WHEN by Daniel Pink

WHEN by Daniel Pink

WHEN by Daniel Pink
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B2

Upper
Intermediate

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warm up

  • When do you feel more energized during the day?
  • What do you do when your energy levels are dropping?
  • How well do you know your body as regards your circadial rhythm?
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part one

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 00:39 When do people perform the worst during the day according to research?
  • ⌚ 00:49 What is the most unproductive time in the UK?
  • ⌚ 01:07 Why does Daniel Pink call this time Bermuda Triangle?
  • ⌚ 01:18 What is the Daily Circadian Rhythm?
  • ⌚ 01:43 What are the three stages of our attention and mental ability during a day?
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part two

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 1:58 What is the best thing you can do at the beginning of a trough?
  • ⌚ 2:14 How long should our naps be?
  • ⌚ 2:25 What effect does a 10 minute nap have?
  • ⌚ 3:05 What is Nappuccino and why is it so effective?
  • ⌚ 3:17 If you cannot take a nap, what should you do during a trough?
  • ⌚ 3:32 If we absolutely have to do important work during a trough, what should we remember about?
  • ⌚ 3:44 When should we do our most important work?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 4:00 What are the two categories of important work?
  • ⌚ 4:17 What are some examples of logical work?
  • ⌚ 5:18 What makes the Linda Problem a logical problem? Did you get the answer right?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 5:34 Which side of the brain does insight work rely on?
  • ⌚ 5:40 What are some examples of insight work?
  • ⌚ 6:19 Why was the coin fake?
  • ⌚ 6:25 What is required to solve insight problems like the Coin Problem?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 7:01 How should we organize our work taking the above information into account?
  • ⌚ 7:16 Who are the people who have a late chronotype? Is this you?
  • ⌚ 7:38 How can we know if we have a late chronotype?
  • ⌚ 8:30 What is the ultimate goal that can help us be most productive?
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POLL

Which is more true about you?

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COMMENTS

Do you agree that it as important to know when your trough? What do you do when your energy levels are dropping? How well do you know your own Circadian Rhythm?

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Introduce Yourself with Confidence

Introduce Yourself with Confidence

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THE BLUE TREE

Better
Communicator

CEF B1

CEFR B1

Intermediate

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warm up

  • How do you usually introduce yourself to new business associates?
  • What can you do to make a positive and lasting first impression?
  • Are introductions different when they happen online or in real life?
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LISTENING

Listen to the article first. What is the main idea behind this management tip?

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Introduce Yourself with Confidence

Many of us 1. dread the self-introduction, whether it’s in an online meeting or at a boardroom table. The secret to introducing yourself with 2. confidence, in any context, is a simple three-step process: Focus on your present, past, and future.

• Present. Start with a present-tense statement to introduce yourself. Your name and job title is a great place to start. If there’s an 3. opportunity to 4.elaborate, you can also share other details such as a current project, your 5. expertise, or your geographical location.

• Past. Add two or three points that will provide 6.relevant details about your background and 7.credibility. Consider your education, past projects, employers, and 8. accomplishments.

• Future. Demonstrate enthusiasm for what’s ahead. If you’re in a job interview, share your 9. eagerness about potential opportunities at the company. Or, if you’re in a meeting, express interest in what the team is 10. setting out to accomplish.

This tip is adapted from “A Simple Way to Introduce Yourself,” by Andrea Wojnicki

obawiać się, być przerażonym (czymś)

pewność siebie

możliwość, szansa

wyjaśnić szerzej, wytłumaczyć

odpowiednie, właściwe

wiarygodność

osiągnięcia

zapał, entuzjazm

zamierzać, określać, ale również wyruszyć

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COMPREHENSION

  • How do many people feel about self-introductions?
  • What should we focus on when we are introducing ourselves to others?
  • What can we include in the first step of the introduction?
  • What purpose does mentioning our past serve?
  • What should we demonstrate when we are focusing on the future?
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POLL

Which step of the introduction do you think is the most difficult to prepare?

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COMMENTS

How would you introduce yourself during a onboarding training in a company you have just joined?

Nail Your Answer to “Why Do You Want to Work Here”?

Nail Your Answer to “Why Do You Want to Work Here”?

