The Business Deal
Turnkey Technology was established in 1997 by Derek Stevens. The company provides consultants to the IT sector when companies need to outsource certain components of a project. The company has to put up with a lot of red tape, mainly from senior management. When companies have to sort out complex projects and need to put up with tight deadlines, they look for outsourcing options. They do this because it's often more economical and companies can get rid of full time employees substituting them for more flexibility.
As a consultant, I have to often work unsociable hours which means I can fall out with my partner over the most simplest tasks such as grocery shopping. The reality is that if you don't put in you don't get out and that means investing time as a rule.
At the moment our whole team has to chip in as deadlines are very tight so there's no getting away for five thirty. I would go as far to say that there's no holding back on ideas if you want to get away at a reasonable hour. I know that it's going to be very hard to get back into the swing of things after my holiday.
The company has to get round any hurdles if any deal is to go through, we have to count on our presentation skills to go after this deal. It won't be easy but we have to stay positive and chase this deal. If we are lucky we will end up with shaking hands and moving forward after all we are hardly likely to turn anything down at this stage.
Discussing controversial topics taken from the media and using them to generate and maintain a conversation is something that we do in every language. The following topics are designed to form conversation structure, develop confidence, increase grammatical awareness and improve pronunciation while you talk.
Statements & Questions
1. Housework is the biggest waste of time.
a. Are there any chores that you secretly enjoy? Why?
b. Are tasks such as washing clothes shared or do you do everything?
c. Do you think that housework is treated differently in different countries?
d. Is this a controversial topic in your country? Why?
e. Do people think less of you if your house is not clean?
f. Should children help out at home with chores?
g. Do you think that housework should be done in one go at the weekend or throughout the week?
h. Is it common to employ a cleaner?
I. Can a cleaner live up to your expectations?
2. There are too many laws that are stupid and a waste of time.
a. Are laws very old and not relevant in your country?
b. Is the legal process fast or slow in your country? Why?
c. Should laws be reformed so that they are more in line with the needs of the current generation.
d. Do people respect the law in your country? (Speeding for example)
e. The law is designed to protect the rich?
f. The law is written by a much older generation.
STARTER OR FINISHER?
3. Most people start too many things and so are never ever able to complete them. (House reform, gardening, fixing broken items)
a. Is time the biggest enemy?
b. Is modern society simply too changeable to be able to plan?
c. Are you someone who plans all the time?
d. Spontaneous people achieve more, or is this simply not true?
e. It's very difficult to find a balance between work, rest and play, or this simply isn't true and it's actually very easy.
4. People always find their purpose in life eventually.
a. Do people have too much choice to be able to find their own purpose.
b. Do you think people are afraid to say that they have never found what they are looking for in life.
c. Are some people content and never searching for something more than they have?
d. Being ambitious is only for the young, or is this concept outdated and wrong?
5. There is such a concept as life after social media, eventually we will give it up and move on.
a. Social media is not an effective use of someone's time or is it?
b. Self gratification is exactly why social media exists, or this simply isn't true?
c. People only get jealous of others on social media or this isn't the case?
d. Can social media platforms take over someone's life?
e. Different social media platforms attract different age groups or do people maintain every type so that they look fashionable?
f. They concept of social media is different in every country, or is it exactly the same? Why?
g. There is no such thing as a true photo, they have all been customised using software to make them better than they actually are.
6. Everyone has a fixed routine in the morning, it's a concept we all have in common.
a. People try to change routines so that everyday feels different.
b. What are your rituals?
c. Do you think you are unique or different from others?
d. People who are older have more rigid routines, or is this a myth?
7. We all exist to take the perfect photograph.
a. Photography has changed, it is no longer about just taking a photograph, it's about sharing it or is this simply not true?
b. There are people who like to just look at photos but not take them, or this concept doesn't exist?
c. We never post a phot without being enhanced in some way, or this concept is not true?
d. Younger people value better quality photo's compared to older people, or this is not true at all?
e. Traditional cameras will not exist in the future as mobile devices get more advanced, do you agree or disagree with this concept? Why?
f. Is it very rare to see someone carrying a camera around with them in a traditional form?
g. Is it true that traditional camera technology is still more advanced compared to mobile phone technology?
OWNING A BUSINESS
8. We all dream of owning our own business one day, it's a very common concept.
a. Have you ever thought of owning your own business? Why?
b. Is it easy to own your own business in your country?
c. People who own their own business are less likely to take a holiday, or this isn't true?
d. Do you have more money if you own your own business?
e. You have to work longer hours if you own your own business, it's a fact?
f. Does the concept of working for yourself live up to expectation in your opinion?
g. If you own your own business you earn more respect from others (Status) or this simply isn't true?
h. Can you be rich and successful working for others?
