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If you are a non-native English speaker and make telephone calls as part of your work, then this book is for you. By applying the suggested guidelines, you will stand a much greater chance of making an effective telephone call. You will learn how to:
prepare for a call both psychologically and from an English language point of view
receive calls (if you work on reception)
find out about another company and talk about your own company
chase people (i.e. people who have not followed up your requests)
deal with difficult calls and callers, and improve your telephone manner
use the telephone while working on a help desk or helpline
resolve language difficulties (i.e. when you cannot understand the other person's English)
improve your pronunciation
use resources on the Internet to improve your listening skills
The book concludes with a chapter of useful phrases. There is a brief introduction for trainers on how to teach telephone and helpdesk skills within a Business English course.
Adrian Wallwork is the author of over 30 books aimed at helping non-native English speakers to communicate more effectively in English. He has published 13 books with Springer Science+Business Media.