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 Much of this language never gets published in textbooks because once it goes to print, it can become outdated.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 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.

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.

Click here to read more.

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

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?