Jan 29th 2019

“You keep saying Social Media, but what does it mean?”

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Hey guys,

According to the Merriam -Webster dictionary, “Social Media is a form of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content.”

Social media isn’t really “new.” While it has only recently become part of mainstream culture and the business world, people have been using digital media for networking, socializing and information gathering for over 30 years. From the Phone Phreaking (1950’s till Early 90’s), the Bulletin Board Systems (BBS’s 1979-1995), Commercial Online Services (1979-2001), World Wide Web (1991), ICQ (1996) to Torrents and Social Media Sharing (for example: Napster, 1999).

Regardless of how you define social media, one thing is for certain, social media has become an integral part of life, and it will continue to evolve and expand. It has revolutionized and changed the way our generation is defined.
These days you can get your daily dose of news, posts, vines and videos straight from the palm of your hand, everywhere you are through your social media. And it doesn’t end there, as it will become more integrated into both our business and personal lives as technology continues to make our devices smaller and ever-present.

If social media started as a tool to share information, today it’s mainly used for keeping up with what our friends are up to, even if they’re on the other side of the world. It has also played a big part in world events, for example, people use Twitter’s platform in order to organize protests and report events. But, let’s be honest, today most of us use Twitter to keep up with what our favorite celebrity is up to.

No doubt, the power of social media is exponential. Today there are 1.3 billion active Facebook users,  Twitter has 270 million active users that send 500 million tweets per day. And each day, 4 billion videos are viewed on YouTube (that’s 46,296 per second) and 60 million photos are uploaded on Instagram.

What’s around the corner? No one can say for sure, but this is surely just the beginning of the Social Media Era.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

 

 

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Jan 24th 2019

5 reasons you’re NOT using your Keyboard properly

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Hey guys,

Most of us no longer see our mobile phone as just a method for making phone calls or sending texts.
For most of us, our Cell is our everything, and we can’t imagine how we ever lived without it.
From sending emails, watching movies, reading the latest news and planning our entire itinerary.

In an average week, people pick up their phone more than 1,500 times to complete various tasks, and are on average on their phone for 3 hours and 16 minutes a day (that’s all most an ENTIRE day each week!!).

Therefore, we decided to list the 5 ways you aren’t using your Keyboard properly, and how you can improve your writing, time and functionality:

  1. Emoji/Stickers/GIFs – Have fun, save time, and carry out entire conversations by using an emoji, sticker or GIF to convey your emotions and feelings.
  2. Stream – Why even bother to lift your finger off the keyboard. By using Stream (our swipe-like feature), simply slide your finger across the keyboard, and Ginger will guess your intended words.
  3. Accessibility and functionality Shortcuts – Improve your experience by using our Smart Bar. Save time by quickly accessing other apps without having to close your Keyboard.
  4. Proofreading – Stop worrying about misspelling or making grammar mistakes. Ginger keyboard identifies and covers a vast range of errors, from typos through severe misspellings to grammar mistakes and wrong usage of words. Correcting all of your mistakes with a single click.
  5. Word Prediction – You don’t even have to tap the entire sentence, as Ginger’s adaptive word prediction creates a personal database from your frequently used words, and predicts your next one.

You haven’t downloaded Ginger Keyboard yet?? What are you waiting for?!
Go here for our latest version.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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Jan 21st 2019

Importance of English in the Business World

 

Success in business is often hinged on one single important word – communication; and most of it happens in English.

The world is flat; the economic migrations of the past decades have become permanent expat communities. Asians, especially, continue to migrate to the United States or to Europe for jobs and live there permanently. Even for those involved in business from their native countries, if they want to sell to a larger market, need to understand the trends and the cultures of those markets. This is often best done through the common currency that is English. Love it or hate it, we simply can’t ignore it. Big businesses call the shots, so if in Germany you do as the Germans do, in the common world market, learn English.

In order to get ahead in your chosen field you need to make yourself completely understood by the people you work with. There will be emails; there will be telephone conversations, and they are costly! Knowing good English helps you to make your point faster. If you have a website that the whole world can see, you had better have content that is meaningful and accurate and does not embarrass you or harm your business.

Even within Indian companies, especially large corporations, the number of employees is too huge for personal, one-on-one communication. Hence the intranet is the notice board and all communications are made through it. Imagine a secretary who didn’t know grammar and punctuation sent out a company wide email – “meeting cancelled because of indisposed”.  Because of whom? Because of indisposed? Is indisposed the name of a person? Another Indian might scoff and laugh at the very poor grammar, or might even get the gist of it, but what about the impression you make on, say, foreign collaborators who receive the same email? And even if we ignore the impression we make, what about the issues that arise from miscommunication? People just don’t know what you mean. Written communication is as important as verbal.

