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Maida Besic


University of Hawaii at Manoa
Higher Education Administration
United States
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Language Skills

  • English (US): Native


Price (25 min):

12.00 Coins Book Sessions

* This price is for free conversation lessons.

Rating & Experience:

285 sessions 111 Ratings Cancellations: 1 No-show: 1


Improve communication skills in business, research, and social interactions

Hello, thank you for visiting my profile. I am happy to help you with your English learning goals. My name is Maida and I worked in a number of different fields from real estate to the nonprofit sector and internationally. As I have lived and worked in a number of countries it is important to understand cross cultural differences in communication as well. As the very nature of how we communicate varies from culture to culture and thus impacts the effectiveness of our business negotiations, presentations, and social interactions.

My focus is not on grammar, however, my goal is to help you communicate in English whether professionally, academically, or personally. Thus, the focus will be to get you not only speaking but communicating effectively in order to express yourself in a more nuanced way so you can have more complex discussions and interactions. Particularly, I focus on business situations and academics.

For business we develop communication skills for you to discuss your profession, negotiations, conflict management, drafting correspondence and reports as well as communication for interviews, meetings, and conference calls.

For academics, we will work on discussing research, preparing presentations, teaching material, articles, and summaries so you can articulate your research in English effectively.

For personal interest we can focus on a wider array of topics that are of interest to you in order to build vocabulary and communication skills to discuss your hobbies and interests.

In order to accomplish a broader vocabulary and capability of speaking it is important during our first lesson to get to know your learning goals and thus I will focus on asking you questions, assessing your English level, and then developing a plan of action for us to continue improving your fluency. I want to work with you to understand your learning objectives and how we can use our time most effectively. We will develop a plan together to use resources from your professional life so you can see improvement directly. Thus, it is important for you to share with me your objectives and what you would like to achieve with SkimaTalk.

To get started choose a time that works for you and I´ll be in touch with you.

Teaching Specialty:

English Basics › Vocabulary / Useful Phrases

If you already know the basics of English and want to learn more vocabulary and comprehension. I can help expand your vocabulary and understanding of language use so you develop more complex conversations and language skills.

English Basics › Pronunciation / Phonics

I will work with you to improve your pronunciation so you can communicate easier with others.

Everyday English › General

I can teach you the general basics for English are you are starting to learn. To understand the background of the language, alphabet, pronunciation, reading, and listening. These are al ways to improve your overall English speaking skills.


2014 - 2016
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Education › Higher Education Administration (Master)
Work Experience:
2006 - 2010
Real Estate One Real Estate
Sales / Customer Support
As a Realtor I met with clients regularly and conducted presentations for clients. I analyzed property listings to conduct price comparisons for the sale and purchase of private property. I interviewed prospective clients, accompanied them to sites, and discussed conditions of their sale. My duties included drawing up real estate contracts and negotiating the price with clients. I managed foreclosure inventory and prepared broker price opinions to list foreclosed properties.
2011 - 2012
El-Hibri Charitable Foundation Other
Other Professional
I collaborated with social activists, professors, universities, NGOs, and government organizations to create public and private events related to social justice and peace education. I worked closely with the President and Program Director in implementing program objectives and outreach efforts. My role required the planning and management of events, outreach, and onsite logistics. My main project was to plan the El-Hibri International Peace Prize event for 2011, fundraising related events, and private receptions. I also ran office administration which included database management, data entry, social media and website updates, e-mail correspondence, and scheduling of appointments when needed.
2012 - 2012
Pacific Quest Healthcare
Other Professional
The goal of this program is for students to learn healthy life skills and complete their therapy program to return to school or pursue academic, professional, and personal goals.. I advised students on program objectives, academic options, and post program planning. I tracked their progress and developed strategies for intervention and improvements in student programs. I supervised up to two employees and ten students and coordinated logistics and schedules for staff and students. I led group trips to excursions and faciliated and instructed group therapeutic and wellness curriculum.
2013 - 2014
USFS Financial Service
Other Professional
As a corporate trainer I worked in consultation with the training manager and underwriting support manager to develop plans for continuous improvement of procedures. I tracked employee performance and created strategies for quality control in addition to training new employees and implementing a formal training program and training materials.
2014 - 2016
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art Arts and Entertainment
Other Professional
I worked with the public programs division and assisted in the execution of public events with current artists in residence. Mainly working on logistics, event promotion, monitoring visitor lists, email correspondence, and day of the event activities. I interviewed current artists in residence and created video and written blog content. I created and conducted visitor surveys and assessments of the visitor's experience of events
2017 - 2018
Semester at Sea Education
Other Professional
My main responsibility was to design 70 experiential field experiences in conjunction with faculty in ten different countries for over 500 students. I worked with professors, local hosts, and community partners in Asia and Africa to create experiential learning activities and visits. I managed the budget, payments, and travel logistics for each field experience. I also reviewed evaluations and feedback from students and faculty and conducted evaluations and field visits. With my colleagues I facilitated the process of dispatching over 500 students, faculty and staff for immigration process and program departures.


Overall: 4.74

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Voice/Video Clarity
4.50 (/ 5.00)

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