Do you spend hours writing and rewriting emails or presentations in English?
Do you secretly hope that the phone won’t ring, because you’re worried about speaking English to colleagues or customers?
Do you dread having to give verbal updates at meetings if they’re held in English?
I work with people who need to use English at work. I’ve discovered that often, helping my customers to develop their language skills isn’t enough. What they really want are opportunities to work on subjects that are directly relevant to them, and strategies for using this knowledge in the every-day business situations in which they find themselves.
In the 50 chapters of this book, I provide tips on how to deal with a range of situations and how to increase your confidence, perform at your best and portray yourself in a positive light. These situations include contributing to meetings in English, using the telephone, taking part in networking events, going for job interviews and having general conversations.
I also look at some of the problems that people have in terms of improving their English and some possible solutions. The problems include fear of speaking, not being able to find the right course, not having time to learn and not being able to remember new vocabulary. There are also more general tips about what you can do to make language learning a part of your everyday routine, and not just something that you try to squeeze in when you have time.
The book is 50,000 words long and it is split into 50 chapters. However, you don’t have to read it from start to finish. For best results, see which chapters are relevant to your personal circumstances and start with those!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson picks the trip-you-up words that her clients struggle with and puts them in a quick reference guide light enough and small enough to be used as an quickie gift that the recipient can tuck into a glove compartment or purse to keep their homonym skills fresh and explains why following grammar rules assiduously isn't always the best choice for writers. "Carolyn Howard-Johnson has created something of unmatched value: usage advice that cuts through the contentious world of grammar to offer real help. Writers polishing their manuscripts and query letters will find Howard-Johnson's guide more useful than Strunk and White." -- JUNE CASAGRANDE, author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies (Penguin) and syndicated grammar columnist guru "That so much helpful advice is couched in such light-hearted, easy to read and entertaining prose is due to Howard-Johnson's abilities... " -- MAGDALENA BALL, founder and editor of The Compulsive Reader review "...it's editing books like this that help us get one step closer to writing, and speaking, clearly and succinctly. Five stars." -- DAWN COLCLASURE, author, 365 Tips for Writers "This book is a good investment for all writers, no matter how skilled and experienced they believe they are. And, if you believe you 'could care less,' you really need this book." -- BOYD SUTTON, editor, Wisconsin Writer's Journal "From adapting/adopting to wreak/reek, this book is highly recommended reading for anyone preparing to write pretty much anything -- and a fascinating read in its own right for those who appreciate word-play and the occasionally encountered dilemmas of the English language!" -- JIM COX, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review "This is a wonderful book that could be used as a reference book in secondary classrooms and writing groups. The book would also be handy during teacher-student writing conferences as a neutral way to discuss word use errors especially." -- CAROLYN WILHELM, curriculum writer, The Wise Owl Factory Learn more at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com From Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com LAN022000 LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Editing & Proofreading BUS011000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Writing
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