Engineers typically are nonchalant about their lack of language skills, saying that they understand their core subjects and that’s enough.  I would say that it is not enough to understand the concepts through insight or genius, you need to communicate that you know. Think interviews and group discussions for job-seekers! You cannot do this without proficiency in a language.

And what about presentations? You might have the most brilliant idea in the world, but if you do not know how to get it across, you are lost. I have seen scores of presentations made by students who are too stumped or lazy to formulate simple, brief and attractive sentences in English, which are the backbone of any good presentations. What they do is to simply type into Google, move into relevant or sometimes irrelevant sites, copy a large section of content and simply paste it into their power point slides, without a thought as to how readable or attractive it might be. A little education here (either training through company intranets, or an on-line course, or some self motivated self-education) can go a long way. The employee will not only use better grammar and vocabulary, but will also use logical chunking and sizing of the content, so he only puts as much on a slide as is easy to read and understand. One point per slide, with an example if it is there – this is a good rule. Anything more is actually taking away from your content.

This guest blog was written by Ramya Raju, an English professional working out of London.

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Jan 17th 2019

Simple Ways to Keep a Conversation Going

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Keeping a Conversation Going can be a Challenge

Humans spend a significant time of their lives conversing and interacting with each other. It helps us learn and develop to become productive members of Society. However, while basic skills for interaction are of crucial importance every time, there are also instances when there is a need for better speaking skills. This includes keeping a conversation going, as this kind of skill allows us to build trust with one another. This is not easy though especially when talking to someone new. Constraints in time, energy, and even familiarity with one another could prove to be a hindrance to keeping the conversation going for a longer period of time. In the next section of this article, six useful tips to keep a conversation going would be discussed in greater detail.

1. Ask Questions

There’s nothing more effective to keep a conversation going, than to ask a question. In most cases, the interaction between individuals are cut short with the lack of reason to hold a conversation with one another. By asking questions, you’re stimulating the one you’re speaking with to find topics that both of you are interested in. This becomes the reason for conversing with one another. Take note, however, that it is important to be mindful of the person that you are talking to. Some questions might be a sensitive topic to talk about. Some example of this are past memories of a loved one who passed away, boastful remarks, and any other topics that would make the other person uncomfortable.

2. Listen Actively and Intently

Listening actively and intently is another critical aspect to keep a conversation going. Humans possess the innate desire to be heard about their own opinions. In line with this, it only makes sense to keep listening to them diligently and sincerely. This would make the other person feel that he is important and that his opinions matter to you. In turn, this would also stimulate him to become more open and conversant. Aside from this, listening to others actively is also another way to learn more about life. In other words, this would not only ensure a longer conversation but also a beneficial takeaway on your part.

3. Improve Non-verbal Abilities

It is well-known among all of us that non-verbal abilities are critical in the speaking with other people. This allows you to complement what you are saying and possibly reach your audiences in a much deeper manner. However, there are also times when we forget how important this is and take it for granted. Some non-verbal cues such as frowning, crossing your arms, and looking away from the other speaker often are just some of the cues that are guaranteed to cut the conversation short. These make the other person think that you are not open to conversing with them in the first place.

4. Ask Open Ended Questions

Asking questions that are answerable by only ‘yes’ or ‘no’, is one of the ways to kill the conversation. It does not give any room for the speaker to reflect deeply of your question. Moreover, asking close-ended questions is like interviewing them, which is another way to cut the conversation short. Asking open ended questions also shows others that you are interested and putting effort in the conversation. This would prompt them to do the same.

5. Apply your General Knowledge

Most people want to talk with someone who knows about the things that are happening around them. This gives both you and them more topics to talk about, as well as the desire to learn more about the opinions of others. In line with this, it is essential to learn more about the outside world in order to make sure that conversation is interesting. Only after this, can you talk about all kinds of topics under the sun such as politics in Ghana, custom essay writing service, and even levels of poverty in Asia. Conversing in all these topics is made possible, by having an up to date knowledge of the world around you.

