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Everyday ENGLISH

Everyday ENGLISH

By Laura Marshallsay
Business English and communication skills that help you make the complex simple.
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The professional benefits of volunteering
Landing a job that requires experience presents a real Catch-22 situation for anyone trying to break into a new field. How are you supposed to get professional experience if no one will give you a job to get that experience?  Try volunteering!  Whether you want to learn a new skill, make friends, practice your English, or enhance your CV, volunteering could be the way to go. For more information or to download my free guide "Top Tips for Conference Calls," please go to my website Marshallsay English - Helping you change the world, one word at a time.
July 14, 2020
Communicate and change the world
You have an issue you want the world to know about. How do you communicate your message so that people not only listen, but they also care enough to do something about it?  Join me today to find out! Resources:  Marshallsay English,
June 25, 2020
Taking your message to the world - English for Activists
This week, I am breaking from my normal Business English blog to talk about something really close to my heart: grassroots activism.  If you can tell people about your cause in your own language - that's great.  But so many of the issues we face are global issues - which means discussing them in the global language of English.  Today is basically an introduction - but I will continue on this theme for weeks to come.   Let me know what you think! Resources:  Marshallsay English - 
June 10, 2020
Communication as a stress reducer? Absolutely!
We are living in a world where people aren't sure what's happening from one week to the next.  And that can cause stress.  But did you know that one of the best ways to alleviate stress is good communication?  Join me today for my top three tips for communication practice to keep your team stress free. Resources Marshallsay English -
June 5, 2020
Are you sending the right message on your video calls?
During this pandemic, video calls have changed the way we communicate.  But sometimes people forget that most communication is non-verbal.  With that in mind, are you sending the right messages when you participate online?  This week, we are going to talk about how to get it right. Free Resource, "Top Tips for Conference Calls". Feel free to leave a message on my website: Everyday ENGLISH is brought to you by Marshallsay English.  Don't just learn English.  Own it!
May 27, 2020
Writing your CV, Part 3: Describing your professional experience
Last week, we looked at the Objective and Summary sections of your CV.  This week, I'd like to discuss how to describe your professional experience.  Do this well, and you will get that interview! Everyday English, brought to you by Marshallsay English.  Don't just learn English.  Own it! Resources from this week's episode: Michigan State University Career Services Center has a great list of action verbs to use on your CV.   This article talks about soft skills and why they are important to employers. Stay safe, and have a great week!
May 13, 2020
Writing your CV, Part 2: the Objective and Summary
A recruiter takes less than a minute to decide whether to read your entire CV or not. This is why the Objective and Summary are so important. It introduces them to who you are and what you can do. Write a good introduction, and the recruiter will continue reading. Write one that doesn’t connect to the job, and the recruiter will simply move on to the next application.   Everyday ENGLISH: brought to you by Marshallsay ENGLISH.  Don't just learn English.  Own it!  Websites discussed in today's episode are:  Go to and choose your country.
May 8, 2020
It's time to update your CV
Let's face it: with everything happening in the world, you might need to look for a new job.  That means writing a CV, building your network, and job interviews.  But what if you have to do it in English?  No worries!  We'll be discussing this and much more over the next couple of weeks. This week, I’d like to talk about what to include in your CV.  Next week we’ll look at specific functional language to help you write a fantastic CV in English. Everyday English is brought to you by Marshallsay ENGLISH - Don't just learn English.  Own it! Resources for this episode: Europass -  a service of the EU and a really good resource to help build your CV. 
April 29, 2020
Easy ways to improve your English every day
Improving your English means engaging with the language outside of the classroom. But who has time for that? You do! Check out my fun, easy, everyday techniques to help you improve your English.
April 22, 2020
Say it ain't so: the top errors native English speakers make (and how to avoid them!)
Believe it or not, native speakers make grammar mistakes, too.  This week, we are going to look at some of the errors native English speakers make and I'll give you tips on how to get it right.   For more information or to leave a comment, please go to my website
April 16, 2020
Preparing for Conference Calls in English
Right now, it seems like the entire world is conducting business by conference calls.  But conference calls in English can be difficult for non-native speakers.  In this episode, I discuss some techniques you can use to help with both your listening and speaking skills so you can take your next conference call with confidence.
April 8, 2020
Communicating change during a crisis
Right now, people are saying a lot but not necessarily communicating what needs to be said. How can you make sure what you are communicating is clear and is at the right level of urgency?  Join us today to find the answer to that question.
April 2, 2020
The Language of Change, part 1
Change isn't coming.  Change is here.  How you communicate that can mean the difference between success and failure.  This week I've got some basic tips on how you can get people to listen.  Next week, we'll start looking at the language of change and how that differs from general softening techniques.   Presented by Marshallsay English. Don't just learn English. Own it!
March 25, 2020
Working from home: online meeting etiquette
The coronavirus means that more people are working from home - and working from home means online meetings.  A lot of people hate these calls because - well - people aren't always on their best behaviour during them.  So, this week we are going to talk about online meeting etiquette.
March 18, 2020
A Tale of Two Computers: customer service made simple
Your English does not have to be perfect in order to communicate well.  In this episode, I look at what makes a good communicator - particularly for customer service professionals.
March 3, 2020