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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Free, new and Printable FSOT (Foreign Service officer test) Sample Questions Part VIII (1-100)

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Free and new FSOT test Sample Questions for 2013-14



This is 8th part of blog on Free FSOT test Sample Questions for 201314. In this part you will see questions related to FSOT Communication Questions. These questions can be practice for other Communication Exams too.

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Free FSOT test Sample Questions- Communication Practice Questions 84-93


Question 84
 You are the public spokesperson for a large company which has recently experienced a scandal involving a key employee. When contacting radio stations to present the company's position on this situation, keep in mind they are interested in actualities or:

A. a basic list of facts surrounding the incident
B. a 30 or 60 second story
C. exclusive rights to the story
D. recorded comments by those involved for use on air
 

Question 85
 The Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) is a tool that can identify a person's basic preferences in a number of areas including communication styles. According to this tool, which type of personality is most likely to make decisions based on logic and reason, avoiding the influence of emotions, values, and attitudes?

A. Introvert
B. Thinking
C. Perceiving
D. Feeling
 
Question 86
 An organization's lateral communications system is most likely to involve which of the following exchanging messages?

A. supervisors and their direct employees
B. employees with similar responsibilities in different departments
C. employees with different responsibilities in the same department
D. company media representatives and the media

 
Question 87
 In order to convince your audience to support your proposed changes to the organization's structure, any speech to them must be of what type?

A. informative
B. persuasive
C. entertaining
D. impromptu

Question 88
 You are giving a news brief to the media on your organization's response to a crisis situation that has emerged. One way to avoid miscommunication is to:

A. use as many words a possible
B. use abstract terms to avoid being committal
C. define relative words
D. use acronyms instead of entire organizational names

Question 89
 Considering that some experts believe more than one half of the emotional meaning of a message comes from non-verbal communication, an important consideration in delivering a speech to an audience is:

A. avoiding overdressing for the occasion
B. keeping your voice low to avoid the impression of yelling
C. choice of vocabulary
D. culturally significant gestures

Question 90
 When considering the exact wording of a speech that you are writing, the most important consideration given should be to:

A. using high level vocabulary that indicates your educational achievement
B. avoiding words that must be explained or defined
C. using effective vocabulary that clearly communicates your message
D. limit or avoid the use of highly technical terms


Question 91
 If your organization is hosting a charitable fundraising event and wants to increase attendance and participation, you might partner with local media to produce:

A. a press release
B. an advance story
C. a blind interview
D. a style guide

Question 92
 Your organization's public relations representative gives an interview to a local newspaper with the understanding that the interview is “on the record”. The PR representative has consented to:

A. full use of his comments and name in publication
B. full use of his comments in publication, but not his name
C. limited use of his comments with editorial rights and full use of his name
D. limited use of his comments with editorial rights, but no use of his name


Question 93
 When considering potential sources of information to use in printed or verbal communication, you should consider FOI laws which:

A. give public access to government information
B. allow defamation lawsuits against individuals and entities
C. require verification of facts before publication
D. govern publication on the internet

Free FSOT test Sample Questions- Communication Practice Questions 84-93

84. D These recorded statements would be from principals in the event. Recorded or live commentary is especially important to a news medium with no visual aspect.
85. B The MBTI divides behavioral types into four somewhat opposing pairs. The Thinking-Feeling pair describes personality types that make decision in a detached, logical way or an emotional, values driven way.
86. B Lateral communication is usually part of an informal system, linking employees at similar levels of responsibility that do not work directly together. Management should recognize the importance of this type of communication as well as the risk it poses to bypassing the chain of command.
87. B While informative and entertaining speeches could serve your purpose, they are not required. After leaving a successful persuasive speech, people would want to make change. Impromptu speaking should be avoided as it lacks the key element of planning.
88. C Excessive wordiness, use of acronyms that might be confusing, and abstract terms all increase the likelihood of miscommunication. Defining relative terms makes your position and statement clear. For example, instead of saying, “a large group”, say, “a group of about 1000”.
89. D Gestures mean different things among different cultures and consideration should be given to the make up of the audience to avoid offending them. Dressing well no matter the audience or occasion is a sign of respect. A low voice is likely to prevent some audience members from hearing and choice of vocabulary is not non-verbal.
90. C Effective vocabulary should always be your goal. This means it is not so simple that the meaning is ambiguous such as the word, “great” and not so advanced so as to leave most audience members confused. It is okay to use words that must be explained, including highly technical terms, if they are relevant to the presentation.
91. B Although a press release could cover the event in advance, it would generally be produced in house and not in cooperation with media. An advance is a story highlighting an upcoming event.
92. A “On the record” implies full use of all comments and the full name of the source.
93. A Freedom of information (FOI) laws allow public access to all government records. There are some limitations regarding classified information and government agencies can charge reasonable fees to provide the information.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Free tips for Protecting Your Money/Credit card Safe on Vacation (Stop Electronic Pickpockets)