6. Teach

As stated previously, knowing about the world around us is one good way of coming up with conversation topics However, in some cases, it would also be best to impart this so-called knowledge to the one you are speaking with. Take note that this must be done through short-comments during the conversation and not like teaching someone in the classroom. This should also not be intended to boast or to demean the other person. Rather, teach them in a way that would not offend them and with the intent of imparting knowledge, or correcting some misconceptions that they might have.

Summary:

These are just some of the methods that could help in keeping the conversation going. Of course, just like any other skills, doing this would take some time to come naturally. However, this skill should prove to be helpful in developing both your personal life and your career. Thus, if you want to become better at communicating with others, these skills should help you in doing so.

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Jan 10th 2019

8 Must-Follow Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

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Guest post written by Stacey Wonder.

A personal statement is your voice and your representation in writing. A convincing application can’t exist without a powerful personal statement, which is the best way to prove you’re a suitable candidate before having a chance to meet with the committee members in person.
It’s not a surprise that many students face troubles when trying to compose a perfect statement without sounding too cliché. What information should you include in your statement? How do you make it look unique and prominent? What is the best way to introduce yourself?

We have prepared a compilation of the best tips on how to create your personal statement.

Tip 1. Choose Your Words And Tone Wisely

A personal statement is a piece of writing that must act as a reflection of your intellect and good manners. That’s why it’s essential to keep it polite, brief and informative.
While trying to impress admission officers, many students use complex sentences and pretentious wording. However, this almost never proves a winning strategy. Simpler is always better in this case. When your personal statement is easy to read and digest, you have better chances of being approved.

Try to avoid using trite phrases. University staff read tons of applications every day, and according to their words, most of the personal statements look the same due to common sentences like:
“I have a passion for studying,” “I am a responsible and patient student,” “I am very excited to become your student,” etc.

Tip 2. Be Honest

A fancy statement is what many applicants go for, trying to make themselves look better than they actually are. Don’t lie in your statement and don’t try to embellish the truth. Be honest and speak about the things which really matter to you and what your qualities really are.
Of course, you shouldn’t talk about every little detail of your life or include lists of your worst habits and features. Nevertheless, telling lies in your personal statement always leads to more lies in the future.

Tip 3. Think Through the Opening

The first few sentences should give a reason to keep reading your personal statement. If the beginning is powerful and catchy enough, it will positively affect your application.
The right sentence will most likely come after a few hours into working on your statement. So don’t try too hard to squeeze something out of your brain. Keep the first paragraph sweet and interesting.

Tip 4. Don’t Race

Not setting aside enough time to write your personal statement is not a way to write it properly. The less time you have, the more nervous you will be while creating it. That’s why giving yourself enough time is the best decision.

Don’t procrastinate and start working on your personal statement ahead of time. Do not rush your writing, but think through and reread every sentence. It’s better for you to have it written long before the application day. This way, you will have an opportunity to reread it before sending it in.
Also, you might come up with a good idea a few days after finishing your statement. So, it will be better for you to leave some time for edits.

Tip 5. Focus on Your Strengths

A personal statement is a form of advertisement. You are selling yourself and are trying to show that you are are a better candidate than others. So, while writing your personal statement, remember to describe your best qualities. Concentrate on the best features you have or your significant accomplishments. Talk about them in your statement and add information about what you want in your life, as well as any goals or aspirations you have. This is a perfect way to show that you have both achievements and perspectives for future fulfillment.

Tip 6. Write Several Variants

Writing a few different variations is a perfect way to reach the best results when creating a personal statement. You can choose between them or compile the best parts into one personal statement. Try not to repeat yourself, but write several unique and diverse pieces.

Tip 7. Ask Someone to Proofread

Handing your statement to someone to read might give you a little anxiety, but you shouldn’t be afraid as a third person can give excellent advice. Ask your friends or family members to revise your statement. If you want a more professional opinion, you can ask your school teacher or freelance writers from platforms like EssayTigers to edit your personal statement.

Tip 8. Keep It Simple

It might appear hard at first, but you can do it. Remember to keep a positive mood and don’t panic. Outline the main ideas and key points. Start with several sentences about yourself. Add the qualities that you are proud of and projects you were involved with. Keep the information relevant and readable.

Don’t leave writing your statement to the last minute and don’t clutter your statement with irrelevant information about yourself. Research what skills the chosen course is looking for and what qualities it demands. Remember, that you need to give a good first impression and a brilliant personal statement is a way to do it.

 

About author: Stacey Wonder is a freelance blogger, and a content writer. She usually writes on education, self-development, career, writing and other topics. When not busy with her projects, Stacey creates detective stories.

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