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Use Gap Analysis For Professional and Personal Development

In this video, I explain how Gap Analysis helps us to set and achieve goals in the coaching process.   To watch the video on YouTube, click here.   Jennifer Kumar provides cross-cultural business strategy seminars, workshops and individual coaching for Indian professionals working with US counterparts onsite, offshore or virtually. Contact her to work with […]

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Does Living Abroad Make Me More Interesting?

Will people think I’m cultured if I live abroad?  I used to think so! That’s the main reason I wanted to live abroad; initially.  “When returning to America from Kenya, I instinctively called my family members by the Swahili terms. It just seemed to come like second nature; and I don’t know why since I […]

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9 Lessons on Being a Public Speaker

Book Review By Guest Blogger: Hari KT   Jennifer Kumar was kind enough to share the book Paid to Speak, Best Practices for Building a Successful Speaking Business. I would like to share with you some of my understandings and thoughts on the same.  Preparing Before Delivery  Expect the unexpected. You should always remember this. It’s […]

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Approaches to Tutoring and Teaching US American Students

Having experienced going to college in the US and in India, I knew that teacher expectations and student learning expectations were different between these cultures. Over the past few years, I have been providing training to tutors based in India providing extra help, homework help and tutoring to kids going to grade, middle and high […]

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Thanksgiving FAQ and Small Talk Tips

If you are looking for basic information on the Thanksgiving holiday, small talk tips for before and after the holiday, and what to expect if you are invited to an American’s home for Thanksgiving, this article is for you!  When is Thanksgiving?  Every fourth Thursday of November US Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. (Thanksgiving in Canada is […]

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Around the Block or Around the World- Be True to You

“Around the block or around the world – be true to you” – this is the motto of my coaching. But, what does it mean exactly? When we move to a new place- no matter how near or far- we will have to make adjustments to our lifestyle. Moving to another country is an extreme […]

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“Read Between the Lines” Meaning of Idioms

Though Americans are known for being direct and getting to the point, there are times when Americans talk vaguely or answer indirectly. In such cases, it’s important for you to ‘read between the lines’ to make educated guesses on what they are actually talking about. Remember, though if you do make an assumption in such […]

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Can I wear a mustache to work in the USA?

The training group in Kerala, India was comprised of 18 participants, 12 were men. Nine men had mustaches, a few also had beards.  When I started the session, I asked the group to ask me any question they had about working in the US. One of the men asked me,  “What do Americans think about mustaches? […]

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Kochi & Rochester – 3 Common Threads

You may wonder how can two cities with very different cultures and lifestyles such as Kochi, in Southwestern India in the state of Kerala and Rochester, in Northeastern USA in the state of New York have anything in common. Is it even possible? Myself having lived in Rochester more than six years and now in […]

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Five Things I Miss About America

I moved from the US to live in India for a second time in early 2011. A few months after moving to Kochi in the southwestern state of Kerala, like any expat, I started feeling homesick. Below I share a few things I missed about my country (and still do). My Family and Friends.  Believe […]

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