How I created a skillset before covid19 shattered jobs

The language school where I have been teaching since May last year had to close on the 18th March. I am owed three weeks pay, which should have arrived by 11th April at the latest. There are 8 other teachers in the same boat and we have all been unable to contact the owner. He isn’t answering his phone, e-mails or Line messages (but the messages are being read) I need my money!

Anonymous Teacher in Thailand

I’m fortunate enough to have built up my skillsets over the course of 5 years. However, the comment above, which I found on a website, shows a plead from an individual who works at a language center (like me) that sadly fell into the grim reality of a corrupted owner. He was supposed to get paid but the owner has literally went AWOL, or so it seems (because line messages are being read). I have empathy for these teachers, including the rest around the world, who have had their jobs completely slashed away. 36 million English speakers in America have lost their jobs and that toll will continue climbing because the spread of the virus will amplify.

In the past here in Thailand, there have been floods that wiped up a large portion of the country, inundating homes and districts for up to a half-a-year, coups that ran rampantly on the streets of Thailand, disrupting an entire nation. Riots between two political parties that saw dozens of lives lost, but this certainly trumps them all, doesn’t it?

The company that hires and sends us to teach in Thai public schools refuses to tell the teachers when our contracts will officially begin. Meaning we don’t know if they will begin in May or July. If our contracts don’t begin until July, it means we will have gone from March to the end of July with little or no pay. The fact the company refuses to be upfront with teachers, only highlights the poor character of this Thai-run company. 

They assume that they can string the foreign teachers along and we will be there when school starts. But they assume wrong. When the school term starts again, I suspect the companies and schools that have ignored and not looked after the foreign teachers will be left with giant holes to fill. Loyalty is a two way street.

Anonymous Teacher

I think you guys get the point. Because this gentleman is a 1 in 2,000 foreigner teachers (give or take a couple thousand) here in Thailand, he can be disposed of, just like most Americans who have lost their jobs to COVID.

However, because I’m a podcaster, online trainer, teacher, have proven my capabilities and have gotten results, I’m probably a 1 in 3 here in Thailand, putting me in a category that’s hard to get into.

“Arsenio, do you have a lot of work here in Thailand?” Absolutely NOT. There are forces beyond my power that play a pivotal role in this white-ocracy, but because I’m well-known online because the videos, and worldwide because my podcast….there are people inquiring from all corners of the world for my services. How did I do this?

  • Become an asset; not a number
  • Learn skills that others don’t know
  • Build an online persona
  • Strengthen your four cores of credibility
  • Content creation

Whether you’re at home and stuck — or wondering what you can do with all the free time, this is the best way you can start strengthening skills that can provide you with extra income…not waiting on others to open their doors.

When Defamation Happens

This was odd, but I believe it was the first of what could be a very unwelcoming and complete fall out of what something used to be.

When ex-employees get mad and begin the vilification process, know what you truths, capabilities, results, integrity and everything else is. It’s important in the process.

Let’s just say I used to be one of those ex-employees that would point, blame, discuss, and always rant about the ignorance I had to overcome in the process of overcoming myself. I guess you could say I was a disgruntled ex-employee, and I had to figure myself out. Yes, the boss said everything to me, marketing director said “white teacher instead of black teacher,” and I had to jump in-and-out of hoops just to get work.

Hey, it’s a process I can now make into a personal enrichment course.

Now, when you’re on the receiving end, that’s when things get really interesting.

An ex-employee of mind, who I appreciated so dearly, just started the beginning stages of vilification. I commented recently on an Eric Thomas post, and oddly she posted on my comment (after three days of not speaking to her).

You didn’t practice what you preached in our one year of a friendship.

Ummmm? How so?

Now, most people know who I am and what I represent. When I had first met her, I had doubts because of the weird things she would say, also the ranting she would do on a constant basis at specific individuals and always talked bad about individuals.

Even before that, she had messaged my content writer and said, “I don’t think you will work for him anymore. I don’t think he will work with Motivational Mentors anymore.”

I laughed with my content writer, in an abrupt manner, and said “how does she conjure up this madness?” Both him and I had a really good laugh, but I just said “ahhhh that’s just ________.”

