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Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, May 29, 2012 @ 07:29 AM

training for business EnglishHow's everything going at work with your English skills?

Do you sometimes feel like you need training to improve your Business English?

Well, you are in luck!

Today we have an awesome collection of some of our most popular and helpful articles about English in the American workplace for international professionals like you!

Do you ever have trouble writing business emails, making presentations at work or just understanding the ways that your American colleagues communicate and make decisions?

Read today's article for help and guidance!


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1. How are your English presentation skills?


Did you ever get stuck in front of a crowd and forget the correct words to use to introduce your presentation?

Or maybe you froze completely and only your native language came out! What a disaster! Presentations can be stressful so don't less this happen again!

Read these articles to work on your English presentation skills:business English presentation





2. Ready for your presentation in English? Wait... you forgot something!


The thing that you are missing when you just prepare for your presentation by studying grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary is...culture! What am I talking about here? Do you want your presentation to succeed? Then don't ignore the cultural assumptions, norms and communication styles of your audience!

Did your boss tell you that you should engage your American audience and get them involved? Maybe. Did he tell you why?

Probably not!

Having the right vocabulary words to engage your audience isn't enough! You need to recognize that your American colleagues (who grew up in the US) have gone through an educational system where they were expected to participate and speak up.

If you create your presentation that does not allow for them to do that, they might get bored...and you don't want that!

Why Culture Matters when You Deliver a Business Presentation in English


american culture and presenting




3. Maybe you think your English grammar skills are great and maybe they are but...


...something is still missing and you aren't sure what it is.

When you interact with your American colleagues, it seems like you don't completely understand each other.

And when you give them feedback on their work, they always seem to take it the wrong way. What's going on?

Again, it's about culture! Read the article below to learn how to deliver feedback and criticism in the United States.American culture and feedback


Business English and American Culture | How to Give Feedback






4. What do you need to remember about the handshake in American business situations?


american business handshake

It seems like a simple interaction between two people, right? Well, it is a simple and sometimes powerful interaction if you do it right.

But if you do it incorrectly, it could mean that your business relationship will downhill or that you won't get the contract you were counting on.

So why not test your knowledge with this article:

American Culture and the Business Handshake






5. How many business English expressions do you know?


Are you able to join in the conversation or respond with a quick remark when someone makesEnglish idioms and expressions a joke or uses an idiom in the office?

Without an understanding of these expressions, how will you build rapport with your colleagues or feel comfortable in the office?

You better get started with the article below.


Business English Expressions at the Office






 6. Have you ever sat in a business meeting feeling awkward and uncomfortable?


Did you stay quiet and avoid participating in the discussion because you weren't confident that you knew the right vocabulary words?

Don't let this happen again! In this series, you will learn:








7. How confident do you feel when you speak English on the phone at work?


Android? i-phone? Blackberry? Old fashioned flip phone?

No matter what kind of phone you telephone English vocabularyhave at the office, you need to be able to respond to and make calls with confidence, authority and clear speech.

Can you do that?

If not, you should check out the article below to improve your telephone skills.


American Business English | Telephone Vocabulary





8. What confuses you about your American colleagues and their working style?


culture and confusion in the workplaceDo we all communicate in the same way? Hold the same worldview? Make the same assumptions? Solve problems in the same way? Negotiate a business deal using the same tactics and methods? Of course not!

If you sometimes get confused by your colleagues, even when you understand their English, it is probably a cultural difference.

Learn more about cultural differences at work in this article:

Culture and Confusion in the Workplace : What Does it Look Like?




9. Do you make a lot of mistakes when you write business Emails in English?


Writing good emails is crucial in the business world! Do you know how to format a business emailsemail in English?

Do you have the right vocabulary words? What about levels of formality and directness?

Do you need a little help?

This article will give you some of the tools that you need.



Business English Communication | Email Writing in English





10. Still need some help with your business English?


tutoring for international professionals business, tableSome people do great by just reading blog articles, watching You Tube videos and learning with free online resources.

Other people like to sit down every week with a professional to receive training in business English and create a customized course based on their own needs.

Howver, it's not always easy finding the right English tutor.

Read this article to find out five things that you should look for when you choose a language professional.


Choosing a Business English Tutor | How and Why



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