Advanced listening tip for students of Business English

If you are an upper-intermediate to advanced student of business English, you should definitely listen to the Manager Tools podcast over at This cast is aimed at native speakers of English, so they don’t provide transcriptions or vocabulary lists, but if you are at all interested in management, productivity or business etiquette, you should find these casts an interesting and fun way to improve your business English listening skills and learn new business English vocabulary.

The two hosts, Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne, use an informal conversation format, but they are meticulously well prepared and their content is always thought-provoking and interesting. If you listen actively, you can learn lots of idiomatic American English as well as business English vocabulary. The Manager Tools website also has a forum you can sign up for (it’s free), and there you will be able to learn more business English vocabulary as well as discuss business topics in English with other listeners. Here is the blurb from the Manager Tools website:

Manager Tools is a weekly podcast focused on helping you become a more effective manager and leader. Each week we’ll be talking about new tools and easy techniques you can use to help achieve your management and career objectives. If you’re tired of a lot of management theory and would rather learn specific actions you can take TODAY to improve your management performance, we think you’ll enjoy the manager tools podcast.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Manager Tools casts as much as I do!

Here is the link to their list of all previous Manager Tools Podcasts.