Want to improve your Business English? 5 tiny tips for setting the right language goals.


January is a month that feels like the start of something new. You can read everywhere about new year’s resolutions and how they will turn your year into something special.

But we are now almost at the end oft he month and do you still stick to new year’s resolutions or have you already forgotten about them? Has everyday life got the better of you?

Let’s have a closer look at 5 tiny tips that help you set the right goals when you want to improve your Business English.

Have you ever heard of SMART goals? The word SMART stands for s- specific, m- measurable, a- achievable, r- relevant and t- time-bound. This is the formula you might want to use for setting goals.

What does that mean when you want to improve your Business English?

Let’s say your aim is to become more confident in Business English.

If you have a look at this goal then you might notice that it isn’t specific. So you could say for example: “I want to become confident when I speak in English with clients in business meetings.”

The next question is how do you know that your confidence in business meetings has increased? In other words how do you measure confidence?
In case you are a person who doesn’t participate in discussions in business meetings you could set the goal: “I want to share at least one idea in discussions with clients in English during every business meeting.”

How does that sound to you?

Already a little more concrete? Then let’s continue with a for achievable. It means whether you can achieve the goal or not. In our example can you really share at least one idea in a discussion? Do you have enough ideas to share or do you sometimes lack ideas? How can you make sure you are able to share at least one idea in a discussion? How about taking 5 minutes before every meeting and think about ideas you could share?

Next is r for relevant. Is the goal really something you need and does it fit into your long-term plans? Do you really need to speak English confidently in meetings or are you planning to change jobs anyway because you have other career plans where you don’t need English?

Finally, t for time-bound. Your goal should have a time limit. It means for our example: “I want to share at least one idea in discussions with clients in English during every business meeting this month's.” A time limit helps you take the first step towards your goal because there is now some urgency attached to it.

These 5 tiny tips will help you reach your language goals for Business English.
Nevertheless, I can also recommend the Smart Language Planner. It is a planner for language learners that helps them set goals and to break big tasks into smaller tasks. They become more concrete and enjoyable. You can order a copy here:



In case you need any further assistance while learning Business English I am happy to help you with my language coaching. Please get in touch.


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