Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Business English " Small talk"

In Business not all the time are we talking about finances, and how the business is going.  There are situations that you need to speak with colleagues "small talk."  This could be when you are in an elevator with a colleague, or right before a meeting begins.  You need to be open to these opportunities because they can help you build a business relationship that can come in handy when you meet with that person in a business context.

Key Terms - these can be subjects that you can talk about with colleagues
The weather
Political news
Health news
News that affects your business
The next big holiday coming up
The holiday that just past
Your last vacation
Your next vacation
Your kids' event, i.e. first day at school, graduation
The upcoming meeting
Your hobbies
The traffic

Add more subjects to this list!

When was the last time you had to speak with a colleague while waiting for a meeting to begin?
What do you usually speak about?
How well do you know that person?
How long do you usually speak in this context?

Case Study
You are in the elevator with a colleague whom you don't know well.  You are on a business news site on your smartphone.  Play the scene with your teacher or a colleague.  You can relate to the news that you read on your smartphone, the weather or something that is going to happen at work.

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

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