If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Be specific in how to measure your achievements.
“I want to read an English book of 300-400 pages on my own before my birthday” shows the specific target to be measured.
“I want to be a good reader” does not show the specific target.
Your goals should be clear and attainable. You should formulate them so you feel you can achieve them. For instance, if your aim is “to become more fluent in speaking in a week”, we all understand that this aim can hardly be attainable. “To prepare a series of one-minute speeches on different topics daily during a fortnight” is attainable and also challenging because it requires energy and dedication to achieve. The feeling of success will help you to remain motivated.
Goals need to be realistic for you. Realistic is not a synonym for “easy”. A goal of “learning one hundred new words every day” may not be realistic for anyone. It may be more realistic if you decide “to learn ten new words every day” and will do your best in doing it.
Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!
Set a timeframe for the goal: next week, in three months, by the end of the year. Setting timeframes gives you a clear target to work towards. If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.
Everyone will benefit from goals and objectives if they are SMART!
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3 Formulate your life goals according to the SMART criteria.
No speech can be entirely bad if it is short enough.
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It is better to leave your audience before your audience leaves you.
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Many speakers need no introduction; what they need are conclusions.
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It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
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“I’m glad I attended your lecture on insomnia, Doctor.”
“Good, and did you find it interesting?”
“Not especially, but it did cure me of my insomnia.”
Organizing a Seminar
Belarusian State University, the Institute of Journalism, is holding a seminar on the topic ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONALS later this year. The program of the seminar includes the whole range of issues, among them:
· The role of English in the modern world,
· Opportunities for professionals with the knowledge of English,
· How to make the process of language learning effective and enjoyable,
· International English exams TOEFL and IELTS.
The aim of the seminar is to hammer home the theme that good knowledge of a foreign language opens new opportunities for professionals.
If you are going to take part in this seminar, please:
· complete the registration form
City: ______________ State: __________________
Title of presentation_____________________________________
¨ tape recorder ¨ overhead projector ¨ video ¨computer
· attach a summary of presentation in 50 words or less
· attach a short biographical statement of 25 words or less
Our guest speaker from the British Council Head office made a speech opening the work of the seminar. Read the extracts of the speech and trace the proper forms of addressing the audience, expression of appreciation and hospitality.
It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to the seminar “English for Professionals”.
I should also like to express my gratitude to all the guests and participants for joining us to take part in today’s session. I believe that you will be provided an ample opportunity to exchange opinions and discuss issues of mutual interest.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our seminar remains a key yearly event and reflects the preoccupation of the youth with traditional and new challenges of the modern world.
This year our discussion focuses on the importance of knowing English for future research and professional career. Business is increasingly dependent on international trade and cooperation in all spheres, and employment opportunities demand well developed language skills.
I should like you to draw the attention of the participants to special problems of your professional spheres.
I look forward to hearing our speakers and then the comments and interventions from the floor. I am confident that our discussions in the coming days will be fruitful and that we will achieve our goals.
Thank you for your attention.
Stage one : You are members of the organizing committee:
· Work in small groups. Discuss received application forms and summaries of the reports.
· Make the program of the seminar for the first day and for the second day. Choose keynote speakers.
· Meet as one group and listen to one another’s ideas.