A:This is Tina Lin from HTN news, and we are with Rachel Wu today, a student of Feminist Studies. Rachel, would you say that there is true equality in our society between men and women? B:That’s a good question. On the whole, in most areas, I believe we can speak about real equality between men and women, and that is a very clear sign of social progress. However, the wage gap is still a significant problem: women still earn a lot less money than men who have the same jobs A:Can you give us a specific example of discriminatory wage practices based on sex?

B:Most certainly. Research shows that male health professionals, such as doctors and administrators, earn twice as much as female workers doing the same jobs full-time.

A:Twice as much! That must be an extreme case.

B:Yes, on average, the pay gap is just under 10%. An example of such a gap would be hotel management. Male hotel managers generally earn 9.8% more than their female counterparts.

A:Is there any reason to believe things will improve?

B:Yes, there is. In fact, the situation is getting better as we speak. 10 years ago, the pay gap was 16.2%. So in the last decade, there has been an improvement of over 6% -- this shows that our society is headed in the right direction.

A:Rachel, thank you for speaking with us today.

B:You’re very welcome.

A:I am reading a compelling book right now. It’s called Fire with Fire.

Never heard of her.

A:Naomi Wolf.

B:Really? In what way?

A:She is a feminist writer. Female empowerment is one of the major themes of the book.

B:How about you: are you a feminist?

A:She wants all women to have a voice that is heard. Like most feminists, she believes in gender equality and equal opportunities for women.

B:Language discriminates?

B:What’s wrong with that?

A:It suggests that women can’t do these jobs. Non-discriminatory language would be terms like: “businessperson”, “police officer” or “sales representative”

B:Yes, I see. That language is much more gender neutral.


A:I just had a tiff with my father.

B:Cindy, I’m sorry to h ear that. What was it about?

A:He was asking me about my career plans and I told him that I want to be a housewife.

B:A housewife? I’m somewhat surprised to hear you say that. I mean…why would you want to be

a housewife?

A:Because I value family more than anything else. I guess I just want to spend my adult life making a warm and loving family home.

B:So what was your father’s reaction?

A:He got angry. He said he was wasting his money sending me to university if my intention is only to become a housewife.

B:Do you think he has a point?

A:No, not in the least! I mean, I am extremely grateful that he is paying for my studies, but knowledge is priceless –it’s the key to understanding the world around us. Besides, if I have children, I want to help educate them and get involved with their schooling. And who knows, maybe one day, I might decide that I want to work outside the home and I’ll need a degree to show that I’m qualified.

B:Well, if it's worth anything, I support you in your decision. My feeling is that people need to take on responsibilities that give meaning to their lives. Becoming a housewife will definitely give you this sense of purpose.

A:Thanks Jane. That means a lot to me. You’re a good friend.

A:Did you realize that there is a meeting scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon?

B:That should be interesting. Our department is made up of seven men and eight women. My guess is that it will be hard for us to achieve a consensus because men and women define success very differently.

A:Elsa wants to see what we can do to run a more successful department.

B:Not according to an article I just read. It says that women see being successful at work as being a good team player and collaborator.

A:Isn’t the idea of success more or less the same for everybody?

B:Well, you are a woman!

A:I would agree.

B:Men, on the other hand, define being successful at work as being self-sufficient and achieving targets.


A:Julie’s asked me to go to her wedding – I am so excited!

B:Julie is getting married –that’s great news! Pleas e congratulate her on my behalf. What will you wear?

A:No idea I can't fit in to any of my fancy clothes. I need to lose weight immediately. Any suggestions?

B:The recipe for weight loss is simple: exercise and a healthy diet.

A:But I can’t stand exercise! Whenever I go jogging I get bored after 5 minutes.

B:Well, try to do fun things. There are many other ways to burn off fat. Get involved in team sports, like volleyball, or group exercise, like aerobics or even something like yoga.

A:I suppose I could try.

B:I guess it depends on how much you want to fit into a nice dress!

A:Alright. I’ll do some exercise, but a diet, no way! I need my chocolatChocolate ice cream, chocolate cake, chocolate brownies –it’s all so scrumptious! The idea of a diet depresses me.

B:You don’t have to give up chocolate completely - just don’t overdo it. When you get a craving, eat some fruit or have a salad. You’ll feel refreshed!

A:Easy for you to say. You’re not a chocoholic!

A:Bob, you’re looking good. Have you been working ou t?

B:Yeah, I’ve started this awesome exercise routine. I feel great!

