8 May

5 sentences guaranteed to stop you improving your English

5 sentences guaranteed to stop you improving your English

When people hear that I’m English and that on top of that I’m an English trainer, there’s one thing I hear over and over again: “Ach, ich müsste doch was für mein Englisch tun!” It seems to be an automatic reaction. I have to admit it’s one I’m familiar with, too. Tell me you’re training for […]

3 April

Ending small talk politely

Ending small talk politely

    In the past I’ve encouraged you to take an active role in small talk and given some ideas for what to talk about. Whenever you engage in small talk there does, of course, come a moment when it has to end. If you start a phone call or meeting with a little small […]

6 March

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

Do I really have to go out to dinner with them?

That’s a good question. And one I’m often asked. Off the top of my head I can remember the following cases: “We’re hosting the European sales meeting this year. And, of course, we’re all supposed to be going out for dinner every evening. It’s not as if I’m really needed – the rest of the […]