Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 18 | In-Company Interviews: Pitching, Closing, Noun Phrases

Welcome back to another interview session! We have the usuals today: Lisa, Robert, Phil, and Wiktor who talk about pitching, knowing your product inside and out, knowing your customer’s needs, and how detrimental it could be in terms of promising your customers an outcome,

To be honest, here in Thailand, lots of language centers love to super-impose on advertisements “Guaranteed 7.5 IELTS!” This is a marketing scheme, but if that had been in America, they could be sued for false advertisement.

In saying that, I never promise anyone anything. What do I do instead? Tune into the podcast!

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 14 | Can CEOs Be Trusted?

If you look at Google, 63% of employees are not worried about layoffs. However, if you look at Walt Disney, the CEO slashed 40k jobs at the beginning of COVID and have laid off an additional 28k at the beginning of this month, leaving its workers in “an awful lot of pain.”  Meanwhile, the heir of the company, Abigail Disney, went on a Twitter-tirade over the businesses’ practices and why the upper-echelon had received billions in bonuses and dividends while the hard-working middle-class suffered egregiously during the crisis.

So, can we trust big cats? Can we trust that Jeff Bezos actually gives a damn about his employees (apparently not because tens of thousands had gotten COVID)? It’s tough to call, and that’s today’s focus.  Can we trust the FAT CATS?

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Self-scoring 7 Habits Assessment | Habit #1 | Be Proactive

Welcome to the self-scoring habits assessment! It took long enough for me to put this into blog form (podcast first), but here are three questions for you to answer and rate yourself in on a scale of 1-6. Here are the questions!

  1. I am in control of my life (rate on a scale 1-6)
  2. I focus my efforts on things I can do something about rather than the things beyond my control.
  3. I take responsibility for my moods rather than blaming people and circumstances.

So, rate them and tally your score up.

For “I am in control of my life,” I prepared myself an entire year for this moment. After seeing my job shut down again for the foreseeable future (thanks, COVID and irresponsible townsfolk), I knew that I was in control by a long-shot this time as compared to last time. I’ve been unbelievable proactive with putting out as much content and getting as many people as I possibly could for my online business. Last year, I was praying things would just happen by getting messages from people who really weren’t looking out for me (except one testing center). After canning three relationships, I realized that I now have control of my assets. When the shutdown came this year, I said “cool, let’s get it.” Last year was, “omg, I’m hopeless! I’m so stressed and sad!”

The other two categories are in my podcast down below.

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 13 | How to Set Goals & Skills for 2021

In this episode, I explain the full works of how to set goals by writing them out in a specific way. In addition to that, we’re going to hear an interview that didn’t go well for a woman because she’s not prepared with subskills, and we’re also going to discuss what skills you made need to learn to stay relevant in 2021. Here it is!

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{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Closing & Resolving Objections

Available on the Business English Podcast Badge and Early Access. Link down below!

Sometimes when you try solving objections, you’re looking at it from a win-lose situation. Win for you, lose for the other person — which they would regret later on.  Also, when you see a potential client drifting away, you shouldn’t continue pushing the narrative onto them, especially when you hear doubt behind their words. This makes the other individual feel very antsy and then they assume that it’s been approached as a transaction (win-lose rather than win-win). So, what could you do instead? Tune into the podcast!

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{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 17 | Hotels

From the gorgeous hotels such as Bangkok Marquis Marriott in Bangkok, Sintesa Jimbaran in Bali, Sheraton (minus them double-charging me), in Kuala Lumpur, to terrible hotels in the USA, Thailand (same area as Bangkok Marquis), and Australia. Today is story-telling Thursday! There are plenty of vocabulary terms for you guys on my Business English Podcast Badge! I go over them briefly on here, but if I speak very quickly and you want to practice your writing, verbiage, phrasal verbs, etc….make sure you click my Patreon down below!

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Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 11 | Important Features of a Good Conference

So, if we look at locations, accommodation, luxury food and drink, meeting rooms, beautiful surroundings, etc….what’s the most important, in your opinion? This is critical because often times we lose sight of what’s important.  For instance, conferences in Singapore and Japan are at perfect locations in regards to public transportation. Meanwhile, in Thailand, the only conference hall is in a traffic-infested area with no formidable transportation and a nightmare to get to. So, let’s dive into hotels (G Tower in Kuala Lumpur), different features and Slottsholm, which is a hotel/conference center (originally a castle) on an island just south of Stockholm.

