Aerial view of Xiamen, China from the plane
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Ever since I began delivering personal development and leadership training workshops in China, work has been bringing me to different Chinese cities, many of which I (embarrassingly) never knew existed before. It has been nothing short of another wild, if not scary ride. Having to conduct training and coaching sessions professionally in Mandarin (English is obviously my mother tongue), doing real time English-Mandarin (and vice versa) interpretation as my mentor only speaks English, finding the right Mandarin words to land specific distinctions during sessions, making sense of all the diverse accents, understanding how the people on this side of the world function are just a few challenges I encounter.
But I’ve always loved exhilarating work – it keeps me on my toes. I keep learning, expanding my capabilities and growing. It makes me alive. What’s a few stumbling blocks, if they are not there for me to overcome?