Linked In for Learning English

Linked In is by far one of the most powerful work tools available for anyone who wants to learn, share, make contacts or improve job prospects. However, many people are unaware of its full potential and either don’t use it much, only use it when they’re looking for a new job, or think they don’t need it.

Well, let me tell you something. Everyone who wants to get the best from their work needs it and it’s never too late to start.

This course is titled “The Importance of Resilience” by the authors of the best-selling book Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

I use Linked In to make contacts, to connect with people in similar fields, with similar ways of thinking and to look for inspiration. Any professional, regardless of their job, should connect with other people and see what’s happening around the world. It really is very motivating. I have made several connections that have lead to new projects. Real working collaborations that have proved to be successful.

This depends on how active you want to be. Some prefer to be passive users and just peruse posts and articles that are shared by others. This is fine but if you want to get more out of it you need to interact. Leave comments, share posts or interesting articles you find online, etc. You don’t even have to write anything yourself (although it helps).

I am an avid user of Linked In, but this week I noticed an added feature that I hadn’t taken advantage of previously. It’s nothing new, it’s just that I’d never stopped to look into it. Linked In Learning – these are a series of courses that are available on the Linked In platform.

For a monthly subscription fee, you can choose from a wide range of courses that can help you improve your job prospects or work skills. This service is available for free on a 1 month trial and when I saw the advertisement on my profile home page, I decided to take a look.

 

The free courses are very simple. They consist of a series of videos that are accompanied by transcripts and this is the key factor for learning English.

HIghlighted text in transcripts.

The transcripts highlight the words as they are spoken in the video. This is an excellent feature for those who are looking to improve their speaking skills in English. You can watch the body language, listen to the intonation, observe the pauses and the emphasis given to specific words. It’s a very interesting way of learning and practising English while learning dialogue that can be useful in professional environments.

As well as these courses, it goes without saying that reading professional articles and watching videos in English helps to improve your professional vocabulary and enables you to understand expressions that are commonly used in your sector. Language is only a small part of the communication process, if you want to you can express yourself in many ways and the Internet is a massive international brainstorming session.

 

P.S. This post is not commissioned by Linked In. (I wish it was!)

English Links – words and expressions for authentic English

Linking English is using social media to offer its followers words and expressions that make your English more authentic. Social media is a great tool for communicating and platforms like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter have a great reach, allowing people to share information and to tailor their networks to their lifestyle.

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Facebook: Linking English Page

Instagram: @linkingenglishcom

Twitter: @linkingenglish

The importance of a universal phonetic alphabet

We have all been in in a situation where you have to spell your name, an address or a reference over the telephone. These details can be very important and often much time is wasted by trying to communicate correctly over the phone or even more so if incorrect details are taken.

The NATO phonetic alphabet is internationally recognised and serves to provide a clear spoken definition of the letters of the English alphabet. It is also known as the ICAO alphabet in aviation where errors in understanding could have drastic consequences. It’s true that you may come across someone on the other end of the phone who is not familiar with it, and many countries have their own national version, but generally in professional fields it is widely used.

Listening is the most important skill for communication

Good communication is not only about talking. In order to have a good conversation you must know how to listen actively. This is a key factor that many people overlook and this leads to one-sided conversations that often turn into monologues. Active listening requires showing an interest in what is being said and offering feedback in the form of eye contact, verbal and non-verbal language, etc.

Communicating in a language other than your own, is even more difficult and these key aspects can be vital in helping you to understand and to express yourself effectively.

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The art of “small talk”in English – making conversation


Small talkDefinition: polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.

The art of making small talk can be a vital tool in the  business world. Starting conversation with new people is a skill that is often underestimated and yet it can be the key to making good connections with the right people.

When you are faced with this situation in a foreign language, it can be more difficult and it is an area that people feel less confident than the more rehearsed business talk.

This article gives you some interesting and useful conversation starters to help you in those awkward situations.

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Obviously, you have to find the way to link these questions to your conversation in a natural way. Linking English can help you with professional conversation training.

How to introduce yourself in business networking

How you introduce yourself at business networking events is crucial for making a good impression on potential partners or clients, however it is often a stumbling block for many people who have only prepared a formal presentation. This is often where many good business relationships begin as the path to success starts here. Natural conversation with people you don’t know is one of the most difficult areas to master in communication,  and even more so when the language used is not your mother tongue.

Here are some important guidelines for you:
1. Always introduce yourself at business networking events by saying your name and surname.

Example: Hi there, my name is  Conchi, Conchi Fuentes, I’m the Managing Director of Linking English.

2. Have an effective networking opener – an opening statement that shows your passion and drive in what you do. Focus on “WHY” you do what you do.

Example: I have been teaching English for many years and I realised that people spend years learning English but they are not able to communicate effectively, much of this stems from a lack of confidence. There is a strong demand for good English communication skills and this is something that has been overlooked in traditional teaching. So I started my own company to provide effective English training based on good communication rather than perfect grammar.

3. Give a brief example or anecdote of this passion in your recent accomplishments.

Example: The most important factor of good communication is not to focus only on language. Only 7% of communication is based on spoken language (based on words). The rest is verbal and non-verbal. So why are we obsessed with perfecting a language when much of what we want to communicate is not language based. In fact, we should pay a lot more attention to body language, sounds and intonation, as this could lead to a very negative interpretation if not used correctly. 

4. Have a closing statement that invites others to enter the conversation. This could be a question or a statement that lets others continue the conversation.

Example: I love my work and I love connecting with people around the world. I love helping people to feel comfortable speaking English and enabling them to enjoy the potential of good communication. Technology gives us access to the world, the rest is up to you…

 

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Global Business Speaks English

Many people have been learning English since their school days but you should ask yourself this question – How much value does my English add to my professional capacity?

In any company today, English is a standard requirement. It is no longer an extra bonus, it is accepted as a standard requisite on any CV. However, the realty is that many people may have spent years studying English and obtaining qualifications and yet they still don’t feel confident when communicating in English.

Several multi-national companies have established English as their corporate language, a strategy that helps to avoid misunderstanding and provides a common tool for collaboration in the workplace.

This video from the Harvard Business Review gives a clear insight into the common language approach for global business.

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5 Ways to Communicate Better… in any language.

Five ways to communicate better – and influence people

Whether it’s Michel Barnier and David Davis talking themselves to a standstill in Brexit negotiations, or the impending face-off between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the vexed topic of good – and bad – communication is on our minds. But is there a way to make your conversations and interactions better?

English is the new Lingua Franca – say the French

 

English is now the lingua franca. That’s how it is. You have to speak English if you want to act and move in globalization.

 

This is what the French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, said at the EDHEC Business School in a recent press conference. He also announced that all students would have to pass English language tests, such as the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), Cambridge (Cambridge English Language Assessment) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System), at the end of high school and their undergraduate degree.

This statement means a lot coming from the French who, over the years, have resisted giving in to English being the “global language”, and yet,  that’s the way it is.

It is true that the World Economic Forum recently reported that Chinese and Spanish are listed above English in the world’s most spoken languages, however, English is still the most common language used for communicating around the world. It goes without saying that it is also the most studied language in the world.

Good communication is essential in business and with so many people learning English around the world, you must go a little bit further in order to get the “edge” over your competitors.