Principles of Teaching as an Entrepreneur

1.      Make your values and write them down and read them every day…Love, honestly, integrity, purposefulness and constancy.

2.      If you violate one of these, stop and make notes and then think and get back to the right path.
3.      One-Minute Insight is better than a year’s frustration.

4.      If you are serious about success, you should a library of English books and literary giants.

5.      Assess needs and develop relationships…Success only occurs when opportunity and preparation meets…
6.      Arouse curiosity and desire for attendance… Be your best every time…Be a long-termer and not a short-termer.
7.      You abuse your workers and then expect them to take care of your customers…Without customers, you have no company!
8.      There are two types of people: Ducks and Eagles…. Ducks simply quack and eagles make rules and take initiative. Become an eagle, solve the problem and make the customer happy! Don’t be a duck, soar like an eagle! You can empower people with eagle rights so that they can solve problems rather than they refer to you according to the rules.
9.      Don’t bring your body to work, bring your brains! You should make your employees partners by empowering them and becoming a side-by-side leader with them rather than top-down leadership. Don’t criticize but help and appreciate their efforts to be more productive. Giving the final exam ahead of time is also like planning and achieving. Teaching people the answers is what day to day coaching is about.
10. If you treat people well, they become passionate about themselves and pay you back well.
11. Love is not an emotion; it is a decision in married life! Keep doing one right thing at a time…
12. Find people who can pay for your passion or make people pay for your passion.
13. Associate with people you admire and learn from them, a good life stems from good values, you never need to cheat to win. What is right is more important than who is right.
14. Five years after, you will be the same are you are today except the people you meet and the book you read! You can get whatever you want in life if you help other people enough to get what they want… It is not who you know counts, but who knows you and what they think of you…
15. For mentor to be effective, you have to be enthusiastic and passionate about your destination… Always visualize your desired outcome ahead of time. You are constantly on stage, so act like it and be your best every time!
16. The best are those who become what they want to be and are passionate about. They do what satisfies their fire of belly – their passion and not simply job! Ambition is the fuel that drives life changing events. If no body pays you for what you are passionate about, you have a hobby, not a career!
17. Remember you will never achieve more than you think you can. Don’t create small dreams, create Big Dreams!
18. Be confident, but also a person of humility, don’t be egoistic. Give each time the same lesson or speech with a new passion, the lesson may be familiar to you, but not to others. If you touch only one person’s life, there you are! Always seek advice if you are confused! If you manage only costs and don’t think of new sources of revenue your business will never grow.
19. Give your students a sense of ownership, a sense of companionship. Solve problems of your students and your employee.
20. Give your students legendary service and create raving fans…quick service, the same day service! Prompt service at a reasonable price! There are three principles of creating raving fans: Decide, Discover and Deliver… If you want raving fans… don’t simply announce it, plan it, decide which kind of experience you want them to have. Don’t go in the price war; don’t make price your competitive edge. Don’t beat your competitors by reducing your price. Keep your price fair! It is not low-price; but fair price that matters. You win by Moment of Truth! You tell the truth! You practice truth and demonstrate your truth to your customers. Discover from you customers; don’t ask simply ‘Is everything all right?’ But ‘Could you please tell me something that we could do differently Or Could you please tell us that we can do to make your experience with us different?’ Listen to people, don’t speak much, Listen, Listen and Listen and listen and sympathize!
21. There should be a partnership relationship with your employees, not top-down hierarchy management. Passionate people and loyal customers drive success in your organization.
22. Set your priorities, God comes first, then your family and then your business! A strength taken to the extreme becomes a liability…
23. Leave a legacy that should positively influence others…Help people get what you got through a certain process. We move from success to significance, from taking to giving; that is the legacy! Pass down what you have to the ones who follow you… Giving can be more rewarding than receiving! When you give to others, it comes back in abundance!
24. Commit to success one step at a time…

Top Twenty Attributes of Teachers

1.      Resourceful
2.      Purposeful
3.      Focused
4.      Risk-taking
5.      Problem solving
6.      Salesmanship oriented
7.      Visionary
8.      optimistic
9.      leadership oriented
10. ambitious
11. innovative
12. integrity based
13. adaptable
14. communicative
15. self-motivated
16. strategic
17. Team motivated
18. Determined
19. Curious
20. Balanced

ELT and Entrepreneurship

ELT stands for English Language Teaching. Entrepreneur is a person who has a certain idea and wants to run the risk to get advantage from that idea.  Most Englsih Language Teachers are entrepreneurs. If you want to be a great teacher as an entrepreneur, I’d give you three pieces of advice before you venture into teaching business. You should build 3 Factories in your Life,
1. Ice factory in Brain.
2. Sugar factory in Tongue
3. Love factory in Heart,

