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?

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.

Reservar plazas del Linking English Business Club

*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 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.

Click here to read more.

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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