An English-speaking work environment can be scary if you’re not confident in your English skills. Even if you’re an expert in your industry, being unable to communicate well with co-workers, clients, and management can be a frustrating problem.
Write it down
A simple notebook can be a very useful tool to improve your business English. During meetings and conversations, or even while you’re reading work emails or reports, write down new words and phrases so you can remember them or look them up in the dictionary later. By making note of the things you hear and read around the office, you’ll be adding useful and relevant words to your vocabulary.
Talk to your colleagues
Who better to help boost your workplace English skills than the people who work at the same place as you? Chat with your co-workers whenever possible—in and out of work. This way, you’ll be able to learn new vocabulary and you’ll also have a chance to practice the pronunciation of some work-related words that come up in conversation!
Before you make a presentation at work, it’s a good idea to practice. Practicing on your own is fine, but it’s much more useful if you can find an English-speaking friend or family member to be your audience. When you practice your presentation for others, they can help you with things like word choice, pronunciation, and talking speed. They can also let you know if anything is unclear or needs to be revised.
Read or listen to English news and business reports
Unsurprisingly, English news and business reports are great for learning new vocabulary related to many different work topics. And no matter what your learning style is, there’s something for you. For example, if you’re a visual learner, try reading articles in newspapers, on news websites, or on blogs. If you learn better by listening, watch TV news and online videos, or listen to podcasts.
Connect with others on social media
Logging onto social media platforms is a fantastic way to practice your business English—whether you join groups on Facebook or make yourself a profile on LinkedIn. Social media platforms like these are great because you can chat with others in your industry via direct message or read posts people write and articles they share. When you comment on those posts, you’ll also be able to have conversations with others about these topics.
Ask someone to check your work
If you have a trusted English-speaking friend (either a native speaker or someone who’s quite proficient), ask them to look at your written work—official emails, reports, etc.—to point out any errors. This will not only help you submit work that’s clean and free of errors, but it will also let you learn from your mistakes. Make note of any common errors like misspelled words or punctuation mistakes so you can improve those things in the future.
Learn with an English coach
Practicing on your own and getting help from friends and colleagues is always useful. But it’s also wise to work on your business English communication skills with the help of a professional. Sign up for a course like the ones offered by Gabby Academy to get the benefit of an expert-level English coach and focused one-on-one sessions on a schedule that works for you.