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Joining an intense English business conversation - for non-native speakers

If you want to join an intense conversation, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are prepared and able to contribute effectively:

1. Listen carefully

Be sure to pay close attention to what is being said before you speak. This will give you a chance to think about what you want to say while also assisting you in understanding the situation and the points being made.

2. Be clear

Make sure you have a clear and well-reasoned opinion on the topic being discussed. If you don't have a strong stance on the issue, it may be best to observe and listen rather than trying to join the conversation.

3. Respect the views of others

Avoid interrupting or speaking over other people and show respect for their opinions. If you disagree with someone, try to do so politely and without being confrontational.

Avoid saying "You did ...." this or that. Talk about the issue, not the person.

4. Engage body language

Use your body language to show that you are interested and engaged in the conversation. Maintain eye contact and nod your head to show that you are paying attention.

5. Govern your tone & language

Refrain from employing jargon or slang. Attempt to speak at a volume and pace that are appropriate, avoid shouting or allowing your emotions to run away with you.

You can practise joining an intense conversation in the app.

Hope you found that useful.


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