Having a nice chat with a business partner? No problem. Networking at drinks parties? Great fun. The social aspect is a vital part of building long-term working relationships. But what if you suddenly need to network in English? Or you start working with English-speaking colleagues? Would you still be able to chat with ease in the same pleasant, informal way? Brush up your English conversational skills in our Networking and small talk course.
In the Taalcentrum-VU’s Networking and small talk course you will learn how to start a conversation, how to hold the other person’s attention, and how to make small talk in a professional context. You will learn and experiment with words and expressions that are not only useful for networking events, but also for those informal chats at the coffee machine or before the start of a meeting.
After completing this course, you will be able to communicate in a professional manner with your international business partners and English-speaking colleagues. You will have a larger vocabulary, an understanding of the do’s and don’ts of networking and small talk, and you will be more flexible in English conversations. Discover in detail what the course is about by clicking the topics below.
What is the best way to introduce yourself and your organization? How do you start a conversation and what useful opening lines might you use?
As in Dutch, you’ll have to deal with a range of conversational situations when speaking English. Learn to use a range of phrases and expressions for different settings, from conference dinners to pre-meeting chatter.
Pronunciation doesn’t need to be a barrier. Our Networking and small talk course will show you how to avoid common pronunciation mistakes. It also gives you tips on how to become more fluent and sound even better in English.
An awareness of the cultural differences between you and your business partner is a real help when doing international business. What’s the best way to handle cultural differences, and how do you avoid the pitfalls of polite communication in English?
In our Networking and small talk course we’ll also cover the art of small talk. Dropping a joke into the conversation, enquiring about your business partner’s vacation plans or discussing the latest sports developments. And all of that in English!
Nothing is so annoying as a conversation that dries up due to a lack of language skills. What is the best way to keep the conversation going? What useful words and expressions can we use to manage a conversation and avoid awkward silences?