Author Archives: Candy van Olst

About Candy van Olst

Dedicated teacher.Born and raised in Southern Africa. Mother, grandmother and dedicated Business English trainer.

Happy happy happy happy

Getting up and stumbling about in the dark to beat the traffic to work, getting home after sunset and walking into your chilly home, when hibernating seems like a brilliant idea, the media start shoving ‘happiness’ at us. Are you … Continue reading

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October? OCTOBER??

Are you also scratching your head wondering where 2015 has gone? Can you remember anything about 2015? What did you do in April? Have you been anywhere new? Have you had dinner with the people you said, “let’s do dinner sometime’ to? … Continue reading

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Future-proof careers.

It is becoming a cliche to say that most of the careers that are followed today will not exist in years to come and that today’s young people are learning for careers that do not yet exist. It must be tough to … Continue reading

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Microwave thinking

I saw this  phrase the other day. It means “think, but not for too long.” And then I saw this And then I remembered this from the late, great Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, … Continue reading

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Is there really an app for that?

There have been any number of posts and articles, reports and stories lately about our addiction to anything that alerts us to anything else. People get woken in the middle of the night by other people commenting on Facebook, heralded … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

Before you go on holiday, be sure to read this.  

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Summer!

We have had two perfect weather months here in the UK, and as August begins, it is another perfect day! Being in the office can seem like a real chore in this beautiful weather, especially when many of your colleagues … Continue reading

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Information Overload

Today’s Headlines We all know that reading or watching the News can be a depressing thing. There is such an obvious focus on the horrific, unlawful, catastrophic and sad that reporting anything more positive seems to trivialise the awful. On … Continue reading

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Face Time

Sometimes things sit in my head for ages until their import suddenly screams at me. ‘FaceTime’, that miraculous piece of technology that allows us to see and speak to friends and beloved family across continents and oceans, has brought us … Continue reading

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Failure is not an Option

Yes it is and always will be. Failure is part and parcel of an engaged and committed life. It gets bad press because we are so obsessed with success, and there’s this sneaking feeling every time that we failed because … Continue reading

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