development, develop policy and appropriate support structures, programs and resources, and fund local initiatives.

Indeed, the roots of education for sustainable development are firmly planted in the environmental education efforts of such groups. Along with global education, development education, peace education, citizenship education, human rights education, and multicultural and anti-racist education that have all been significant, environmental education has been particularly significant. In its brief thirty-year history, contemporary environmental education has steadily striven towards goals and outcomes similar and comparable to those inherent in …