9. We should all live each day as if it's our last.
a. Do you make the most of each day?
b. Have you found a balance between your life at work and your life outside work?
c. Can people live without making each day mean something?
e. Why do you think that achieving something each day is important to some people?
f. Do we all have to plan in order to be successful?
10. Being recognised by way of an award is an important milestone.
a. Do you think a piece of paper like a certificate or a piece of metal such as a medal is important? Why?
b. Should there be a reward system at your place of work?
c. You are only awarded something when you have sacrificed your own time for more working hours.
d. In your opinion, do awards only separate people and cause problems in a work environment?
e. Is it true that the older you get, the more value you place on awards.
f. Modern work ethics do not give much time for praise, do you think that there should be more recognition for hard work?
11. In Europe we have one common approach to the economy, this can never work as a concept as there are too many traditions and cultural differences.
a. If you were in charge of your economy, what would be the first thing that you fix?
b. Are politicians acting in the interests of people or themselves? Why?
c. Do you think your economy promotes spending or saving?
d. Has the concept of spending money changed with advances in technology?
e. Is there a country with a perfectly balanced economy? How do you define perfect?
f. A bad economy is better for people who want to start their own business.
g. Can an economy work alongside aggressive immigration policies?
h. It's always the poor who get the worst deal, do you agree or disagree?
12. If we could turn back time, we would all make the same mistakes.
a. The location you are born in plays a part in your success or this is simply a myth?
b. If you could meet yourself from the past, what age would you choose? Why?
c. If you could give a younger version of yourself any advice what would it be?
d. Do you believe that mistakes are supposed to be made?
e. Do you think that people learn from their mistakes?
f. Have you ever made the same mistake twice? Why?
g. The older you get, the less mistakes you make or it's the opposite?
h. Do you have any regrets? What are they if you do?
13. We are all an expert on something.
a. What is your area of expertise?
b. Why are you an expert at what you do?
c. Is it possible for a person to be bored of their chosen profession and want change?
d. As an expert you are continually learning new things, or do you stop learning?
e. All experts don't like change in a work environment?
f. Are there people who don't like being an expert? Why?
g. You need age to be an expert at something?
14. People can never be content with how much they earn, it's human nature to always want more.
a. Is there such a thing as harmony with how much people earn, should we all earn the same amount of money?
b. High and low salaries motivate people.
c. Do different salaries help to promote competition?
d. High salaries are not designed for a family life.
e. Is there a limit as to how much you can earn for a particular profession in your country?
f. Salaries are very unbalanced, a builder can earn more than a lawyer, or this simply is not true.
g. You can measure success by the car you drive or the phone you use, or this is a myth?
h. Is it important to compare yourself to others? Why?
The abilty to ask questionsis an essential skill. Identifying with question structures will help you to start and prolong a conversation. From school enrolment to preparing for job interviews, learning about these structures are extremely important. To help demonstrate this importance you will be shown relevance in various scenarios.
Why - Who - Where - When - Will - What - How - Do - Is
a. the / closed / on / Monday / School / why / was ?
b. do / to / need / to / who / talk / I ?
c. the / where/ does / up / bus / School / pick ?
d. start / the / does / when / term / School ?
e. need / do / books / they / what ?
f. pay / I / how / do ?
g. lunch / do provide / you ?
h. there / be / extra / will / English / classes ?
a. did / why / cancel / client / the ?
b. to / did / who / you / speak ?
c. can / find / where / I / file / the ?
d. does/ meeting / the / when / start ?
e. you / what / available / are / time ?
f. like / to / how / proceed / you / would ?
g. a / you / budget / have / do ?
h. there / deadline / this / is / a / project / for ?
a. diet / why / again / you / a / are / on ?
b. going / with / the / you / to / who / party / are ?
c. want / where / go / do / to / you ?
d. out / you / do / when / go / want / to ?
e. you / what / are / wear / to / going ?
f. there / to / going/ get / are / are / how / we ?
g. pizza / of / you / do / a / slice / want ?
h. dress / code / at / club / the / there / a / is ?
A ceo profile
Listen to the following audio, write down the information that you feel is important to you. This training is extremely useful if you have a high level of interaction on the phone with clients. Listenting and being able to write at the same time is a skill.