Two days later, it became apparent that she was becoming someone very odd. Not only that, the people who I interviewed once before are now contacting me. She’s trying to — in a way — turn some of these close people against me. So, this was the perfect time to address this issue.

  1. If you don’t hold your half of the bargain and don’t continue getting better, there’s nothing else I can do. This could’ve happen because of me, or possibly you taking me granted.
  2. 100% Accountability. If I no longer need your help, it’s because you’re not improving and making my life easier.
  3. Whatever you say about me is perfectly your opinion, but I know the values I represent.

This post was on a public page. I’ll give her two strikes. This is her first and last one. If she’s going to stalk and comment on things in regards to the companionship we had, I will have to block and ban her from all my pages. It will take a solid 6 months for an individual to overcome that, but you have to quickly address the issue.

  1. Ask your employee for a follow-up talk. Ask them what’s the problem. Heart talk preferably.
  2. Address the issue in bolk via your platforms — not to clear your name, but to provide clarity.
  3. Let things blow over.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Developing Writing – An Opinion Essay

Welcome back, everyone! I told you I would bring a surprise to you, and here it is! However, this isn’t an entire breakdown. More just useful words, expressions, and paragraph formatting. So, let’s look at this.

Source: Gateway B2

Topic: It’s a bad idea for teenagers to do part-time work while they are still studying.

Paragraph 1: Introduction with general statement on the topic and your opinion.

Paragraph 2: First and most important reason for your opinion.

Paragraph 3: One of two other reasons for your opinion or other people’s arguments against your opinion and why don’t you agree with them.

Paragraph 4: Summary and conclusion restating your opinion.

Gateway B2

In some countries, the US for instance, many teenagers work while they are still studying at school or at university. In my opinion, this is a bad idea.

To begin with, studying at school or university is a full-time occupation. Students need time to take notes, revise, do assignments and research topics. In my opinion, students who work in the evenings or at the weekends do not have time to do these things properly. Furthermore, young people often work in bad conditions or late at night. This means after work they find it difficult to pay attention and concentrate.

On the other hand, some people say that work experience can help to make you more independent and responsible. I agree with this up to a point. However, there is time for students to gain this experience when they finish their studies.

To sum up, I believe that a student’s real responsibility is to learn as much as possible. They can only do this if they study full-time, with no other distractions.


Expressing opinions

As far as I’m concerned

Personally, I think

In my opinion

I believe that

Adding opinions and putting them in order

Firstly,

Furthermore,

To begin with,

In addition,

What is more,

Contrasting opinions

However,

Nevertheless,

On the other hand

Concluding

In conclusion,

To sum up,

All things considered,

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 53 – Vocabulary Skills – Suffixes -ful & -less

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! I’m back with some more vocabulary today, and of course, your favorite type of skill….

SUFFIXES!

Two common suffixes you can add to words to make adjectives are -ful and -less. The suffix -ful means “full of” (fearful = full of fear, cheerful = full of cheer) and -less means “without” (fearless = without fear). For some words, either suffix can be added. For others, you can use on suffix but not the other.

-ful -ful and -less -less
successful painful/painless priceless
beautiful hopeful/hopeless sleepless
stressful thoughtful/thoughtless jobless
  useful/useless homeless

Task

Look at these word roots. which can take -ful and which can take -less? Which can take either? Make a diagram like the one above.

Words: harm, truth, power, point, beauty, care, help, worth

-ful -ful and less -less

2. Match the root word and correct suffix -ful or -less to complete these sentences.

Words: stress, home, fear, harm, wonder, point, success, power

  1. It’s _____________ to have come here. I’m so glad you invited me to come to this speaking engagement.
  2. A phobia is more than merely being _______________of something, like heights.
  3. You probably fear failure because it may be ____________ to your image.
  4. You feel ____________ when you’re in situations that you cannot control.
  5. Traveling can be very _____________ for a lot of us.
  6. After a lot of hard work, he was ___________in finally establishing himself as the CEO of the company.
  7. Her friends tried to reason with her, but it was _____________. She wouldn’t listen.
  8. In America, 1 million government workers are fearful that they may become _______________.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 50 – Developing Vocabulary – Phrasal Verbs Connected with Sports

We’re back with some more phrasal verbs! Because these particular blogs and podcasts are very popular, I love to debut them weekly. Here we go!

