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Business English Skills 360 podcast lessons provide essential tips and language for communicating in English. Free transcripts and PDF downloads are available on the website: https://www.BusinessEnglishPod.com

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Skills 360 – Getting the Most out of a Conference (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host Tim Simmons, and today I want to talk about how to get the most out of a conference. The digital age has changed the way we communicate and build relationships. And while it’s great to be able to connect with someone on the other side of the world by email, phone, or chat apps, face to face contact is certainly not dead. In fact, in this hyperconnected world, face to face contact is even more valuable, and one of the best opportunities for face time is at a conference. Getting the most out of a conference begins before the conference, when you plan your trip. In many cases, you’ll have the option to stay at the conference venue. If so, it’s worth it. And if not, then stay as close as possible. You don’t want to miss out on any action because you’re spending time getting to and from the conference. And there’s lots of informal networking opportunities that can happen spontaneously around the conference location. You want to be able to capitalize on those opportunities as much as possible. Conference preparation also means having an early look at the agenda or lineup of talks and deciding which ones you want to attend. You might choose based on the topic, or because you want to meet the presenter. But don’t pack your schedule. Leave some time open for a tete a tete with a prospect or a potential partner. Now, you’ve probably seen people at conferences ducking out of presentations to take phone calls or madly sending emails during breaks? Don’t let that be you. If at all possible, carve time out of your schedule to be truly present at the conference. Let colleagues know you’ll be busy so they don’t inundate you with email. You’ve probably also seen people racing around trying to locate a phone charger, or apologizing because they don’t have any business cards on them. These are definitely things to avoid. Come prepared. Make sure you have all the tech and business cards you might need. So, imagine you’ve done all you should to prepare and you show up on the first day at the registration table. You get your name tag and your conference package and… now what? Well, I’d like to share some “dos” with you today. And in our next lesson I’ll go over some important “don’ts.” What kind of “dos” am I talking about? Well, my number one suggestion is to get out and meet people. If all you want is information or learning, then you can do that online, or in a class. A conference is one of the absolute best networking opportunities around. So don’t be shy. Be the first to break the ice. Other people will appreciate it. That conference room is full of potential customers and collaborators. Go find them. Be personable. And in every conversation try to establish a personal connection or something in common. That might mean a place, an interest, a mutual acquaintance, or an opinion on one of the speakers. Speaking of speakers, it’s a great idea to use the topics of their talk or workshop as a starting point for a conversation. And one thing you should do that will help you absorb and process what you learn is to take notes. Don’t assume you’ll remember everything you hear. Taking notes will also help you ask good questions at the end of a talk or presentation.

7 MIN2017 JUN 18
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Skills 360 – Getting the Most out of a Conference (1)

Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 as we continue our look at the habits of highly effective English learners. Yes, I said habits, because good habits are the foundation of a lot of success and achievement. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about getting fit or being productive or learning a new skill. Good habits will serve you well. Why else do you think that Stephen Covey has sold over 25 million copies of his book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People?” So, when it comes to learning a language, what are the habits that will get you where you want to go? Well, last time I talked about the importance of being regular, reviewing what you learn, setting goals, and taking risks. Today I want to start with an idea that a lot of people are happy to hear: read and listen to things you’re actually interested in. Seriously. Learning doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, a surefire way to lose motivation is to st...

7 MIN2017 FEB 26
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Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (2)

Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today's lesson on the habits of highly effective language learners. How is it that some people seem to pick up language easily, while others struggle for years and can’t seem to get the hang of it? Well, you might think it’s all about talent, that some people just have a knack for languages, while others don’t. Talent is part of it, but only a small part of it. In fact, most people who do a good job of learning a language aren’t necessarily smarter than everyone else, they just have good habits. I’m using that word “habit” very deliberately. But what is a habit? It’s a behavior that is regular. And this is the very first and most important thing I want to talk about: regularity. It’s hard to learn a language if you go in fits and spurts every once in a while. I’m sure you’ve seen people do this: they decide they need to buckle down and study hard, so they buy a big ...

7 MIN2017 FEB 19
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Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (1)

Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today's lesson on how you can sound more credible or believable. In the last lesson, we looked at what you should say to sound credible. In this lesson, we’re going to take a look at what not to say. In other words, there are some things that can damage your credibility. These are habits or expressions that will make people trust you less, not more. One thing that makes you sound less credible is talking about yourself too much. The words “I” and “me” are dangerous if you use them too much. Boasting about what you’ve done, and what you know, or who you know, won’t make most people trust you more. All right, it might work for some politicians with some listeners. But for the most part, talking at length about how great you are is not a good idea. Another thing to avoid is exaggeration. If your company earned $800,000, don’t say “We’ve made millions of dollars.” And i...

