Smalltalk auf Englisch
Englisch Smalltak - Smalltak auf Messen und Reisen, reden über Job und Familie, Urlaub, Sport und das Wetter. Fragen nach dem Befinden. Unterhalten auf Englisch.

Korrespondenz auf Englisch
englische Korrespondenz, englische Briefe verfassen, englische Angebote, englische Mahnbriefe, englische Weihnachtsgrüße, Beschwerdebriefe auf Englisch, Zahlen auf Englisch Korrespondenz

Geschäftsreise auf Englisch
Englisch für die Geschäftsreise, Englisch auf Reisen, Business-Englisch auf Geschäftsreisen, Englisch lernen für Geschäftsreisen

Telefonieren auf Englisch
Englisch Anrufbeantworter, Anruf entgegennehmen auf Englisch, Nachricht hinterlassen auf Englisch, Buchstabieren auf Englisch, Begrüßung auf Englisch

Meetings auf Englisch
Besprechungen auf Englisch, English for Meetings, Englisch für Meetings, Business English Meetings, Meetings in Englisch, Meetings Englisch, Business Englisch Meetings, englischsprachige Meetings

Grammatik auf Englisch
Englische Grammatik, Zeiten in Englisch, Indirekte Rede in Englisch, Präpositionen auf Englisch, englische Satzzeichen, Bedingungssätze auf Englisch, aktiv und passiv Englisch, Konditionalsätze auf Englisch


Smalltalk auf Englisch - Smalltalk auf Reisen

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Reisen, Englisch auf Reisen, Englisch auf Geschäftsreisen, Business Englisch für Geschäftsreisen, korrektes Englisch auf Reisen, englisches Vokabular für die Geschäftsreise

Almost anyone would agree that making small talk is the first step toward developing friendly personal relationships. It's also clear that developing such relationships is the key to developing strong business relationships. The better you are at small talk, the more successful you'll be on the job - at home and on the road.

It (almost) goes without saying that getting good at anything takes practice. So you might wonder why, when you're travelling by train, plane, or maybe even by ferry, you see so many business people with their heads buried in their laptops, in newspapers, in books or in silent meals. These are the same people who arrive at their hotels, check in and go right to their rooms. Maybe they even order room service. Don't be one of them!

Regardless of language, travel is the best opportunity to practice your small talk skills in a real situation with complete strangers you'll never see again. The next time you're on the go, make a point of giving your chatting skills a good workout, even if your travel neighbour isn't travelling on business... and use what you've learned when you get where you're going!

The secret of small talk
Even if you're not shy, it can be a bit scary to initiate a conversation with a complete stranger in a foreign language. Don't worry! Travel small talk is easy and low-risk. There's very little chance you'll end up in a disagreement or in an embarrassing situation. Trust yourself! A few simple rules are all you need:

  1. Smile and look friendly.
  2. Don't wait for your neighbour to start. look for the right moment, open your mouth and start talking. This is the hardest part!
  3. Forget about introducing yourself; that comes later or never at all.
  4. Be ready with an initial question pertaining to the travel environment. Choose a question which prompts your partner to share an opinion.
  5. Keep the conversation going by showing your partner that you are listening. Offer information that may be useful or ask follow-on questions that dig deeper into the current theme.
  6. If you feel that the conversation is getting awkward, that your partner is tired of talking or that he is unreceptive, let the conversation die.
The right questions can lead people to tell you a lot that might be useful. To develop optimal skills, your goal is to get your partner talking and to keep him talking. He'll tell you a lot, and he'll like you for asking!

Never-fail ice breakers
You can always find an ice-breaker that's well-suited for your current mutual situation: a question about your hotel, travel vehicle, schedule, or meal. The following are proven jump-starters:

Are you travelling on business or pleasure?
The hotel/plane/restaurant/waiting area is really jammed/busy/empty/quiet today; is it usually like this?
The menu really looks interesting. Can you make any recommendations?

Follow-on questions for business travellers
Are you on the road a lot?
What line are you in?
Who do you work for?
What do you do for your firm?
What does that involve?
Do you enjoy it?

Follow-on questions for all travellers
Where are you heading?
Have you been there/in City before?
What did you do while you were there?
What do you plan to do while you're there?
Will you be staying long? Did you stay long?
Will you be doing any sightseeing?
Did you have time to do any sightseeing?
What did you find most interesting?

Follow-on themes
Do you know when we will arrive?
Where will you be staying?
How was the weather during your stay?
How's the chicken/beef/pasta?
How many children do you have?
Where are you from originally?
Did you experience any culture-shock when you moved here/there?
How do you like living in ...?
What do you do for fun in your free time?
What are you studying?
What did you think of the movie?

Showing interest
That's interesting!
That's nice!
Did you really?

Best Wishes
If you've had a friendly conversation with someone, it's a good idea to wrap things up on a positive note:

I hope you have a great holiday!
Have a successful business trip!
It was nice talking with you!
Have a pleasant journey!
Good travels!

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Reisen, Englisch auf Reisen, Englisch auf Geschäftsreisen, Business Englisch für Geschäftsreisen, korrektes Englisch auf Reisen, englisches Vokabular für die Geschäftsreise

Business English Trainer Weitere Artikel zum Thema Smalltalk auf Englisch finden Sie in unserem monatlich erscheinenden OWAD Business English Trainer.
Testen Sie drei Ausgaben von OWAD Business English Trainer kostenlos. Die erste Ausgabe erhalten Sie jetzt sofort, die anderen beiden während der nächsten zwei Monate.

Hier geht's zur Bestellung.


Insiders Wordpower
Insiders Wordpower
Business English Trainer
OWAD Business English Trainer
Free Test
Meet Paul Smith face to face in one of his popular seminars and trainings.