  1. She took up a new sport because she was bored during the winter.
  2. You should always warm up before going for a run so that you can reduce the chances of cramping.
  3. The Baltimore Ravens knocked Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs in Week 17, so the Steelers won’t be participating in the postseason.
  4. Hey! Are you from around here? Want to join in?
  5. I gave in while playing Danny in ping-pong during college; it was impossible to beat him!
  6. They really want to win so they’re going to go for the two-point conversion.
  7. She’s really fit because she works out at the gym everyday.

Definitions

  1. Prepare for a sport or another activity by doing gentle exercises.
  2. Stop competing and accept you can’t win.
  3. Try very hard to win or get something.
  4. Start participating in an activity with other people who are already doing it.
  5. Start a sport or hobby.
  6. Do physical exercise.
  7. Eliminate somebody from a competition by beating them/make somebody unconscious.

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the phrasal verbs.

  1. I’m going to _______________ badminton. Tomorrow I’m going to buy a racket.
  2. Yesterday we played in the Final Four. We aren’t in the final because the other team _____________ us ______________.
  3. Why don’t you __________?
  4. She’s got the right conviction to become a champion. When she’s losing, she never ________________.
  5. It’ll be a hard race but she’s going to ______________ the championship.
  6. He pulled his hamstring because he didn’t _________________ before running.
  7. They’re really strong. They _________________in the gym, doing weightlifting.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 49 – Developing Vocabulary – Collocations Related to Work

This is a two-episode week of developing vocabulary, which I think a lot of you may be looking forward to. Today we’re going over some regular collations with work.

So, to break it down, some verbs and nouns naturally go together. There are verb/noun collocations that are related to work, such as solve a problem, earn money, and schedule a meeting.

  1. Complete the sentences down below with the following words: earn money, go to a meeting, meet a client, schedule a meeting, send an e-mail, wear a uniform.

A. I’m going to _____________ at dinnertime. His name is Andrew.

B. Can you ____________ for 12.00 pm? I have great news for the coordinators.

C. Nurses in Thailand have to _______________; they’re an off blue.

D. I have to _________ in the afternoon at the United Center.

E. I need to _________________ to my client. Do you have his email?

F. We work because we need to _______________, but we like our jobs.

 

Cross out the word that doesn’t form a collocation.

  1. Ask for: Time off, fire, 
  2. Get: a meeting, paid, promoted
  3. Make: a phone call, a colleague, money
  4. Take: a day off, notes, a meeting
  5. Work: overtime, from home, boss
  6. Write: a vacation, report, an email

The Arsenio Buck Foundation Official Launch!

There are foundations that I won’t name that do more taking than giving. There are too many “non profit” organizations that ask for money, but then those givers have no idea where there money actually goes. Over the course of so many years of seeing blood donation centers asking for blood and NGO’s asking for money, I decided to do this on my own.

Throughout my life, and having been born in a country is very high (yes, America….and poverty harbours within the mind), I’ve seen what poverty leads too. It’s generational. From the African Americans who sit on generational welfare, to the trailer parks where Caucasian Americans get inundated with drugs like heroin and cocaine, I can make a change.

Having lived in Thailand for five years and seeing the things I have for the last 5 years, my life-work/assignment has always been to give back — to do more than what I’m paid to do just so I can build upon the amazing person I already am.

My Four Pillars

So, The Arsenio Buck Foundation, which has now launched, has four pillars.

Schools, companies, and organizations wishing to book my services (and I do this for free) will have an opportunity to get in contact with me (I do two of these volunteering projects a year — 2020 may change to a handful, though) at ArsenioBuck@icloud.com.

