Onsite Visits – Dress for Success in the US Office

Dress to impress. Before even opening one’s mouth, an impression is made through the clothing and body language one presents in front of the other person. The discussion and videos in this post will offer suggestions for males and females on how to dress for success in a professional environment in the US.  Comparison for […]

5 Don’ts When Writing Professional Emails

The below five tips are suggested to avoid at work when interacting over email by the Business Insider. I will share their tips, along with how they apply to the majority of the companies I work with and the feedback from US clients and counterparts.  1. Waiting to respond to an email until you know […]

Different Ways to Say No – Video Tutorials

The videos in this post will showcase a wide variety of approaches to saying no, pushing back or declining requests in a polite way with Americans and while using English with native speakers.  A 4 Step Process to Saying No  The Art of Saying No This video demonstrates a very Western, and more direct approach […]

How to Overcome Negativity

Question:  If you had a friend, colleague or acquaintance you knew had potential but was always saying negative things, how would you respond?  What if you have already tried techniques like changing the subject, trying to find the positive in the negative, or ignoring the negativity? (And, still after trying that the person is always […]

Respond WITHOUT Asking to Repeat (In English)

While many may think it’s counterintuitive to stop talking and listen more, listening with more focus and purpose can actually save time and produce better results on client and customer calls. While the below videos demonstrate face-to-face interactions, the skills used in the videos can also be used in virtual communications such as zoom calls, […]

Better Punctuation, Better Accent

A simple trick to getting the right flow in spoken English is to know when and how long to pause for various punctuation marks. In addition to the pause, it’s important to have the right tone to sound confident. Commas and Semicolons Length of pause: While commas and semicolons require a half pause.  Failing to […]

Malayalee Doing Business in China

The second Malayalee expat story I am sharing is of NRI Malayalee Abdul Shukkoor. He shares his experience as an Indian who traveled to Shanghai and Beijing, China.  Originally from the Deccan Chronicle, Kochi, July 3, 2011. In 2011, the Deccan Chronicle highlighted the stories of ordinary Malayalees who lived or traveled abroad for work for […]

“Excuse Me” – 5 Times To Say It

“Excuse me” is a common English phrase. The four times we can use this phrase are: To get someone’s attention  To squeeze past someone or if you bump into someone  When you need something repeated  When you burp (sneeze, make body noises)  When being sarcastic (see video!)  To learn how to pronounce this word and […]

Communicate With Clarity and Confidence with US Americans

Greetings Everyone,  As 2014 has come to a close, a new year is upon us full of promise and hope.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May this year bring you closer to your dreams, goals and desires.  Because of your continued support, Authentic Journeys continues to bring success to the US-India cross-cultural business place. Browse some of […]


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