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Travel Smart with peace



This is my fourth blog on travel with peace. This is my third blog on vacation. In my first two blog we learn that why we should buy travel insurance and see some cool ideas to make your single star hotel to 5 stars. In this blog you will see travel smart, but be prepared for theft or loss.

Vacations are a time to relax and let go of your worries, but that doesn’t mean you can let down your guard when it comes to keeping your money safe. Tourists are often targets of pickpockets and crooks, but you can just as easily get into trouble if you lose your wallet yourself. Travelling safely means protecting your money but also having a good backup plan.

Foil Electronic Pickpockets with Aluminum Foil

 

A new kind of thievery or, at least, potential for fraud is on the rise: Criminals who can steal your credit card data by walking by you with electronic scanners, maybe even with their mobile phones. It's easy, however, to protect yourself.
This videos shows how same security issue with Barclays' contactless credit cards and how thieves can get the credit card info with an NFC-enabled mobile phone








Have Multiple Credit Cards in your purse

 

If you have two cards with RFID chips in your wallet, the scanner can't read them because they confuse the information and cancel each other out

 

 

Limit what you bring


Organizing your purse or wallet before a vacation makes it easier to travel safely. Remove the items you know you won’t need, like your library card or local gym card. Bring only the essentials, including some cash or traveler's cheques, a major credit card, a backup credit card, your debit card and any insurance cards you may need. Leave your cheque book at home.

Prepare for the accepted currency (research)


Do your homework before travelling to another country to plan the money you will need. Unless you’re visiting an area that mainly has a cash economy, stick to credit cards, debit cards and traveler’s cheques to add a layer of protection. If you’ll be using public transportation, buy a day pass to save money and keep your wallet safe in your purse or pocket.

Be safe at the Bank Machine (Location) 

 

Using a reputable ATM locator, like those from Visa, MasterCard or your bank, will help you avoid fake ATMs set up by thieves. If you can’t use a locator, choose ATMs in safe areas like airports, banks or hotels. Avoid machines in questionable areas or where locals are mingling too close for comfort.


Don’t be an easy target

 

Pickpockets and identity thieves look for easy opportunities. To avoid being a target, keep an eye on your bags and belongings at all times, especially in the airport or when exiting a taxi at your hotel. Carry a cross-body purse with a zipper closure, or stow your wallet in a front pocket. If you carry a purse, keep one hand on the bag in crowded areas.

Divide your money in many places

 

Instead of keeping all of your money in your wallet or purse, divide it up in different pockets, or stow some in a money belt or bra stash. That way you won’t lose everything if your wallet or purse is stolen. When travelling as a couple, also divide your money between each of you.

Use the hotel safe

If your hotel room has a safe, you can use it to store some of your money. Lock up the bulk of your money and a backup credit card at the beginning of your trip and only take what you need each day. Just be sure to lock the safe securely and check it each time you return to the hotel.

Keeping your money safe on vacation lets you relax and enjoy your time away. If something does go wrong, having money stashed in other pockets or in the hotel safe will make it easier to recover from the loss.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

How to use Top website for all amazing travel deals and saving (save $$$$)

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Top online website to get best deals in 2013



This is my third blog on vacation. In my first two blog we learn that why we should buy travel insurance. And see some cool ideas to make your single star hotel to 5 stars. In this blog you will see the best online website to get best deals.

 

 

Why to use online travel websites?

 

Last minute deals

Online travel websites offer a lot of benefits. For example, if you've just learned that a sudden trip is necessary, you can find last minute deals for transportation and lodging. If you're interested in a special kind of travel, like a theme cruise or vacation package, you can find all the available options in minutes online. Or, suppose you want to fly to Europe for sightseeing, then to the Middle East for a camel ride across the desert, then cruise to Florida for a canoe trip in the Everglades, then take a train home.

