Event update: Annual BESIG conference in Prague 

The BESIG conference was held in the Czech Republic’s beautiful capital this year, and it was just fabulous to be there. We attended together with our distributor for Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Infoa, and Eva, Maria and Stanislav were delighted to meet so many of you at the Collins stand. Thanks to all of you for coming by! 

We were also very proud to sponsor three popular talks delivered by our Business English authors Ian Badger, Nick Brieger and Barry Tomalin.

In ‘Overcoming Barriers in Business Communication’, Ian Badger looked at how working with authentic listening materials can help students overcome four main barriers to clear business communication: unfamiliar native/non-native accents, jargon and idiomatic language, different cultural practices and new (and old) technologies. Ian is the author of Collins English for Business: Listening and Collins English for Life: Listening B1+ Intermediate. Both titles draw from 100% authentic recordings to help students understand English however it is spoken around the world.  
Download Ian Badger’s BESIG presentation slides

Nick Brieger proposed a new, results-oriented paradigm for teaching Business Writing in ‘Business Writing: old skill, new paradigm’. His paradigm focuses on improving readability, impact and accuracy of documents. Nick is the author of Collins English for Business: Writing, and all the principles he illustrated in talk are reflected in his book.
Watch Nick to introduce his BESIG talk 
Download Nick Brieger’s BESIG presentation slides

Barry Tomalin’s talk focused on ‘What International Negotiators Need to Know’, and examined the particular difficulties non-native speakers of English have when negotiating with native speakers of English. Barry is the author of Collins Key Business Skills, and he identified a clear framework to help international managers recognise the different signs indicating what a negotiator might think or feel. He proposed a clear model to help learners track down the different stages of negotiations, and the language needed to move it forwards.
Download Barry Tomalin’s BESIG presentation slides