1. Who is the CEO in the story?
2. What is the name of the consultancy company?
3. When was the consultancy company established?
4. Where is the consultancy company based?
5. How many employees does the consultancy company have?
6. What service does the consultancy company provide?
7. How much does the consultancy company charge for their service?
8. In which locations are the consultancy companies based?
9. What does the CEO attribute the company´s success to?
10. In which year did the company re-structure?
11. How m any new Directors are there and which departments are they responsible for?
12. How old is the CEO?
13. How many children does he have?
14. Which company did the CEO work in before his current position?
15. Where was the company based?
16. How long did he work there for?
1. Having consultants working on short-term contracts has become a fashionable business model.
2. Do you think that this concept has become fashionable because it is a cheap option? If so, why?
3. Some people believe that short-term contracts offer more flexibility for companies. Discuss what you think the advantages and disadvantages are to both the company and individual.
4. Do you think that restructuring an organisation is a necessity or a waste of time and money? Why?
5. Can CEO¨s be too old or too young?
6. Do you think that the name of a company can help it to grow - if so, why?
7. Is training important? Why?
8. Do people tend to favour job security over money in your country?
9. Do you prefer working for smaller or larger corporate structures? Why?
10. What is better from your perspective - having lower rates but a higher volume of business or the opposite?
11. The success of an organisation depends on its CEO?
12. The bigger the structure, the faster you get promoted - or is it the opposite?
13. Job titles no longer reflect the job that you do.
14. Every employee does tasks that they are not supposed to do.
Things that make you go hmmm!
"Work smarter, not harder"
This conversation based lesson plan is designed to get you to talk! Take a look at the conversation key below as a guide to structure your answers. Written and produced in-house, you will be recorded at specific points to assist with studying outside a classroom environment.
Speed of speech - Every language is spoken at a different speed, try to learn how to use this technique in order to improve your pronunciation.
Voice tones - These demonstrate how you feel about something, demonstrating empathetic voice tones is a key feature of your learning process.
Grammar - You will be corrected while you talk to help you to learn more about the type of errors you are making.
Confidence - The more you practice, the more confident you feel.
Vocabulary - There is always more than one way to say something, our classes will help you to identify with this.
1. Black Friday vs. Traditional sales?
2. Herbal medicine vs. Traditional medicine?
3. Organised firework displays vs. Buying fireworks?
4. Apple pay vs. PayPal?
5. Ebay vs. Amazon?
6. High Street vs. Shopping Centre?
7. Home Gym vs. Sports Centre?
8. Twitter vs. Instagram?
9. Private healthcare vs. Public healthcare?
10. Home Cinema vs. Cinema
11. Beer vs. Spirits?
12. Paracetomol vs. Ibuprofen?
13. Running vs. Cycling?
14. Big house on the outskirts of town vs. Small flat in town?
15. Expensive gadgets vs. Practical gadgets?
16. Cash vs. Credit Card?
17. Eating out vs. Eating in?
18. MTV vs. Radio?
19. Headphones vs. Speakers?
20. Hot climate vs. Cold climate?
21. Writing vs. Typing?
22. Dieting vs. Eating?
23. Consultant vs. Permanent employee?
24. Working in the public sector vs. Working in the private sector?
25. Classic vs. Modern?
26. Speaking vs. Writing?
27. Expensive vs. Cheap?
28. Laptop vs. Desktop?
29. Rent a hotel room vs. Rent a flat?
30. Holiday at home vs. Holiday abroad?
31. Email vs. Text?
32. Sofa vs. Lazyboy?
33. TV vs. Projector?
34. Minimalistic vs. Clutter?
35. Fan/Heater vs. Airconditioning?
36. Grass vs. Turf?
37. Gaming consol vs. Laptop?
38. Website vs. Social networking platform?
39. Flickr vs. Gmail? (Photo storage)
40. Cloud storage vs. Physical storage?
Written and produced in-house, this lesson plan will enable you to cross tenses and focus on grammar development. Pronunciation, speed of speech, voice tones, vocabulary building and a real focus on conversation patterns will help you to develop your confidence in speaking.
1.Where did your career begin?
