When you work all day it can be tough to find the time to dedicate to your language learning. Not with podcasts! They’re the best way to get in some quality business English listening practice when you’re on the go.
You can download podcasts to your phone or laptop and listen on your way to the office, or while travelling to business meetings. They are rich in business terms, phrases, industry-related jargon and idioms- everything you need to take your business English to the next level. Here are 10 of the best business English podcasts available online.
1. The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferriss is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of today’s business world. He has been listed as one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” and is an award-winning and bestselling author. His latest book, The 4-Hour Work Week, about e-commerce business, spent four years on The New York Times bestseller list.
‘The Tim Ferris Show’ has been downloaded more than 200 million times, and features discussions on many aspects of business life, from leadership skills to personal achievement and productivity. Tim often has special guests from all walks of life, discussing their strategies for success.
2. The 5AM Miracle
Let Jeff Sanders kick off your day early with his podcast ‘The 5AM Miracle’. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, ‘I wish there were more hours in the day to get things done’, then this podcast is for you. Jeff’s podcast focuses on how you can dominate your day before breakfast, be more productive and learn how to effectively organise your work tasks.
The 5AM Miracle is like a motivational podcast focusing on business, success, entrepreneurship and achievements. If you want to put a spring in your step on the way to the office- this will get you going while also giving you plenty of business English practice at the same time.
3. Beyond the To-Do List
This is a business podcast with a twist. Where most podcasts tend to focus on the achievements of successful people, ‘Beyond the To-Do List’ puts the spotlight on their failures instead!
The host of the show, Erik Fisher talks to people about how they become successful through their failures. You can listen to stories about how business people messed up, but still managed to turn things around. Not only will you brush up on your business conversational skills, but it’s also a great way to learn from other people’s mistakes!
4. Bulletproof Radio
Entrepreneur, businessman and author Dave Asprey, is the CEO and Founder of Bulletproof Inc. and host of the Bulletproof Radio podcast. The show is a mix of health and well-being lessons as a way of improving business performance.
You’ll hear some great interviews about how to start your own business, lessons on how to be an entrepreneur and training your brain for success. The level of English may be a little on the advanced side, but it has a lot of great advice.
5.Project Management for the Masses
If you work in project management then ‘Project Management for the Masses’ by Cesar Abeid is the perfect listening material for you. Tune into interviews with project managers and other professionals in the field as they share their expertise and business knowledge. There’s a wide range of topics covered that will give you loads of useful business phrases covering the topics of leadership, conferences, presentations, and time management to name but a few.
6. Ted Talks Radio Hour
TED Talks is a great resource for learning English. It’s well known for its wide range of topics delivered in an engaging way by industry experts. The TED Radio Hour podcast upholds that reputation. It offers a wealth of innovative business strategies, and will change the way you think and experience the world. If you want to improve your life as well as your business English skills, then give it a go!
7. How Did you Get Into That?
The podcast series presents the question, ‘How Did You Get Into That?’ to more than 100 successful entrepreneurs. Host, Grant Baldwin, finds out how they got started in their business, with lots of tips and advice for those trying to make their own way in the business world.
You can download the entire series, or just pick out the topics that interest you. There’s a huge selection from how to build your own business, successful branding, and how to stress less.
8. School of Greatness
The School of Greatness podcast is a sort of ‘behind the scenes’ look at successful business life. The host is Lewis Howes, a New York Times best-selling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, and former professional football player. This empowering podcast gives an interesting insight into achieving personal greatness in all areas of your professional and personal life. This is a great business based podcast that will also improve your general English vocabulary.
9. Entrepreneur on Fire
With host, John Lee Dumas, you’ll meet a new entrepreneur every day. The guest speakers talk about what drives and challenges them, their business strategies and their personal secrets to success. Take your pick from topics such as sales funnels, annual reports, hiring staff, and even how to communicate better with your team and clients.
If you have an interest in owning a business, or you do already– then ‘Entrepreneur On Fire’ will increase and improve your vocabulary and help you in your business communications at any level.
10. Business English Community
No list of business English podcasts would be complete without mentioning a podcast that is 100% dedicated to business English language learning.
With the Business English Community Podcasts you’ll find a wide range of topics which are specifically designed to assist language learners in their journey. Each podcast focuses on a particular aspect of the language, from business phrasal verbs to idioms, managing complaints, and overcoming the fear of speaking and so much more.
There’s no time like the present to get started on improving your business English. Check out any of the top 10 podcasts to begin improving your listening skills and your business English vocabulary. If you want to take your business English skills to the next level then sign up to the Business English Community today!