6 MIN2016 OCT 16
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Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (2)

Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want to look at how you can sound credible, or believable. And believe me: this is going to be one really great lesson. Trust me. It’s going to be great. Unbelievably great! Okay, but really folks, does that kind of thing sound familiar? It’s election year in the U.S., and you’ve probably been hearing some pretty big talk from the candidates. One of the most glaring problems with so much of these candidates’ statements is that of credibility. Sounding credible means that people can trust you, and trust what you say. And not just because you tell them to. Sounding credible also means people will respect you and believe you have the competence to get the job done. So, how do you make people believe that? What exactly should you say to sound credible? And what should you not say? Well, one thing that cre...

6 MIN2016 OCT 9
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Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (1)

Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 for today's lesson on how to connect with your audience while you’re actually delivering your presentation in English. It’s easy to leave your connection with the audience to chance. I mean, you might think that giving a presentation should be about conveying a message rather than “connecting” with your audience. But I assure you, whatever your message is, you’ll get it across with much greater success if you have a good connection with your audience. And that connection isn't a chance occurrence. You have to work on it. Last time I gave you some tips on what you can do before you start your presentation. Today I want to talk about what you can do during your presentation. And a great place to begin is at the beginning. One thing you should definitely do in your opening is to tell your listeners why your presentation matters. That might sound like this: “The...

6 MIN2016 JUL 24
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Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (2)

Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want to talk about how to connect with your audience during a presentation. You’ve probably heard all sorts of advice about delivering a good presentation in English. But at the end of the day, every single presentation strategy is designed for one thing: connecting with the audience. In fact, if you don’t connect with your audience, you might as well pack up your PowerPoint and head home. You need to build a bridge to send your message across. No bridge, no message. And don’t think you need to be an easy-going extrovert to connect with an audience. This is something that you can learn to do well. Today I want to focus on what you do before you actually take the stage. Yes, before you even lay eyes on your audience, you can start thinking about how to connect. You’ll need to do some thinking about you...

7 MIN2016 JUL 17
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Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (1)

Skills 360 – How to Influence People (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today’s lesson how to influence people. The power to influence can allow you to do many wonderful things, such as lead people, change their minds, motivate them to action, and negotiate successfully. These are abilities that can help you in life and in business. Now, it might seem like some people naturally have more influence than others, but that’s not always the case. Many powerful people have learned how to influence people using specific techniques. In our last lesson, we had a look at what you should talk about and how you should talk about it. Today I want to take a closer look at some language techniques that can open the door to greater influence. And these techniques all help build rapport or trust with the person you’re talking to. Let’s start with one key habit that really makes a positive impression on people: using their name. Dale Carnegie, who literally wro...

6 MIN2016 MAR 27
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Skills 360 – How to Influence People (2)

Skills 360 – How to Influence People (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quizzes | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today’s lesson how to influence people. So there are many different reasons why you might want to influence people. Maybe you’re trying to get their support for your idea, or maybe you want to inspire them, or maybe you want to convince them to do something. Whatever the case may be, I think you’ll find the techniques we’re going to learn today very useful for winning people over. First I want to look at what you should focus on when you speak to others. And that doesn’t mean just talking about yourself or your idea, as people might stop listening. Instead, try starting with the ‘why’ instead of the ‘what’. That is, give people a reason to listen to your idea, then give them your idea. For example, say you believe that your company’s marketing budget should be decreased. Instead of starting with that idea, set it up with compelling reasons first. That might sound like “w...

6 MIN2016 MAR 20
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Skills 360 – How to Influence People (1)

Skills 360 – Business English Hacks (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quizzes | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want look to give you more great tips for ramping up your business English skills. You’ve probably heard that one of the traits of a great business leader is the ability to communicate. So, what does it mean to be a good communicator? What does a good communicator actually do? Well, there are a few things that every good communicator does. In our last lesson I covered a few of these simple techniques, and today I want to add to that list. When you think of being a good communicator, you probably think about speaking skills. But my first bit of advice is all about listening. Nobody likes it if you drone on and never give anyone else a chance to speak. You’ve got to learn to keep your mouth closed and your ears open. And you’ve got to listen actively to actually show people you’re listening. That starts with smiling and nodd...

