CompactMINIs

Fire up your English!

CompactMINIs

No time for a language seminar? Can’t commit to weekly English lessons? Need a solution which is both flexible and goal-orientated? Our CompactMINIs cover a wide range of business topics and are engineered to maximise the most important English communication skills within a short space of time.

  • Fast and to the point. Low-cost and effective.
  • CompactMINIs are exclusively in-company formats
  • Group size is limited to 8 participants
  • The minimum language level requirement is B2
  • There are now two MINIs available for B1-level language learners
  • All CompactMINIs can be blended to suit you

Business English tailored to your needs

Choose from a list of popular topics to select your ideal 180-minute MINI. Each MINI comprises both compact lessons and practical exercises:

1. How to present your company in just 5 minutes

In daily business you often need to explain what your company does in an interesting yet accurate way. Learn to summarise what your company has achieved and describe your services and products in a way that starts conversations and sparks interest in doing business with you. Whether you are at a networking event, in a sales meeting or talking to your friends, this effective communication tool (often referred to as an elevator pitch) will leave you feeling confident and prepared to talk about your company. You’ll never be caught off guard again!

2. How to present yourself in just 5 minutes

You only have one chance to make a first impression. In this MINI you learn to talk about yourself: describe what you do, summarise your achievements and highlight your strengths in order to make a lasting and positive impression. Learn to choose which information is interesting for the person you are speaking to. Whether you are introducing yourself to colleagues, speaking in front of an audience, networking, or socialising, this is one skill everyone should master.

3. How to present in an interesting and memorable way

A great product deserves a great presentation. Can you draw attention to your company’s unique selling point without using slides? Can you describe in a few minutes why your product is better than the competition’s alternative? In this MINI you will receive tips and techniques to make your product presentations both clear and memorable. We will look at how to structure product information to make sure your audience doesn’t miss key information while giving you tips and tricks to keep them alert and wanting more.

4. How to begin and end a presentation

When people listen to a presentation, the parts they remember best are the end and the beginning – in that order. Whether you are presenting your ideas in a formal or informal setting, learn to make the openings and conclusions of your presentations more memorable with this MINI. You will have the chance to practise what you learn and get immediate feedback from an expert and your peers, providing you with a helpful list of tips as well as useful language for your next presentation.

5. How to present figures, graphs and numbers in English

Just the facts, please! When presenting numbers, you want to be certain your audience gets the right information. Let our expert trainer teach you the vocabulary you need to explain trends, talk through figures, describe graphs and more. Whether you are talking about budgets, sales targets, research or performance, this MINI will help you communicate information precisely and clearly. This is the advanced level MINI on numbers and includes vocabulary building and presentation practice (CEFR level B2 and higher).

6. How to make small talk for successful business connections

Much of the important business in our world is conducted outside the board room: in restaurants, on the golf course and even in the car park. In many cultures, it is small talk and informal conversation that creates the relaxed business environment necessary for deals and agreements to be reached. With the objective of making and maintaining business connections in informal settings, this MINI is full of the tips, tricks and language you need to navigate through conversations on topics of general interest.

7. How to introduce and moderate a business meeting in English

Leading a meeting requires skill and a certain amount of diplomacy in any language. If English is the language of your meetings, then take this opportunity to brush up your language and your communication skills. Learn phrases and vocabulary for starting and concluding meetings in English, tips for making sure you remain on topic, and techniques for moderating a discussion. This MINI involves active practise with feedback from your peers and an expert trainer.

8. How to argue your point convincingly in meetings

It is no use having good ideas if no one hears them! Learn how to make yourself heard in meetings, how to politely agree and disagree, support your argument, and give reasons for saying “no”. Whether you take part in large meetings or have small face-to-face discussions with one or two team members, this MINI will help you argue your point and say what you mean in a more professional way.

9. How to give clear instructions and directions

The clearer the instructions are, the easier they are to follow! Delegation, instruction and explanation are part of the everyday interaction of most business professionals in many different types of job. Do you need to explain how to use software, operate a machine, or give directions to your office? This MINI gives you tips, tricks and the language you need to precisely and understandably explain, describe and instruct others to perform tasks and follow your directions.

10. How to sound more professional on the telephone

The telephone is often a client’s first contact to a company. Are you ready to make and take calls in English as professionally as you do in your native language? This MINI will give you phrases for starting and ending different types of telephone calls, as well as other useful vocabulary and tips on how to sound friendly and polite. Because the best way to improve your English is to speak it, you will put what you learn into practice through role plays and peer feedback. This is our advanced level MINI on making and taking calls. (CEFR level B2 and higher).

