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How to Improve Your Business English Skills

Are you struggling to speak with your colleagues at work? Do you find it hard to negotiate with your business partners? If you need to improve your business English then you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some tips on how to improve your Business English skills:

What is Business English?

Business English is a specialized study of English adapted to skilled professionals who need to communicate in English using technical and specialized expressions and words. It is used in a wide range of professional sectors, including commerce, scientific research, financial industry, trade and much more. In a globally connected world, where English is considered to be the major language used in business, it is becoming increasingly important to master the English language to be considered a competitive player in the workforce.

The study of Business English encompasses both written and oral communication and prepares students to effectively write business letters and emails, communicate well in presentations and meetings, negotiate with clients and partners, and write resumes for job applications.

Why do you need to master Business English?

As the most widely spoken language in the world, English is the dominating language in business. Companies all over the world use English for commerce, trade, negotiations, meetings and communicating with clients. Each field has its own specific and technical phrases and vocabulary, which can be difficult for non-English speakers to understand. In fact, speaking professionally at a business meeting or during a trade deal can be crucial to expanding your company’s outcome and profit.

Mastering business English does not limit itself to learning phrases and words. It requires a deeper understanding of what tone to use when communicating and how to express your ideas intelligently. Therefore, a student with an in-depth knowledge of Business English is a great value for a company and is likely to make them more competitive in the job market, as suggested by EF – English First.

Written communication

In a globally connected world, writing professionally and persuasively in English has great impact on your business outcome. Whether you are writing letters, sending emails, writing a resume for a job application, negotiating a trade deal or writing technical reports, there are a few things to consider.

In written communication, using the correct vocabulary and expressing your thoughts coherently could be a deal breaker for your company. More importantly, having a formal structure and tone in your writing gives your company a more serious and professional business profile to potential clients and business partners. For example, you could begin your letter with, “Dear Mr. Jones” or “To Whom It May Concern”, and similarly, you could end your letter with, “Your Sincerely” or “Kind Regards”.

Oral communication

As opposed to written communication where you can prepare well in advance, oral communication is spontaneous and requires you to have strong listening and speaking skills. For example, when presenting a new business model to your partners, you might have to face different types of questions that you are unable to prepare for in advance and must answer at the spot. When negotiating with a client you must know specific terminology and words to win a deal. It is therefore important to build your Business English vocabulary.

Common Business English vocabulary

When communicating with business partners, clients and coworkers you are likely to use some of the words below:

1) Increase/Decrease – To make greater/ less

2) Disclose – To reveal an information

3) Notary – A person authorized to authenticate documents, take affidavits etc.

4) Disbursement – Money paid out

5) Drawback – A hindrance or obstacle

6) Delineate – Describe with precision

7) Leverage – Having the power to act or influence people or events

8) Revoke – Take back or withdraw

9) Liability – Debt, money owed

10) Balance sheet – A statement of the financial position of a business

If you are looking for more advice regarding Business English or if you want to take online classes, feel free to contact me.

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