When an idea, scheme or proposal has failed, and a new one has to be created. ‘Our suggestion for solving the problem wasn’t accepted by the client. We have to go back to the drawing board and think of a new idea’.
Have you ever received an answer from a native English speaker for something, and you weren’t quite sure whether it was a positive or negative response? They didn’t say no but somehow you had the feeling that they weren’t saying yes either? Or did you find out that the ‘yes’ wasn’t really a yes – […]
I spent many years working in local government in the UK. Sometimes, the job was quite difficult. I often had to ask people to do things that I couldn’t do myself, and I wasn’t their manager. Directly asking for something to be done did not always get an immediate response and I could not expect […]
The status of emails, at least in the English language, has evolved over the past 15 years. I remember emails from 15 years ago being issued with text message speak and poor or no punctuation. However, today they are a valid form of communication by many in business – equivalent to a letter. Therefore, this […]
One of my first office-based jobs was as an Assistant Project Manager. I was responsible for servicing meetings – having to send out agendas, minutes, notify clients of meetings etc. One time I sent out an email explaining the reason for having a meeting, and, having explained why, then put the important actions at the […]