Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 11 | Techniques for Problem-solving

We’re back with the ultimate podcast! After covering communication breakdowns, it’s time to start developing that inner coach and obtain some qualities, formulas and other tools on how to problem solve your way out of any situation. Tune in, people!

TOEIC | Part VII | Reading Comprehension | Mini-test & Webinar!

Today is the day for all of you TOEIC learners out there! Have you always had trouble with your reading comprehension? Well, in today’s lesson, I’m going to walk you through the different ways I handle questions, how to break them down, what areas to find them and the bad habit of overanalyzing.


After that, I will introduce you to the AMAZING webinar I’ll be hosting this weekend (don’t worry, you can purchase it after if you’re not able to attend), so stay tuned for those details and be sure to follow me on IG!


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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 10 | Workplace Scenario: Marketing & IT Problems

Today’s podcast is going to be a situational one where you hear a couple of individuals within a company ‘pass the buck’ around. So, when this happens, you need to figure out a way to tackle the problem, and if you have someone in your department that knows how to do follow-ups, have meetings (successful ones), and others, you know they may be getting paid the big bucks. If there isn’t a manager within your company or a voice within your household who do not possess these leadership characteristics, it’s up to you to develop them and make a career out of them! Let’s dive in!

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 7: Episode 9 | Passing the Buck: Communication Problems in the Workplace

We’re finally here! This will literally be a full week’s worth of development, and it all comes down to communication. When we look at communication problems in the workplace, where do the breakdowns happen? Are they the barriers, work vs. personal communications, rules, or attitudes? Could you add any more? In today’s podcast, we discuss them all!

TOEFL iTP | Reading | Protecting the Coastline

Welcome back to another TOEFL iTP! We’re on fire with the readings, and you guys love my TOEFL iTP Reading blogs. Remember, on July the 1st, you will be able to preorder my TOEFL iTP Reading Course! Nonetheless, let’s get into this!

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In the first half of the nineteenth century, the U.S. government decided that it needed to set up a system for protecting its coastline. It then began building a series of forts along the coast of the eastern part of the country to facilitate its defenses.

The largest of these forts was Fort Jefferson, which was begun in 1846. This fort was built on Garden Key, a cluster of small coral islands 70 miles west of Key West. At the time of its construction, Fort Jefferson was believed to be of primary strategic importance to the United States because of its location at the entryway to the Gulf of Mexico. Because of its location at the entrance to a great body of water, it became known as the Gibraltar of the Gulf, in reference to the island located at the mouth of the Mediterranean. The fort itself was a massive structure. It was hexagonal in shape, most of the Garden Key, it was approximately half a mile in circumference.

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, during the Civil War and its aftermath, the fort was used as a prison rather than a military installation. The most notorious of its prisoners was Dr. Samuel Mudd, a physician who was most probably innocently involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The actual assassin, John Wilkes Booth, broke his leg as he lept from the stage of the Ford Theater during the assassination. Dr. Mudd set Booth’s broken leg, unaware of Booth’s involvement in the assassination. As a result of this action, Dr. Mudd was sentenced to life in prison and remanded to Fort Jefferson. He was pardoned after only four years because of his courageous efforts in combatting an epidemic of yellow fever that ravaged the fort.

Continuous use of Fort Jefferson ended in the 1870s, although the U.S. Navy continued with sporadic use of it into the twentieth century. Today, the massive ruins still remain of the tiny island that stands guard over the entrance to the gulf, undisturbed except for the occasional sightseer who ventures out from the coast to visit.

