Posts in Business Skills

Five tips to ask a British person to do something for you

November 16th, 2018 Business Skills
I spent many years working in local government in the UK. Sometimes, the job was quite difficult. I often had to ask people to do things that I couldn’t do myself, and I wasn’t their manager.  Directly asking for something to be done did not always get an immediate response and I could not expect they would be cooperative. I… Keep on reading!

Five reasons why ‘Hello’ is the best way to start an email

October 9th, 2018 Fluency, Intercultural Awareness, Business Skills
The status of emails, at least in the English language, has evolved over the past 15 years. I remember emails from 15 years ago being issued with text message speak and poor or no punctuation. However, today they are a valid form of communication by many in business – equivalent to a letter. Therefore, this has increased the importance of… Keep on reading!

Five tips for giving business information in an email to a native English speaker

August 7th, 2018 Business Skills
One of my first office-based jobs was as an Assistant Project Manager. I was responsible for servicing meetings – having to send out agendas, minutes, notify clients of meetings etc.… Keep on reading!

Five tips to use friendliness and warmth in business with an English speaker

April 20th, 2018 Intercultural Awareness, Business Skills
During my last trip to the UK, I hired a car at the airport. Whilst I was waiting in the car hire showroom, the assistants began to make conversation with me.… Keep on reading!

Five tips for saying no to a native English speaker without saying no

October 7th, 2017 Intercultural Awareness, Business Skills
Was that a ‘yes’ or was that a ‘no’? Have you ever received an answer from a native English speaker for something, and you weren’t quite sure whether it was a positive or negative response?… Keep on reading!

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