English Language Training

This isn’t your basic, dumb down, open a book and teach. This is for all language learner levels and for people all over the world. This is a very intensive/interactive 2-3 day language/confidence building pillar that will enable students to break away from their shyness, make mistakes while speaking, and develop confidence within a short amount of time. It will also have implements of personal development, too.

Technology

Because I know how important the internet is today, people don’t understand how they’re a profile/click away from being HUGE. Creating an Instagram and finding the correct hashtags is the quickest way to building notoriety. Making pages, communicating with people on LinkedIn (if you’re a business professional) and other grounds, is what this dimension brings to the table.

Personal Development

Because I train business clients all over Thailand in terms of personal development, this is another area that will be accessible for schools/organizations. Leadership, finding your purpose, passion, self control, pleasing personality, etc are available — among so many others.

Victim – Victor

This is the most intense project. This is a lot of in-your-face, being held accountable, and digging deep into the minds of a lot of people who seemingly can’t except the fact about what’s happening around them. The goal for this one is to have everyone alleviate themselves from negative self-talk, physical environment issues, overcoming hardships, bad neighborhoods, horrible friends/workmates/family, and more.

So with these four pillars now intact, please follow my facebook page 

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/show/arsenio…

Podcast on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/t…

Podcast on Stitcher – https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/arse…

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Website – https://thearseniobuckshow.com/

Q & A – ArsenioBuck@icloud.com

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/thearseniobuckshow/?hl=en

Listen to “The Arsenio Buck Foundation Introduction” on Spreaker.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 36 – Pronunciation – Suffixes from French

Welcome back to another episode, everyone! Excited about going over this next round because if you guys don’t already know, there are plenty of words in the English language that are French.  So, with that being said, I want to show you some suffixes and that would put a touch of French on an English word. 

-ee

trustee

refugee

trainee

-eer

volunteer

career

engineer

-ese

Lebanese

Cantonese

Viennese

-ique

Technique

Antique

Unique

Syllable with primary stress in each word.

  1. Unique opportunity
  2. Confidential information
  3. Democratic majority
  4. Financial situation
  5. Scientific career
  6. Pharmacology technician
  7. Technology revolution
  8. Geographic separation

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – IELTS – Part III – Talking About Abstract Topics & Agree/Disagree

Welcome back to another Facebook Live Coaching for IELTS!  Thank you so much for tuning in today, and we’re going to have to further discuss Part III — a topic we haven’t spoken about yet. Here are some of the things we will go over.

  • Talking about abstract topics
  • Giving your personal opinion
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Improving your Lexical Resource score

Test Tip: in each part of the test, it is very important to answer all of the questions as fully as possible so that the examiner can assess your language.  This will also help improve your score.  Make sure to expand on your answers as much as possible.

Techniques

  • Stating or explaining your own view.
  • Giving relevant examples.
  • Explaining how or why something happens.
  • Saying what would, could, should or might happen.
  • Suggestions a solution to a problem.
  • Explaining another side to the issue.

Arsenio’s Part III Examples

Part III Questions:

  1. Do you think it’s more important to earn a large salary or to be happy in your job?
  2. Do you think some people spend too much time on their computers these days? Why?
  3. Do you think the government should try to control the internet, or should people be able to write whatever they want?
  4. Pollution is a problem in many countries.  What do you think governments can do about it?
  5. Do you think newspapers and books will eventually disappear?

 

Different sentence beginnings

  • For example, when we…..
  • On one hand, some people believe….
  • If that happened, then…
  • This happens on a routine basis because….
  • Well, I personally think…
  • One way of dealing with this is….

Agreeing and disagreeing opening statements

  1. Oh no, not at all.
  2. Well, I think there are valid points for both sides.
  3. I totally agree with that.
  4. I agree to an extent.
  5. I would have to say no, and this is because…
  6. I completely disagree.
  7. Actually I think it depends on the situation/country/person
  8. It seems to me that there are two sides to consider.

Look at the statements below. Decide whether you agree or disagree.

  1. Video games influence children.
  2. People should be made to retire earlier so that young people can get jobs sooner.
  3. Robots will play a more important role in our lives in the future.
  4. We don’t do enough to protect the environment.
  5. Everyone should take some sort of further education.