7 MIN2015 SEP 14
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Skills 360 – Business English Hacks (2)

Latest Episodes

Skills 360 – Getting the Most out of a Conference (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host Tim Simmons, and today I want to talk about how to get the most out of a conference. The digital age has changed the way we communicate and build relationships. And while it’s great to be able to connect with someone on the other side of the world by email, phone, or chat apps, face to face contact is certainly not dead. In fact, in this hyperconnected world, face to face contact is even more valuable, and one of the best opportunities for face time is at a conference. Getting the most out of a conference begins before the conference, when you plan your trip. In many cases, you’ll have the option to stay at the conference venue. If so, it’s worth it. And if not, then stay as close as possible. You don’t want to miss out on any action because you’re spending time getting to and from the conference. And there’s lots of informal networking opportunities that can happen spontaneously around the conference location. You want to be able to capitalize on those opportunities as much as possible. Conference preparation also means having an early look at the agenda or lineup of talks and deciding which ones you want to attend. You might choose based on the topic, or because you want to meet the presenter. But don’t pack your schedule. Leave some time open for a tete a tete with a prospect or a potential partner. Now, you’ve probably seen people at conferences ducking out of presentations to take phone calls or madly sending emails during breaks? Don’t let that be you. If at all possible, carve time out of your schedule to be truly present at the conference. Let colleagues know you’ll be busy so they don’t inundate you with email. You’ve probably also seen people racing around trying to locate a phone charger, or apologizing because they don’t have any business cards on them. These are definitely things to avoid. Come prepared. Make sure you have all the tech and business cards you might need. So, imagine you’ve done all you should to prepare and you show up on the first day at the registration table. You get your name tag and your conference package and… now what? Well, I’d like to share some “dos” with you today. And in our next lesson I’ll go over some important “don’ts.” What kind of “dos” am I talking about? Well, my number one suggestion is to get out and meet people. If all you want is information or learning, then you can do that online, or in a class. A conference is one of the absolute best networking opportunities around. So don’t be shy. Be the first to break the ice. Other people will appreciate it. That conference room is full of potential customers and collaborators. Go find them. Be personable. And in every conversation try to establish a personal connection or something in common. That might mean a place, an interest, a mutual acquaintance, or an opinion on one of the speakers. Speaking of speakers, it’s a great idea to use the topics of their talk or workshop as a starting point for a conversation. And one thing you should do that will help you absorb and process what you learn is to take notes. Don’t assume you’ll remember everything you hear. Taking notes will also help you ask good questions at the end of a talk or presentation.

7 MIN2017 JUN 18
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Skills 360 – Getting the Most out of a Conference (1)

Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 as we continue our look at the habits of highly effective English learners. Yes, I said habits, because good habits are the foundation of a lot of success and achievement. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about getting fit or being productive or learning a new skill. Good habits will serve you well. Why else do you think that Stephen Covey has sold over 25 million copies of his book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People?” So, when it comes to learning a language, what are the habits that will get you where you want to go? Well, last time I talked about the importance of being regular, reviewing what you learn, setting goals, and taking risks. Today I want to start with an idea that a lot of people are happy to hear: read and listen to things you’re actually interested in. Seriously. Learning doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, a surefire way to lose motivation is to st...

7 MIN2017 FEB 26
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Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (2)

Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today's lesson on the habits of highly effective language learners. How is it that some people seem to pick up language easily, while others struggle for years and can’t seem to get the hang of it? Well, you might think it’s all about talent, that some people just have a knack for languages, while others don’t. Talent is part of it, but only a small part of it. In fact, most people who do a good job of learning a language aren’t necessarily smarter than everyone else, they just have good habits. I’m using that word “habit” very deliberately. But what is a habit? It’s a behavior that is regular. And this is the very first and most important thing I want to talk about: regularity. It’s hard to learn a language if you go in fits and spurts every once in a while. I’m sure you’ve seen people do this: they decide they need to buckle down and study hard, so they buy a big ...

7 MIN2017 FEB 19
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Skills 360 – Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners (1)

Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today's lesson on how you can sound more credible or believable. In the last lesson, we looked at what you should say to sound credible. In this lesson, we’re going to take a look at what not to say. In other words, there are some things that can damage your credibility. These are habits or expressions that will make people trust you less, not more. One thing that makes you sound less credible is talking about yourself too much. The words “I” and “me” are dangerous if you use them too much. Boasting about what you’ve done, and what you know, or who you know, won’t make most people trust you more. All right, it might work for some politicians with some listeners. But for the most part, talking at length about how great you are is not a good idea. Another thing to avoid is exaggeration. If your company earned $800,000, don’t say “We’ve made millions of dollars.” And i...

