STEPS - Business English Skills, Protocol & Etiquette
STEPS course is designed to teach the student the skills necessary to be capable and confident in today's international business arena. We do not only cover the business English skills but also the international protocol and etiquette that gives the student the ability and knowledge so they can advance from a typical worker to a confident business professional.

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WHY? If a person or company does not follow standard international protocol or etiquette when communicating they will quickly lose the respect and honor from others. Proper international business etiquette and protocol is vital for anyone wanting to be taken serious as a business person or company. When a person or company follows international standards for business communication the result ...
WHY? First impressions are important in social settings but even more so in the business arena. The introduction is an important moment in any business relationship. Not only what we say is important but also how we say it and in what manner - following local customs and international business protocol. Deals and business can be lost simply by giving a bad first impression. HOW? WQS wil...
WHY? To answer and conduct a phone call professionally involves more than just using good English and common manners. There are a precise set of protocol for professional telephone etiquette. The truth of the matter is if our telephone skills are not up to par, we will most likely lose business due to the lack of respect shown to others during telephone calls, messaging and asking to hold. Su...
WHY? To participate teleconferences professionally can be hard to do - even for great and fluent speakers of English. So when you are trying to step into the conversation and interject your point of view and English is your second language the task is all the more harder. There are a set of protocol for professional teleconferencing. These will help us to participate and to do so with the lea...
WHY? Emails are an important part of business communication. Just as someone will judge you (and your company) by the way you take care of your self (bad hygiene, messy hair, tattered clothes)they will also judge you and your ability to do good, professional work by the way you communicate in emails. We not only need to worry about grammar and word choice but also the style and readability of...
WHY? "When in Rome... do as the Romans." So goes the famous adage and it does have meaning for us today in life and especially in business where offending someone or their culture may be very costly to our business relationship and job security. Not only is it polite to take someone else's culture into consideration but also by building a good and respectful relationship we will enable oursel...
WHY? Negotiating is one of the most important business skills a person can master. Whether we are approaching our boss for a raise or we are negotiating big business deals for multinational companies, this talent will prove itself to be most valuable in our career. A truly successful negotiator is not simply 'hard-nosed' - uncompromising and tough - but rather they are knowledgeable and skill...
WHY? Meetings are the time where some people with good, professional business skills shine and lead a good example or when those that are overly shy or do not possess the skills/confidence to participate sit in the back and try not to be noticed. Whether we are leading the meeting, participating or just listening there are a specific set of skills and protocol that, if we learn and use, will ...
WHY? Presentations are another time where some people shine and others shy-away... Presentations are a point in time when get to make a lasting impression on others - hopefully a good one. The fact is everyone gets nervous when making presentations, so the sooner we realize that and then focus on using the nervousness and extra energy to our advantage the quicker we will begin to find true su...
WHY? When dealing with money and numbers we want to project knowledge and confidence. We would never want make a mistake that would result in lost or spoiled business relations - let's say misplace a comma in a price quotation. How we say numbers, what type of currency we use, what symbols and and punctuation are all important and should be learned how to use properly and in what situations. ...
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DEFINITION of "foundation" - A FOUNDATION is the lowest, base supporting layer of a structure.

The FOUNDATION is what the entire structure is built upon and is vital for any building to be strong and long-lasting…
…likewise, whether new learners or seasoned speakers of a language, those that master the FOUNDATION of communication will be able to build more skilled and powerful abilities in Business English...

  WQS’s FOUNDATION classes are the most basic yet most important skills for effective, powerful and motivating communication. These skills are so vital that even the most experienced and talented of public speakers are well-served by reviewing and honing them from time to time. These classes are taught with a variety of material, exercises and quizzes so that the beginner as well as the advanced student can take this class. For more details, please contact now.
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DEFINITION of "steps" - STEPS are part of a staircase and are designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances.

To get to a higher level of a building we must walk up STEPS…
… in business English we reach higher levels of professionalism by mastering various skills and "climbing" (mastering) each STEP of professional business communication skills as well as international business etiquette and protocol.

  WQS’s STEPS classes are designed to teach you important aspects of business English while also guiding you into mastery of the various protocols and etiquette for successful international business communication. These skills must be learned and then honed by anyone wanting to be taken seriously and respected in the world business forum and especially with the high competition of today's market. We give interesting and innovating material, exercises and quizzes thus allowing you to take this class and master these skill sets. Please contact us to take your first "STEP".
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DEFINITION of "pillar" - A PILLAR (or column) in is a structural element that transmits, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below and thus 'supports' ceiling and structure above.

Just as each PILLAR of a building add strength and beauty to a structure…
… a successful career and advancing career-person will have mastered the most important “PILLARS” in business communication.

  Each one of WQS’s PILLAR courses is actually a series of classes focusing on the specific set of skills required to master that aspect of professional business English communication. These courses are an in depth and comprehensive covering topics and skills such as - Presentations, Marketing, Business Proposals, Managing, Customer Services and others. Each course is offered separately so you can take the ones most important to you. These extensive courses are comprised of a set of classes offering a variety of exercises and quizzes designed specifically for each area thus allowing you to make a more profound and complete advancement as you build strong PILLARS in your business communication skills. Please contact us to discuss.
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DEFINITION of "arch" - An ARCH is a structure that spans a space and supports a load.

A strong ARCH that is made of good materials is vital to support a structure...
...just as the more successful people that hold up a company must have advanced professional skills.
  WQS offers training to businesses and individuals that is custom designed to meet the needs of your company and at the appropriate level so as to push your workers to excellence. We call courses that are custom designed specifically for your needs our ARCH courses. ARCH courses will include the FOUNDATIONS and PILLARS courses among other custom training. We also offer discounted rates for online classes provided to an entire office of employees. Please contact us to discuss your needs and how we can best help your workers advance to the level you require.

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DEFINITION of "keystone" - A KEYSTONE is the wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex (top) of a masonry vault or arch, it is the final piece placed during construction and locks all the stones into position, thus allowing the arch to bear weight. These vital aspects make the keystone very important structurally.

As the KEYSTONE is vital in holding up the arch…
…likewise, the CEO/entrepreneur is vital to a strong and successful business.

  WQS’s offers personalized and/or one-on-one classes for CEOs, entrepreneurs and upper-management who want the attention and guidance so as to make fast and expert advancement on their international business English skills. We call these focused and custom classes designed especially for you our KEYSTONE course. Please email or call for any questions or concerns.
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