Update 2017-3-7: Changed ESL Podcast links to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken.
Here are some more podcasts related to training and development of employees.
Business English Pod
Meetings: Considering a Proposal
Discussing training vendor's proposal offering blended learning delivery model for language training.
Giving training for customer service.
Human Resources: Training Manager
A training manager talks about her job: goals (including the acronym SMART), duties, methods, training programs, working with vendors, tracking results and evaluating outcomes.
Video Vocab 44 - English Vocabulary for Human Resources, Part 2
Includes section on learning and development (also called training and development): on-the job training, coaching and leadership development. (Also includes other HR issues like talent mangement, performance review etc.). Students in China should use the direct download link.
Update 2018-01-21: Added BEP32A & 32B. 2017-02-16: Updated ESLPod links to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken.
Brainstorming is a type of meeting with the goal of coming up with lots of ideas. It can be useful in marketing, for example as part of new product development (NPD) or generating your marketing tactics. It might also be used to troubleshoot a problem or help plan a project.
Here are some ESL podcasts about brainstorming and idea generation (creating new ideas), with vocabulary and advice useful for brainstorming, meetings, marketing, troubleshooting, project management and business English in general.
Business English Pod
For the exercises/glossary etc for the Skills 360 podcasts, you will need Adobe Flash.
Update 2017-02-16: Updated ESLPod links to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken. Added ESL Podcast 1204 & vocab links.
Update 2015-06-27: Added "Keeping a meeting on track".
Here are some podcasts from ESL Pod on the topic of meetings, with a slow conversation or speech, then an explanation of words and ideas, then the conversation or speech again at a faster speed.
Types of and reasons for meetings
Planning and scheduling of meetings
Chairing and managing a meeting
In our class on Sales, we get some practice describing visuals in a presentation or meeting, like charts & graphs that show what is happening with our sales: movements and trends like rising, plunging, fluctuating and remaining steady.
Here are some podcasts about this topic. The audio is free, although you might have to pay for extra resources like transcripts etc.
ESL Pod: intermediate level
Business English Pod: Upper-Intermediate to advanced level
With communications technology like the Internet and the telephone system, people in different places, cities, countries, continents and time zones can talk to each other.
My students do it when they have conference calls with customers, suppliers or colleagues in other countries. I do it every time I give a class online. So this is an issue that affects all of us.
I just found an article with tips on making these communications successful, from GigaOM, a website focused on online business.Meeting Planner, to help me check time in China (where my students are) and Mexico (where I now live). (I also use a small free program from Microsoft called Time Zone, for Windows XP. It's a clock that can show the time in 5 different places.)
It also discusses language and preparation issues, like speaking slowly and sending documents in advance.
Updated 8th July 2013: removed broken Bing link, added Macmillan and Baidu links.
In our class on meetings, we saw the phrase "agree to disagree", which might be a strange phrase for students of English.
The way it's usually used is to stop arguing/disagreeing about something but in a friendly way.
Alice: "I've just explained why rice is a million times better than noodles."
Bob: "Well, I still think noodles are better than rice. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree."
Alice and Bob disagree. Bob recognizes and confirms that they still disagree and that they won't be able to reach an agreement, His sentence with "agree to disagree" brings the argument to an end in a friendly, respectful way. Alice still believes rice is better and Bob still believes noodles are better, but they will try to stop arguing about it and try to maintain a courteous relationship.
You can also say "agree to differ".
Here are some links with more info and examples:
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.