Then your Life will be Satis-Factory. These three principles are the basic rules of any business in the world.
Working for yourself
Working for yourself is personally demanding in ways quite different from those of employment – however great the employment pressures. Nor is there any certainty as to how successful you will be or what level of regular net income you will be able to generate. Therefore, you need to be sure before you commit yourself that you have the temperament and outlook on life that suit going it alone which means that you want to be a teacher and work for yourself as an entrepreneur. Those who work for themselves have certain qualities. If you fulfill the qualities below, you can be an entrepreneur in English Language Teaching. Overall, the one character strength that is essential to working for
yourself is
  1. self-belief.
  2. motivation;
  3. persistence (sticking with the job);
  4. resilience (coping with the unexpected);
  5. being competitive;
  6. human relations skills;
  7. being decisive;
  8. sound business judgement;
  9. lifestyle implications;
  10. knowing when to ask for advice or help.
Remember that:
  1. Pessimism, as opposed to realism, can be fatal in business adversity.
  2. The realistic optimist is at an advantage.
  3. You will need to have effective communications skills.
  4. There will always be difficult calls that only you can make.
  5. Dithering never inspires confidence.
  6. Financial insecurity is a necessary consequence of working for yourself.
  7. Long hours are inevitable.
If you commit to these things, you are already on your way to becoming a good ELT Entrepreneur. Many businesses can be started on a part-time basis and teaching English is no exception. The first step that you need to take to do some market research. You should acquire as much information as you can. Go for desk research  and field research to evaluate the opportunity for your services. You must also get required qualifications. In this case, a university degree in ELT or Linguistics will be an advantage.
SWOT Analysis for your Teaching Profession
You may find it useful to develop a one-page analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in your business plan, known by its anagram as a ’SWOT’ analysis. Be honest about your weaknesses and the threats you face both in your marketplace and through external factors, spelling out any mitigating circumstances and the defensive action you will take to address them. Be specific also as to how you will capitalize on your strengths to exploit the business opportunities fully. Go back to the business plan and ensure that you incorporate all the proactive and defensive measures. When you are satisfied that you have addressed all the issues raised in your SWOT analysis, you can decide whether or not to include it as a part of the business plan.
A SWOT analysis is a summary of:

  1. strengths;
  2. weaknesses;
  3. opportunities;
  4. threats.
Be sure that your skills and capabilities complement each other. If you work part-time some extra hours while in employment, this will help you test the market. With part-time work, never buy anything unless you have to and have a need for it. Never buy more than you have to; never buy until you need to.
While teaching English as an entrepreneur, you must remember that 80 per cent of all business failures are caused by inadequate record keeping. Carry a notebook around with you and enter any undocumented expenses. Further, you must be tactful and patient if you want more business from your clients. Word-of-mouth recommendations have a strong effect in the freelance world. You must use some kind of technology in your teaching business because ICT (Internet, Computer and Technology) gives credibility to the smallest business. My final advice is that never fall in love with the business you own but be passionate about it as much as you can.

NLP and English Language Teaching

Language influences mental states – Sir Naeem
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an interpersonal communications model and an alternative approach to psychotherapy based on the subjective study of language, communication and personal change. It was co-founded by Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder in the 1970s as a method of personal change and communications. The focus was pragmatic. Today, variants and applications of NLP are often found in seminars, workshops, books and audio programs in the form of exercises and principles intended to influence change in self and others. NLP aims to increase choice in the underlying representations so that the individual has more choice and flexibility in the world. So, Partridge (2003) states that “NLP may be best thought of as a system of psychology concerned with the self development of the human being” and “It is concerned with the function of belief rather than its nature. It is not concerned whether a belief is true or not, but whether it is empowering or disempowering”.

