“The course was great! I really like the method, I learned a lot and now I feel more confident when I have conversations with clients. Thanks so much, Derek!” --Michael

A self-paced video course that will seriously boost your business small-talk skills in 12 weeks or less!

Good small-talk skills are essential for business. However, making small-talk with colleagues and customers in English can be a huge challenge. Sometimes it’s hard to follow people or to react quickly and be part of the conversation. Maybe you feel comfortable using the specific vocabulary you need for your job, but when it comes to using common small-talk phrases in conversations, you don’t feel confident. You have colleagues who are more fluent and confident and you want to be like them – you want to have great conversations and build great relationships at work. After all, great relationships can lead to great opportunities.

Another problem I often hear is that people have very little time to invest in learning English – they have busy jobs and find it hard to make time for lessons at the same time every week.

So, what if there was a flexible and effective way to boost your business small-talk skills? Well, that’s exactly why I created Confident English Conversation For Professionals. I wanted to create a unique video course that helps busy professionals become more confident and fluent when making small-talk at work.

Small-talk and conversation is so important for building good relationships at work and I want to help as many people as possible to do that with confidence.

It’s time to finally do something about your English! Let me help you make small-talk with confidence!

WHAT you'll be able to do after the course:


Speak with Confidence

Feel more confident and use a wide variety of phrases when making small-talk and having conversations with English-speaking friends, colleagues, customers and business partners.


Connect with People

With improved confidence and speaking skills, you’ll be able to connect with people and build stronger relationships in your private and professional life.


Understand English Speakers

Through practice and repetition of the 10 key skills in the course, you’ll be able to better understand people who speak English at a high-level, including native-speakers.


Respond Easily & Quickly

Use common phrases to respond to questions and comments easily & quickly.

course feedback

“I have chosen Derek’s course because I needed to become more confident whilst talking to foreign colleagues and clients. I’m really enjoying the course and its structure, as there are various modules related to different real-life scenarios that have helped me a lot. Thanks to Derek I get the chance to learn new expressions and idioms that I’ll use every day on my job. I recommend this course to anyone who struggles with making small-talk in English

Adele, Consultant from Italy

Thank you for a great course! Great content and interactive teaching style with lots of opportunities to practice with real-life examples which I can quickly and easily apply. Before I took the course, I was learning from Derek’s great free videos on YouTube. Anyway, I feel this course is more organised, effective and I highly recommend it for professional English.”

Myo, Senior Manager from Singapore

“The course was great! I really like the method, I learned a lot and now I feel more confident when I have conversations with clients. Thanks so much, Derek!”

Michael, Property Developer from Austria

“I am really enjoying the course so far. The repetition method and list of suggestions are really useful and make me feel more confident speaking English. You can really improve day by day, step by step.”

Chiara, Back Office Manager from Italy

“Derek’s course was very useful. I learned a lot of new vocabulary, expressions, and how to be more polite in my English communication with customers. The investment was worth it, and I definitely highly recommend this course.” 

Lucia, Travel Agent from Spain

“Derek’s lessons are very practical and useful in everyday life, both for informal conversations as well as the more formal ones at work. The course is really enjoyable and interesting for busy people. It’s worth the investment.”

 Gustavo, Accountant from Brazil

Short and very interactive lessons. The dialogues are very useful and really happen in real life. The course is simple, direct and objective. Perfect for those who don’t have much time to study or need to review specific topics. 

Robert, Accounting Technician from Brazil

Derek’s teaching methods help me to get out of my comfort zone and speak English with confidence. Interactive and entertaining without thinking about grammar rules and mistakes.”

Sira, Accountant from France


Hi there! I’m Derek and I come from Ireland. My career as a professional English Coach started back in 2004, and since then I’ve been lucky to work with and help thousands of people to achieve their professional English goals.