A:Well, you certainly look trim and fit. What’s the secret?

B:Discipline and dedication. I make sure I stick to a routine.

A:Can you walk me through it?

B:Would love to. Every morning, before breakfast, I do some stretching to loosen up and make sure that I don’t pull any muscles during the day. Then I go for a 30-minute jog.

A:I see what you mean by dedication.I can’t do anything before breakfast.

B:Then, before lunch, I hit the gym and d o some weight training and cardio work. It’s normally a 40-minute session.

A:You must work up quite an appetite!

B:I certainly do. Then, on my way home from work, I stop by the pool and go for a 1000-meter swim. Swimming is truly the best exercise: it works every muscle, including the heart, and is not hard on the joints.

A:Well, your routine is impressive. In fact, if you keep it up, you could probably complete a triathlon.

B:That’s my goal!


A:What’s in that bag?

B:A tent! I just bought it I am going camping next month!

A:Wow, how exciting! Where to?

B:The Amazon. Mark and I are planning a 6-day hike through the rainforest.We’ll sleep in this tent every night, with the sounds of the jungle as background music.、

A:That has got to be the coolest camping trip ever: I’ve always wanted to explore the jungle! You’ll see fascinating birds, reptiles and amphibians!

B:I know. I’m actually afraid of snakes so hopefully we won’t come across too many of them! I am hoping we’ll see river dolphins from the shores of the Amazon.

A:Oh yes! Pink Amazon river dolphins – those are incredible! Be sure to bring a camera.

B:I will. I’ve actually bought a tripod so that I can take good wildlife pictures.

A:Great idea. Please do show me your shots when you get back.

B:I will. I’ll make a slideshow and invite you over for a viewing and, hopefully, some great storytelling!

A:I look forward to it!

A:What exactly is ecotourism? It seems to be the latest travel buzzword.

B:Well, let me begin with a question. In your view, what are some of the negative effects of tourism on travel destinations?

A:So please tell me about it: I’m all ears!

A:Hmm. I guess there are two main drawbacks. The first thing is that tourism pollutes: I recently went to the seaside for the weekend, and couldn’t believe how much rubbish from travelers littered the beaches and sea... The second thing is that tourism sometimes disrupts the local cultures and practices.

B:These two drawbacks are precisely what ecotourism wants to avoid. For example, TIES –The International Ecotourism Society–promotes responsible travel to tourist areas. TIES wants travel to be environmentally friendly and help improve the well-being of local people.

A:How can these improvements be made?

B:By providing financial benefits and empowerment for local people, and by raising awareness on environmental and cultural issues that are important to them.

A:I think that’s commendable. From now on, I will be an ecotourist!


A:Dr. Wang, do you have a moment? I would like to ask you for some advice.

B:Of course, Cindy, what can I do for you?

A:I wanted to ask you about idioms. I have an IELTS test next month and the public IELTS descriptors show that I can get a higher score on the speaking test if I use idiomatic vocabulary. B:Well, using idioms isn’t always easy. But I could give you one or two that might be helpful. A:I’d appreciate that.

B:Hmm, let’s see … If you’re asked to describe yourself, you could answer that you’re a person who doesn’t like to cause problems by saying you don’t like to rock the boat.

A:Sure, I can remember that. Thank you... Do you have some other suggestions?

B:Well, let me think. If you find something to be easy to do, you can say: it’s a piece of cake.

A:Oh yeah, I’ve heard that before. I’ll try to use that idiom during my test. I could say: speaking English is a piece of cake! Ha, ha!

B:Ha! Yes, that’s fine. Do make sure that you use these idioms in the appropriate context or they will not make sense.

A:I understand. I’ll practice lots during the next few weeks so that I g et the hang of it!

A:I am thinking of learning French.

B:Ah French, the language of romance and poetry...

A:Yes, it is a beautiful language indeed. But I don’t want to become a French poet! I plan to learn French to increase my job prospects.

B:I don’t follow you.

A:Well, I am very proud to say that I am bilingual. I speak Chinese and English. But in today’s world, to find a good job, it’s better to be trilingual.

B:Trilingual? You mean, speak three languages.


A:Hey Dan, thanks for freeing up time to help me.

B:Don’t mention it Jane, it’s no problem at all... So what’s up?

A:My sister wants to study in America next year but doesn’t know what admissions test to take: SAT or ACT. I thought maybe you could help because you started your university studies in Chicago.


