Philip, CEO of IT company WebWare, can't believe what sales director Brian is telling him!

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Task 2

Business notes

In this episode WebWare’s CEO Philip Hart sacks his Sales Director for underperforming. Philip uses 2 expressions to do this. The first is I’m going to have to let you go which is quite a gentle way of expressing the fact. The second is You’re fired, which is a little more direct.

There are even more ways to express this in English. Dismiss and discharge are both quite formal:

He was dismissed for turning up late on a regular basis.

The director was discharged of his duties.

Other less formal, but more colourful ways of saying the same thing are:

give someone the axe

give someone their cards

give someone the boot


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


can someone please explain me what is 'track record' ? i just don't get it.
According to the dictionary it's "all the past achievements or failures of a person". how can the company proof the track record of someone?
many thanks in advance!

Hi Anna,

When we say someone has a proven track record it means that they have done things in the past which prove their talent or ability. In the context of recruitment, this would mean the person's experience and achievements in their previous positions.

A person without experience does not have a proven track record, for example, so it is harder to judge how good or bad they will be in a particular role.



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Could you add the transcript with subtitle please?

Hi Vuqar,

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll pass it on to the technical team to consider next time the pages are edited.



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In this transcript, "pull one’s weight" means have to do his duty?

Hello kaunghtoo

That's the idea. More precisely I would say it means to do your part, i.e. to do your job at the same level as the rest of the team. You can see another example sentence in the Cambridge Dictionary (near the bottom of this page).

All the best


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Thanks, British Council for such Organised English lessons:)

very informative

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