I am so excited to be involved in the beginning stages of an innovative new organisation glish.guru. My conversation with the peaceful and passionate entrepreneur Dani Leis was extremely inspiring.
Glish is an online conversation platform connecting students with English speaking coaches around the world. The idea is that the student watches a TED talk or other video about a topic they are interested in, and then has a 30 minute conversation with a Glish coach about what they have watched. The student's interest is piqued, the conversation flows easily, and horizons are widened!
Dani says the philosophy of Glish is to connect people around the world. Her International Peace studies background and previous work for non-profit organisations have led her to creating an online platform that aims to bring an understanding of different cultures and to break down barriers.
I have now completed the training to become a Glish coach, and found the training content fascinating. Tips on how to be a good listener, teach with the ''not yet'' learning style (eliminating embarrassment and fear of failure), and how to be open to cultures and not take anything personally!
Dani gives an example of a conversation she had with a Saudi man about the ban on female drivers, following the women's driving rally last year. His concerns were only for the safety of women drivers, whom he feared would be attacked if they were driving alone. This discussion allowed Dani to see a sensitive issue from an entirely different world view, and helped her to rethink previously held judgements.
I am thrilled to get started coaching, and am excited to see how Glish will grow in the future.
Glish is at the very beginning stages, so if you have any ideas about how you can help, or if you are interested in being a student or coach, sign up at glish.guru.
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