B:So why French then?

A:It was a tough call: I was thinking French or Spanish, but decided on French because I am interested in working in countries where it is spoken.

B:Like Canada, Switzerland and Belgium?

A:Yes, and also places in Africa, like Senegal or Cameroon, or in Latin America, like Haiti.

B:Yeah, of course I can help. Both tests are very different and measure different skills so I think the best choice comes down to what your sister is good at. Basically, depending on her strengths and weaknesses, she may perform much better on one test than the other.

A:Well, she is good at science and wants to study Biology, maybe even Medicine.

B:Hmm, it sounds to me like she should take the ACT.

A:Why is that?

B:It’s more geared tow ards science students: it includes a science-reasoning test whereas the SAT doesn’t

B:It’s more geared towards science students: it includes a science-reasoning test whereas the SAT doesn’t

A:That’s good to know. Who is the SAT better for then?

B:It’s bett er for people interested in subjects that require good problem solving and critical thinking skills.

A:Ah, I see; so it’s a test you’d be good at because you’re an expert at solving problems, especially mine!

A:I am so nervous, Cindy! I have my IELTS test tomorrow.

B:Nervous, you? You have nothing to be worried about.

A:You’re just saying that to lift my spirits.

B:Jane, I am serious: you’ll be fine.

A:What makes you so sure?

B:Well, to begin with, your listening skills are terrific, and you have no problems with spelling and grammar. So your listening test should go very smoothly.

A:I hope so!

B:I also predict strong writing and reading scores. After all, your vocabulary is good and you are a coherent, logical thinker.

A:It’s hard. I just get so stress ed before tests. The IELTS interview terrifies me.

B:I am just being honest. You need to believe in yourself.

A:I sure hope you’re right. If you are, let’s celebrate by eating out!

B:Jane, you are a fluent speaker, who expresses opinions clearly and supports them with good evidence. You will ace the interview!

B:Sure, it’s a deal!


A:Tina, I saw The King’s Speech yesterday. It’s a marvelous film!

B:I really want to see it. The critics are giving it excellent reviews. Come to think of it, I read something on it just yesterday, which described the film as richly enjoyable.

A:I couldn’t agree more. The director does a great job of shooting the true-life story of the relationship between King George VI, who was the King of England during World War 2, and his exuberant Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.

B:King George VI needed a speech therapist?

A:He sure did. He had a stammer.

B:A stammer?

A:Yes, he couldn’t speak fluently. In fact, he couldn’t even complete a sentence without making involuntary pauses or repetitions.

B:Can you imagine being King and not being able to speak eloquently?

A:No, I can’t. But that’s what’s amazing about this story. His speech therapist helped him become a good speaker. This was necessary during a time of war, when the country needed a clear voice of inspiration.

B:Will the film win an Oscar?

A:I predict it will. Many perhaps, including Best Actor in a Leading Role.

A:Cindy, what are you doing here?

B:I just had class. In fact, it was the coolest class I’ve ever had! In musi c, we are studying the history of rock & roll.

A:The history of rock? Wow, that is pretty cool.

B:Yeah, did you know that rock is already more than 70 years old?

A:No way! Are you saying it originated in the 1940s?

B:Yes, it did. But the interesting thing is that it comes from a combination of other genres of music, like jazz, blues and gospel music.

A:That makes sense, cause you can hear jazz and blues rhythms in a lot of rock & roll. Do you

listen to music in class?

B:Yes, it did. But the interesting thing is that it comes from a combination of other genres of music, like jazz, blues and gospel music.

A:I’d love to join the class, it sounds awesome. The only problem is that I can’t play an instrument.

B:Don’t worry, Mark. You can sing.

A:OK, I’ll enroll to day. Incredible –I’ll be in a rock band!


It is natural for you to be faced with choices in life.

My advice is to follow your bliss

It means to follow a course in life

that is most exciting and challenging for you

and to follow a direction

that brings you the greatest personal satisfaction.

Do you know the story of King Arthur's knights?

When they set out on their quest

for the Holy Grail,

each set out alone.

Each entered the woods

at the deepest, darkest point,

where there was no way or path.

If there is a well-worn path,

it is someone else's path, not yours.

There was a man

who was determined to become a public servant.

He ran for legislature and lost.

He ran for Congress and lost.

He ran for the Senate twice

and lost both times.

After all these failures,

he even tried for a political appointment

as a state land officer,

something like a Justice of the Peace,

and he was flatly rejected.

