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

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Task 1

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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

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

This is very useful lesson and realy good task to write in discussion. Thank you!

vear good

It was quiet useful for me.
thank you for offering such a great English video for English language learners.

I am my team. And to have a proven track record I am pulling my weight every day.

Good lesson. Thanks

I appreciate your method and good site! Thank you for help me to learn more English! It will be very important to me in this moment. Best regards.

Hi,
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!
Anna

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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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