Seminars & Workshops

2 NEW SEMINARS!

#1 Baseball for Newbies

Are you “out in left field” when American friends and co-workers begin to talk about the sport of baseball? Then, this seminar is for you!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 90-minute seminar about the basic rules of the game
  • Handouts
  • Overview of the professional system of major and minor leagues
  • Video highlights of the various plays
  • Cultural background of teams, rivalries, and traditions like the 7th inning stretch
  • Everyday slang expressions that come from the sport of baseball
  • Following the instruction, participants move to sports bar to view an actual game
  • Seminar leader circulates among tables to see how participants are following the play of the game
  • Snack and drinks are available for purchase during the game viewing
  • Free parking

Venue: Holiday Inn – Airport, 3063 Lake Eastbrook, Grand Rapids, MI
Date: September 18, 2016 (Sunday)
Seminar: 11:00-12:30
Game Viewing: Following the seminar (optional)
Dress: Casual (perhaps with the colors of your local team!)
Cost: $30 (non-refundable)
More info: Alan (at) Headbloom (dot) com

#2 The Ins & Outs of American Football

Are you in the dark when American friends and co-workers begin to talk about U.S. football? Come learn with us the painless way!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 90-minute seminar about the basic rules of the game
  • Handouts
  • Overview of major college and professional teams
  • Video highlights of the various plays
  • Cultural background of teams, rivalries, and traditions like tailgating and The Wave
  • Everyday slang expressions that come from the sport of football
  • Following the instruction, participants move to sports bar to view an actual game
  • Seminar leader circulates among tables to see how participants are following the play of the game
  • Snack and drinks are available for purchase during the game viewing
  • Free parking

Venue: Holiday Inn – Airport, 3063 Lake Eastbrook, Grand Rapids, MI
Date: October 22, 2016 (Saturday)
Seminar: 11:00-12:30
Game Viewing: Following the seminar (optional)
Dress: Casual (perhaps with the colors of your favorite team!)
Cost: $30 (non-refundable)
More info: Alan (at) Headbloom (dot) com

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Bring a full-day seminar or a 90-minute workshop on site.

Here is a sample list of seminars and workshops I have delivered. If you do not see what you need, ask about tailoring a workshop for your specific needs. Send an email to discuss details and pricing.

Seminars for native-born Americans

  • Language Diversity in the Workplace: Tips for Communication
  • Birds of a Feather: The Pitfalls of Flocking Together
  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • Welcoming Foreigners in our Midst
  • Diversity at Work: When Not Everyone at the Office Looks Like Me
  • Working with International Clients, Suppliers, and Colleagues

Seminars for international folks

Hospital Communication
This popular course has been delivered for over a decade, evolving to meet the needs of international and foreign-born resident physicians in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, and surgery. Read the details here.

University Professors and Staff
I offer two communication training programs for international university professors and staff. Grand Valley State University employees, click below:

Working Effectively with American Students
Enhanced Communication for International Faculty

Politics, Persuasion, and Politeness
Tactful use of advanced English expressions to influence listeners and readers. For all who wish to enhance their teamwork, negotiation skills, and vocabulary.

American Culture and Values
Helping international employees understand why American colleagues and acquaintances act as they do. Understanding the American mindset, living and working with Americans.

English as a second language

Accent Modification
We all have an accent. Is yours interfering with how Americans hear you at work, on the phone, or out in the community?

Prepositions, Idioms, and Dangerous English
A systematic framework for using prepositions, common phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, double meanings, and offensive English.

Troublesome English Verbs
Intensive practice with the more difficult verb uses for English learners (conditional expressions, gerunds, infinitives, passives, perfect tense, and causatives).

The English Article System
How to correctly and more consistently use A, AN, and THE in your speaking and writing.

Contact me for details and pricing

Call 616.666.5676 or email Alan (at) Headbloom.com



Alan Headbloom