Month: November 2016

5 Secrets to Overcoming Depression outside Your Comfort Zone

5 Secrets to Overcoming Depression outside Your Comfort Zone

When I was working as a Peace Corps language trainer, I remember in my first year with the volunteers, one of them was acting in a way that was not understandable: Lack of interest for the classes, lateness, loud laughing and isolation from others.

Since I had a background in psychology, I was interested in understanding why the reactions. It was obvious his behaviors would have negative effects on his language outcomes and I wanted to help him cope with the challenges he was going through. In the few discussions that I had with my trainee, I realized he was missing home…It is called “homesick syndrome”.

In my second year as a communications trainer, I noticed that many trainees had the same difficulties expressed in different ways: Not eating the country food, sleepless night and lack of interest in the training.

I truly understood what the trainees were going through when I got a job in Uganda as cross-cultural communications trainer. I manifested some of the symptoms I witnessed among the volunteers: Loneliness, tiredness, sleepless nights, loss of appetite. I was shocked to self-diagnose myself with a minor depression. I had to do something about it to achieve my professional goals!

According to the Mh-GAP, these are some characteristics of depression: No vision of the future, fatigue, lack of interest for practical activities, suicide thoughts, body pain, Isolation, loss of appetite and sleep.

Here are some strategies I used for personal cross-cultural management to overcome depression:

1. Focused: I asked myself this question several times: “Why are you in Uganda?” The answers were powerful and energized me to get out of the bed and go to work. I started a daily agenda with specifics goals and, it was nice to achieve something meaningful at the end of each day!
2. Identify what makes you have fun: I enjoy watching movies and listening to music and playing sports. These activities made me laugh, relax and I developed the love for practical activities.
3. Communicate with home friends: Good emotions are nurtured by communication with people you love or feel comfortable with. Keeping a good conversation with them made me feel like they were with me.
4. Start a blog and write your daily challenges and how you managed them: Therapeutic writing is the name given to a writing action in order to cure depression. I started a blog (seed4future.wordpress.com) not with a therapeutic purpose but later, I realized that writing helped me feel good and happy.
5. Make new friends: Whether In the compound or the community, I noticed I could build new relationships. I used the excuse of learning the local language to connect with new people.

I was happy to cope with the new environment after 6-9 months. I slept well, enjoyed the food or spent some days without missing home because I had a new home around me. Apart from my professional duties, I volunteered for disabled people to develop an integrated community project.

The major achievement during that period is the blog I started and which made me reach thousands of people worldwide including you reading this article.
I would like to know how you overcame depression out your comfort zone.

Herve Boris NGATE,Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communications/Blogger

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5 Things To Write A Successful Blog Post To Grow Your Business

5 Things To Write A Successful Blog Post To Grow Your Business

I am very happy that I started writing blog posts driven by my passion for writing and, I grew in experience with time and the help of some mentors . In the month of September this year, I asked myself what makes me write so regularly and what makes my audience grow so rapidly. If in 9 months you are viewed and visited in 59 countries in the 5 continents, I think you would like to understand why such a success happens and how to sustain it.

Here I am sharing with you 5 things I noticed that worked for me in order to write a successful blog post for my French learners/trainers/institutions audience.

1. Listening. I noticed that when I started writing for an audience, all my posts were based on storytelling. My primary audience being French Learners, my contact with them in class constitutes my first source of information. Even for topics that were not related to French , I would use break time to ask the learner’s view on them.

You can imagine the amount of information gathered per day per week classes. After each class, I wrote down (in my notebook on my phone or notepad) the key points of this information and several blog post titles would flow in my head.
That is where the true writer’s riches are: on storytelling.

2. Identifying their needs from their view. While listening to the learners, my main purpose was to know what their needs are from their own view. It was shocking to realize that what they valued were not too much grammar as I thought. In many cases, I noticed that learners wanted to know “WHY” they study some topic and “HOW” to master the 4 language competencies (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).

For example, I identified that learners were more interested in speaking than writing  and many of my articles focused on how to be more effective in oral communication.

