Linking English Business Club – Session #5

Continuing with our theme about making conversation, in this session we talked about ways of starting, following and leaving a conversation. Sometimes it’s necessary to leave a conversation abruptly, either to meet other people or if the conversation is becoming tedious.

Starting a conversation

  • Excuse me, do you mind if I join you?
  • Excuse me, I couldn’t help overhearing that you …
  • Can I have a word, please? (To speak to someone privately)
  • Have we met somewhere before?
  • Your face looks familiar…

Following a conversation

  • That’s an interesting point of view.
  • Really?
  • That’s great.
  • I agree.
  • I’m not sure about that.
  • I can’t say I do.
  • I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.

Leaving a conversation

  • I’m sorry but  I’ve just spotted someone that I need to speak to.
  • Can you excuse me for a moment? I need to …
  • I’m sorry but I have to go… I will contact you. We must stay in touch.
  • Please feel free to contact me whenever you want.
  • I’m so sorry but I have to make/ take an important call.
  • I’m sorry I have to go now but I’ll try to catch you later.

Linking English Business Club – Session #4

Breaking the ice

In this session we talked about how to start a conversation. It can be difficult to know how to enter into conversation with strangers.

One way is to eavesdrop discreetly before entering into the conversation, to get an idea of what is being talked about. Another way is to just walk around and mingle with people first, without getting into any heavy conversation.

This helps us to get an idea of what topics are being spoken about and allows us to prepare some good conversation openers to get the ball rolling.

  1. Excuse me. Do you have a light? (for smokers)
  2. Hello. My name’s ……………. Is it ok if I join your group?
  3. Are you here alone or with a group?
  4. And what about you? Where are you from?
  5. It’s cold out here, isn’t it?
  6. I just came out for some fresh air,  it’s so crowded inside.
  7. Sorry, do you mind if I join you?
  8. Are you giving a presentation at the conference?
  9. This salad is delicious. Have you tried it?
  10. Do you know many people here?
  11. Are you enjoying the conference/ party/ event?
  12. It’s a great conference/ party/ event isn’t it?
  13. Is this your first time at this conference/ party/ event?
  14. Did you attend any good presentations today?
  15. Do you know where I can find the spoons/ cloakroom,/etc.?
  16. Did you enjoy this morning’s/ evening’s lecture?
  17. Have you travelled a long way to get here?
  18. What do you do?
  19. Are you from around here?
  20. Could you pass me the milk/ sugar/ water/ etc. please?

English and the digital transformation

This video highlights how the English language is constantly changing. The Internet has accelerated this change and the digital transformation that is being experienced in every sector has added a massive amount of vocabulary. Words that have evolved from the use of digital media, words that 50 years ago were unheard of and today are totally standardized, and words that existed before but their meaning has changed and been adapted for use in our modern world.

These changes happen so rapidly that words and expressions come and go naturally. We don’t learn these new words, we just acquire them through hearing, reading and speaking. Much of this language never gets published in textbooks because once it goes to print, it can become outdated. That’s why it’s so important to complement our reading with the press and articles, because it’s more dynamic. The more you read, the easier it will be to adapt to different styles and to improve your global understanding of the English language.

*Remember, this video is already 4 years old and so, it too has become outdated to some extent. (We are now in the 4.0 era) However, a lot of the opinions expressed here are still valid and the general message is very relevant.

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 y reservar su plaza en el horario que mejor le conviene en el siguiente enlace.

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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!)

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