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Arsenio’s IELTS Coaching – Episode 3

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Coaching Session 003: Being Creative

So, I was asked this fascinating question just recently by one of my content writers.  She asked me how to be creative and how we can continue being creative.  Well, we’re living in a world that’s changing literally every year, month, week, day.  The YouTube’s and Apple’s of the world can ultimately fall apart just as Toys R Us and other massive chains in different countries plummeted.  Well, if we take a look at my ESL podcast and how I’ve been teaching in Thailand, this is probably the only way I can relate to this post.

The Initiation

When I first moved to Thailand, I was making a sloppy $600 USD a month.  Now, the teacher told me I would get paid $66 dollars less because I was black, too.  What was I doing at this school? Teaching younger kids — which required a lot of creativity.  That’s basically it. For five months I didn’t have any personal development and didn’t try learning useful skills that will make me a hot commodity.

Second Job

I moved up to $1000 dollars a month, which is an 80% increase, teaching technical college students.  Did I learn anything while I was there? Absolutely not…but with 5 months experience, this gave me a significant pay raise that I never thought I would get.

The Reality

When I finally moved outside of Bangkok, not only did I make 2k USD a month, but I first taught TOEIC (a test preparation course to enable the student to apply for higher paying jobs based on their English language literacy).  I learned to teach 4-skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), academic writing, IELTS, business English and other facets.  When they saw I was an excellent speaker, they wanted me to create a new course that catered to conversation, which was a success beyond a success.  I got gigs teaching at the top-5 companies within these borders (email writing, business English and other areas), and when this happened, jealousy began growing.

Then I knew I was on the right path. The more I learned, the more I earn.

In 2015, I created a YouTube video that now has over 9k views…..never did I think that would happen.  It wasn’t until earlier this year that I had the idea, “hey, if there are lots of people viewing my videos YouTube, how about I make a podcast and see where it goes? Bingo! From there, my podcast soared over the last couple of months.  I began creating 1-minute videos on Instagram and my Facebook page — resulting in BIG HITS.  I turned that into online coaching, which I do live on the weekends and set up the refreshment course via YouTube.

And Then

A coach for Toyota, who has traveled the world and who I’ve been teaching the past three weeks (TOEFL) spoke to me for twenty minutes at the end of class saying, “you have e-test, e-learning, coaching, and refreshing).  While he was talking to me, I realized that I was unconsciously doing two of them already (coaching and refreshing) and it has been STELLAR since beginning two weeks ago.

The Creative

If I can create an e-test for my students and provide specialized courses in the different sectors of English, this could be the new-age part of learning.  If you haven’t already heard, universities are 1 trillion in debt and now people are realizing that university, is indeed, a scam.  In ten years time, we could be learning in virtual reality.  The language centers here in Thailand and all over the world, which are my competitors, can no longer provide a book and a “teacher” to teach from a book (super easy to do). They’ll have to become more creative.

So, how do I stay relevant? Integration of sophisticated lessons that will capture the imaginations of my students, making them better members of society while focusing on their core genius.  Professors around the world teach what’s only in books, and that will all be gone once AI is implemented and we no longer need to memorize information that’s useless.

Being creative is doing exactly what the big companies, which have failed, didn’t do.  Continue evolving and providing your customers with more things and innovate your technology to make life easier.  Jack Ma says “find a need and fill it.”

If you had known about Buzzsprout in the beginning of the year, you would know how garbage it was.  This platform, which podcasters can use to host, was completely useless compared to SoundCloud (a now “pay for plays” platform).  I didn’t know the metrics, who was listening, the last x amount of plays, or ANYTHING.  It was generic as hell compared to sites like Spreaker — a site I can see all the sources on.  However, I’m able to schedule my ESL podcasts now, transcript for little to no money (compared to hosting sites which charge 10x more), and I can put chapter markers in my podcast — a feature that has been invented on any other platform.

Buzzsprout knows in order for it to stay afloat, it has to continue evolving. The moment it began to grow complacent (at the beginning of the year), that was beginning of its downfall.

Always continue making life easier for your customers. Period.

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