22 July

Looking for something to read this summer?

Looking for something to read this summer?

Last July, I wrote about a few books I’d read over the previous 12 months. And I heard from a couple of people that as a result they’d read their first English book since leaving school – and actually enjoyed it! So I thought I’d do the same again this year. (By the way, this […]

18 June

Networking: Ending conversations on a positive note

Networking: Ending conversations on a positive note

  A client recently mentioned how uncomfortable she felt networking at conferences. When I asked her for more details, I discovered that she’d actually made useful contacts and really enjoyed some conversations. So what made these situations so awkward for her? Her answer: “I just don’t know how to end a conversation and move on. […]

7 May

Podcasts

Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to improve your listening skills. They give you an opportunity to get used to a wide variety of accents and speaking styles. And as they’re generally unscripted and simply feature people speaking naturally and spontaneously, you hear the type of language you’re exposed to in real life. There’s just one […]