How Conversational English Can Help You Thrive in the New Year

Conversational English

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Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling restored after the holiday break and determined to thrive in the new year. Have you set goals yet? Here is one to consider for your list.

Practice conversational English.

It’s as important to practice conversational English as it is to practice your interviewing skills. Conversation sets the tone for interactions, and helps you establish rapport. The connection interviewers feel at the beginning of your time together flows throughout the interview. You want them to think of you as “a good fit” with their company. From there, you can sell your skills and accomplishments.

I was part of an English conversation group during my MBA. We met once a week for my international colleagues to practice conversational English. We talked about global business culture, food, tipping, and other fun things. The experience helped my colleagues perform better in class and during interviews. It was a highlight of my MBA experience, and I value those friendships to this day.

You can get started with 2-3 other non-native English speakers and one American. I recommend meeting for about one hour a week, away from campus. Share the topic for the first few sessions to give people an opportunity to prepare. Before you know it, your conversations will flow smoothly and you will be making lasting connections, both with colleagues and recruiters.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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