A podcast for busy people who want to improve their business English or develop their communication skills. For further information, see www.englishwithkirsty.com/podcast
English with Kirsty 190 - Interview with Nic Călinoiu
Nic is an engineer with vast experience in the IT and Telecommunications industries. He is also the National Director for Ireland at the Mindset Owners Club. He is married and has four children.
Our conversation covers many language-related topics, including methods to learn a language, the experience of studying for a PHD abroad, raising multilingual children, and working in an international environment.
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English with Kirsty 189 - Interview with Eva Tunez Salvador
This week I have another conversation to share with you.
Eva is a Spanish translator who is passionate about international trade and the cultural and linguistic challenges linked to it. Her multilingual translation company, Genuine Translations, helps businesses break all the marketing, legal and technical translation barriers by translating their products’ labels, localising their website, providing certified translations and so much more. Eva is also the Co-Founder of Local to Global, a one-stop gateway for all exporters’ cultural, linguistic and branding requirements.
We discuss Eva's work, points to consider when working with contacts in Spanish-speaking countries, and some of the problems that can arise when companies don't take the time to source quality translations.
You can find out more on the show notes page.
EwK188 - Communication is a shared responsibility
This week I have a conversation to share with you. I was talking with Zanne Gaynor and Kathryn Alevizos from Acrobat Global about how communication is a shared responsibility, especially when you're working in international settings where some people are not using their first language.
English is often used as a common language for business, but those of us for whom English is a first language have a role to play in making sure we communicate clearly. This isn't about reducing complexity or speaking to people like children, but it is about cutting out unnecessary words that don't add value, avoiding expressions that could be confusing, leaving enough time for people to process, and not making assumptions - among other things.
The conversation is packed with tips about how we can be better communicators in international settings, what good experiences we all had as language learners, where people took the time to make conversations easier, and some ways in which you can help others to feel included.
We also talk about Zanne and Kathryn's books, "Communication in a multi-lingual world" and "Communication in a neurodiverse world".
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English with Kirsty 187 - How to become a better listener and why this is important
This week I'm talking about the importance of becoming a better listener, how this can help you develop better business relationships, communicate more effectively, and help those around you to feel heard and understood.
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EwK 186 - proofreading and editing - interview with Craig Smith from CRS Editorial
This week I've been talking to Craig Smith of CRS Editorial. This is how he introduced himself:
" Hi. I’m Craig Smith from CRS Editorial. I am an editor, proofreader, copywriter and journalist with over 20 years' experience of working across many formats with different-sized organisations and for a wide range of target audiences."
Find out about Craig's new business, the difference between an editor and a proofreader, and what you can look out for when you're checking your own writing.
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EwK185 - Empowering staff to improve and use their language skills
Some of my customers have come to me in search of English training, not because their companies are not investing in their training, but because something about the courses that are being offered to them isn't quite working.
This episode is for managers who want their staff to be more confident users of another language, although many of the points apply to other types of training and development too. If you're not a manager, you could also apply some of the tips to your own learning.
I've gathered together feedback about what hasn't been working for people, and included my own tips and solutions. Some points are about identifying and selecting the right type of training for the task. Others are about supporting staff to implement and practice what they have learned.
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