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THE BLUE TREE

Better
Communicator

CEF B1

CEFR B2

Upper
Intermediate

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warm up

  • Which question do you find most difficult during a job interview?
  • Do you think it is better to prepare your answers to typical interview questions or just go with the flow?
  • What can a candidate do to leave a good impression on the interviewers?
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LISTENING

Listen to the article first. What is the main idea behind this management tip?

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Nail Your Answer to “Why Do You Want to Work Here”?

Sometimes the toughest job interview questions are also the simplest and most direct. One you should always expect to hear and definitely prepare for: “Why do you want to work here?” Here are three approaches to try when answering this common interview question:

• Express your passion for the employer’s product, service, or mission. Prepare a clear and honest explanation for why you personally connect with the organization’s purpose. You might say something like, “X is very important to me in both my professional and personal life because I strongly believe in Y.”

• Explain why you would enjoy the responsibilities of the role. Make the connection between job and joy clear. For example, you might say, “Analyzing data has always been fun for me — the challenge of using numbers to tell a story and 1. convey an idea — and I look forward to the data visualization work we’ll be doing on this team.

• Describe how you see yourself 2. succeeding in the role, given your skills and experience. The organization isn’t just looking to hire you; they’re looking to invest in you. Use phrases like, “Given my experience, I can see myself succeeding in X,” or “I look forward to using my skills to 3.accomplish Y.”

This tip is adapted from “How to Answer ‘Why Do You Want to Work Here?’,” by Joel Schwartzberg

przekazać, wyrazić

odnieść sukces, powieźć się

osiągnąć, zrealizować

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COMPREHENSION

  • Which question should we always expect to hear during a job interview?
  • How can we express passion to the employer’s product, service, or mission?
  • Why do you think it is important to prepare an honest answer to this question?
  • How can we make a connection between the job and joy?
  • What can we say to persuade the interviewer to invest in us?
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POLL

Which of these three approaches carry the most weight in your opinion?

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COMMENTS

How would you answer the question “Why do you want to work here?” for your current job? Would the answer be different today from the one you perhaps gave during the original interview?

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12 RULES FOR LIFE by Jordan Peterson

12 RULES FOR LIFE by Jordan Peterson

12 RULES FOR LIFE by Jordan Peterson
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B2

Upper
Intermediate

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warm up

  • Do you sometimes compare yourself to others? How does it make you feel?
  • Which is worse, lying to yourself or others? Why?
  • What would be your main rules for life? Think about 2 or 3 at least. 
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 0:18 What are the all 12 rules meant to help us with?
  • ⌚ 0:39 What motivated Natan to read Jordan Peterson’s book?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 0:55 What was the first rule?
  • ⌚ 1:12 Why do people compare themselves to others?
  • ⌚ 1:30 What are the disadvantages of comparing yourself to others?
  • ⌚ 2:18 Is social media good for our self-confidence and health? Why?
  • ⌚2:27 Who should we be comparing ourselves to?
  • ⌚2:52 What 4 questions can you ask yourself regarding your progress?
  • ⌚ 3:27 What are the benefits or comparing yourself to your past self rather than others?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 3:33 What is the second rule and what makes it so difficult?
  • ⌚ 3:45 What can lying to ourselves do to our progress?
  • ⌚ 4:47 Why is it so important to know and admit to yourself what you really want from life?
  • ⌚ 4:47 What is another way of telling the truth?
  • ⌚ 5:22 Why did Peterson avoid an uncomfortable conversation with his neghbour?
  • ⌚ 5:50 How did the man react at first and what happened later?
  • ⌚ 6:43 What question we might ask ourselves at the end of each day?
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DISCUSSION

  • Which of those two rules do you think is harder to follow?
  • Which is worse, lying to yourself or others? Why?
  • Do you have a working strategy for dealing with  uncomfortable situations?
  • Do you think you could stand your ground like Jordan Peterson while confronting the ex-con biker?
  • What do you think might have happened if Jordan had shown any sign of weakness to the ex-con?
  • What do you think of the idea of giving ourselves scores like Natan does for himself?
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POLL

Which of the Peterson's 12 Rules for Life do you think are the most practical and relevant for you?

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COMMENTS

What do you think of the ideas presented in this lesson? Do you think the Rules for Life are practical and relevant for you? Do you have your own Rules for Life?

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