Yet this guy held to his vision of public service,

Yet this guy held to his vision of public service,

The man, of course, was Abraham Lincoln.

Look at this guy.

At 40, he tried to establish two car companies.

Both went bankrupt,

and he was flat broke.

Yet the automobile was his bliss.

By 50, he was the world's leading automaker,

and was well on his way to becoming the first billionaire.

That man was Henry Ford.

Consider the baseball player

who held the record for many years

as having struck out more than any ball player in history.

In his career, he struck out 1 330 times.

Yet what we remember about Babe Ruth

is not the 1 330 times he failed,

but the 714 times he hit a home run.

A:Doctor, I don’t feel quite like myself these days. I am under a lot of academic pressure and don’t think I can cope with everything for much longer. I need help.

B:Jane I’m glad you’re here.Many students struggle with the pressures of study and don’t realize they have a problem until it’s too late… Tell me, why do you say that you don’t quite feel like yourself?

A:I’m sleeping very badly – I toss and turn all night long- and I get angry very easily.

B:Hmmm, yes, indeed… those are both signs of being under too much pressure.

A:So what should I do?

B:I would recommend the following 3 steps. First, plan good breaks everyday so that you can clear your mind and recollect yourself.

A:How long should a break take?

B:10 or 15 minutes is enough. The key is to fill your mind with fresh energy.

A:And what are the other two steps?

B:The second step is to reduce stress by simplifying the problems or tasks you are dealing with. This will make your problems feel solvable.

The third step is to focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. This will develop your confidence.

’s definitely what I need: more self-confidence. Thanks doctor, I’ll give your recommendations my best shot.

Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Edgar Allen Poe and Shelly

were all expelled from school at one point.

People are stumbling

while following their bliss.

Where you stumble, stop and smile,

for there your treasure may lie.

A:Dr. Wang, I am very concerned about my fu ture. It’s so difficult for university graduates to find jobs these days.

B:Phil, it doesn’t have to be difficult. The key to finding a job –the right job- is to search intelligently.

A:Can you take me through the steps of an intelligent job hunt?

B:Step two is to make a list of companies you would like to work for. This helps you establish specific targets. It will give you more focus.

A:should I do research on the companies on my list?

B:That is step three. The more you know about a potential employer, the better. The Internet is your best tool for this. Phil, have you written your cover letter and resume?

A:Not yet.

B:Well, that’s step four. You need to target these to each job you apply for. Be sure to connect your qualifications to the hiring criteria for the jobs you want. This will maximize your chances of being invited to an interview. The interview is step five.

A:The hardest step!

B:The easiest step, because by then you will have already done good research on the job and you will know the company well.

A:Thank you, Dr. Wang. I appreciate the tips.


A:Cindy, can you give me your contact details? Last week, I wanted to see if you could attend a Student Union meeting, but didn’t know how to reach you.

B:Sure Mark. My home number is 253-7600

A:253-7600. Thanks! Would you mind giving me your mobile number as well?

B:I don’t have a mobile.

A:You must be kidding? Everybody has a mobile.

B:I used to have one but not anymore. I feel people rely too much on their cell phones. In fact, I’d even say that cell phones are the latest addiction.

A:Aren’t you exaggerating a little?

B:No, I don’t think I am. People can’t put their phones down for more than a minute. They’re either chatting, texting, playing games or surfing the net. What I hate most is when you go out for dinner with friends, and the meal is interrupted frequently by calls. Cell phones are ruining people’s social skills and experiences.

A:Are you suggesting people are controlled by their phones?

B:To some extent, yes they are, but…

B:Hold on just one sec, Cindy. I have to take this call. I'll be right


A:It’s so easy to shop nowadays. E-commerce is the best.

B:Well, let’s take books for example. Whenever I log on to my favorite e-store to buy, say, a novel, the site always has recommendations ready for me to look at before I even begin my search for the novel in question!

A:Why is that?

B:Very good, because they are based on purchases I’ve made before. For instance, if I previously bought book X, then the webstore will suggest more books on the same topic, or of the same genre, or by the same author.

A:It doesn’t mean you have to buy them.

B:Well, let’s take books for example. Whenever I log on to my favorite e-store to buy, say, a novel, the site always has recommendations ready for me to look at before I even begin my search for the novel in question!

A:So you also buy Y and Z!

B:Yes! Too often, when I plan to buy just one book, I end up with six or seven!

A:Maybe you should get rid of your computer! You’re not only a bookworm, but an e-shopaholic!