How NLP came to be formed?
The name Neuro-Linguistic Programming was an attempt to describe in a succinct manner the scope of this extensive body of insights and skills:
1.      Neuro refers to how the mind and body interact
2.      Linguistic refers to the insights into a person’s thinking that can be obtained by careful attention to their use of language
3.      Programming refers, not to the activity of programming, but to the study of the thinking and behavioural patterns or ‘programmes’ which people use in their daily lives.
The name is a bit of a mouthful and is certainly not NLP’s strongest asset. By trying to be too comprehensive it has ended up being somewhat off-putting, either because it sounds complicated or, worse, that it sounds sinister – and many people initially think the ‘programming’ part of the name suggests that NLP has something to do with ‘being programmed’.
Functions of NLP
NLP claims to help people change by teaching them to program their brains. Neuro-Linguistic Programming(NLP) is defined as the study of the structure of subjective experience and what can be calculated from that and is predicated upon the belief that all behaviour has structure. Since the models that constitute NLP describe how the human brain functions, they are used in order to teach them. NLP is not a diagnostic tool. It can only be applied and can therefore only be taught experientially. Well trained Neuro-Linguistic Programmers will always teach by installation, not by teaching technique after technique. Techniques outdate themselves too quickly to base the field of NLP on a set of techniques. It is based upon the attitude, the models and the skills, which allow for constant generation of new techniques which are more effective and work faster.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming was specifically created in order to allow us to do magic by creating new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. As such it presents us all with the opportunity to not only communicate better with others, but also learn how to gain more control over what we considered to be automatic functions of our own neurology.
NLP has something for everybody, the sick and the healthy, individual or corporation. In addition to being an agent for change for healthy individuals taught en masse, NLP is also used for individual psychotherapy for problems as diverse as phobias and schizophrenia. NLP also aims at transforming corporations, showing them how to achieve their maximum potential and achieve great success. NLP is an ever-growing collection of information, insights and mental techniques that can enable you to improve how you think, behave and feel – and assist others do the same. Becomingskilled in NLP will enable you to:
1.      do whatever you already do reasonably well, even better
2.      acquire skills and attitudes to do what you cannot do right now, but would like to be able to do
3.      think more clearly
4.      communicate more effectively with others
5.      manage your thoughts, moods and behaviours more effectively.
NLP Techniques and Procedures
In NLP World, the following sentence is repeatedly used: “Pretend it works, try it, and notice the results you get. If you don’t get the result you want, try something else.” This is what makes the fucndamental technique of NLP. There are many formal techniques employed by NLP Practitioners. The most important of these are the following: Anchoring, Swish and Reframing.
Anchoring Technique
The Anchoring Technique in NLP means the the process by which memory recall, state change or other responses become associated with some stimulus, in such a way that perception of the stimulus (the anchor) leads by reflex to the anchored response occurring. The stimulus may be quite neutral or even out of conscious awareness, and the response may be either positive or negative. Anchors are capable of being formed and reinforced by repeated stimuli, and thus cause a type of conditioning. NLP Anchors cab be deliberately set and triggered verbally, through touch, or other unique stimulus, to assist self or others access ‘resourceful’ or other target states. For example:
“Think of a time when you were really confident, when you were on the ball, when everything was going right for you. Really feel it, see yourself in that position again and double that feeling, imagine that you are there now and get deep into that experience using your imagination if necessary to enhance this feeling. As you experience that feeling, just before it ‘peaks’, gently clench your fist in a unique way E.G. Your thumb under your fingers(Physical anchor) and say a word like confident (Verbal anchor), as you imagine this image (Visual Anchor). Just before the feeling subsides release the anchors and ‘break state’ (i.e think and feel something else, get back into a ‘normal’ state). Important: Repeat a few times making sure you catch the PEAK of the experience. You will find that whenever you ‘Fire’ one of the anchors (i.e. say word, do gesture or see image) you will get that feeling back again of confidence. This can work with any emotion or feeling. I use one hand for ‘up’ emotions like energy and confidence, and other hand for ‘down’ feelings like relaxation and calm. Can be useful in interviews, relationships, public speaking etc.
Swish Technique
In Anchoring Technique you create a stimulus, in Swish Technique, you destroy a negative stimulus. Swish is a process of disrupting a pattern of thought from one that leads to an unwanted behavior to one that leads to a desired behavior. This involves visualizing a ‘cue’ that is part of the unwanted behavior, such as a smoker’s hand with a cigarette moving towards the face, and then ‘switching’ to a visualization of the desired outcome, such as a healthy looking person, energetic and fit. Sounds may also be imagined or recalled to enhance the exercise. Thus, in Swish, you can visualize a certain outcome of a situation and try to avoid it.
Reframing Technique
In reframing, you can shift your focus. In NLP, reframing is the process whereby an element of communication is presented so as to shift an individual’s perception of the meanings or “frames” attributed to words, phrases and events. By changing the way the event is perceived “responses and behaviors will also change. Reframing with language allows you to see the world in a different way and this changes the meaning. Reframing is the basis of jokes, myths, legends, fairy tales and most creative ways of thinking.”
The Types of Learners

