Good oral command of English is not only about being able to “manage” abroad. In today’s global marketplace, you will need to take your English to the next level, going beyond casual English, and developing the English communication skills that are so essential to success in the business world.
In this Jolt, I’ll introduce you to the language of trends. We’ll learn about various expressions and grammatical structures needed to describe trends, an integral and crucial part of business reporting, proposal writing, creating presentations, conducting negotiations, and many other types of workplace communications. Here’s an example, “Sales peaked in May at around $3.2m and then leveled off. This was followed by a dramatic drop in June.” By the end of the Jolt, you’ll feel completely confident in standing in front of your fellow Sojis to present a trend analysis of several graphs.
To set the stage for our “trends” discussion, we’ll kick-off our session by getting to know more about the world of raising funds for business ventures, a discipline where an accurate presentation of trends can make or break your financing efforts. We’ll begin by reading and analyzing an authentic article from the “Financial Times” to familiarize ourselves with methods of raising funds. By discussing and responding to the issues touched upon in the article, you’ll gain a better command of the advanced business English needed to recruit capital effectively. Then, you'll simulate making a pitch to wealthy business people asking for money to help you develop a business idea, product, or service.
Questions this talk answers:
What are the linguistic tools I need to clearly and accurately describe graphs and trends?
What’s the meaning of the idiom “hedge your bets” and how can I use it in conversation?
What’s the difference between “angel investment,” “equity financing,” and “debt financing”?
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