The path to better Business English

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming and impossible, the thought of one day speaking perfect Business English. Of course, there are oceans of resources online but it might feel like you’re taking a scattered approach and never really achieving anything.

One step at a time

Why not tackle one thing at a time? Try choosing one to three issues that you think you could improve on, write them down on a post-it note and stick it to your monitor. If you’re not sure what to choose, find someone you trust to help you identify issues they’ve noticed.

Think about each of these things when re-reading or editing your emails or when reflecting on a meeting or telephone conversation.

Good things take time

Don’t expect it to happen overnight. Stick with these three points for three weeks and add to your list if you feel you’re getting a handle on them. Rome wasn’t built in a day – and your Business English skills won’t be either.


A good grammar revision book is English Grammar in Use (with Supplementary Exercises and Answers) by Louise Hashemi and Raymond Murphy (published by Cambridge).

A good Business English text is Business English Handbook –Advanced by Paul Emmerson (published by Macmillan).

You can pick up a copy in Sydney at Abbey’s Language Book Centre or in Melbourne at Bookery Education.