A:Are you Simon?

B:Yes, I am.

A:I’m Navy, Jane’s sister. It’s so nice to meet you!

B:It’s really nice to meet you too!

A:I heard that you were born in America. Is that true?

B:Yeah, I was, in Dallas. Why do you ask?

A:I was born in Chicago.

B:Oh? Jane never told me that. How long have you been in China for?

A:Just two years. I came on a university exchange program and liked it here so much that I stayed. B:I’ve been living here since I was 15 years old. I remember that when I arrived, I too l oved China, but then I started to miss Dallas a lot.

A:That’s normal. In fact, I kind of went through the same experience: it’s called culture shock. Usually, people feel really good – they may even enjoy moments of euphoria – when they arrive in a new pla ce: all is new and exciting! It’s called the honeymoon stage. But then, things become a bit difficult: adjusting to a different education system, making new friends, being far away from old friends –that’s not easy.

B:Yeah, I remember. But once I finally adjusted, I was so happy to be living in China

A:Me too! It’s a great country with friendly and hospitable people. I feel right at home here.

B:Those are my thoughts exactly.

A:Are nationality and ethnicity the same thing?

B:They can be, but actu ally they aren’t.


B:For instance, if your parents, culturally, are Chinese, and if you were born and raised in China, then your nationality and ethnicity are the same: Chinese.

A:So then why aren’t ethnicity and nationality the same thing?

B:Ethnicity refers to your cultural background, whereas your nationality is the country you belong to by birth or naturalization.

A:Oh, so an American-born Chinese’s ethnicity is Chinese, but this person’s nationality is American.

B:Yep, that’s right. Basically, your nationality is what’s written in your passport, while your ethnicity is the cultural group you belong to.

A:I understand. But then, with so many mixed marriages –for example a Chinese marrying a Canadian, or an Italian marrying a Namibian, it must be dif ficult to define a person’s ethnicity.

B:Not really, children of a Namibian-Italian marriage would just define their ethnicity as being half- Italian and half-Namibian.

A:What if one parent is half-Italian and half-Namibian, and the other half-Chinese and half-Brazilian? What would the child’s ethnicity be then?



A:This is Tina Lin from HTN news, and today we are going to be talking to Phil Fisher, a student at ACE University, about extra-curricular activities. Phil, thanks for being with us today. I’d like to begin by asking you about the benefits of extra-curricular activities for students. What are they? B:First and foremost, an extra-curricular activity provides a great opportunity for a student to meet people and make friends. Cle arly, it enhances a student’s social life and improves this person’s social skills.

A:Is this the most important reason why you partiipate in an extra-curricular activity?

B:All reasons are important. Recently, for me, the most useful has been learning to work well with other people and be a positive member of a team.

A:Some students argue that taking part in extra-curricular activities distracts from a person’s studies and makes it more difficult to find a job in the future.

B:That’s simply not true. On th e contrary, it increases job prospects significantly. Nowadays, employers want well-rounded employees who have good social skills and are good team players. Extra-curricular activities help students meet these expectations.

A:Phil, thank you very much.

B:My pleasure.

A:This is Tina Lin from HTN news, and we are at ACE University today to speak with Phil Fisher, founder of the ACE International Club, about studying overseas. Phil, why is it that an increasing number of students are choosing to study abroad?

B:It’s hard today to argue that we don’t live in a global village. We study, work, live and communicate with people from all over the world. It’s important for people from different cultures to understand each other and be successful together. For a student, the best way to acquire this understanding is to study abroad.

A:Is it easy, psychologically and academically, to go abroad?

B:No it isn’t. A student has to deal with issues like culture shock and making new friends. Just as problematic, academic cultures are very different from one country to the other. It takes time to adjust to a new academic environment.

A:So what then is the key to being a successful student overseas?

B:A successful student needs to be patient. If you study abroad, don’t e xpect everything to go well immediately. It’s crucial to give yourself time to adapt.

A:Phil, many thanks for speaking with us today.

B:It’s been a pleasure.


Amy: Wow this place is great!

There're so many different smells and bright colors...

What's that?

Peggy: Homemade sausage.

It's great for sandwiches.

Let's get some for lunch.

Amy: I thought this was a vegetable market.

Peggy: Yeah, it is,

but you can get all sorts of things here,

fruit, eggs, spices, candy...

Amy: Can I get batteries here?

Peggy: No, but we can get that at the market over there.

