I sometimes have clients come to me and they are already operational in speaking social and business English. Perhaps they are currently living, or have lived previously in an English-speaking country, or been working in a managerial role in an international team so use English every day.
So, why do they need to improve their Business English communication skills, if they are operational already?
Usually there is a trigger. Something that is bothering them and they want to fix. Maybe a work situation that happened recently or has been ongoing for a while and has finally come to a head, that means that they need to face their English communication challenge.
For example, it could be a key meeting in English with clients, suppliers or even senior management, where they felt frustrated by not joining in fully with the discussion. This professional feels limited because it takes time to translate their views in their head – and so hesitates to speak up – and misses the opportunity to contribute.
It could also be presentations in English, where a client feels exposed or stressed, not able to express their full personality. They want to communicate their key messages with the nuances and subtleties to connect to their audience.
For other international professionals, it is their report or email writing skills which needs development. They may be good at speaking, both for planned and spontaneous interactions, but now they need to uplevel their English writing skills to match their speaking capabilities, so they come across as professional and can make a good impression.
Is this you?
If so, then you would benefit from improving your Business English communication skills.
This means you will be able to express yourself more confidently and naturally in English, whatever the situation or challenge.
- We can focus on boosting your professional vocabulary range and ensure grammar essentials are secure, so you can choose the appropriate language for the situation.
- It is possible to develop your listening skills to enable you to understand a broader range of English accents, both native speakers, as well as international English from all over the world.
- We can build your spontaneous speaking ability, so you are more comfortable to speak up and express yourself.
- You can eventually reach a stage where you can deliver professionally to your desired level and connect well with your international team, senior management, clients, suppliers and network.
Developing your Business English ultimately is part of your toolkit enabling you to fully develop your career and go for that interview or promotion without feeling limited by your communication ability.
Your time is precious and you need to be efficient to maximise your progress towards your goal to improve your Business English. So, you would benefit from feedback on your English communication skills, practical exercises for you to implement, a chance to have your questions answered and develop your Business English level.
This is why it makes sense to focus on improving your Business English in dedicated support through individual sessions on specific topics or as part of an ongoing programme to uplevel your skills.