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  1. The passage is mainly about
  • A series of forts
  • A series of events at one fort
  • A single event at one fort
  • A series of events at several forts
  • All of the following are true about Fort Jefferson EXCEPT that
  • It is on an island
  • It was built because of its strategic location
  • It is in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico
  • It has been compared with an island at the opening of the Mediterranean
  • The word “hexagonal” in line 9 is closest in meaning to
  • Six-sided
  • Seven-sided
  • Eight-sided
  • Irregular in shape
  • The pronoun “it” in line 11 refers to
  • Fort
  • Shape
  • Moat
  • Circumference
  • All of the following are stated about Dr. Samuel Mudd EXCEPT that
  • He was a medical doctor
  • He cared for Lincoln’s assassin
  • He was imprisoned at Fort Jefferson
  • He was most likely guilty of Lincoln’s assassination
  • How was Fort Jefferson most likely used in 1865?
  • As a strategic defensive unit of U.S. military
  • As a penal institution
  • As a regularly functioning naval base
  • As a destination for tourists
  • “Yellow fever” in line 19 is most likely
  • an enemy military force
  • a prison regimen
  • a contagious disease
  • a mental illness
  • What is implied about Fort Jefferson today?
  • It is a thriving community.
  • It is a relatively quiet place.
  • It is still in use by the U.S. military.
  • It remains in good condition.
  • Where in the passage does the author describe an injury to the man who shot Lincoln?
  1. Lines 5-7
  2. Lines 13-15
  3. Lines 15-16
  4. Lines 18-19
  1. The information in the passage is presented
  • In chronological order
  • By listing examples of a concept
  • In spatial order
  • By arguing for a hypothesis

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Sales | Update: One Door Closes; Another One Opens

In the midst of the chaos at the beginning of April, I not only had the most successful month with my online business in April but I also made May THE most successful month of my online business. How did I do this? Well, I don’t worry anymore…I look at everything opportunistically now. I know when one person leaves, three others come. One job fails, another three come. I wouldn’t have believed in a million years after a shutdown and losing a high-paying client, that I would be able to do this. So, let’s dive into the mentality!

TOEFL iTP | Reading | Electromagnetic Raditation

Let’s get back into another reading! This one is a bit more difficult than the previous one, so you better brace yourself. Again, if anyone is interested in the Structure Course that I’ve launched already, click the link here to gain access to the page! If you buy after June 2nd, it will be $57 but you can purchase the Written Expression (debuts July 1st) for $27 (upsale). Nonetheless, let’s get into it!

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Although only a small percentage of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the Sun is ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the amount that is emitted would be enough to cause severe damage to most forms of life on Earth were it all to reach the surface of the Earth. Fortunately, all of the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation does not reach the Earth because of a layer of oxygen, called the ozone layer, encircling the Earth in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 15 miles above the Earth. The ozone layer absorbs much of the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation and prevents it from reaching the Earth.

Ozone is a form of oxygen in which each molecule consists of three atoms (O3) instead of the two atoms (O2) usually found in an oxygen molecule. Ozone forms in the stratosphere in a process that is initiated by ultraviolet radiation from the Sun. UV radiation from the Sun splits oxygen molecules with two atoms into free oxygen atoms, and each of these unattached oxygen atoms then joins up with an oxygen molecule to form ozone. UV radiation is also capable of splitting up ozone molecules; thus, ozone is constantly forming, splitting, and reforming, it is unable to reach Earth and cause damage there.

Recently, however, the ozone layer over parts of the Earth has been diminishing. Chief among the culprits in the case of the disappearing ozone, those that are really responsible, are the chloroflurocarbons (CFCs). CFCs meander up from Earth into the stratosphere, where they break down and release chlorine. The released chlorine reacts with ozone in the stratosphere to form chlorine monoxide (ClO) and Oxygen (O2). The chlorine then becomes free to go through the cycle over and over again. One chlorine atom can, in fact, destroy hundreds of thousands of ozone molecules in this repetitious cycle, and the effects of this destructive process are now becoming evident.

