Small Talk for Professionals

Make small talk with confidence so you can build strong relationships at work that lead to better opportunities!

Derek Callan

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This course is for you if you’re a business professional who:

Why Small Talk is Important:

Small talk is a highly valuable skill in the business world, but it’s often overlooked. It’s actually fundamental to achieving career success because it helps you to:


Build Strong Relationships

Engaging in small talk with colleagues, managers, and other leaders can have a big impact on your career success. By showing an interest in their lives beyond work-related topics, you can build strong relationships that lead to better teamwork, collaboration, and support. Building a rapport with senior leaders can also open doors to career opportunities and mentorship, helping you grow and develop in your career.


Leave Good impressions

Small talk is the foundation of making a lasting impression with your colleagues, clients, and business partners. When you leave a good impression, people are more likely to remember you positively and to want to work with you or maintain a relationship with you, which is crucial in business settings.


Network Successfully

Small talk is a vital part of networking. Engaging in small talk with new people helps you make connections, find common ground, and build relationships that may lead to future business opportunities. By being able to make meaningful small talk, you’ll be able to expand your network and increase your chances of finding new opportunities for you and your company.

Why have you been learning English for so many years but still struggle with small talk?

It’s not because your English isn’t good enough – even native English speakers need to work on their small talk skills.

Simply practising English every day won’t necessarily improve your small talk skills.

Instead, it’s important to follow the right approach:

The 3-step method, which teaches you how to start, continue, and end small talk conversations, can help you build stronger relationships at work that lead to better career opportunities.

Scenario-based learning enables you to practice real-life situations that mirror the conversations you’re likely to have in professional and social settings.

This approach increases learning retention and leads to greater confidence in applying new skills.

Combining the 3-step method with scenario-based learning is the most effective strategy for making confident small talk.

“I simply confirm Derek keeps his promise point by point. I do feel more confident, I do use a wider variety of phrases and understand people using such phrases much better, I feel I speak much more fluently during small talk. This has helped me to connect with people from everywhere in the world, many of them coming from English speaking countries.”


Head of Supply Chain Management based in Vietnam

“I chose Derek’s course because I needed to become more confident whilst talking to foreign colleagues and clients. I really enjoyed 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 got 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”


Consultant from Italy

“I’ve noticed that my fluency has improved, and I’m no longer afraid of awkward silences because now I know how to keep the conversation going with colleagues. I highly recommend Derek’s course!”


Industrial & Systems Engineer from Mexico

Meet derek


Hi there! My name is Derek, and I’m a professional English Coach with over 19 years of experience helping business professionals communicate more confidently and professionally.

As a specialist in small talk, I have successfully coached hundreds of business professionals across diverse industries to develop the skills they need to build long-lasting relationships that open doors to better opportunities.

During my career, I have completed over 10,000 hours of in-company coaching with senior managers and executives at leading international companies and built a network with over 250,000 followers on social media.

I’m excited to invite you to enroll in my Small Talk for Professionals course which will help you unlock new career opportunities and achieve greater success in your professional life.

Join me today and let’s work together to develop your confidence in small talk!



Small Talk for Professionals

On-demand video coaching: The 3 steps to confident small talk

Teach you how to start, continue, and end small talk conversations so you have the confidence in starting and building strong relationships that can benefit your career.

On-demand video training is convenient and flexible, so you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Access the videos whenever and wherever you want, whether it’s at home, at work, or on the go, allowing you to fit your learning around your other commitments, making it easier to balance your professional and personal life.

Scenario-based learning with real-world situations

Engages you in the learning process, improving your ability to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

By practising authentic, real-world conversations, you can gain confidence in your abilities and better understand how to handle social situations, which can lead to more successful interactions and stronger relationships with colleagues and clients.

Transferable skills and knowledge

Gained through scenario-based learning can be applied to hundreds of other real-world situations, making you more adaptable and prepared for a wide variety of challenges.

This will lead to increased confidence, better decision-making, and stronger relationships with others. Ultimately, the transferable skills and knowledge gained through scenario-based learning can have a lasting impact on learners’ personal and professional development.

Supportive community

Gives you the opportunity to interact live with Derek and our other members every month. Get direct support, extra tips, and meet other like-minded professionals from all over the world. 

By participating in our online community, you’ll have the opportunity to build your professional network, expand your knowledge, and sharpen your communication skills.

