Saturday, July 29, 2006

The First Week

第一週終於結束啦!
其實並沒有做什麼,就是聽聽presentation,
吃吃東西,networking,但是每天卻都是感覺相當疲累.

關於Networking,
一天比一天進步.
但是還是有相當的瓶頸無法突破.
前三天的功力都只能聊在哪個部門工作,
住在紐約哪裡(還好紐約不好找房子,問一下如何找房子,如何找到室友...),
從哪裡來,來自什麼學校.
去年是不是在這家公司作intern,
就這幾個問題,你講一下你自己的,
我講一下我自己的,大約可以撐五分鐘.
如果不是在這家公司作intern,
還可以再多撐個五分鐘,聊一下不同公司的工作經驗.
總而言之,很難超過10分鐘,
很多時候的結束是推說要去上廁所或是課程要開始了.
還好,coffee break大約都是十幾分鐘,這樣的時間規劃也還好.
總計重複這樣的過程約15次(上午三次,下午兩次,連續三天).
比較困難的是午餐的時間.
就真的有點tricky...
可長可短..
可熱可冷.....(跟三明治一樣....)
有時剛開始可能是三個人在交談,
後來就會有一個人不知不覺被邊緣化.
很容易會有兩個人比較有話聊.
(很不幸地,很多時候那個人是我.....
後來學會要找四個人左右的會比較容易交談...
先兩兩交談,自然而然沒有話聊時,會很自然地交換)

第四天開始,終於可以開始問週末的計畫,
或是對於這幾天的感想之類的.

有一個講者建議閱讀The Week,
增加Networking的聊天題材.
週末決定要好好來讀一下.
我想下禮拜一大家應該都有閱讀The Week,
希望談話會更順暢些.

第一個禮拜一切都還好,
開始思考下個禮拜要採取比較主動積極的角色,
例如小組討論學習當leader或是發起人,
或是多發問問題.
克服在大眾面前講英文時,心跳會加快的問題.

2 Comments:

At 7/29/2006 08:51:00 AM , Anonymous 阿峰 said...

恭喜啦... first week is always the hardest, and you have made it!

 
At 8/05/2006 12:19:00 AM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

Dear 米二,
I totally understand how difficult it is to really merge into the so-call "western" society. I have tried hard, even though I did meet some very nice fellows, however, no matter how friendly we were to each other, we were never "close". After all we were different,not only the appearance and language barrier but in many other aspects (culture, blief ect). It is tough to survive in such environment, esecially when the person sitting next you is nothing like yourself, but it's also the good part of being in a foreign country because you can choose either to get to know the person better or you have every right to keep slient and mind your own business. So, just be yourself and have fun .. .. ..

 

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