3. Organizing information to provide solutions the way they want. With such amount of information, I had to think on how to package personalized solutions to address the learners’ needs. Then I did researches related to the information collected and created social media groups for each class that was perfect for them. I also had to select the trendiest topic that will draw their attention and make them better learners.

Additional strategies consisted of writing short articles based on true stories with a call for actions and request for reader’s view. I had to choose the language that fit my communications and realized that writing in English attracted more readers than French. With that, I needed a proofreader of each article in English and pictures at the front and inside the texts to illustrate my arguments.

4. Giving information to the audience. Now comes the time to inform the readers. Not only do learners constitute my audience but also other trainers and language institutions. I made sure I shared my article on social media generally between Tuesday and Thursday. The results were increasingly satisfying until I knew how to “hit” the readers right where their needs are.

5. Asking for feedback. I consider this last part an essential part of my writing management. Either the number of views, like thanks, comments or direct request of feedbacks from readers, I would use every means to know the impact of my article to see my strengths and weaknesses and how to improve my writing style.

I remember a reader who said in the article “5 THINGS SUCCESSFUL LANGUAGE LEARNERS DO ” that it was too academic. I seized that opportunity to understand that readers enjoy more storytelling and I decided to focus on that writing style.

I am applying these writing management styles right now in content marketing and communications, and I am happy for the visible outcomes.Currently, I am viewed in 96 countries across the 5 continents. I could write on any topic in any area provided I listened enough to identify the customer needs and provide the most updated information through the best channel possible.

If you are a blogger or a content marketer, please let me know what writing management style works for you. If you are interested in writing, you can start by applying these principles and then discover what makes you unique as a writer.

Keywords: Feedback; Information; Listening; Needs; Solutions.

Hervé Boris NGATE, Psychologist/Content Marketing Manager/Blogger
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My Experience, Her Experience

Investing in Young Girls is investing in preparing a brighter future!More voices should rise to advocate for these vulnerable groups.

The Wallflower

I was only 12 when i joined secondary school; something of rare occurrence in my country, Uganda. I started nursery school pretty early and i was enrolled in one of the early learner’s classes for just one school term and then quickly initiated into Primary school after 3 months of being in nursery school. So i did not have the time most of my counterparts did to make friends and meaningfully engage with others in the school.

When it was time to sit for my Advanced level examinations in high school, the teacher in-charge of registration said i was not eligible for registration because i was not up to age to sit for those exams; this almost sparked a squabble between my parents and the school administration. Thank God, it was amicably resolved and i was allowed to sit for my exams.

Prior to that, being a girl and experiencing…

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3 Things Your French Trainer Doesn’t Tell You!

3 Things Your French Trainer Doesn’t Tell You!

Cara entered the French class for her first time! With great excitement and anxiety, she was going to hear French for the first time in her life. And she did not know if she could make it. After the first four hours, she was able to introduce herself, a classmate and name everything in the classroom by answering questions.

She was also capable of asking questions to her classmates to introduce themselves. By the time she realized it, after 20 hours, she could communicate in the present, near future and past tense…

If you enter a French class for the first time and after five sessions of four hours, you know how to introduce yourself, speak about a coming event or narrate what you did yesterday, wouldn’t it be a miracle day?

In order to learn French easily and with concrete results, you have to understand some simple but powerful things about tenses: They are the key points for action in your sentences.

This short article provides you the ingredients that add to what you already know in the French class. So doing, you will master basics in French that stand as the foundation of your learning journey. The secret is to understand the simple rules behind three tenses: The Present Tense, the “Future Proche” and the “Passé Composé”.

1. The Present Tense. Help you communicate for current situation or express on daily habits.
Eg. Je mange une banane or J’écris un livre.

2. The “Future Proche”. Enable you to communicate on the event within 24 hours to one month.
Eg. Je vais manger une banane or Je vais écrire un livre.

3. The “Passé Composé”. Gives you competencies to share your past experiences in term of change, transformation and evolution.

Eg. J’ai mangé une banane et je suis sorti de la cuisine or J’ai écrit un livre et j’ai vendu 5000 copies.

Now it’s your turn!

1. Imagine (In English) any concrete action you would like to do.
2. Select the right verb (In English) for the action.
3. Check the translation of the verb in French; you have the opportunity to know the gender of the words to use while translating.
4. Write your sentence in French: Present, Futur Proche, and Passé Composé.