Let's go.

Amy: Why are they all yelling?

Peggy: They're telling everyone what they have in their booths. Amy: Can you understand what they're saying?

Peggy: Well, some of it.

There are people from all over the place:

Senegal, Nigeria, Cape Verde...

So they're speaking different languages.

Amy: What do they sell here?

Peggy: Clothing, toiletries, hardware, electronics,

you name it.

Amy: Is it expensive?

Peggy: No, it's pretty reasonable.

Amy: OK. I wanna get batteries for my Walkman

and a new pair of pants.

Peggy: OK, just point to what you want.

Oh, one more thing,

bargaining is a must.

When they tell you a price,

offer half of what they ask.

Amy: Will they come down that far?

Peggy: No, but they'll come down a little.

Amy: Wow! Shopping here is so exciting!

A:Honey, I’m so glad you’ll come back home for the weekend. How was your trip to Wenchuan? B:It was a very meaningful experience. I was amazed with how well the area has recovered. The earthquake itself was such a devastating natural disaster, but the people are full of hope. All the children I was scheduled to see are very healthy.

B:It was a very meaningful experience. I was amazed with how well the area has recovered. The earthquake itself was such a devastating natural disaster, but the people are full of hope. All the children I was scheduled to see are very healthy.

B:That was an important part of our trip. The structural engineer in our delegation was asked to inspect houses, apartment complexes, office buildings, hospitals, schools and dams. He said he was impressed with what he saw.

A:Have things been rebuilt or reinforced according to higher standards?

B:Yes, structurally, buildings are more earthquake-proof than they were prior to the disaster. Better, more flexible materials have been used.

A:I believe important lessons have been learned from this disaster.

B:Yes, not just in Wenchuan, but throughout China. For example, May 12 has been designated as a "Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day". This is an important step to raise awareness in China about what to do during a natural disaster. This step can undoubtedly help save lives.

A:Mark, are you free this afternoon? I could use your help. I am fireproofing the university laboratories.

B:Sure, Dan. We certainly need safe labs, and the best way to ensure safety is to make sure a fire doesn’t break out in the first place.

A:Exactly, so what we need to do is to eliminate all potential hazards.

B:OK. Where should we start?

A:We need to be sure that all the extension cords and outlets are not hooked up to more than two lab appliances.

B:Got it. What else?

A:We need to turn on all equipment for an hour, and make sure nothing sparks, smells or overheats.


A:Finally, I would like to double-check that no wires are running under the rugs at the entrance to each lab.

B:I can do that. And we should also be sure that all labs are equipped with a fire extinguisher and fire alarm.

A:Indeed, better to be safe than sorry.

A:Tim, I strongly believe we ought to think about how to encourage creative thinking amongst our staff. My feeling is that we need to develop a company culture that endorses creativity as a valuable tool.

B:I couldn’t agree more. Our company has lost its compe titive edge, and the reason for this, in my view, is that we are not innovative enough.

A:So, do you have any suggestions on how to encourage creativity and innovation?

B:Yes, I do. I think we need to introduce weekly brainstorming meetings. This will give employees the chance to make their ideas heard and interact with one another to make improvements. To develop creative ideas effectively, a great deal of teamwork is required.

A:But some people might be too timid to voice their ideas?

B:True, so we should make a suggestion box. Also, some employees are more at ease when speaking one-to-one. So we should make a point of meeting these employees on a one-to-one basis. Maybe biweekly.

A:Good thinking. Let’s begin both types of meetings as soon as possible. We have a very diverse group of employees with a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. There’s no doubt in my mind that new ideas will soon turn themselves into new and successful products!

A:Cindy ,I just received the most touching poem from Mark– it moved me to tears. Oh, how I wish I could respond with a poem of my own, but I don’t have a single drop of creativity within


B:Mary, that’s simply not true. You are very imaginative and creative. You simply believe you aren’t because you always tell yourself that you aren’t. You psych yourself out!

A:But I have never created anything!

B:Sure you have. Haven’t you noticed that whenever there is a problem at work, you are always asked to help find solutions?

A:Yes, but what’s that got to do wit h anything?

B:You are able to think outside of the box. You come up with solutions and ideas when others can’t. That’s being creative.

A:But that doesn’t mean I can write a poem to Mark.

B:Yes you can. Let your ideas and feelings run free and I know you will create something that moves him deeply.

A:And if I have a mental block?

B:You won’t,cause this is for Mark. Think with your heart!