In the last few years, more and more people wanted to learn with me and one of the most common requests I hear is: “I want to be more confident when making small-talk with colleagues and customers, I want to be able to use common phrases so I can speak fluently without always thinking about what I want to say or how to say it”. Unfortunately, I can only be in one place at one time. That’s why I created this course – I want to help as many people as possible to make confident and fluent small-talk at work.

I’ve been coaching conversation and small-talk skills for business for 18 years, and I’ve put all of my experience into creating this course. The course is carefully structured, the content is authentic and unique, the methods are very effective, and the big advantage is that you can learn whenever you want. You can also review the content as often as you like. There are no live lessons so you can learn at your own pace and don’t have to worry about blocking time in your busy schedule for classes at fixed times.

And another big plus is that you’re not alone. When you enroll in the course, you’ll be invited into a private online community where you can meet and connect with other motivated learners from all over the world and have fun at the same time! I’ll also be there to support you and answer any questions you have!

Take advantage of my many years of experience coaching busy professionals, stop being frustrated with your English small-talk skills, and start working on them today!



The course is designed for intermediate (B1) learners. 

The main focus of the course is on speaking skills and mastering the most important phrases for confident small-talk. You will also improve your reading, listening and pronunciation skills by actively working through the different modules.

What's included in the course fee:


40+ Interactive videos. In each video, I teach you the most important phrases for confident conversation using my simple 4-step interactive method. And don’t forget – you can watch all of the videos whenever you want and as often as you want!


100+ quiz exercises. After studying all of the videos, try out the quiz exercises and see if you can get a high score! A really fun and practical way to review the video content!


50+ pages of downloadable and printable study notes including clear explanations of all the key phrases and techniques you learn in the videos. 


Mp3 audio files. Download and listen to all of the course content on the go – when you’re in the car, on the bus going to work, or even when you go jogging!


10+ hours of content. The interactive videos, quiz exercises, downloadable study notes and mp3 audio files add up to over 10 hours of content! NEW: An additional 5 hours of BONUS learning content – that’s 15+ hours in total! Scroll down to find out more.


Lifetime access. You can watch the videos  and study all of the other materials as often as you want. This also means you can start the course whenever you want. You don’t have to start it tomorrow. You can start next week or even next month.


When you enroll in the course, you’ll be invited to our Private Online Community where you can interact with other motivated learners – share your progress, make friends and motivate each other as you work your way through the course.


Access to our Virtual Networking & Conversation Room. Get to know people inside our community and arrange to meet here and work on your conversation skills. The room is open 24/7! 


Another key feature is that you can access the whole course on any device – you can work through the course on your phone, tablet or computer.


I’ve also included progress trackers to help you keep on track and be focused. You can print these out and use them to motivate yourself as you go through the course


If you have any questions or need extra clarification, contact me inside the course platform, per email, or in our private community and get my support. I’ll reply quickly and help you in the best way I can.


30-day guarantee – if you enroll in the course but then you find that it’s not the right fit for you, just contact me and I’ll give you a full refund. I want all of my learners to be completely satisfied.

what the course looks like:

This video takes you inside the course so you can see what it looks like.

The course is divided into 12 modules – 10 skills modules and 2 review modules. Each skills module contains interactive videos, quiz exercises, downloadable study notes and an mp3 audio file.

You’ll get access to 2 new modules every week and after all 12 have been published, you’ll get access to 2 new bonus modules every week for 5 weeks – that’s a total of 22 modules!

Top Tip: I strongly recommend that you watch the videos in the modules several times to get the best learning result. Ready to get started?

the 10 key skills you'll learn:

Have you ever wondered how to start a conversation with a complete stranger or an important customer? Module 1 is all about starting the conversation and you’ll learn how to do that in 7 different scenarios!

Asking questions and keeping the conversation going is such an important part of effective communication.  That’s why I’ve included a Bonus PDF and Mp3 in module 2! (Find out more about this bonus further down the page)

In module 3, the focus is on changing the subject in a conversation – for example, what can we say if we want to change from a difficult or even boring topic to a more interesting one? Another really important skill!

