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English with Kirsty
We talk about learning languages, getting your message across, and saying what you really mean in a way that people understand!
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March 30, 2021 11:08 AM PDT

This week I've been talking to Craig Smith of CRS Editorial. This is how he introduced himself:

" Hi. I’m Craig Smith from CRS Editorial. I am an editor, proofreader, copywriter and journalist with over 20 years' experience of working across many formats with different-sized organisations and for a wide range of target audiences."

Find out about Craig's new business, the difference between an editor and a proofreader, and what you can look out for when you're checking your own writing.

You can find the show notes page here:

March 16, 2021 07:42 AM PDT

Some of my customers have come to me in search of English training, not because their companies are not investing in their training, but because something about the courses that are being offered to them isn't quite working.

This episode is for managers who want their staff to be more confident users of another language, although many of the points apply to other types of training and development too. If you're not a manager, you could also apply some of the tips to your own learning.

I've gathered together feedback about what hasn't been working for people, and included my own tips and solutions. Some points are about identifying and selecting the right type of training for the task. Others are about supporting staff to implement and practice what they have learned.
You can find the show notes here:

March 04, 2021 04:05 AM PST

Today I am bringing you an interview with Rachel Surtees, a psychotherapist whom I met at a business networking meeting recently. This is how Rachel introduced herself:

" As a psychotherapist I am fascinated by people and their interactions with each other. I am deeply curious about the stories we tell ourselves in order to make sense of our world and especially how these stories then become our subconscious guides to our behaviour in future interactions. When we become aware of our unconscious stories it paves the way for us to be more choiceful in our future interactions which can be a very liberating place to be."

Our conversations covers many topics, but we talk about what Rachel does, why she believe stories are important, how they shape our interactions, and how changing the stories we believe about ourselves or other people can lead to better relationships and better communication with others.

The show notes page is:

February 11, 2021 04:37 AM PST

We've probably all experienced them at some time - colleagues who make life that bit more difficult, with whom we find it harder to communicate, or who do things that frustrate us.

What are some things that we can do to make communicating with them or addressing these problems a bit easier?

These tips won't fix all problems, but ultimately we're only responsible for how we communicate or react, so it's worth thinking about that to ensure that we are being constructive - even when it's really hard!

You can find the show notes here:

January 19, 2021 07:03 AM PST

Today I’m bringing you an interview with Janina Neumann, a bilingual business owner and graphic designer whom I met recently through business networking.

Janina is a bilingual graphic designer, intercultural management trainer, and business owner of Janina Neumann Design. JND is a bilingual design company, helping clients create a social impact in the UK and abroad. Working with social enterprises, charities and councils, Janina helps clients communicate their message equally effectively across different languages and cultures. Janina speaks English and German fluently and has a keen interest in learning new languages, including French and Farsi.

The show notes page is here: https://englishwithkirsty.com/podcast/episode182

December 07, 2020 03:20 AM PST

Today I’m bringing you an interview with my friend and business mentor, Lauryn Bradley.

Lauryn Bradley is one of the UK’s leading business strategists. Think of Lauryn as the epitome of understated brilliance. No fanfare. Just results. She has owned, started, scaled and sold global businesses for herself and her clients for almost 30 years. Lauryn is an introvert entrepreneur, prefers an easy life and is a cheerleader for building social equity. Lauryn is an online business mentor + trained consultant, not a business coach, so unlike most coaches, Lauryn has the practical experience and geek-ery to show you how to grow your business to 7 figures and beyond.

Here are some of the points that we explore in our conversation:
•Good communication as a way to build relationships
•Communicating well to make a good first impression
•Responding to and learning from negative feedback
•Making sure that auto-responders and those who work for you are following your brand’s communication style
•Lauryn’s resources to support women business owners.

For all the links and extra information, come over to the show notes page:

October 22, 2020 03:45 AM PDT

Many of us have found ourselves in more online metings during the last weeks and months. Whether you love them or hate them, it looks as though they'll be here to stay for a while!

I've put together eight tips about how you can communicate more effectively in online meetings. These include things to avoid, things to change, and things to try.

Let me know if you have any tips that you would add, and also whether any of these tips have helped you.

You can find the show notes page here:

September 22, 2020 03:15 AM PDT

Jennifer is a writing coach who helps business owners become confident, happy writers by showing them that writing doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. She does this so more of us can get our stories and voices out and join the conversation, so to speak, so you can grow your business, help your clients, and work towards creating a society that celebrates and values all of us.

In this interview, we talk about different approaches to writing, Jennifer shares the best writing advice that she's been given, and she explains what's coming up in her writing retreat in October.

This is not a paid advertisement - I want to encourage people to write and get their voices heard, and I think that this event, which is free to attend if you sign up to attend live in October, will be a great way to help anyone who's thinking about writing their first book.

Visit the show notes page for the links and further details about Jennifer's work and her writing retreat:

September 15, 2020 06:40 AM PDT

On this week's episode of the English with Kirsty podcast, I have another interview for you with Cara from Leo Listening.

In the interview we talk about

* >Bridging the gap between what you want to listen to, and actually enjoying listening to things, such as your favourite movies or TV series in English
* >Differences between the types of listening materials that are available to language learners;
* Why it's sometimes hard for learners to find good listening resources, and what they can do to fix the problem;
* Practical listening techniques that you probably didn't learn at school;
* How practising your listening skills can also help you to become a better speaker of another language, particularly if you're listening to conversations;
* Listening resources for personal development;
* Questions to ask yourself so that you can find the best listening resources for you.

Here's the show notes page:

September 10, 2020 03:38 AM PDT

I'm a language learner as well as a teacher.

I don't believe language learning apps can replace tuition where you can ask questions/get personalised feedback, or practise with other speakers of the language, but I do think they're a great way to support your learning, strengthen your language skills, and help you to build your vocabulary.

In this episode, I talk about my experiences of the Duolingo app - which features I find helpful, and which skills are harder to develop with this kind of app.

You can find the show notes page here:

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