Welcome to this Business English Skill Set Course on Small Talk.
Small talk is something we have all engaged in at some point.
Did you know that a whopping three out of four jobs are found through professional networking? Small talk is a big deal. Because of this, small talk is an essential business English skill. It is invaluable for creating (and maintaining) professional working relationships based on trust.
Small talk can often have negative connotations. How many times have you seen it with the words ‘awkward’, ‘painful’, ‘trivial’ or even ‘excruciating’?
In this course you will learn how to take the negative sting out of your small talk conversations and start engaging in small talk that’s enjoyable, relaxing, and moves you on to bigger and better things!
You may have already practised some small talk in our Business English Basics Course. You can find that course right here.
Don’t forget to check out the Business English forums in the Intrepid English Community, where you can discuss and network with other language learners and businesspeople from around the world. There is also a Business English group for group classes.
You can also book a lesson at any time with one of the experienced and friendly Intrepid English Teachers. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your language-learning goals with you and help you on your pathway to success.
What to expect from the course
The course follows the structure of six lessons, divided into different topics. We’ll study the following lessons: What is Small Talk?, Business Introductions, Embedded Questions for Politeness, Tag Questions, Giving and Asking for Opinions, and Diplomatic Language.
The topics will be packed with useful vocabulary and top tips and tricks for making your small talk smoother, easier and more enjoyable. There will also be suggested activities at the end of each lesson to help you to practise the skills you’ve learnt in a real-life situation, in a one-to-one lesson with a teacher, or in a group class. We’re with you every step of the way!
If you’re ready, let’s get started!