How to Network and Socialize at Conferences and Public Events
安馬克 (Marc Anthony) 教師 (臺大寫作教學中心)
English remains the common language for business among professionals throughout Asia, with 83% employing it regularly. Yet, how often do we hear, “I don’t know what to say during dinner!” “How do I talk to my foreign visitors and colleagues?” “How do I talk about subjects other than the weather?” In spite of English being used as an international language, success in making a good impression and making effective professional contacts often falls short. The reason why? Speech is a joint game between the talker and the listener against the forces of confusion. Unless both make the effort communication is quite hopeless. These aren’t new dilemmas, of course, but they have become more urgent as we encounter a globalized world that brings us all together more regularly. This presentation addresses this problem by providing a workable and cross-cultural communication approach that will allow you and others to feel more comfortable in socializing and networking. Many people feel their English grammar isn’t good enough, and that is why they can’t effectively hold a conversation, but quite often the real problem isn’t the MECHANICS of language, but the lack of understanding how others communicate the same things but in different ways. This presentation will provide you with a variety of simple communication strategies that will not only make networking a little easier, but make you more memorable as well.