{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 11 | Important Features of a Good Conference

So, if we look at locations, accommodation, luxury food and drink, meeting rooms, beautiful surroundings, etc….what’s the most important, in your opinion? This is critical because often times we lose site of what’s important.  For instance, conferences in Singapore and Japan are at perfect locations in regards to public transportation. Meanwhile, in Thailand, the only conference hall is in a traffic-infested area with no formidable transportation and a nightmare to get to. So, let’s dive into hotels (G Tower in Kuala Lumpur), different features and Slottsholm, which is a hotel/conference center (originally a castle) on an island just south of Stockholm.

This podcast will debut to the public on December the 27th. The write ups are available only on the Business English Podcast Badge.

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Pronunciation Course | Phase II | Pronouncing the -s / -es Ending

Welcome back to another pronunciation episode! This is available on my Facebook page down below and the audio is available on every badge on my Patreon, so make sure you check it out if you’re interested! Nonetheless, we’re going over the final s/es endings!

Group 1: Fit/fits                                  step/steps                   Mark/Mark’s   /s/  /z/ /əz

Group 2: Pay/pays                              read/reads                  Laura/Laura’s

Group 3: Teach/teachers                    office/offices              George/George’s

  • A voiceless sound (fit, top, Mark), add the voiceless /s/.
  • A voiced sound (pay, read, Laura), add the voiced /z/.
Final /ǝz / Syllable                 Final /s/ sound                       Final /z/ sound

Sources                                   locks                                        bags

Pages                                      hopes                                      Steve’s

Classes                                   minutes                                   items

Rose’s                                     stops                                       grades

Colleges                                  headaches                               explains

Differences                             tickets                                     copies

Additional Words

  1. Dance
  2. Leave
  3. Start
  4. Confuse
  5. Improve
  6. Magazine
  7. Analyze
  8. React
  9. Finish
  10. Assume

Sentence Matching

1a My tire’s flat.

1b My tires are flat.

2a I helped the hosts.

2b I helped the hostess.

3a He let her borrow his car.

3b He lets her borrow his car.

4a Did you get the notice?

4b Did you get the notices?

5a He missed his chance to take the test.

5b He missed his chances to take the test.

6a They found your suitcase.

6b They found your suitcases.

7a Would you check the mailbox?

7b Would you check the mailboxes?

8a How much do I owe you for the ticket?

8b How much do I owe you for the tickets?

9a My brother works at the airport.

9b My brother’s work at the airport.

10a. The student deserves an A.

10b The students deserve an A.

Tip: Facts or Fax?

Final consonant groups with –s / -es endings can be difficult not just for English learners but for native English speakers too. Three common consonant clusters in English are /kt/ as in fact, /t/ as in concept, and /nd/ as in friend.

When English speakers add –s/ -es, they often omit the middle /t/ or /d/. As a result, both facts and fax sound like /faeks/; concepts sounds like /konceps/; and friends sound like /frenz/

/kt + s/ = /ks/                         /pt + s/ = /ps/                         /nd + z/ = /nz/

fact/facs                                 adapt/adaps                           send/sens

facs_of life                              adaps_to the changes            sens_a signal

act/acs                                                concept/conceps                     lend/lens

asc_appropriately                   conceps_in math                    lens_a hand

direct/direcs                           accept/acceps                         friend/friens

direcs_this project                  acceps_responsibility             friens_and family

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{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6: Episode 10 | Workplace Scenario B: How to Get New Employees Started

Here’s a 4-step process to getting new people started in the workplace. Because people have a tendency of shoulder-shrugging people’s first day at work, this could be extremely problematic for most people in the world because studies have shown that the first day of work will show how long an employee actually stays at that specific job. So, if you have a very lousy welcoming, more than likely you won’t stay there long. I’m a great testament to that, too. The worst the first day is, the quicker I quit. This is in three countries around the world, too. So, it’s time to figure out how organization can help potential employees’ future and development.

Remember, this is in the Business english Podcast badge. This episode will go live to the public on December 21st.

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