6 MIN2016 OCT 16
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Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (2)

Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want to look at how you can sound credible, or believable. And believe me: this is going to be one really great lesson. Trust me. It’s going to be great. Unbelievably great! Okay, but really folks, does that kind of thing sound familiar? It’s election year in the U.S., and you’ve probably been hearing some pretty big talk from the candidates. One of the most glaring problems with so much of these candidates’ statements is that of credibility. Sounding credible means that people can trust you, and trust what you say. And not just because you tell them to. Sounding credible also means people will respect you and believe you have the competence to get the job done. So, how do you make people believe that? What exactly should you say to sound credible? And what should you not say? Well, one thing that cre...

6 MIN2016 OCT 9
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Skills 360 – How to Sound Credible (1)

Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 for today's lesson on how to connect with your audience while you’re actually delivering your presentation in English. It’s easy to leave your connection with the audience to chance. I mean, you might think that giving a presentation should be about conveying a message rather than “connecting” with your audience. But I assure you, whatever your message is, you’ll get it across with much greater success if you have a good connection with your audience. And that connection isn't a chance occurrence. You have to work on it. Last time I gave you some tips on what you can do before you start your presentation. Today I want to talk about what you can do during your presentation. And a great place to begin is at the beginning. One thing you should definitely do in your opening is to tell your listeners why your presentation matters. That might sound like this: “The...

6 MIN2016 JUL 24
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Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (2)

Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Business English Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want to talk about how to connect with your audience during a presentation. You’ve probably heard all sorts of advice about delivering a good presentation in English. But at the end of the day, every single presentation strategy is designed for one thing: connecting with the audience. In fact, if you don’t connect with your audience, you might as well pack up your PowerPoint and head home. You need to build a bridge to send your message across. No bridge, no message. And don’t think you need to be an easy-going extrovert to connect with an audience. This is something that you can learn to do well. Today I want to focus on what you do before you actually take the stage. Yes, before you even lay eyes on your audience, you can start thinking about how to connect. You’ll need to do some thinking about you...

7 MIN2016 JUL 17
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Skills 360 – Presentations: Connecting to your Audience (1)

Skills 360 – How to Influence People (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today’s lesson how to influence people. The power to influence can allow you to do many wonderful things, such as lead people, change their minds, motivate them to action, and negotiate successfully. These are abilities that can help you in life and in business. Now, it might seem like some people naturally have more influence than others, but that’s not always the case. Many powerful people have learned how to influence people using specific techniques. In our last lesson, we had a look at what you should talk about and how you should talk about it. Today I want to take a closer look at some language techniques that can open the door to greater influence. And these techniques all help build rapport or trust with the person you’re talking to. Let’s start with one key habit that really makes a positive impression on people: using their name. Dale Carnegie, who literally wro...

6 MIN2016 MAR 27
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Skills 360 – How to Influence People (2)

Skills 360 – How to Influence People (1)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quizzes | PDF Transcript Transcript Welcome back to the Skills 360 for today’s lesson how to influence people. So there are many different reasons why you might want to influence people. Maybe you’re trying to get their support for your idea, or maybe you want to inspire them, or maybe you want to convince them to do something. Whatever the case may be, I think you’ll find the techniques we’re going to learn today very useful for winning people over. First I want to look at what you should focus on when you speak to others. And that doesn’t mean just talking about yourself or your idea, as people might stop listening. Instead, try starting with the ‘why’ instead of the ‘what’. That is, give people a reason to listen to your idea, then give them your idea. For example, say you believe that your company’s marketing budget should be decreased. Instead of starting with that idea, set it up with compelling reasons first. That might sound like “w...

6 MIN2016 MAR 20
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Skills 360 – How to Influence People (1)

Skills 360 – Business English Hacks (2)

Free Resources: Lesson Module | Quizzes | PDF Transcript Transcript Hello and welcome back to the Skills 360 podcast. I’m your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want look to give you more great tips for ramping up your business English skills. You’ve probably heard that one of the traits of a great business leader is the ability to communicate. So, what does it mean to be a good communicator? What does a good communicator actually do? Well, there are a few things that every good communicator does. In our last lesson I covered a few of these simple techniques, and today I want to add to that list. When you think of being a good communicator, you probably think about speaking skills. But my first bit of advice is all about listening. Nobody likes it if you drone on and never give anyone else a chance to speak. You’ve got to learn to keep your mouth closed and your ears open. And you’ve got to listen actively to actually show people you’re listening. That starts with smiling and nodd...

7 MIN2015 SEP 14
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Skills 360 – Business English Hacks (2)
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