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Tuesday, 18 July 2017


We're extremely excited to announce that Native English Spain will now be providing all it's training through Portal Business Training!

PORTAL are on a MISSION to change the way you learn

The team at PORTAL are passionate about helping to create a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feeling safe whilst they are there and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves.

Everything they do is dedicated to one single purpose, to help people solve problems. They believe in thinking differently! They help people solve problems by applying practical skills, which are easy to understand and that get measurable results. They do this by making learning simple, fun and effective.


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    Wednesday, 12 July 2017



    Learn how to make stress your friend - August 2017

    This August, Portal Business Training, will be running Virtual Workshops that help professionals increase their mastery in English + Learn a valuable life/business skill.

    The 1st WORKSHOP is called "STRESS, NO MORE! - Learn how to make STRESS your friend!"- SAVE up to 15% off, on all bookings made in July! 😀

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    Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    BACK TO BASICS: 2 Simple steps to help transform your communication

    Two things determine what people think of you:

    • Skills – how good you at your job; and
    • Comms – how well you communicate with them

    You need both.

    Do brilliant work, but summarise it in a rubbish report… well, everyone thinks you’re rubbish.

    Not fair?


    But it happens.

    So, a question for you…

    Given how essential your communications are to your reputation…

    …how often do you meet with your team, with the sole purpose of finding ways to communicate better?

    Never, I guess?

    Nobody does.

    But your team’s communications are your shop window.

    They must be good.

    Or people will shop elsewhere.

    Action Point

    Watch this short video for simple ways to transform your communications - and therefore what others think of you – without you doing much work at all.


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    Tuesday, 4 July 2017

    How to STOP a boring conversation in 3 simple steps

    Ever been networking, and got stuck talking to someone you can’t get rid of?

    Or been to a meeting that’s dragged on, and you couldn’t escape?

    Well, it’s important you know how to stop these. Or, they won’t…. well, stop.

    And the key to mastering this is to know in advance how you’ll stop them. After all, it’s unlikely you’ll think of the right words during your conversation. So, it’ll keep dragging on. And on.

    Here are three easy ideas for you:

    #1 Use the past tense

    When you use the past tense, it shows the conversation is over:

    • Thanks for calling. I’ve found our chat useful
    • It’s great to speak with you. I enjoyed our conversation

    When you say this, people reply using the past tense too – “Thank you. I did too.”

    And your conversation is now over!

    #2 “I’m conscious of time”

    “I’m conscious of time” works well in meetings. You can use it:
    • To stop an agenda item that’s taking too long. Saying it hurries people along; and/or
    • To stop your meeting on time, say it a few minutes before the end. This gives you time to agree everyone’s actions before you go

    When you say it, people tend to do two things:
    1. Look at their watch; and
    2. Stop talking

    So, you can now control how the meeting ends.

    #3 “Offline”

    If you and I were in a meeting, and I said to you “you’re going into too much detail. Shut up”, you’d think I was rude.

    However, if I said “we’re going into too much detail. Let’s take this offline”, you’d probably say “ok then.”

    So, “offline” is a polite, corporate way of saying “shut up”!

    Action Point

    Simple one: identify the phrase you’re going to say next time things drag on. Since, once you know it, you’ll say it when you need to!

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    Tuesday, 20 June 2017

    Have you served and volleyed today?

    “None of you will be able to wipe the smile off my face tonight. I’ve just heard my wife and I are expecting our first child …”

    This was a comedian’s Opening Line at a recent show.

    He looked delighted. Could hardly speak for smiling. And the minute he said “first child”, everyone started clapping.

    Until he interrupted us, saying “Let me finish… I’m smiling because I’ve heard my wife and I are expecting our first child to leave home. She’s only nine. I hope she takes her two brothers with her.”

    A great start. In fifteen seconds, he had his audience in the palm of his hand. He’d given them a reason to cheer, applaud, be involved, be surprised, laugh…

    And it worked because he split his opening into two. The first half set it up; the second finished it.

    And, to get people listening to us, we can do the same.

    For example, my favourite email title is the half-sentence “Jane, a quick question to ask…”

    Jane will open this straight away. Three reasons:

    1. Her name grabs her attention
    2. The word “quick” means it won’t take her long
    3. It’s intriguing – she wants to know what the question is (the second half of the sentence)

    Another example: when I’m making a presentation, my first sentence might be “I have a question for you…”

    Everyone looks at me. They want to know what it is. And I’ve already ‘got’ my audience without doing anything (the question I then ask needs to be a good one!)

    Other good opening half-sentences:

    • At the start of regular weekly meetings – "I thought we could try something different this week…" They want to know what it is
    • And five minutes before the end of your meeting – "I’m conscious of time. One quick question…" That stops them speaking. You can now close it down
    • When you want to find the best way to do something, ask "Can I ask your advice about something…?" They’ll say ‘yes’ (who wouldn’t?!) You then ask them
    • When you want someone to do something for you, "Can I ask a favour…?" They’ll say ‘yes’ (again, who wouldn’t?) You then ask them to help you
    • When you want someone to instantly listen – "Do you know the three biggest reasons why customers don’t buy from us…?"
    • When you want to stop people being grumpy “Do you know the one thing we haven’t thought of yet…?” They’ll ask what it is. You then say something positive about the situation. Or ask what a good solution might be. Anything to change their focus
    • When somebody asks you to write a communication for them – “Yes, of course. But can I quickly ask you something…?” They’ll want to know what it is. You then ask them what headings they want in it. Know these, and you’re much more likely to write what they want the first time

    And so on.

    I call this technique ‘serve and volley’. The serve sentence sets up the point; the volley finishes it off. Much easier to do than serving an outright ace in one sentence.

    And (serve) so I have a surprising question for you…

    Action point

    … (volley) who can you ‘Serve and volley’ today? Prep both your shots/sentences before you play/speak with them.

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