Business English

As a small business owner, one is characteristically a risk taker, waging business acumen against larger, perhaps more heavily financed corporate groups and other free-spirited entrepreneurs. Excitement and challenge abound in such a venture. But to succeed, one needs knowledge of management practices, an ability to be a deft manager of people, and the intelligence and inner strength to make effective command decisions.

Small business employers place a high value on employee welfare, employing family members and personal acquaintances whenever feasible. Cohesion building exercises and the very size of your workgroup and workplace will promote the closeness and concern for one another that small businesses value. Social networking commences at birth.

Whether interacting with a customer, boss or a colleague in another company, a confident, well-executed handshake is one of the best business skills to cultivate in order to ensure that each new encounter gets off on the right foot in addition to representing yourself and company positively. Communicating confidence and reliability is essential to the success of any business. First impressions serve as a mnemonic device for future encounters and handshaking in the realm of business plays a major role towards either acceptance or rejection. Although shaking hands is viewed as a sign of strength and confidence, refrain from sending your business partner to the hospital.

Writing business letters and memorandums differs from writing both academic and technical reports. Composition and revision requires a prudent but strategic analysis if one is to acheive long-term gain within a given financial market. Business professionals would fare well to heed cross-cultural advice while requesting and sending information, composing resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters, and letters of reference, as what is considered culturally acceptable in one market might be acknowledged as rather obtuse or blatantly illegal for a human resource manager to ask in another region. Keeping your writing clear and concise avoids both confusion and translation mishaps.

Business memorandums bring attention to and solve problems within the realm of global business, accomplishing their goals by informing the reader about new information like policy changes, price increases, or by persuading the reader to take an action, such as attend a meeting, or change a current production procedure. Regardless of specific goals, memos are most effective when they connect the writer's purpose with the reader's interests and needs. Corporate visions, missions, goals, strategies, and objectives demand differing composition requirements while reaching an audience through a secure medium of communication. Audience selection is critical to ensure that concerned recipients have ample time to take appropriate actions.

Resume composition should be an ongoing task due to the fact that one never knows when a better employment opportunity may arise. Foreign language students should bear in mind that resumes are utilized in the United States or US owned companies around the globe while curriculum vitae, which comes from Latin and means "the course of one's life", are accepted in the United Kingdom and other countries colonized by Great Britain. Hence, resumes are generally limited to one page while CVs supply copious amounts of information that in the US would be considered irrevelant to the job position or better yet, relate discrimination and thus be illegal for a human resource manager to inquire about.

Business presentations transfer knowledge from a knowledgeable business presenter to a hopefully calm and receptive presentee. Presentation preparation encompasses more than just Microsoft PowerPoint. Effective business presentations are not about memorization and audiences are not impressed by obsolete rote memory techniques. Clear and concise visual aids engage and capture the attention of attendees, facilitating the transition from short to long-term memory. Aspiring presenters should take heed to avoid displaying more than three conceptualizations while refining visual aids. Technological gadgets adorn business presentations, but one should always remember to have back-up hard copies and keep in mind that communication with people, not machines, is paramount.

Whether interviewing face-to-face, over the telephone, through web conferencing platforms, in a group panel or over a decadent meal, keep focused on the two main purposes of business interviews: to be selected as the best candidate for the job position and to discover whether your talents, abilities, interests and direction are a good fit for the job, the company, and the company's mission. Presenting a professional image to a business interviewer requires a great deal of knowledge about verbal and more importantly, nonverbal communication. Salary negotiation requires extensive research on part of the lonely job seeker while at the same time, human resource managers must pay attention to the supply and demand of a highly competitive job market.

A foreign language utilized as the medium of communication among business professionals from multicultural backgrounds serves to allow an exchange of understood ideas that eventually lead to comprehension and thus corporate compromise. Semantic negotiation lucidly reflects the demands of business negotiation. Reaching a financial decision requires negotiators to reach a positive compromise that benefits all concerned parties, maximizing profits and reducing costs across the board. Cross-cultural competence and training in nonverbal communication are critical when living or working overseas. Cultural expectations vary from one culture to the next while dealing with business negotiations.