2. Who influenced you to pursue you career?
3. Would you have chosen a different career path if you were faced with the same decision today?
4. How did opportunity present itself?
5. Was it your personality, qualifications or University that influenced their decision?
6. What interested you about your first position? Why'
7. Did you get a choice for an internship or was it chosen for you?
8. What did you do on a day to day basis?
9. Was this position based on repetitive tasks?
10. What happened after this position?
11. Do you think opportunity found you or did you find it?
12. Detail your following position.
13. Do your consider that move strategic or just down to luck and being at the right place at the right time?
14. If I spoke to your team, what do you think you would be remembered for?
15. If I asked your manager the same question, would it be different?
16. What skills did you want to develop at that time?
17. Was your first position a true reflection of what your chosen profession would be like?
18. Did you achieve the goals that you had set for yourself at that time?
19. Has your work ethic changed over time? Why?
20. Have you ever said "no" and stood up to something instead of just saying "yes" all the time?
21. Would it have cost more to study for your chosen profession in another country?
22. Have you ever heard the expression; " my word is my bond?"
23. The best decisions are made from gut feelings.
24. Sometimes we just need a second opinion.
25. You can never be successful in life without taking a gamble.
26. You can never make money without borrowing money from a Bank.
27. When people finally find what they have been looking for, they mess it up.
28. It's good to learn from others or is it best to learn from your own mistakes? Why?
29. You can't change the personality you have or can it be adapted to your profession?
30. The people around you always tell you the truth.
31. The English language may open the doors of opportunity but you still have to look for it.
32. There are few differences between the number of hours that you work in the private sector compared to the public sector.
33. Taking too much time to make decisions is always a bad thing.
The mobile phone sector has changed dimension several times over the last nine years. In those days most of us appreciated design, battery life and size.
1. Are you familiar with the Nokia brand?
2. Did you appreciate some of the features mentioned above? Why?
3. Do you think that they had a dominant position in the telecommunications sector? What gave you that impression?
4. Do you think that Nokia had very clever advertising or very clever technology?
Nokia's first phone had a weight of just under 800 grams, it was called the; Mobile Cityman and had a price tag of nearly $5,500. Despite this heavy price tag, the model continually sold out.
5. Why do you think that the price and weight of this phone had no affect on it's sales performance?
The Matrix featured Nokia's slider phone in 1999 and the proceeding NOKIA 6100 series sold 41 million units and introduced the worlds first pre installed game; Snake.
6. Can movies influence sales or is this an old concept, we now have social networking platforms?
7. Have games moved from phones to tablets?
8. Was Nokia's success simply down to being at the right place at the right time?
9. Do you think that the advertising industry has changed? Why?
In 2004, Nokia released the "Lipstick phone". (Nokia 7280) it was listed as one of the best products by Fortune Magazine.
10. Did Nokia respond to every age group and sector?
11. Do smartphone manufacturers today have the same approach as they used to many years ago?
12. Were the phones of yesterday more in tune with what people wanted?
13. Do men and women look for different features in a phone or are they the same?
Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007 and in response Nokia released the 5800 Press music.
14. Was the iPhone a game changer or just something different on the market?
15. Did it have an immediate impact on the market?
16. Were the other phone manufacturers too slow to respond?
17. Nokia was number one, were they arrogant and if so did it ultimately lead to failure?
18. Did social networking platforms damage Nokia?
19. Did physical keypads make a difference to the experience of using a phone?
20. Did the brand Blackberry appeal to nostalgia not innovation?
21. Is Apple the new Nokia? Can they fail?
22. Is the telecommunications sector the same or have the rules changed?
23. Do people overlook certain aspects about a phone because it's in fashion?
24. Can nostalgic designs appear again in the future just like classic cars have?
25. Are you ever tempted to return to classic or are you convinced that there is nothing like having a modern concept?
26. Do you think that modern companies are better prepared for change?
The third installment of this conversation based lesson plan series.
1. Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat all do the same thing?
2. These forms of communication are often just an excuse to use our gadgets even if we really don't have anything of importance to say.
3. As part of a recent update , users will have the ability to draw on a photo just like on the Snapchat application.
a. Will this recent update be important to you? Why?
b. Have emotions become more important to people than the text itself?
c. Do you think that most people have more than one messaging app? Do you have more than one? Why?
4. There has been a notable move towards people who are working from home. Does this type of technology help businesses?
5. Do you think that older people have and use these types of apps? If they do have them and use them, is it only to keep up with technology or is there another reason?
Invasive or clever
6. The ice cube that alerts bar staff that you need another drink, necessary or just a gimmick?
The source of the video above has been taken from www.wired.com and has only been used for the purpose of reference.
7. Should there be somethings that humans need to do?
8. Do you think that this technology could be useful? Why?
Facebook shops are becoming more and more popular. They are easy to operate and with an abundance of things to sell.
9. Do you think that Ebay and Amazon should be worried? Why?
10. Do you think that more people will try to work from home?
11. There is no such thing as free and there are plenty of hidden costs.
12. People often share their music on platforms such as Spotify. Why?
13. If your going to share, isn't it better to share it from Youtube. This would be then both audio and visual.
14. You are influenced by what you share because of your age. If your older you try and share music that is politically correct, if your younger it's music that is in fashion.
