Hi, I’m Alastair.
I’m the founder of Leonardo English, and I’m the host of the podcast, English Learning for Curious Minds.
But it might surprise you to learn that my background is in business, not in a classroom.
I spent 10+ years working in English-speaking businesses.
My experience ranges from big companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ernst & Young to dozens of smaller start-ups in the UK, Europe and Asia.
I’ve interviewed, hired, and worked with hundreds of non-native speakers, and in this course I’m going to teach you everything I know about how to succeed in an English-speaking business as a non-native speaker.
I’ll teach you the universal principles of Business English, and how to apply them to your career.
I’ll show you the mistakes that most non-native speakers make, and how to avoid them.
I’ll reveal the secrets that most English teachers won’t tell you.
Here’s the biggest secret:
You see, most Business English courses were designed in a classroom by English teachers with zero experience working in a business.
The entire point of most Business English courses is to make Business English seem complicated and keep you there for as long as possible.
Demystifying Business English is very different.
It's short, concise, and based exclusively on the skills you need to succeed in a business, not in a classroom.
Because your time is too valuable to waste.
confident, clear communication
There's much more to Business English than whether you should start an email with "Hi" or "Dear".
Successful Business English communication is about clarity and confidence.
Effective communication doesn't require you to memorise lists, it requires you to be able to transmit information in a clear and concise way.
This is the focus of this course: teaching you the techniques and strategies to communicate clearly and effectively in English at work.
When you learn to do this properly, you will unlock job opportunities you never thought were possible.
who this course is for
Maybe you already work in an English-speaking company.
Maybe you need to speak English with clients or partners.
Maybe you need to improve your English to get a new job or promotion.
We are not going to spoon-feed you lists of idioms or vocabulary lists.
This course will teach you the principles and strategies to become a confident Business English speaker.
But you'll need to work hard. The course is only the start.
This course has condensed 10+ years of learnings into 3 hours of audio.
It's for people who don't want to sit in front of a screen for hours learning "useful phrases".
You can complete this course in a week, but we hope you'll benefit from its lessons for a lifetime.
How Is Business English Different From General English?
In this lesson, we will discuss the differences between "Business" and "General" English, and find out that they are more similar than many people think.
Principles of Effective Business English Communication
In this lesson, we will talk about the key principles of effective business communication.
These principles are the foundation of successful Business English communication and will be referred back to throughout the course.
Writing An Amazing Job Application
In this lesson, we'll talk about applying for jobs as a non-native speaker.
We'll cover researching companies and positions, writing CVs and cover letters, and how to stand out in a crowded market.
Job Interview: How To Impress Your Interviewer
In this lesson, we will talk about job interviews in English.
We'll talk about staying calm, answering and asking questions, and making sure that your interviewer knows and understands your strengths.
Understanding Your Boss & Colleagues
In this lesson, we'll talk about strategies and techniques for understanding your boss and colleagues.
We'll cover the importance of focussing on "chunks" of language, as well as several tricks you can use to ask another person to repeat a question if you didn't understand it.
Speaking Confident Business English
In this lesson, we'll talk about how to speak confidently in Business English.
We'll cover phone calls and face-to-face communication, vocabulary and word choice, and techniques you can use to impress who you are speaking to.
Business English Power Writing
In this lesson, we'll cover writing in Business English.
Writing is one of the most important skills in Business English, and in this lesson we'll talk about emails, instant messaging, and reports.
We'll cover how to choose effective words and phrases, format your writing so people pay attention, and how to develop your reputation as a thoughtful business leader.
Giving Amazing Presentations
In this episode, we'll talk about presentation skills in English.
We'll cover how to engage your audience, respond to questions, and impress your audience.
How To Survive & Thrive In English Business Meetings
In this lesson, we'll talk about business meetings. We'll talk about preparation, listening techniques, responding to questions and making a valuable contribution.
Business Idioms, Buzzwords and Jargon
In this episode, we'll talk about unusual business language: idioms, buzzwords, and jargon.
We'll cover what the differences are between these categories, how to think about them, and whether they really matter.
Business English In A “Remote” World
In this lesson, we'll talk about the opportunities and challenges of working remotely as a non-native English speaker.
Continuing “Business English” Education
In the last lesson of this course, we'll talk about how you can continue your "Business English education", and some of the strategies and techniques you can use to continue improving your Business English.
gracias, merci, obrigado, danke, and ありがとうございました
I have put 10+ years of experience and hundreds of hours of work into building this course.
I hope you'll like it, and that it will help you unlock the promotions, pay rises and job opportunities that you know you deserve.
Here's my final message to you: if you complete the course and it helps you get the promotion or pay rise that you know you deserve, the course investment will have paid for itself many times over.
If it doesn't, we have a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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