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Returning Christmas Gifts

Every year for Christmas we all get gifts that we just don’t like, or that we just can’t use. In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about how to return them to the store....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: January 07, 2016

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Back to Work

All good things must end. In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at someone returning to work after a nice long vacation....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: January 05, 2016

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A Romantic New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is a time to be around the people you love. And if they don’t know you that you love them, it’s a great time to let them know! Don’t wait any longer, the countdown is about to start!...

Host: Chris, Spencer
Grammar: As_though

Published: December 31, 2015

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Christmas Plans

Ho-Ho-Ho. With the holidays just around the corner, nearly everyone is already talking about their Christmas plans....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: December 17, 2015

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Winter Gear

Brrr….it’s cold out there! In today’s lesson, we’re going to make sure all of our listeners are protected from the cold weather. Remember: you can’t enjoy winter until you’ve got the right gear....

Grammar: as_long_as
Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: December 15, 2015

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Evaluation and Mentoring

December brings to mind Christmas, New Year’s, and winter vacation. But it’s not all fun and games in the workplace. The end of the year means it’s time for the end of year evaluation. Let’s find out what is causing so many employees’ grief in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: December 10, 2015

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Dealing with Difficult People at Work Part II

In Part II of our two-part series on difficult people at work, we’ll get to hear the other side of the story. Amanda is a new manager that has been causing some problems for her staff. But is she really so difficult? Did we judge her too quickly? Find out in today’s lesson....

Function: debating, persuading
Host: Chris, Adam

Published: December 03, 2015

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Time for a New Phone

Your phone is becoming slower and slower. The photos you take aren’t as good as the photos your friends take. This means only one thing: It’s time to buy a new phone....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: December 01, 2015

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How to Make Thanksgiving Turkey

In today’s lesson we’ll be following television chef Rachel Ray as she demonstrates a time-saving way to make Thanksgiving Turkey. Also, we’ll find out who this Tom guy is....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: What_have_you

Published: November 26, 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with your family and loved ones. But today we'll see how someone who can't be with his family celebrates Thanksgiving....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: November 24, 2015

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Dealing with Difficult People at Work Part I

Can’t we all just get along? In Part I of a two-part series, we’ll take a look at a difficult person that is making the office a nightmare for her co-workers....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: November 19, 2015

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Building Emotional Connections with Customers

Today we will learn some of the secrets of a successful advertising pitch from the master himself, Mad Men’s Don Draper....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: literally

Published: November 12, 2015

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Planning a Product Launch Part II

In the second part of a two-part series on planning a product launch, we see our corporate friends focusing on more specific aspects of this crucial event....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: November 05, 2015

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Buying Books

They’re not just places to buy books: they’re also places to enjoy a coffee, discover something new, or just chat with friends. In today’s lesson we'll take you to the bookstore. ...

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: October 15, 2015

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To Tip or Not to Tip?

It is one of society’s unwritten rules: leaving a tip after receiving service. In this lesson we’ll discuss some tipping habits in America....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: Percent

Published: October 13, 2015

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Planning a New Product Launch Part I

Maybe you have a great product for the market, but if you don’t have a great product launch, then people might never know just how great it is. We’ll take a look at this crucial part of marketing in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: October 08, 2015

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Wrapping Up a Conference Call

In a previous lesson "Starting a Conference Call", we discussed some chitchat that may take place before an office conference call. In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at what to say when the call ends....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: October 06, 2015

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The Golden Week

Every year, Chinese people are given two full weeks of holiday. In today’s lesson we’ll discuss some language to use when talking about this and indeed any holiday....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: October 01, 2015

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Sales Commission Plans

In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about setting up a commission plan for a company’s sales team. Should we go with a flat rate or a tiered system? What else could work besides monetary rewards? Should we introduce negative incentives? Listen in as we deal with this complex issue....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: September 24, 2015

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Starting a Conference Call

Today’s dialogue takes place right before an office conference call. We’ll hear a few speakers make small talk while preparing to start their meeting....

Function: small_talk
Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: September 22, 2015

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Bedtime Story

This lesson is for any parent who has ever heard: “I’m not going to sleep until you tell me a story…about a princess…no, about a superhero…no, about a superhero princess…”...

Function: Telling_stories
Host: Chris, Spencer
Grammar: Made_of

Published: September 17, 2015

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Running Late

We can’t be on time every day. This lesson is for those of us who sometimes are a little late....

Host: Chris, Spencer

Published: September 10, 2015

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New School Year

For parents across the world, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: the kids are going back to school....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: August 20, 2015

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Politely Refusing an Invitation

If you are invited to a social event, you can’t just say “no”: it’s just not polite. In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at a few different ways to say no without being rude....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: August 18, 2015

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Camping

It’s time to leave the comfort of our homes and head into the Great Outdoors. In today’s lesson, we’ll be talking about one of summer’s best activities: camping....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: August 13, 2015

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Quarterly Results Review Part 2

In Part II of our series on quarterly results review, we’ll be taking a closer look at revenue and explaining why certain area grew while others fell shot of expectations. ...

