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Business small talk in English

Today's Business English lesson is about small talk.

When you meet someone in a professional context, you usually don't jump right into the conversation: first you introduce yourself, then you need to make small talk in  order to break the ice.

Small talk is a polite conversation  about things that are not  important.

How to ask about someone's job ?

To ask about someone's job, you can use phrases like: 

What do you do?

What do you do for a living?

What is your occupation?

What type of work do you do?

Where do you work?

How to give your job title? 

To give your job title you can say: 

 I'm a salesman.

 I'm an accountant.

 I'm a lawyer.

 I'm a consultant.

 I'm a software engineer.

 I’m a personal assistant.

Note that job names are ALWAYS preceded by "a" or "an". 

How to say which company you work for? 

To say which company you work for, you can use one of these phrases: 

I work for IBM

I work at Starbucks

I'm with Microsoft

How to say in which field you work? 

To say in each field you work, use these phrases: 

 I work in sales.

I work in fashion.

I'm in the music business.

I'm in computers.

I'm in the toy industry.

I'm a business owner.

I have my own consulting company.

How to explain what you do? 

To explain what your job consists in, you can say: 

I build houses.

I design cars.

I sell flowers.

I decorate boats.

I organize weddings.

I run an Import-export  business.

That's it for today! 

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