“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!”


Property Developer from Austria

“I’m almost in the middle of the course and I’m very satisfied with my progress. I’m more confident when I participate in different types of discussions. I recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their abilities in conversational English.”


University Professor from Bulgaria

“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.”


Back Office Manager from Italy

questions people ask:

This course was designed for business professionals from all industries who have an intermediate or higher level of English and who struggle with small talk at work.

There are 2 options: A one-time payment of $149 or 3 monthly payments of $57.

The course includes lifetime access to the on-demand video training and all bonuses. The video training will give you the 3 steps to make small talk with confidence through real-world scenarios, and the community will provide support, networking opportunities, and further guidance and practice.

The main focus of this course is on developing confident small talk skills to help you build stronger relationships and have better opportunities at work. However, I have also included excellent resources on job interviews, meetings, presentations, and email writing.

No, there are no additional costs.

No, you can start whenever you want. You have lifetime access so you can start whenever it works best for you. Whenever you decide to start, I recommend studying at least 1 module per week.

If this is not enough, you will also receive the following bonuses if you join today!

Small Talk for Professionals


Join Small Talk for Professionals and you’ll also get my other course “Business Small Talk Plus” for free. 11 practical modules covering office small-talk, conversation tips for business lunches and dinners, meetings, and more.

Small Talk for Professionals

small talk TOPICs toolKIT

200 conversation questions on the most common small talk topics to help you keep conversations going so you never feel awkward again. An essential toolkit designed for conversation success.

Small Talk for Professionals
Small Talk for Professionals

LearnSmart PACK

Interactive quizzes, downloadable mp3s and pdf study notes to help you reinforce your learning by testing your knowledge and reviewing the material in an engaging way. These features help you to stay motivated and achieve your language learning goals more effectively.

Small Talk for Professionals

vocabulary extra toolkit

250+ idioms and expressions carefully selected by Derek to help you level up your conversation skills and speak with more confidence and fluency.

Small Talk for Professionals
Small Talk for Professionals


Make small talk with confidence so you can build strong relationships at work that lead to better opportunities!

If you enrol in the course, watch all of the videos several times, follow my instructions, and apply what you have learned in your small-talk conversations, you will speak with new confidence and build stronger relationships that can lead to new opportunities. However, if you only watch one or two videos and do nothing else, you won’t be able to get a refund.

I stand behind my approach 100%. If you join the course, do the work but are not satisfied at the end, we’ll give you a full refund with no questions asked.

“The course is really useful and gives you really practical knowledge. In just one month, I can feel that I’m speaking much more fluently, and I’m not scared to speak with native speakers.”


International Key Account Manager from Hungary

“I think the course is amazing, with tons of phrases ready to use in everyday life. In Derek’s words, phrases that come in handy “to keep the conversation going”. I’m happy to have enrolled in the course and be part of the growing community with learners from all around the world.”


Computer Science Researcher from Argentina

“I really enjoyed the course, first because you have all of Derek’s tips just in one element and second it is user-friendly, it has helped my attitude and behaviour towards colleagues and customers, I recommend it.”


Client Group Manager 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.”


Senior Manager from Singapore

“I would like to recommend Derek’s course to anyone who wants to improve their English language skills, expand their vocabulary and communicate with the English-speaking community around the world. Thanks to the course, I learned how best to start a conversation in different situations, improved my business speech and expanded my vocabulary. One of the biggest advantages of the course is flexibility. Most of us are very busy, but if you have the time, you can spend it on improving your language.“


Deputy Commercial Director from Ukraine

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.”


Accountant from Brazil

I liked the interactive videos. The example sentences are awesome and very helpful in my day-to-day usage.


Software Engineer from India

“I had a great experience taking this course. Derek is very knowledgeable and provided a comfortable learning environment. The course materials were well organized and easy to understand. Derek also provided helpful feedback and was always available to answer questions. Overall, I had a great experience and would highly recommend this English course to anyone looking to improve their English skills.”


IT Consultant based in Australia

“Your course is very effective. Real conversation examples make people remember the lessons easier and make it more influential. Can’t wait to watch the next lesson, thank you.”


Mechanical Engineer from Turkey

“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.” 


Travel Agent from Spain

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.”


Accountant from France

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


Accounting Technician from Brazil

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