And what about showing that you’re interested? How can we do that effectively and really engage with people? That’s what module 4 is all about!

In module 5, you’ll learn lots of useful phrases to show surprise during a conversation. This is followed by our first review module where you’ll review everything from the first 5 modules.

Another very important skill. You’ll learn lots of very short, simple but effective phrases to show agreement in different situations.

Sometimes people share bad news so it’s important to give the right response. This is exactly what I teach you in this module.

This is something that we often need to do in conversations. What can you say if the person you’re talking to says something that confuses you or that you don’t quite understand?

What happens if you mention a topic that the other person doesn’t like to talk about? How do you react? Or what if they mention something you don’t want to talk about – what do you say?

So, you’re having a conversation, but you need to be somewhere else – you have to go. This is just one of many reasons for ending a conversation, but how can we do it politely? That’s what you’ll learn in this module.

This is followed by our second review module where you’ll review everything from modules 1 – 10.



Module 2 of the course is all about asking questions – a really important part of conversation, so …

I’ve included a bonus PDF and MP3 with over 200 great conversation questions to help you really make small-talk with confidence!


BONUS Phrase lists

You’ll get access to 10 downloadable PDFs with lists of the most common and useful everyday English phrases to help you expand your vocabulary and give you more options when making conversation at work and in private.

bonus #3
(the big one!)

10 bonus video modules!

(5+ hours of additional learning material)

After the 12 modules of the course have been published, you’ll get access to 10 bonus modules with more videos, quizzes, PDF study notes and mp3 downloads!

This huge bonus will help you to become even more confident and fluent when having conversations at work and in private.

Here are just a few highlights that you can look forward to learning:

– Small-talk for business meetings & dinners

– How to make conversation and small-talk with a company visitor

– Office small-talk – asking for and offering help, welcoming a new colleague, talking about the weather

– How to be diplomatic and polite at work

Total value of all course content plus bonuses: $699
 Your one-time fee: $149



questions people ask:

The course is designed for intermediate (B1) learners. However, if you’ve reached an upper-intermediate level (B2) but still struggle with small-talk, you should find the course very useful.

There are no live classes included. The main component of the course is the interactive videos, which are pre-recorded so you can watch whenever you want and as often as you want.

This is a huge advantage as you can learn whenever it works best for you. You don’t have to worry about finding time in your busy schedule to attend a class at a fixed time every week. 

When you sign up for the course, you get lifetime access – it’s yours forever! Watch the videos and study all the other materials whenever you want and as often as you want!

If you choose the one-time payment fee, you pay only once and then you get full access to the course immediately. 

If you choose the monthly payment option, you pay in 3 installments – $55 once per month for 3 months – and get full access after you sign up and pay the first installment. After your final payment, you will have access to the course forever!

You can pay using any credit or debit cards which are enabled for online payments. You can also pay with PayPal or Apple Pay.

When you actively go through all of the course content – watch each video at least twice and study all of the other materials, there are 10 – 12 hours of content.

I recommend you spend at least 1 hour per week on the course and finish it within 10 – 12 weeks. 

If you’d like to progress faster, study 2 hours per week and finish the course in 6 weeks.

I’ve also included progress trackers which are very useful tools to help you keep on track and stay motivated.

And don’t forget: There are 10 bonus modules included so you can continue learning after you’ve completed the main course!

I’ve been teaching Business English for 18 years and I’ve helped thousands of people to reach their professional English goals.

In my career so far, I’ve completed over 10,000 hours of in-company training at a wide variety of companies, so I know what busy professionals need.

I’m also very well-respected in the community and have a social media profile with over 200,000 learners.

I teach professional English because I love helping busy professionals to achieve confidence and fluency when communicating in English at work.

Let me help you to become proud of your English at work!

I don’t think that will happen, but there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. Just let me know if you’re not happy with the course and I’ll organise it for you.

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