15. Does your taste in music matter to others? why?
16. Should somethings about you be private?
17. Everbody has a blog.
18. It won't come to you, you have to go and find it.
19. Social media is a great way to find opportunity.
20. Your opportunity comes from the quality of your posts. Why?
21. Do you think that Facebook depression is a true condition?
22. Can Facebook posts motivate you?
23. Can people live without Facebook?
34. Social media manager is a real job title, have you heard of this type of position?
A collection of email simulated tasks. Your objective is to demonstrate your understanding to react to different situations.
You have just finished a meeting with a client. The client's name is Mr Richard Wells; your meeting was productive. Suggest another meeting with him to map out the stages of his project. The date you would like to meet him is on the 17.08.16 at 4 pm. Your happy to meet either his office or yours, draft an email to Mr Wells.
Your task is to write an email to Gordon, your manager to provide an update on your meeting with Mr Wells and your plan of action.
Gordon has just sent you this email:
RE: Richard Wells
I trust that your meeting preparation is going well and that each stage is clearly mapped out. I just wanted to let you know that there has been a slight change of plan to the meeting date and time as I need you to assist me at a training seminar in Birmingham.
Would you be able to send Richard an email to apologise on my behalf and request a meeting on the following Monday at 10am here at our office. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience caused.
You have just received this email from your client:
RE: Meeting Date
The proposed date and time is absolutely fine with me. If you wouldn't mind could I request that your manager will attend the meeting as it would give me the opportunity to introduce you both to Susan Blanch our CEO. Could you kindly confirm that this is ok so that I can inform her and she can make her travel arrangements.
*Write an email to your manager to request that he attends the meeting.
A lesson plan designed to make you think. Based on the latest technological concepts that have an impact on society, you will be presented with a number of questions and statements. As part of the conversation course, the objectives of this lesson plan are to:
a. Assist with the Speed of speech
b. Build vocabulary
c. Develop confidence
d. Improve pronunciation
e. Help with expressing an opinion
Like it or not, everyone has come into contact with gaming in one form or another. The most popular choice of the platform being the smartphone. With the new Pokemon game released by Nintendo, people can now disconnect from work and enter a virtual reality world.
Questions and statements
"Work smarter, not harder!"
DVD players are now obsolete; they can't compete against more modern technologies.
A global trend that is gaining popularity with all age groups.
1. It's the people at work that are the cause of stress not tasks.
2. Employees don't like change.
3. Job perks such as a car is not a reason to stay with a company.
4. There are people who never want to be promoted.
5. All managers rule by fear.
6. You are only a hero at work for a minute.
7. Rush hour is a good reason to work late at the office.
8. The best way to combat stress is to take up a sport.
9. You only get stressed out at work if you have a management position, or it's easy to lose your job.
10. It's 2016 so everyone encounters stress at work it's the norm.
Companies like Amazon think that drone technology will be in use to deliver packages within 30 minutes of placing an order. Is society ready to let this technology into our lives?
Our lesson plans are carefully pieced together by qualified TEFL teachers, who are very passionate about words. We understand that there are many different ways to learn, our method is to teach grammar structures through conversation.
DEAR MANDI, LET ME SAY YOU A BIG "THANK YOU" FOR YOUR HELP WITH PREPARING ME TO IELTS EXAM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT. EVEN WHEN MY HOME WORKS WERE DIFFICULT AND I HAD NO TIME,- I ALWAYS TRIED TO COMPLETE EVERYTHING IN TIME BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT YOU. YOU HELPED ME TO BE MORE CONFIDENT IN EACH PART OF THE EXAM, ESPECIALLY IN SPEAKING. IN THE BOTTOM LINE - ALL MY GOAL WERE REACHED! I HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT TIME YOU VISIT IN ISRAEL.
I TOOK A LESSON WITH SANJ IN ORDER TO PREPARE TO A TELEPHONE INTERVIEW I WAS ABOUT TO HAVE. SANJ GAVE SOME VERY GOOD TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEW AND A BRIEF LESSON TO IMPROVE MY GRAMMAR AND SPEAKING SKILLS. HE ALSO HELPED ME TO FORMULATE BETTER ANSWERS TO COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS – ALL OF THESE IN ONLY ONE HOUR! THE PREPARATION DEFINITELY HELPED ME TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT AND TO SPEAK MORE FLUENTLY DURING THE INTERVIEW, AND EVENTUALLY TO GET THE JOB!
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