11. How to talk through conflict on the telephone

In English we say that you can’t please everyone all the time. In business that often isn’t good enough. Especially on the phone, where face-to-face dialogue is not possible, conflict conversations are a daily challenge in many different jobs. This MINI will teach you how to de-escalate tense situations on the phone, offer help and stay calm during difficult calls. Prepare yourself with tips and language to give clients and customers your very best through role plays and feedback from our expert trainer and your peers.

12. How to master the language of teleconferences

Your office is in Germany, your project leader is in Denmark and your head of department is in Belgium. Meetings over the phone and in English are an especially demanding daily challenge for international teams. Do you want to make sure you get the information you need despite bad connections or noisy conference rooms? This MINI gives you tips and tricks for introducing yourself, keeping track of the conversation, and making sure your opinion is heard during a teleconference.

13. How to set the right tone in business email

Email is by far the most common form of business communication, but how do you make sure that what you mean to say is what is understood? The first step is to set the right tone. Even in your native language it is challenging to transmit the right message in an appropriate, fitting tone for each recipient. This introduction to email, with a focus on the difference between formal and informal emailing, gives you a practical guide to key techniques of writing business emails in English.

14. How to write complaint emails in English

When things go wrong, good email communication helps set things right. Perhaps you have ordered a machine and it arrived broken, or maybe you booked a hotel for a business trip and the room was unacceptable. Now you need to tell someone that you are unhappy with their product or service. This MINI provides you with helpful tools and language for formulating email complaints elegantly and constructively, enabling you to explain the problem without ruining your business relationships.

15. How to conduct a job interview in English

You want the right team for the job and have taken time and care to find good candidates. Now it is time for the interview. If your candidate is English-speaking or your company requires excellent English, you may need to hold the interview in English. Brush up your relevant English communication skills and get useful interviewing tips from our expert trainer. This MINI includes guided practice and the opportunity to role play different interview situations while receiving direct feedback on your own interviewing skills.

16. How to give feedback to colleagues in English

We all need feedback in order to expand and improve our skills, but delivering that feedback diplomatically and constructively can be a challenge. Musicians make recordings of themselves, dancers practice in front of a mirror, business professionals rely on their peers and mentors for constructive, useful feedback. This MINI provides you with useful English vocabulary and phrases for giving critical feedback as well as tips for delivering your message effectively.

17. How to work in an international team

In today’s global economy, working with the best often means working with people from all over the world. In international teams the common language of business is often English, and cross-cultural differences present unique communication challenges. This MINI examines some of the reasons for misunderstandings between cultures and gives you resources for helping your team function at its very best. This introduction to intercultural communication will help you bridge the culture gap in your daily business interactions.

18. How to handle complaints from angry clients

Sometimes things don’t work out perfectly and clients get angry, but that shouldn’t be a reason to lose a business contact. If you communicate with clients in English, this MINI will help you keep your relationship positive through difficult situations. You will get helpful vocabulary and phrases for letting your client know that you understand the problem, offering help and de-escalating tense conversations. Don’t lose your cool or your customer because you don’t know what to say!

19. How to negotiate what you want while staying polite

We have all seen the tough Wall Street executives in the movies. They always get what they want, and their motto is, “I win, you lose.” However, real world negotiations require more diplomacy. To reach a win-win result in English you need to set the right tone. This MINI offers expressions, phrases and tips for politely saying what you really want in a negotiation. You will put what you’ve learned into practice and get feedback from our expert trainer and your peers.

20. How to present figures, graphs and numbers in English (intermediate)

Let’s learn to talk about numbers! This MINI is full of vocabulary, phrases and tips needed by business professionals in finance, marketing or sales. If you regularly need to talk about numbers, explain charts, or talk about trends to English-speaking audiences, this MINI is for you. This is an introductory level MINI which gives you the tools to say numbers accurately and clearly present numerical data to an audience. Recommended English level: CEFR B1

21. How to make and take telephone calls (intermediate)

The telephone rings and you see that it is a foreign number – do you feel ready to answer? Whether you speak English on the phone every day or only once or twice a year, this MINI will help you sound more professional and confident. You will practise common telephoning situations such as transferring a call to a colleague, taking a message and calling for information. With feedback from one of our trainers, get in shape for telephoning with this intermediate level training. Recommended English level: CEFR B1