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  1. According to the passage, ultraviolet radiation from the Sun
  1. Is causing severe damage to the Earth’s ozone layer
  2. Is only a fraction of the Sun’s electromagnetic radiation
  3. Creates electromagnetic radiation
  4. Always reaches the Earth
  • The word “encircling” in Line 5 is closest in meaning to
  1. Rotating
  2. Attacking
  3. Raising
  4. Surrounding
  • It is stated in the passage that the ozone layer
  1. Enables ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth
  2. Reflects ultraviolet radiation
  3. Shields the earth from a lot of ultraviolet radiation
  4. Reaches down to the Earth
  • According to the passage, an ozone molecule
  1. Consists of three oxygen molecules
  2. Contains more oxygen atoms than the usual oxygen molecule does
  3. Consists of two oxygen atoms
  4. Contains the same number of atoms as the usual oxygen molecule
  • The word “free” in line 10 could best be replaced by
  1. Liberal
  2. Gratuitous
  3. Unconnected
  4. Emancipated
  • Ultraviolet radiation causes oxygen molecules to
  1. Rise to the stratosphere
  2. Burn up ozone molecules
  3. Split up and form as ozone
  4. Reduce the number of chloroflurocarbons
  • The pronoun “it” in line 13 refers to
  1. Radiation
  2. Process
  3. Formation
  4. Damage
  • The word “culprits” in line 16 closest in meaning to which of the following?
  1. Guilty parties
  2. Detectives
  3. Group members
  4. Leaders
  • According to the passage, what happens after a chlorine molecule reacts with an ozone molecule?
  1. The ozone breaks down into three oxygen atoms.
  2. Two different molecules are created
  3. The two molecules combine into one molecule.
  4. Three distinct molecules result
  1. Where in the passage does the author explain how much damage chlorine can do?
  1. Lines 1-3
  2. Lines 12-14
  3. Lines 18-19
  4. Lines 20-22
  1. The paragraph following the passage most likely discusses
  1. The negative results of the cycle of ozone destructions
  2. Where chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) come from
  3. The causes of the destruction of ozone molecules
  4. How electromagnetic radiation is created

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High-Performance Coaching | Morning Mindset

We’re back with the morning mindset! Here’s the full write up of the performance prompts you can write in the morning!

Today’s Message to Myself

My answer: schedule your day out! This is critical because after 7am, you have a completely wide-open day! Make sure you manage your activities well and live!

Today’s Top 3 Goals & Priorities

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Morning Mindset Questions….

  1. One thing I can get excited about today is…
  2. If one word could best describe the type of person I want to be today, then that word is _______ and why I choose it is ________.
  3. Someone who needs me on my A-game today is….
  4. A situation that may stress me out or trip me up today is…..
  5. …..and the way that my best self would deal with that is…..
  6. One action I could take today to demonstrate excellence or real value is….
  7. One thing I could do today that is a little outside my comfort zone is to (try, ask for, express something, take a big step)
  8. If I was a high-performance coach looking at my own life from a high level I would tell myself to remember that…
  9. The big projects I have to keep in mind today that I want to take on, even if I can’t act towards them today are….
  10. I would know that today was a great success if at the end of the day I did, said, or feel this….

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You Can’t Change People who Don’t Want to Change

At the beginning of my personal development journey in summer of 2007, I was introduced to the movie ‘The Secret.’ Shortly after, I tried introducing it to my brother, and we literally almost got into a huge fight in the middle of my living room before a childhood friend jumped between us. 

Six years later, my mom asked me one evening while watching something, “Arsenio, do you believe this?” But she said it in a way that was curious, not degrading. 

I said, “mom, when I came back from Australia, I was on Cloud 9. My entire mindset had changed and it’s because of this.”

Keep in mind, people, I didn’t know yet about Les Brown, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Napoleon Hill…etc. These were the first authors, writers, speakers I found out about when I got into the grind of my personal development journey back in 2014. 

This was just me maintaining the POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE.  Since then, my life has completely changed. However, my mother’s curiosity and the “Misery Loves Company” family has never grown since then. 

I changed. I wicked away the old versions of me and my family literally kept that same version of them for decades.  I tried showing them a new life, but they thought I was “crazy” and they thought I was weird and different. 

And today….

….it all makes sense. 

Fortunately I’m here and they continue to just be the same people they were from the 90s. 

Don’t try to change anyone. Accept your personal development/growth journey and maybe some day, curiosity will grow and they will ask you questions. If they don’t, their loss.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | International Guest Speaker | Suzanne on Mind, Body & Spirit

From top to bottom, this podcast has it all. I’m absolutely grateful to have met an amazing soul in Carla Trigo a couple of years ago — and I’m continuing to see the beautiful benefits that the relationship has brought, including the wondrous Suzanne.  Born in Ireland, she has a story…a hell of a story of being a pharmacist…now turned holistic coach. Her story will blend with so many of yours out there from dealing with stress and anxiety, environmental factors, and even overall health and story-telling. You’re going to absolutely LOVE this personal development session!

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