Business English Meetings: Responding to Suggestions in English | Business English Course


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today’s show is the second part of a two-part series on making rejecting an
accepting suggestions. In the first lesson you practiced making suggestions.
In this episode will look at appropriate ways to reject and accept suggestions. As
you remember the listening takes place in a sport shoe company called stratus.
We’ll be listening to Karen marketing manager meet with three members of her
team, Charles, Sven and Miguel. They are choosing a celebrity spokesperson for a
new product. Celebrity means the famous person. Here, spokesperson is someone who gets paid to
be in an advertisement for a product. Okay, as you listen pay attention to how the speakers accept or reject each other suggestions. okay now let’s talk about who we want to
use as a spokesperson for this product let’s go around the table so we use a
sports star or someone else and what do you think well one possibility would be
to use the famous overweight business executive for CEO someone who is really
successful sorry can I come in here yes go ahead McGill that’s a good idea
but I’m not sure it would work for one thing our customers want to be fit not
fat well then what do you suggest perhaps we
should just use a famous sports star what we usually do if it isn’t broken
don’t fix it you know what I mean we could try getting really good suggestion
but I can see one or two problems with that to be honest first off target
markets are in the UK and the USA we need someone who both Americans and
Britons really like secondly a target customer is kind of special I’ve got a
suggestion go ahead child is just like did but how
about choosing someone from the sport was normal to be heavy american football
for example heavy but agile overweight but strong and fast you know what I mean
right consumer what do others think yes it might be worth trying ok but what about the UK really good
reviews on this side of the Atlantic let me think about this show we try to find
someone in golf that’s popular in the USA and in the UK and that way we can
kill two birds with one stone to that idea that I think this would try here’s another good idea let’s tie the
dialogue to learn about accepting and rejecting suggestions first we’ll talk about rejecting
suggestions when rejecting suggestions it’s important to avoid hurting people’s
feelings let’s think back to Karen and her team and the dialogue during the
discussion what language do they used to reject suggestions they don’t like first
listen to Miguel reject spends suggestion sorry can I come in here yes go ahead McGill that’s a good idea
but I’m not sure it would work Miguel interrupts politely can I come in
here then he says that’s a good idea but I’m not sure it would work this is a good and caraway rejecting a
suggestion later Karen rejects Miguel suggestion if it isn’t broken don’t fix
it you know what I mean we could try getting really suggestion but I can see
one or two problems with that to be honest karen’s way of rejecting the
girls suggestion follows the same form first she praises the idea good suggestion then she politely
rejects it but I can see one or two problems with that to be honest here
adding to be honest to the sentence makes it even more polite you can add to
be honest to almost any rejection you can also use frankly speaking or to be
frank the same way let’s practice those together good suggestion but frankly
speaking I can see one or two problems with that that’s a good idea but I’m not sure it
would work to be frank to reject suggestions you can also say I’m not really sure about that and do you think so so now you learn ways to make
suggestions on ways to reject suggestions next we’ll look at ways to accept
suggestions Karen and Miguel like Charles Justin
don’t have Charles wants to use a sports star who is heady but advil Advil means
quick and skilful was listen again it’s just like did but how about choosing
someone from the sport was normal to be happy american football for example
heavy but agile overweight but strong and fast you know what i mean consumers
you may want to have a think yes it might be worth trying right I can see
what you mean and yes it might be worth trying are two ways to accept suggestions what
else can you say ok let’s do that not a bad idea yes that would work really well good idea great idea ok so today you’ve learned many ways to
reject and accept suggestions now before we finish today’s show let’s look at an
Indian Karen uses at the end of the listing let me think about this show we
try to find someone in golf that’s popular in the USA and in the UK and
that way we can kill two birds with one stone to kill two birds with one stone
is an idiom that means to do or accomplish two things at one time you
can say that way we kill two birds with one stone or that will let us kill two
birds with one stone for example what if I find one person to do both
child and McGill’s jobs that will get us killed two birds with one stone now let’s practice what we learn first
let’s go over rejecting suggestions politely you’ll hear a series of
suggestions each followed by a beat after each beep
use a polite phrase to reject the suggestion for example if you hear what
if we cut the sales training budget you can say well I can see one or two
problems with that idea for well I don’t know are you ready let’s give it a try what if we hold the meeting next week I think we should buy new computers tried to hold the training in a pub how’d you do listen to some examples to
check your answers What if we hold the meeting next week that’s a good idea but I’m not sure that
we want it I think we should buy new computers do you really think so I’m not so sure
about that let’s try to hold the training in a pub and Sir frankly speaking I can see one
or two problems with that idea now let’s practice accepting suggestions
after each beep use a phrase to accept the suggestion like okay let’s do that
or that’s not a bad idea how about we all go on an outing together next
weekend what if we hold a party to increase
morrow we’re wasting a lot of time is there any
way we can hold fewer meetings how did you do listen to some examples
to check your answers how about we all go on an outing
together next weekend and Sir great idea what if we hold a party to increase
morrow on so yes I think that would work really
well we’re wasting a lot of time is there any
way we can hold fewer meetings answer that’s not a bad idea it’s always a good idea to go back and
practice again this time substitute different language to build fluency in this unit we’ve learned appropriate
ways to accept and reject suggestions we’ve also reviewed usefully idioms
thank you for listening

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