As a linguist by trade, I will try to explain linguistically. If you listen to what people are saying, you’ll discover exactly how they’re processing their thoughts.  Some of us think best in pictures (visual), some of us in sounds (auditory), and some of us like to process our thoughts through our bodies (kinaesthetic: remembering that the kinema showed moving pictures makes this easy).  Visual people think very fast – they need to keep up with their pictures; while, at the other extreme, kinaesthetic people may take longer to give you an answer.  Have you ever asked a question of a teenager deep in his or her feelings, and got no response? Next time, wait a bit and you’ll get an answer: it takes time to process thoughts through every muscle. Different people have different modes in different situations.
People in visual mode will say things like: 
Look!  If you see what I mean.  From my point of view.  Let’s get this into perspective.  Watch it!  Picture this.  Look here!  I can’t see the point.  See you soon.   They’re thinking in pictures, and imagining that you are doing the same.  They’re probably also talking very fast.
People in auditory mode will use phrases like:  
Listen! A little bird told me.  Music to my ears.  That rings a bell.  I hear what you’re saying.  A harmonious discussion.  That sounds about right.  A word in your ear.  Speak soon.  Sounds are their medium, and they think they are yours too.
People in kinaesthetic mode will probably talk more slowly, and they’ll say things like:
How do you feel about that? I can’t grasp what he’s saying.  I’m comfortable with that.  My feeling is.  It was heart-warming/moving/touching.  Hold on!  He/she doesn’t turn me on.  The language of feelings needs to stir something in you.
Tastes and smells also come into language:  
food for thought, a bitter pill to swallow; digesting a proposition, sugaring the pill, a bitter argument; and smells, in particular, demonstrate a deeper level of consciousness: I smell a rat.  Follow your nose.   It stinks! She was rather sniffy about it. 
Of course, we all switch from mode to mode; but most of us prefer one mode of processing over others.  For example, if you want to sell a car to a visual person, you’ll need to focus on the overall effect of the design:do they like the colour?  Do they like the visual layout of the dashboard.  If the person is auditory;  you’ll focus on sound of the engine (for a sports car lover), the quality of the stereo, the quiet inside the car, etc.  And, for the kinaesthetic person: the comfort, the accessiblity of the functions, the feel of the steering wheel, and so on.
The same applies to teaching/learning:  for example, people in kinaesthetic mode may not understand an explanation that paints a picture.  People in auditory mode may appear to be staring out of the window all through your lesson, when what they are actually doing is paying you the courtesy of turning their best ear towards you.  People who look up in the air when you ask them a question are searching for a picture in their mind’s eye.  People who look down towards the hand they write with are checking out new information with their feelings.  People who fidget in class are just trying to get the information into their muscles. Thus, NLP can help a language teacher understand the modes of their students and apply teaching strategies accordingly.
NLP in Language Teaching – Conclusion
There are three basic principles in NLP which you can use to apply to reading and writing skills in English. For example, to be successful in life you only need to remember three things:
  1. Firstly, know what you want; have a clear idea of your goal in each situation.
  2. Secondly, be alert and keep your senses open so as to know what you are getting.
  3. Thirdly, be flexible enough to change your behaviour until you get what you want.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) begins with an interest in people; it’s about how we do things. NLP used in Language Teaching tells us about how we, ourselves and our students, think and learn. It does this by enabling us to explore the structure of our own subjective experience: how we construct our view of the world. Used in Language Teaching, NLP empowers us to submerge into the inner, virtual-world image each of us creates as a way of understanding the outside world.
An example of NLP is the example of a history teacher I know. He is currently spending a lot of his free time learning to program a Roman house in virtual reality. His aim is to be able to take his students for a virtual walk round the house so that they can explore it in 3D. In a similar way NLP techniques enable us to demonstrate to students their own inner learning processes. This brings them much closer to learning to manage their own rich internal software: their images, sounds and feelings. Bit-by-bit they will come to understand and even learn how to control the way they think. In short they will learn how to learn. This is surely our goal as educators. So the above principles can be used in Teaching English. If NLP is combined with ELT, better results can be produced. 

Learning English Online: Problems and Solutions

Problems: Learning English Online
Online English is certainly fun and exciting but it is not devoid of problems and issues. Most of the problems have taken place not because of some technical issues but because of the students and teachers. Here, I am going to survey some of the problems and then I will provide their solutions:

