People like to do business with people they trust and there is no substitute for meeting someone face to face. Our live online “Business English Conversation online course: English for Socialising” course was specifically designed by our online native English teachers to provide you with a clear guidance on how to use English effectively in order to establish and maintain new business contacts. The skills you develop will enable you to network effectively in a range of situations from dinner parties to conference coffee breaks, from chance meetings with influential people to networking online, from “breaking the ice” in meetings to starting negotiations effectively.
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“Business English Conversation online course: English for Socialising”: course outcomes
By the end of this course you will be able to:
– Develop interpersonal communication skills
– Explore the form and significance of diplomatic language
– Be aware of intercultural communication
– Establish a good rapport
– Expand your range of English expressions used for a variety of networking situations including initiating and ending conversations, exchanging business cards etc
– Develop strategies for dealing with sensitive issues, e.g. overcoming communication breakdowns or barriers
“Business English Conversation online course: English for Socialising”: sample syllabus
Making contact: Making arrangements via email, Meeting visitors on arrival, Talking about the weather, Talking about plans, Attitudes to time in different cultures.
– Welcoming visitors: Welcoming visitors to your company, Talking about the offices and the company, Offering a visitor refreshments, Giving directions in the building, Introducing a visitor. Language: Using first names, Asking for clarification
– Getting acquainted: Making small talk before a meeting, Talking about free-time activities, Talking about personal possessions, Talking about travel and places you have visited, Following up a visit with an email. Language: Talking about mutual acquaintances, Moving from small talk to actual business, Keeping a conversation going
– Entertaining a visitor: Showing a visitor around your town, Talking about the place where you live, Recommending things to do and places to see, Giving directions in a town or city
– Eating out: Making small talk in a restaurant, Deciding what to order, Talking about family and relationships, Talking about education, Thanking somebody for a meal. Language: Explaining a menu, Keeping a conversation going, The role of humour in different cultures
– Networking at a trade fair: Starting a conversation with a stranger, Talking about your company, Talking about products at the stand, Trying out small-talk topics, Following up a new contract via email. Language: Safe small-talk topics, Ending a conversational politely