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A listening module from the English For Work Course. You will hear a Project Manager talking to his team. Listen to the audio, we recommend taking notes as you will have to answer questions at the end.
1. What part of the day is it in this story?
2. What does "go through" mean?"
3. What does "backbone" mean?"
4. What stage of the project is the project currently at?
5. What does "rocking the boat" mean?
6. What does "around the clock" mean?
7. What does "tied up" mean?
8. What was the purpose of the meeting in this story?
9. What was stage 1 of the project about?
10. What will stage 2 of the project be about?
11. What does " making a dent on the workload" mean?
12. What are the names of the two people who will be excluded from stage 2 of the project?
13. If someone is unsure about their tasks, who should they see?
14. What does "shaping up" mean?
15. At the end of this story, the speaker asked everyone if they had any questions that they would like to ask. Did anyone ask a question?
16. What date has been set for the next meeting?
1. Have you ever had a morning meeting?
2. Do you think, morning meetings are effective or a waste of time?
3. Do you think that stage one is always an easy stage?
4. If you were in charge of this meeting, would you have done anything differently or do you think that the project manager did a good job? Why?
1. This meeting was held ....... the morning.
2. The next meeting will be held ...... ....... 21st. It will be ..... a Monday.
3. This team is ...... stage 1 of the project.
4. ...... ...... this team, Kathy was selected to issue task sheets.
5. Timelines are always challenging ...... projects.
6. Planning is often done ............ Stage 1 of a project.
7. A project management team is always involved ....... every stage.
8. If a project is ..... Time and ....... budget it's ....... target.
Explain the following text:
This project has been the most challenging in my career. Behind the scenes, we have been working relentlessly to complete stage 1 in line with our timescales. There are so many consultants involved, sometimes I think that they rock the boat and upset the companies employees.
We don't always see eye to eye when it comes to planning but we try to meet half way. I have a meeting with all the consultants next week to discuss progress. These meetings are critical if we want to stay ahead of the game.
Simon, the project lead thinks that we have too many meetings but you need to fight to stay ahead of the curve so they are very necessary to the process in my opinion.
1. Meetings are only effective if they are held regularly
2. Employees always disagree with consultants
3. You can never reach a goal unless you're realistic
4. Perfectionists loose sight of costs
5. Too many meetings can be counterproductive
6. A good project manager is one who can switch off and focus on something other than the project.
Thank you all for getting here so early, I really appreciate that it's a very early start today. There's so much to go through so let's crack on. Tom, you have been the backbone for stage one and it's been a very big struggle to collect information in order to plan. I wanted to thank you personally for your input and for not rocking the boat as you the latest addition to our team.
The project has been very demanding, tight deadlines, manpower restrictions not to mention the budget. We all had to chip in and work round the clock to ensure that we make headway. The purpose of this meeting is to outline stage 2 so that we are all singing from the same page.
With stage 1 we have been tied up with setting up the project in its planning stage. I think that stage 2 will be more about task assignment and define everyone's position. If anyone is unsure about tasks, please see Kathy who will help you to organise the task sheets.
If you look at the diagram on the screen you can see how the project is shaping up and what is left to be done within the constraints of the timeline. As you can see we are on our way and have made a significant dent on the workload. It's a great start and I am very happy with the commitment you have shown to get to this point.
Please note that David and Peter are now working on other projects so will not be involved till stage 3. If you have been working with either of them could you please see Kathy. Well, that about concludes today's meeting, does anyone have any questions? .... No, ok then thank you again and see you all next month on Tuesday the 21st.
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