 

Best Rate more saving

You can find the best rates for each part of your trip and plan your entire itinerary with the right online travel site. These sites offer you a world of travel which can be narrowed down to exactly what you're looking for. No more need to spend hours doing all the searching yourself or dealing with a travel agent or airline.

 

Easy to get good deals

Travel sites have been around for more than a decade, but now they are at a turning point. A new type of site has evolved; the travel search engine, or 'aggregator.' This type of site makes your already-easy travel searching even easier. Suppose you're looking for the least expensive flight across the country leaving in exactly three days. Or perhaps you want to find the most luxurious canoe trip through the Florida Everglades on Valentine's Day.

Travel search engine Benefits

Type in what you want on a travel search engine such as Smarter Travel or Kayak, and it will search through hundreds of travel-related sites such as Priceline and Travelocity to present you with all the available options. Now you don't even have to search one by one through online travel sites; the aggregators even do that for you!

What to look in travel site?

Industry experts agree that no single travel site always has the lowest prices. If you want to find the absolute best deal, start with a meta-search site that includes hundreds of other travel sites. Although meta-search sites link to booking travel sites, you might conduct the same search at these sites individually to see whether you get the same results. One shortcoming of travel sites is they often exclude regional airlines; therefore, Time magazine recommends checking the airport website to identify regional carriers that might offer more affordable flights.

Experts and users offer the following advice about using a travel booking site:


1. Sort search results by price

 Search results don't necessarily appear sorted by price. The default sort order may list preferred providers first. Check prices on additional pages and look for the option to change the sort order.

2. Contact the service provider.

To avoid unforeseen problems, you may want to contact the airline, hotel or rental car company to review policies before booking, or at least read the policies posted at the website. For example, airlines charge different fees to make a change or check baggage; hotels might require deposits and rental car companies might not accept debit cards.

3. Understand detail fees.

 Although major travel sites advertise "no fee" to book flights, it's important to read the fine print. There may be a fee for flights with multiple carriers, hotels, blind bids, international trips, package deals and in certain other situations. Note whether the prices in the search results include taxes and fees, because some sites don't reveal those charges until you begin the booking process.

 

4. Review policies and cancellation clauses.

Even if the booking site advertises "no fees to make changes or cancel a reservation," you will be required to pay fees that the service provider charges. In the case of booking non-refundable travel, it can be nearly impossible to cancel or make changes, especially on bidding travel sites.

5. Notice changes in pricing.

No price is final until the travel is booked. ConsumerReports.org says it's not uncommon for fares to jump in price, have hidden fees or become unavailable when you begin the booking process. Verify the price through every screen in the booking process, especially after entering a travel voucher.

6. Verify the email confirmation is correct.


Carefully review all the details in the email, because it may be difficult to make last-minute corrections. When purchasing a package deal, make sure you have a confirmation number for each component. If you don't receive an email confirmation, call the company to make sure the travel was booked.

7. Remove traces of previous searches.

Because pricing is dynamic, two people conducting the same search may get different results. Experts say you may need to reset browser settings or delete "cookies" to ensure that you are getting the lowest fare. You might even conduct the same search with two different browsers.

 

8. Sign up for fare alerts.

If you aren't ready to book, many travel sites allow you to sign up to receive daily or weekly fare updates via email. Experts also say airlines tend to announce sales on Tuesday, which makes it a good day to start looking for cheap flights. A few sites also offer price alerts on hotels.

Top website to use get best rate


  1. Why to use Kayak-

By a large margin, most reviewers identify Kayak.com as the best site to begin researching travel options. After entering your search parameters, Kayak.com scours service providers, booking sites like Orbitz.com and… expands international sites to come up with the best offers on flights, hotels, rental cars and cruises. Like other search-only sites, Kayak.com links you directly to the site offering the travel option you select. For flights, Kayak.com provides historical fare information to help you pick the right time to fly. Additionally, Kayak's system will send email alerts about changes in flight and hotel prices relating to your specific travel plans.
http://www.kayak.com/
Pros
•Searches for all types of travel
•Compiles results from 200-plus travel sites
•Historical airfare information
•Alerts for airfare and hotel price changes
•Apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry
Cons
•Not a travel booking site
•Prices may be obsolete

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