 1.    Organization 
The first issue is that classes are not organized in terms of lesson planning. Teachers start a topic and start the class. It’s only a random way of learning. It’s not organized like a real-world class where learning takes place step-by-step and the learner comes out fully satisfied because he can link the present and past classes. Online classes are mostly random and topic-based. They are not organized like a real-world course.
2.    Gradation
Most classes are not graded. Online classes usually don’t follow a certain line of action where a student learns from beginners to an advanced level. There’s no gradation of syllabus. If a teacher starts a basic class today, he will start an advanced class tomorrow.
3.    Time
Time is also an important issue when either teacher or student doesn’t turn up in the class in time. Sometimes, they take online classes for granted and don’t give it importance. The teacher must be committed otherwise there’s bound to be a cut in the class. The same applies to the student as well.
4.    Participation
There’s less participation in online classes because if Speaking Control is given to all students, there’s much noise in the class.
5.    Feed back
Usually, there’s no feedback on part of the teacher for the students. Teachers take classes and that’s it. They don’t usually test and feedback.
Solutions: Learning English Online
1.    Methodology
Language Learning is not simply a problem, but it’s a very effective way of teaching and learning. Teachers can teach their way and students can learn their way. It can be more and more creative on part of the teacher and much and more exciting and effective for the student. People can learn and teach the way they like.  I think there should not a random way of teaching online. The teachers must adopt some methodology. They shouldn’t go random in teaching. They can take a certain approach, maybe communicative approach in teaching Spoken English and GT-Method in teaching Grammar. But it should not a random selection of sentences to teach grammar or correction of language.
2.    Task-based approach
There’s no doubt that more practical approaches for language teaching are better than theoretical approaches. I suggest that a teacher must use Task-Based Approach in the class at least for 15 minutes. The Internet has made it very easy for the teacher to use a Task-based approach because teachers can easily use any task easily according to the level and interest of the students.
3.    Seriousness
Just because the class is free, it doesn’t mean that it is less important. Students and teachers must show seriousness in their studies. Learning online is much better than learning in the real-world because, it is more flexible and student-centered. So if you are not serious, you are going to lose your class both as a teacher and a student.
4.    Expensive Learning
I think at least leaning should not be expensive. Teachers should take their classes under around 5 US Dollars not much more than that so that more and more students can participate.
5.    Commitment: NeoEnglish System
NeoEnglish System is committed to language teaching online and it welcomes both students and teachers. 

Why Learn English?

The English Language began in  5th Century. Developing in the 16th century, England spread its language around the world though conquest. One of its colonies, the U.S., continued that diffusion in the 20th century through mass media. In the 21st century, English became the first or second language in more countries than any other and by more people, only behind Mandarin Chinese. Now English stands the second most spoken Language in the world. Now, it’s the language of commerce, the language of media, the language of communication, the language of business, the language of travel and the language of diplomacy. Improving English means improving your life. English can even save your life.
Get Knowledge: English is the language of newspapers, the press and books and you get knowledge from these sources. English is internationally recognized. It’s the medium of instruction all over the world. You cannot pass your exams without it. So learn English!

Communicate with People: English is the language of communication. About 1,500,000,000 people in the world speak English. Another 1,000,000,000 are learning it. Almost all great events take place in English. You can travel and communicate to the whole world. So what are you waiting for? Learn English!

English Helps your Career: If you want a good job, if you want to start a new business, if you want any technical knowledge about your business and if you want to learn new skills for your job, you need English. To boost up your business or get new professional opportunities for success, learn English now!

Fun and Entertainment: You want some fun and entertainment or you want to learn about the culture of a country. You want to read foreign books and listen to English music or watch movies. The various translations of books, the famous Literature, novels and poetry you want to enjoy but you can’t if you don’t know English so Learn English for fun!

English is the Step to other languages: Learning English is a stepping stone to learning two language families. Germanic languages, such as German, Swedish and Dutch, are directly related to English and share vocabulary and grammar. Romance languages, such as Spanish, French and Latin, are related to English mostly through historical circumstances and offer a familiar alphabet, word roots and grammar concepts. Thus if you learn English, many other languages become easy for you to learn…Learn English!

Personal Satisfaction: English is not only useful but also gives you lots of satisfaction. When you learn English, you feel good and the more you learn English, the more you Enjoy it. English makes you a more powerful, happier person. It is not difficult to imagine some situations where knowing English gives you a great feeling. It’s always fun to learn English…go and learn it.

English is easy to learn: English is not only the most useful language in the world. It is also one of the easiest languages to learn and to use: It has simple alphabet, its spoken expressions are easy to speak and learn, its singular and plural system is easy, it has millions of short words such as ‘car’, ‘man’ or ‘fun’. The grammatical system is much more easier than many other European languages. Further, it’s easy because English is everywhere. You can easily access English-language television, music, websites, magazines, etc. You don’t have to learn from boring textbooks. You can learn and use your English at the same time. Using your English is especially important because it increases your desire to learn. I hope that, with NEO, your progress in English will soon give you a lot of satisfaction, too. Many people have followed our methods and watched their “English power” grow very quickly. You too can learn English, why don’t you…?