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: August 11, 2015

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Volunteering

Volunteers are the people among us who spend their time helping others, asking nothing in return. Today’s lesson is all about these kind people, and the types of volunteering they do....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: August 06, 2015

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Juice Bar

Some people like to drink coffee. Some people like to drink wine. Today’s lesson is for those of us who like to drink refreshing, healthy fruit juice....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: August 04, 2015

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Quarterly Results Review Part 1

The quarterly results are the report card of a business. In Part I of a two-part series, we’ll be taking a look at some of the important data that make up that report....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: July 30, 2015

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The BCG Growth Matrix

In the world of business, profits and revenues don’t tell the whole story. In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about another way to analyze companies and their products....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: July 23, 2015

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Designing a Survey

When making a great product, you could rely on intuition alone to decide what to do and how to do it. But it's clearly better to be scientific with it, and creating a survey for your users is a great way to do that. Learn more about how to create a great user survey with this lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: July 16, 2015

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Morning Coffee

Do you start your morning with a coffee? Do you prefer black or a latte? Maybe with soya milk and a muffin? Listen in as we take you to a coffee shop in today's lesson. ...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: Instead

Published: July 14, 2015

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Going to the Doctor

In today’s lesson, we are visiting the doctor’s office. It may not be the most fun thing you could imagine, but it’s something that none of us can avoid....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: July 09, 2015

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Sunday Brunch

It’s not breakfast; it’s not lunch.  It’s brunch, one of the most popular meals of the week.  Find out what people across the world will be ordering next Sunday in today’s lesson!...

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: June 30, 2015

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Product Market Fit

Got an idea for a new company? Before you start hiring people and taking money, make sure your product is a good idea for your market. How? Check out this lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: to_get_at

Published: June 25, 2015

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Boutique Hotels

Got any vacation plans this summer? If you do, make sure you study this lesson as we show you why boutique hotels are worth exploring. ...

Host: Jenny, Chris

Published: June 23, 2015

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Hiring a Product Manager

'Product manager' is a relatively new role that has quickly risen to new heights in technology companies worldwide. Find out what the role is responsible for and what kind of person is suitable....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: June 16, 2015

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Direct Response Advertising

Following up on our lesson on Brand Advertising, today we look at direct response advertising. Listen in as we walk you through its main characteristics. ...

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: June 11, 2015

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Going on a Cruise

Cruise vacations are becoming more popular every year.  Find out what life is like on a cruise ship in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: June 09, 2015

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Brand Advertising

Advertising is all around us. In this first of two lessons, learn about one maintype of advertising – brand advertising....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: June 04, 2015

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Office Gossip

No matter how hard you may try, office gossip always happens. Who is doing what? Where? When? But, why?...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: apparently

Published: May 19, 2015

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I'm Vegetarian

Not everyone eats meat. In today’s lesson, we’re having lunch with a vegetarian friend. Listen in and find out what he does and doesn't eat....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: treat

Published: May 14, 2015

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Staff Incentive Programs

Providing employees with a salary isn't enough anymore – to get and retain the best talent, you have to have top-rate staff incentive programs as well. But what do these programs look like?...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: not_only

Published: May 12, 2015

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Writing Marketing Copy

Marketing copy has existed for a long time. But the nature of marketing copy has changed quite a bit in the past few years. How do you write effective marketing copy for the digital and mobile age? ...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: namely

Published: May 07, 2015

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Product Demo Part II

In a previous lesson Product Demo Part I, we learned how to give a product demo and talk about key features and functions of a product. Today, we'll get into pricing. How do you balance the demands of a potential client while maintaining your own interest?...

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: Verbing_Nouns

Published: May 05, 2015

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Product Demo Part I

Today we’ve got part 1 of a two-part lesson on doing product demos.  Listen in as a salesman gives a demonstration of the key features and functions of his product....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: go

Published: April 30, 2015

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Movie Night

What’s playing at your local theatre? Find out how to talk about different kinds of movies in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: In_the_mood

Published: April 28, 2015

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The Art of Negotiation

Negotiation is an art with no results guaranteed even if you are the President of the United States. In this lesson, listen in as President Frank Underwood negotiates a political crisis with other Washington politicians....

Host: Chris, Adam

Published: April 23, 2015

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Dinner Party

The food is ready. The table is set. The guests are beginning to beginning to arrive. Tonight we’re having a dinner party. Don’t forget to bring a little gift for the hosts as we talk about having a dinner party in today’s lesson....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: You_made_it

Published: April 21, 2015

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Hiring an Account Manager

“Account manager”may not be your biggest hiring need when your company is small, but once it starts to grow this role may make all the difference. Learn about this role and the qualifications of the ideal candidatewith this role....

Host: Chris, Adam
Grammar: is_about

Published: April 16, 2015

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