English fluency is one of the many ways to land a promising career and social advancement opportunity. You can also quickly build and expand your network with a better language understanding. These are only some of the significance and perks of learning Business English. So, grab any chance to master lessons related to it, take note of each terminology, and apply it whenever you can. As they say, “Practice makes progress!”
Studying English online with 11Talk teachers or binge-reading informative content on 11Talk’s official website is also helpful to be fluent. Fortunately, it is up-to-date with various topics suitable to your language enhancement needs. In this blog post, take advantage of the free Business English lessons and office vocabulary.
The Word of the Week is “Agenda,” a list of things to do or items to cover in a meeting. You can use the following synonyms: calendar, order, plan, program, schedule, and timetable.
Here are sample sentences and conversations for your reference:
1. “Marcus already prepared the agenda.”
Tomas: Oh no, I forgot to make the meeting calendar!
Casey: It’s okay. Marcus already prepared the agenda.
Tomas: Really? His initiative is commendable!
Casey: Yes. He’s professionally efficient!
2. “It’s Katherine’s task to ensure we follow the meeting’s plan.”
Bennett: I received a complaint again about the agenda.
Rose: Sir, it’s Katherine’s task to ensure we follow the meeting’s plan. But she just started three days ago.
Bennett: Oh, I see. Did she get any training regarding her role already?
Rose: Not yet, Sir. We have yet to have an available trainer. He’ll be available next week.
3. “Angela should add the new hiring process to the order of the meeting.”
Andy: We will conduct a mass hiring for various positions this month.
Verity: Okay, Sir. What does my team need to prepare?
Andy: First, Angela should add the new hiring process to the order of the meeting.
Verity: Noted, Sir. I’ll let her know.
Here are four useful expressions related to work. These are also helpful Business English phrases: “Best thing since sliced bread,” “Learning curve,” “Think outside the box,” and “Win-win situation.”
“Best thing since sliced bread” is a humorous and hyperbolic statement indicating one’s belief that something is excellent. Therefore, you can use this expression to describe something or someone very good or useful. It also emphasizes the enthusiasm of a person for a new idea.
Sample Sentence: “The AI text generation is the best thing since sliced bread for the Marketing Team. It makes generating ideas easier and more accurate!”
A “learning curve” is a process where people develop a skill by learning from their mistakes. It is the course of progress made in learning something.
Sample Sentence: “The best learning curve at work is realizing that not everything is about you. I mean, you learn grace when you finally learn that a person’s behavior has more to do with their internal struggle than you.”
The expression “think outside the box” suggests exploring creative and unusual ideas. You can use it to tell someone to think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected methods or ways.
Sample Sentence: “To dominate the high competition in any industry, one must think outside the box by considering methods that promote equality and inclusion.”
A “win-win situation” is a resolution in which both sides of a negotiation benefit from the outcome, one where everyone involved is sure to do well or be successful.
Sample Sentence: “When you’re giving your best at work and getting the compensation you deserve, then you’re in a win-win situation.”
Here are the Idioms of the Week that can give you the edge in speaking confidently in your current or future job. These are mainly practical in Business English:
1. The idiom “to get your feet under the table” means quickly adapting to new employment or tasks. It can also mean learning to do something new.
2. “To keep the nose to the grindstone” means working hard or concentrating on the task at hand.
3. The idiom “to pull your socks up” means improving one’s work, performance, or behavior.
4. “Too many irons in the fire” means someone is juggling too many projects at once, and something’s bound to fail.
Lastly, here are some of the advanced words you should keep in mind to pull off a Business English conversation with your employers and co-workers:
Incongruous: Lacking in harmony or incompatible; or something needs to agree with principles or consistent with other elements; or inappropriate or not doing what is correct, proper, and logical.
Lucrative: Earning or producing a lot of money; or making a significant profit; or producing wealth or profitable.
Prolific: Someone causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction; or something marked by extraordinary inventiveness or productivity.
Synergistic: Relating to the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect more significant than the sum of their separate outcomes or outputs.
There you have it: Business English Lessons and Office Vocabulary!
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