Corporate language skills are critical needs in today’s globally and culturally diverse business environment. No matter what field we are in, improving language skills is a key component in career success. Effective corporate English will allow we to communicate with our peers, subordinates, supervisors, and clients easily and clearly.
This will bring an increase in productivity that will ultimately result in higher profitability. Hence, an employee that has competency in corporate language skills is likely to be able to climb up the career ladder with ease.
Discover five simple ways to improve your corporate language skills quickly:
Building a better vocabulary
Improving vocabulary is key in mastering the specialised words used in Corporate English. A business dictionary is useful to find the complete meanings of unfamiliar business words and their relevant usage within a particular communication context. We can easily improve our vocabulary through training software that offers a comprehensive range of exercises. Learning abbreviations, commonly-used corporate idioms and their particular expressions in different contexts can also enhance your vocabulary.
In addition to improving general vocabulary, we need to pay attention to improving business English vocabulary pertaining to the specific field that you are currently employed in.
Read Business-Related Material
Reading a wide variety of current news and updates related to our field regularly will not only keep us updated with the rapid pace of business change; but also help improve our knowledge while enabling you to remain competent in this era of cut-throat competition. Self-help books on career development and sale skills can also give you tips on how to better handling sensitive topics such as asking for a pay rise or negotiating the department’s budget.
Play crosswords and word search games
Business-themed language games such as crosswords and word search games using terminology from our field of work allow us to enhance our business vocabulary while ensuring that the learning process is fun and engaging. We can use free word-search puzzle generators to create our own games, if we can’t find one specific to our field.
Watch business-oriented programs
As business-oriented programs are hosted by experts who propose valuable information and knowledge as well as business terminology, watching these programs will allow us to understand the current business scenario while also becoming familiar with a range of words and their proper uses. Other than that, we can also learn from those high-profile speakers how to deliver their speech, the way they structure their answer to a question as well as their non-verbal communication such as their posture and gestures.
Practice what you have learned
Learning new business terminology will not impact our communication skills until and unless these terms are used correctly in our the daily communication. The more we practice, the better we can communicate. Hence, whatever we have learnt and improved, we need to put them into practice to reach desirable qualities and characteristics.
We must try to use as many business terms and relevant words as possible during our presentations or conversations with colleagues and peers. Furthermore, communication with stakeholders and peers through formal business letters and memos has always been a must. Thus, it is essential to be familiar with the general writing pattern found in business writing and how to clearly convey the information.
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