Entries by Lynn Brincks

What comes first, the coffee or the meeting?

Dealing with different expectations in meetings Have you ever needed to discuss terms and conditions with international partners? You come in ready to get down to business as quickly as possible, only to discover that the others first want to have some small talk or a coffee before discussing business? You might think to yourself, […]

Common contract language decoded

Free Download I remember the first time I had to deal with a contract in German. I felt like I didn’t know what I was agreeing to and it made me really nervous. It seemed like the message was hidden behind complicated words which I didn’t truly understand. So when several of my participants who […]

The role of games in training sessions – serious business or seriously overrated?

  Not convinced? Here are some figures* which support the movement: In the US, nearly 170 million people played computer and videogames in 2008, spending a record $11.7 billion. Because of good game design, more than 11 million subscribers spend an average of 23 hours per week immersed in World of Warcraft. In the four […]

Essential English phrases for purchasers

“I need to do my job in English more and more” said one of my participants in a purchasing department. She was a lead buyer at a manufacturing company who had seen her company go through a rapid internationalization process when they merged. Global purchasing means that many purchasers now need to work comfortably and […]

Softening your phrases in business communication

English is much less direct than German. If you say “Ich kann nicht am Treffen teilnehmen, da ich zur Zeit beschäftigt bin”, your German colleagues will have no problems with how you communicated that information. However, using that sentence (I’m too busy to come to the meeting) with your English partner/colleague may cause problems in […]

Leading interactive virtual meetings

What strategies can be used to make virtual meetings as effective and engaging as possible? One of my clients recently asked me to listen in on a virtual meeting and give feedback to the chairperson of the meeting. This person wanted to make the daily meeting more interesting, interactive and motivating for the participants. Regularly […]

Giving and asking for recommendations

Giving and asking for recommendations Have you ever wanted to recommend a person, their services or even a good restaurant to someone else but didn’t know how to do it? Have you ever wanted someone to recommend you to others? Maybe you have a special skill that you’d like others to know about. You might […]

Presentation Fillers: 4 Quick Tips to Help

Are you using too many presentation fillers when presenting? Have you ever given a presentation and started using words like ‘umm’, ‘erm’, ‘well’, ‘I’m not sure’, ‘maybe’, ‘how can I put this’, etc. because you didn’t know what to say or how to answer someone’s question? Have you thought about the effect this has on […]