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boundaries and self love

Boundaries mean more progress in your business

In business you can be too flexible. Even if everyone around you is asking you to be flexible, you still need some boundaries if you want to progress. One of the wonderful things about having my own company is that ...
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10 steps to switch to English

How to prepare to go international with your online business The idea of switching to English in your online business is a no brainer. You can dramatically increase your audience and your sales. You meet people from all over the ...
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How to decide about English

Do you need to invest in English for your business?

When I was a small child, Thursday was my favourite day of the week. It was pocket money day. Every week I had the same routine. I would take my 1 shilling and threepence (it really was a long time ...
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dreams come true

When you wish upon a star

Yesterday, I was blown away. Any of you who have older kids will recognize this feeling. Waiting by the phone to hear how your kid’s final exams have gone. Having spent hours encouraging them (=your interpretation), nagging them (=their interpretation) ...
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How to stop English holding you back in your business

One of the most important reasons given for starting a company is self-determination or making your own mind up what you’re going to do and when. It’s all about freedom and sharing your talents with the world. So, it’s frustrating ...
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how to tell your story in English

How to tell your story in English

As an entrepreneur, you need to connect to others. People need to have a feeling of who you are and what you could do for them. They need to get goosebumps listening to you. Goosebumps are a sign that what ...
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What to do when you’re frustrated with English

There’s a phase in language learning that I call the headache phase. You’re understanding more and more, but you can’t yet express yourself as you would like to. It means you’re working really hard, get very tired and frustrated and ...
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phase of learning English

Which phase of learning English are you in

Language (or any) learning works in a number of phases. In this blog I explain how this works and how to work out which phase you are in. This will help you minimise frustration when you learn English and hopefully ...
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US or UK English for your business

US or UK English for your business

There is no such thing as one kind of English. So, even if you use international words, you still have to make a choice which English your company is going to use. In this article you’ll find out if you ...
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how to find the determination to keep going in your business

How to find the determination to keep going in your business

Having a business can be really tough at times. Sometimes you don't know what to do next. Sometimes life is tugging at your arm, trying to get your attention. I went through this last week and realised that I could ...
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how to use emojis in business english

How to use emojis in Business English

Emoji’s are here to stay. It’s hard to remember that even 10 years ago, we were hardly using them. 20 years ago we wouldn’t have understood most of them. And now they have become an essential part of our online ...
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how to use rhymes in Business English

How to use rhymes in Business English

Rhyme is probably not the first thing you think about when you're improving your Business English, but it can be really useful. Just think about how many rhyming slogans you know. This blog talks about how to use rhymes in ...
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Hate phoning in English? Here’s how to do it

A lot of people I speak to tell me they don’t like phoning in English. When I ask them about this, they usually tell me that they don’t like phoning much anyway, but English is even worse. I get this ...
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using long and short forms in English

Using long and short forms in English…length matters!

You probably once learnt that you should use long forms like ‘do not’ when you are writing and ‘don’t’ when you’re speaking. But there’s a bit more to long and short forms in English than that. Scroll down to the ...
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Want or would like?

The Easier English guide to getting it right. I often tell clients that a quick way to sound more polite is to use ‘would like’ instead of ‘want’. And it’s true. If you’re meeting someone in person, using ‘would like’ ...
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Red or read? 10 Frequently made spelling mistakes in English

English isn’t phonetic. That means that spelling isn’t easy, because you have to remember how to write a word, how it sounds and what it means all at the same time. That means that there are a lot of frequently ...
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Why I love English

This week I was talking to Ellen about English. She was telling me about her passion for coaching and said “I guess English is like that for you”. Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, even though I can ...
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Met your monster yet?

Recognise this? You’ve giving a presentation, a live or a webinar and all the time, there’s a little voice talking at you. It’s telling you everything you’re doing wrong, as you're doing it and it’s getting louder and louder and ...
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Squeaky clean house instead of speaking English for your business?

Why putting English off can be a sign that you've forgotten something important You know, there’s a story I hear all the time when I’m teaching English. It’s the ‘My teacher told me I was no good at English’ story ...
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10 ways to practise listening to English

Listening is an important skill. In business it can make the difference between a sale or no sale, between understanding feedback from a client or not, between understanding new information at an event or not and many other situations. So, ...
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7 ways to say No in English so you can be heard

’No’ is a tricky word in English. If you say “No” by itself, you’re likely to sound irritated or even angry. I call it the Naked No. If a Brit uses the naked No, you can safely assume that you’re ...
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Can’t find a word?

One of the most annoying things about learning English is not being able to find a word. Added to that, English has a lot of words, for this to happen with. So, this is a situation that you can expect ...
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Maybe, maybe not – Theresa May’s Long Week in Brexit

This blog was written on November 16th in the morning and could be out of date by this afternoon. That’s how unstable British politics are at the moment. As Harold Wilson (prime minister in the 70’s said), ‘a week is ...
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Do you use these US words with a British accent?

Let's put the record straight - I have nothing against Americans or American English. I lived in Texas for a while and I loved it. However, I do think it's important that you realise that mixing up US and UK ...
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Telephone alphabet

I often get asked about the telephone alphabet in English. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etcetera. We don't usually use a telephone alphabet, we make words up as we go along. In this sketch, Michael McIntyre explains a little how it works ...
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Mistakes can be beautiful

Last weekend I was at Schiphol, picking up my son. It's a convenient place to meet and we both love the energy of the airport. We were waiting on the platform for a train and overheard a conductor making an ...
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Turning Tables

I was asked about the phrase ‘turning tables’. You might know this phrase from the Adele song of the same name, which is, as in quite a few Adele songs, about things that can go wrong in love. So what ...
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Easier English online system

At the moment I'm working hard on the Easier English online system. You'll be able to work on your Business English in an online group or individually. If you would like to be more effective in your business or work, ...
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