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A podcast for people who use English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in their work environment and want to improve their overall language skills. In each episode, hosts Skip Montreux, Dez Morgan, and Samantha Vega discuss Business news making headlines around the world. Through their discussions, Skip, Dez and Samantha introduce English vocabulary & phrases related to business, review grammar, and identify cultural differences found in International business situations. An excellen ...
 
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Skip Montreux speaks with Lindsay McMahon of the All Ears English podcast about her journey from English teacher to podcaster & entrepreneur. After their conversation, Samantha Vega joins Skip to talk about some of the vocabulary used in the interview. What is Lindsay’s background? How did she come up with the idea for All Ears English? What are th…
 
Dez Morgan reports to Skip Montreux on the Merger and Acquisition between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster that was recently blocked by a US court. Why were the two publishers trying to merge? Why did a US court prohibit the merger? Will the companies appeal the decision? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Ap…
 
In part 2 of the Canva story, Skip Montreux tells Samantha Vega about Canva’s journey from small graphic design company to the giant Unicorn they are today. How did Canva approach raising capital in Silicon Valley? Who is Bill Tai and how did he help Canva get started? What is Canva worth today? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and…
 
In part 1 of this 2 part episode, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the online graphic design company - Canva. What gave Melanie Perkins the idea to establish Canva? How did they raise capital to start the company? Is Canva a challenge to graphic design giants like Adobe? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Ap…
 
Dez Morgan reports to Skip Montreux on the NCCCP that took place in Beijing, China in October. How often does this meeting take place? What happens during this congress? What did President Xi Jinping say, and NOT say, in his opening speech? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Busi…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the runoff election about to happen in Brazil between President Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. What are the backgrounds of these two very different candidates? Why has the Brazilian Presidential Election come down to a run-off election? Why is the United States interested in the outcome? Listen in…
 
Dez Morgan makes a big announcement! After that, he gives Skip Montreux a rundown on what is happening in UK politics. Who is the Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss? What policies did she announce in her mini-budget? Why have the banks, the currency markets, and the public reacted so negatively to her polices? Listen in to learn the answers to …
 
In part two of a four-part interview, Skip Montreux interviews Gregory Kostiuk, the President and Founder of StratEx Sales. Greg talks about analyzing your competition, the importance of SWOT analysis, and formulating a Unique Value Proposition. Why is it important to know your competition? How do you confirm that your SWOT analysis is correct? Wha…
 
This episode is part one of a four-part interview with Gregory Kostiuk, the President and Founder of StratEx Sales. Greg speaks with Skip about why it is important for every business to have and effective sales plan and gives 7 tips on how to create one. What are the 3 elements of an effective sales plan? What is an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP)? Ho…
 
Dez Morgan explains to Skip Montreux how the British Royal family make their money. Why is the British Royal Family called ’The Firm’? How much is the Royal Family’s brand worth? Why didn’t King Charles have to pay inheritance tax? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business Engl…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about The Commonwealth. What is the history of this intergovernmental organization? What are its goals? What does the future hold for The Commonwealth now that Queen Elizabeth II has passed? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English,…
 
Samantha Vega and Skip Montreux report on the dismissal of Canadian News Anchor Lisa LaFlamme. Who is Lisa LaFlamme? Why did CTV dismiss her when she was at the top of her game? Is this a case of ageism in the workplace or was it a good business decision? How is the Canadian public and businesses reacting to her departure? Listen in to learn the an…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the Metaverse. What is the metaverse? Who is building the metaverse? What changes will the metaverse bring to the way we use the internet and do business? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a co…
 
Skip Montreux tells Samantha Vega about the Hayabusa2 space mission to retrieve a sample from a near-earth asteroid. They also report on the very new industry of asteroid mining. What did the Hayabusa missions accomplish? Is it possible to mine gold, platinum, and other metals from an asteroid … and make a profit? What is the business model around …
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss the labor shortage in the airline industry.Why are airlines and airports so short staffed?What problems are travelers facing in Europe and the US?Is there an end in sight to all of these issues?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business En…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan look at the causes of the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.What caused this crisis?How are international organizations trying to help? Will the country be able to recover from this turmoil? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the sho…
 
Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux discuss recent business trends in the online gaming industry.What are the most popular game titles at the moment?Who are the big players in this market?What strategies are these big players implementing?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business Engl…
 
Samantha Vega and Skip Montreux report on the copyright issue surrounding Top Gun: Maverick.Who own’s the copyright to the Top Gun: Maverick movie?Will Top Gun: Maverick be taken out of the theaters?How did this legal dispute come about?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business…
 
Skip Montreux tells Samantha Vega about the recent trend in some Canadian businesses — allowing employees to bring their pet dogs to work.Why are companies letting staff bring their pets to work?Is it having a positive or negative impact on business?How do Skip and Samantha feel about pets in the office?Listen in to learn the answers to these quest…
 
Dez Morgan reports on the wine industry and tells Skip Montreux about the hardships French winemakers are having.Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux report on the London Metal Exchange.What is the history behind this trading institution?What led to the worst commodities trading turmoil in 40 years?What does the future hold for the LME?Listen in to learn t…
 
Dez Morgan reports on the wine industry and tells Skip Montreux about the hardships French winemakers are having.Which countries produce the most wine?What impact is climate change having on French and other European vineyards?Will the world soon face a wine shortage?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts t…
 
Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux discuss currency markets and the weak Japanese yen.What factors affect a currency’s exchange rate?What is causing the weakness in the Japanese yen?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, D…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the brief life of CNN+What led to CNN+ being shut down after only a few weeks?How much did WarnerMedia invest in this project?Are there any business lessons to be learned from this failure?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business Engl…
 
Dez Morgan talks to Skip Montreux about Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries.Are today’s Electric Vehicles really better for the environment?How fast is the EV market growing?What are the challenges facing EV battery makers?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan take a close look at the top medical tourism destinations in the world. Which countries are big players in this sector?What kind of medical procedures are popular?And who is having these procedures done?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business Engl…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss two headlines that dominated the news in April. Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.Elon Musk and TwitterListen in to learn the business implications to both of these stories. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, Dez,…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss China’s naval build up that includes the Liaoning and Shandong aircraft carriers.What is the reason for this build up?What influence does this have on geopolitics?Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a …
 
Skip Montreux takes a look at a recent Wall Street Journal article that reported on Meta Platform Inc.’s (Facebook & Instagram) remote working policy.He summarizes the key points of the article, gives his opinion on the pros and cons of working remotely, and then looks at vocabulary surrounding this issue. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down …
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the rollout of the 5G Mobile Internet Network. What is 5G? Is it safe? What does 5G promise businesses? Why has the 5G rollout in the US cause so much commotion? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, Dez, an…
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss the economic restrictions and sanctions being placed on Russia in response to their invasion of Ukraine. What industries and business sectors are exiting the Russian market? How will the sanctions impact Russia’s economy? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, …
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the Canadian Freedom Convoy. What was this protest all about? Why did Justin Trudeau invoke the Emergencies Act? What was the economic fallout? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, Dez, and Samantha at down…
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega take a trip back in time to report on the 1920 financial scandal that rocked the US and gave us the term - Ponzi Scheme. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, Dez, and Samantha at downtobusinessenglish@gmail.com Follow…
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the growing problem of reverse logistics. What is reverse logistics? How is it affecting retailers? How could it hurt consumers in the future? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, Dez, and Samantha at downtobusin…
 
In our 200th episode of Down to Business English, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega report on the sticky situation in the maple syrup industry. Is the world heading toward a maple syrup shortage? What has put us in this situation? And what steps are being taken to avoid a potential crisis? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English…
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux speaks with Stephen Devincenzi - the founder and host of the English learning podcast SEND7 - Simple English News Daily in 7 Minutes. Stephen tells Skip about his experiences learning Spanish and French, and how they motivated him to start the SEND7 podcast. Samantha Vega is here too, helping explain useful vo…
 
In this podcast episode, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega explore the topic of inflation. What is inflation? What causes it? Are we entering a period of runaway inflation not seen since the 1970s? Listen in to learn more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Contact Skip, Dez, and Samanth…
 
In this second part of a two-part interview, Corinna Andony tells Skip about her path to becoming a risk analyst, as well as opportunities in the industry for those interested in pursuing this type of professional career. Samantha Vega is here too! With great vocabulary explanations and examples. Listen in to learn more. Visit Apple Podcasts to sub…
 
In this rebroadcast of D2B 146, Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the history of this annual sales event. How did it start? Why is it called Black Friday? Why is it such an important date on a retailer’s calendar? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions, and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rat…
 
Skip Montreux speaks with risk analyst Corinna Andony. In this first part of a two-part interview, Corinna explains what risk management entails and the two branches of risk management. Samantha Vega is here too! With great vocabulary explanations and examples. Listen in to learn more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, …
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss two news stories that have recently caught their attention. Samantha talks about help for homeless university students in the USA, and Skip reports on an anime animator internship program sponsored by Netflix in Japan. Listen in to learn more about these recent headlines. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to …
 
Dez Morgan fills in Skip Montreux on what is happening on the ground in Glasgow, Scotland at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP26. Who is attending? What is being discussed? What effect is the conference having - not just on the climate, but on the people of Glasgow? Listen in to learn the answers to these question…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the global semiconductor shortage – Chipageddon. What caused this shortage? How is it affecting businesses and consumers? How long will this shortage last? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss The Great Resignation happening in the US and around the world. Why are so many people quitting their jobs? Is this a temporary situation? Or are we entering a new era of work? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss the recent whistleblower leaks coming out of Facebook. Is the social media giant putting profit over people? What is the Facebook news feed algorithm designed to do? Listen in for the answers to these questions and more. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan explore the relatively new concept of Vertical Farming. What are the advantages and disadvantages of farming this way? Is it the future of commercial agriculture? Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post …
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss two corporate legal cases. The bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma and the fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of the bio-tech company Theranos. Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, and…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega take a look at Tim Cook’s career. What did he do before he joined Apple? How did he become Apple’s CEO? How has Apple grown under 10 years of Tim Cook as CEO? Free audio script available at downtobusinessenglish.com Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Vis…
 
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the various regulations the Chinese government has introduced over the past year. What is behind this trend to regulate different sectors of the Chinese economy? Free audio script available at downtobusinessenglish.com Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comm…
 
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega discuss Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over the release of Marvel’s Black Widow Why did she file this lawsuit? What is Disney’s reaction? Free audio script available at downtobusinessenglish.com Visit Apple Podcasts to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our w…
 
Dez Morgan and Skip Montreux report on the rebirth of the Whisky industry in Scotland, the history of whisky in Japan, and developments in the nascent whisky industry in China. They also get to the bottom of why this spirit is spelled w-h-i-s-k-y in some regions, and w-h-i-s-k-e-y in others. Free audio script available at downtobusinessenglish.com …
 
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