Take 5 to 15 minutes every day doing this simple 4 steps exercise and you’ll be amazed at your improvement both in French grammar and vocabulary.
You can write a comment on how you are improving with this approach or share what works for you!

Hervé Boris NGATE,Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communicator/Blogger

THE BEST PARTNER TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

THE BEST PARTNER TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Discover how we attracted and customized more than 100000 people in the five continents in 12 months.The top 9 countries plus one organization were the blog posts were viewed :

Uganda:1084

USA:852

India:758

England:151

France:137

Cameroon: 96

European Union:84

Canada:67

Netherland: 61

Norway: 50

All this with a blog! You can access the 47 articles of this blog that made its  worldwide views and imagine the  diversity of the audience reached by the posts.This gives you an overview of how blogging will increase your sales and  visibility on social media.

THIS IS ALSO POSSIBLE FOR YOU and YOUR BUSINESS!

If you have never tried blogging as a tip to grow your business or, you have never invested in updating the existing one , this is the time to take the most important decision that will boost your business into the next level: Increase your market with regular blogging!

With just two blog posts every week, we can guarantee you the best solutions for your business dream: CONSISTENT GROWTH!

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Herve Boris NGATE,Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communications and Content Marketer/Blogger

THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS  CAN SAVE YOUR BUSINESS

THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS CAN SAVE YOUR BUSINESS

One of the most controversial but fascinating election of the American history! Donald Trump is now the 45th US president after a campaign, qualified by some as the funniest and full of verbal injuries. Though I am not interested in politics, I decide to write about a few reactions gathered on Social Medias. I just want us to ask ourselves two questions: Why and How.
I woke up at 3am on November 9th, and went directly to Facebook to check the result and ….what? Donald Trump won the elections? I woke up my wife and told her and she was voiceless…Straight to CNN for update news and we could not sleep till the morning.
On the Internet, we could read different views on Trump’ election and I could summarize them the following (I added the “why” and “how” questions on red):

1. “When a businessman become a president! You don’t always need experience to be appointed”.

Why a business man does become a president and how did he do to convince people to vote him with no political background?

2. “I need a master degree and five years of professional experience to be considered for an entry level position and a man with no political experience can become the president of the US”.

Why do people have different professional experiences and how is that possible?

3. “Very soon it will be the end of the world”.

Why President Trump’s election is announcing the end of the world and how would that happen?

4. “Many prophecies announced Trump’s victories but there were also prophecies in favor of Hilary’s victory”.

Why did they prophesy on the next American president victory and not on the Syrian crises/ Boko haram / immigration confusion? How do we know what God says about the current world events?

5. “His first speech is very different from the campaign ones. Surely Trump will review some of his declarations concerning the wall, the illegal migrants, the Muslims and the US trade policies.”

Why has Trump’s speech changed and why are we sure he will change his position? How will he proceed to change people’s negative view of him?

6. “No matter who is the president of the US God is in Control”. Knowing that God had always appointed a leader for a reason,

why did God could have chosen Donald Trump as the US president and how is God going to use him to fulfill His glory?

7. “People are out in the streets to protest against Trump’s election. If so many people are angry of his election then who voted him?”

Why are they protesting the voice of democracy and how do the protesters expect their protest to influence the results of the election?

8. “We are waiting for Trump to fulfill his promise to remove the entire everlasting African presidents.”

Why would Trump want to remove those African leaders and how could he do it knowing that he removed his predecessor through the voice of the American voters?

I feel like stopping here! I would like us to reflect on what is happening in America with all our senses and not  just emotional excitement.

If you have answers or one answer to any of these questions ,please share with us so we can learn and move forward to prosper in our business during this season.

Hervé Boris NGATE ,Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communicator/Blogger

THE POWER OF FEEDBACK ON YOUR SUCCESS

THE POWER OF FEEDBACK ON YOUR SUCCESS

If you are working in any professional area, you will acknowledge that you would like to know how well you are performing. Feedbacks are one of the best tools to evaluate your professional outcomes, see your strengths and weaknesses, and look for ways to improve yourself.

