Update 2018-01-24: Removed dead About.com video links. 2017-05-16: Changed ESL Pod links to Lizhi.fm.
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 relation to our class on "Confrontations and Conflict" in the workplace, here are some ESL podcasts on dealing with conflict, dissatisfaction and disagreement.
Business English Pod - Resolving Conflict
Some vocabulary you will hear in Part 1:
Some vocabulary you'll hear in part 2:
Update 2016-08-16: Updated & changed a few of the vocabulary links.
Update 2015-12-02: Updated & changed a few of the vocabulary links.
Here are some podcasts from Business English Pod on learning, training and development for employees.
They discuss some of the different types / approaches / models of training.
Discussing Training Plans
Here's some vocabulary from those podcasts.
Here are some audio files (MP3s you can download or listen to online) from the BBC on job interviews: example interview questions, vocabulary, advice on handling questions and requests etc.
Update 2017-02-10: ESLPod links updated to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken.
Update 2015-10-18: Added ESLpod 944 & 162.
Update 2015-10-26: Added ESLpod 728.
Re our classes on job orientation / induction (when you start working at a new company / organization) and your first day on the job, here are some useful MP3 podcasts for you to listen to about explaining things to new employees (or other visitors).
Update 2016-12-26: Changed ESL Pod links to Lizhi.fm. See this post for more info: ESLPod Links Broken.
Update 2016-03-11: Removed VideoJug links.
Update 2015-10-26: Added ESLpod 1100.
Follow up is what we do after the job interview:
Here are some useful videos and ESL podcasts you can watch and listen to about these kinds of issues.
You can listen to these ESL podcasts (especially designed for learners of English) online on your computer, or you can download the MP3 and listen to them on your computer, MP3 player, smartphone etc.
The audio is free, but some other features ("premium features") require payment.
UPDATE: VideoJug used to have great job hunting videos on their own website and it was possible to watch them in China. But they made some changes to their website recently, and now their job hunting videos are only available on YouTube (which is blocked in China) at YouTube - VideoJug. For now I've removed the VideoJug links (if you have VPN, you can try searching their YouTube channel for "job hunting", "interview", "salary" etc). I'll see if I can find alternative links. Sorry.
My student Yeping from China asks:
In the course named Training and Development Strategy (Part 1)，I can’t find the relationship between coaching and its explanation (developing a person's skills or knowledge so their job performance improves what does the word “coach” mean?
A good question. In fact, coaching (as a form of employee development) can be a little difficult to understand clearly even for native English speakers, as it is a new idea and not very clear yet.
Basically, in coaching one person helps another to achieve an improvement in their performance at work.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.