Linking English Business Club – Session 2

Job Interviews

In this session we watched a video about a young man who goes for a job interview. His attitude is very laid back and he doesn’t seem overly interested in getting the job. After watching the video we discussed his attitude and we came to the conclusion that he should have been a bit more humble. The message that he transmits is that he doesn’t take the job seriously and he only sees it as a stepping stone to another job in the near future. Despite saying that he was better than his colleagues, if he did get the job, he probably wouldn’t pull his weight and would leave all the hard work to others.

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We talked about our most valuable assets as professionals. Here’s what we came up with:

  • Be an actor
  • Be a “trust generator”
  • Be proactive
  • Be creative
  • Get involved
  • Be an analyst
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be honest
  • Be practical
  • Be logical

* The definitions of words in bold can be found on the VOCABULARY page of the Linking English website.

Linking English Business Club

Esta iniciativa es una respuesta a la necesidad de muchos profesionales que requieren un espacio para practicar el inglés. Para muchos el objetivo principal es conseguir más fluidez pero también es necesario actualizar las habilidades de comunicación en un mundo de negocios cada vez más internacional, online y offline.

Las sesiones son dirigidas por profesores nativos que generan la conversación, guiando a los participantes y fomentando la interacción. La conversación se complementa con soporte audiovisual y digital para crear un ambiente dinámico y enriquecedor.

Las aportaciones de los participantes son fundamentales para compartir experiencias y crear situaciones reales de conversación que pueden ser útiles para todos.

La flexibilidad de horario es fundamental y por eso puede elegir cada semana las sesiones que mejor le encajen en su agenda. Sólo tiene que confirmar su asistencia a través de un correo a hello@linkingenglish.com y reservar su plaza en el horario que mejor le conviene en el siguiente enlace.

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*PRECIOS REDUCIDOS DE INTRODUCCIÓN PARA EL MES DE NOVIEMBRE

Para asistir al Linking English Business Club es necesario adquirir un bono mensual.

Precios detallados son para socios o no-socios del Club Financiero Atlántico.

Los bonos sólo son válidos durante el mes de emisión.

No se pueden transferir sesiones al siguiente mes.

Las plazas son limitadas. Cada sesión tiene un máximo de 6 plazas.

Make body language your superpower

 

Before you even open your mouth, you are communicating. Many people don’t realise how important body language is in effective communication and they spend hours and hours on perfecting a language that 90%of the time they will be using with other non-native speakers, whose English is less than perfect.

What we have to focus on are our communication skills and body language can make or break the start of a good working relationship.

This video from the Stanford Graduate School of Business shows us some tips for communicating effectively when giving presentations.

 

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!)

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.

If you would like to read the full article from Tsedel Neely, please click here to read more