Whether positive or negative, feedbacks are there to tell you: “Hey guy! Watch over the quality of your investment. Make sure you are not going away of your goals! Be encouraged for a good job done, but there is still work to do!”

I received eight feedbacks that were very encouraging and were like powerful fuel to push me to write more in areas I excel in.

1. “Your articles are very educative. Young bloggers of today complain a lot in their writings.”
2. “Such amounts of information in few words! It’s amazing. I see in your writings a desire to propose solutions not to complain.”
3. “What is good is that you propose solutions.”
4. “Thanks for writings that show you understand what we are going through.”
5. “You have made a lot of progress.”
6. “Leaners speaks in your article.”
7. “Your article is too academic.”
8. “You should turn your audience into customers.”

How will you feel if every week, you receive such feedbacks on your performances? For me, I was flying, and today I am flying higher.

For the last two feedbacks which were negative, I worked on writing more real life stories and adapt my post to the right audience; Academic articles should be read by scholars not lay people.

I took social marketing training and read a lot of articles on how to turn an audience into customers. I am working now on growing an audience that will become the future buyers of my books.

I encourage you to ask for feedbacks from your relatives, colleague, and neighbors and also, give feedbacks to help others improve their lives and careers.

Hervé Boris NGATE, Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communications/Blogger

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PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND PRODUCTIVITY IN UGANDA

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND PRODUCTIVITY IN UGANDA

This argument aims to show how the social inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs) could help boost their economic productivity. The institutional and cultural norms facilitating their integration could be the key to breaking the vicious circle that represents disability, poverty, and exclusion (DFID,2000,p.4).

To what extent does poverty contribute to social exclusion, and how does belonging to or being identified with stigmatized or excluded groups contribute to and reinforce socioeconomic disadvantage? To what extent social inclusion policies of PWDs could impact their economic productivity? What is the role of beliefs in the entrenchment of poverty among PWDs?

Most disabled persons are extremely poor (DFID, 2000) and cannot afford basics needs (Yeo, 2005). Moreover, as stated by a lecturer at a University in Kampala in October 2015, they are isolated by families who see it as a waste to invest in them because there is no hope they will produce back to the family.

According to the situational analysis on the rights of children with disabilities in Uganda (UNICEF, 2014), a great number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are fighting for the rights of PWDs in Uganda. Among them is the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU), National Council on Disability ( NCD), and the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU).

The Arts and Disability Exhibition hosted by Uzuri Crafts and DESIGN on the 23rd July 2016 at the Uganda Germany Cultural Society’s venue demonstrated the power of inclusive policies.

Numerous arts products for sale showed the economic potential of PWD, but the absence of NGOs for Children with Disabilities  (aged between 0-18 years) question the inclusive policies’ strategies to prepare them for a productive life.

From April 2015 to October 2016, I conducted interviews in the city of Kampala and their analysis revealed that many stereotypes and stigma exist on the physical and psychological limitations of PWDs; as asked in July 2015 by the program manager at NCD: “What can we do to change the negative perception on PWDs?”

The need of awareness to change the negative views (Sam & Moreira, 2012) about PWDs is a real challenge and numbers of them could be frustrated by the feeling of inferiority that brings them feel sidelined from the whole and with few opportunities to fulfill their economic development projects.

Hervé-Boris NGATE, Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communications

References

Department For International Development (DFID) 2000, Disability, Poverty and Development, Harvard Law School, Viewed 10 August 2016, hpod.org/pdf/Disability-poverty-and-development.pdf

Yeo, R September 2005, Disability, poverty and the new development agenda, Disability Knowledge and Research Programme, Viewed 4 August 2016, http://hpod.org/pdf/Developmentagenda.pdf

Sam, D, L, & Moreira, V 2012, Revisiting the Mutual Embeddedness of Culture and Mental
Illness, Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 10(2), Viewed 4 August 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.9707/2307-0919.1078

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) May 2014, Research Study on Children with Disabilities Living in Uganda, Situational Analysis on the Rights of Children with Disabilities in Uganda, Viewed 10 August 2016 http://www.unicef.org/uganda/UNICEF_CwD_situational_analysis_FINAL.pdf