A phone call from a customer

A phone call from a customer

Listen to the phone call from a customer to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Junko: Hello, Junko Mori speaking. How can I help you?

Andrea: Hi, Junko, it's Andrea here from Red Band. I'm calling about our latest order.

Junko: Everything arrived OK, right? We got the delivery confirmation at our end.

Andrea: Yes, everything's fine with the order. I'm calling about the invoice and the payment terms. I need a favour.

Junko: A favour? What do you need?

Andrea: This is a little, er ... difficult, but I need an extension on the payment terms. I know they're usually 30 days, but we're having some cash flow problems. You'd really be helping us out if you could extend it to 60 days.

Junko: I'm not sure if I can do that, Andrea. We've got regulations at our end, and also have to manage our own cash flow.

Andrea: I promise this won't become the norm, Junko. Actually, I also want to place another new order. The same size order as last time. It's for an important customer and they pay on delivery.

Junko: I see. So your cash flow problem will be solved after this new order is delivered.

Andrea: Exactly.

Junko: That sounds good. Hold on, Andrea. Let me see what I can do. Yes, I think we can make an exception this time.

Andrea: That's great, Junko. I appreciate your help.

Junko: And we appreciate your business, Andrea. It works both ways.

Andrea: Thanks again, Junko. Can you send me a quick email confirmation of the payment terms extension?

Junko: Sure, no problem. We're happy to help you.

Andrea: Great. And I'll email you the new order.

Junko: Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for it. Talk to you soon.

Andrea: You too. Goodbye.

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Submitted by aliyazdan on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 09:48

Responding to requests for favors from others is a pleasure. I ‘d like to help others if the rules allow me and it doesn't trouble me. Have you ever had trouble helping others?
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 18:21

Yes of course , sometimes I give exceptions for my clients . sometimes I do some repairs for their cars for free . It is allowed to do so in my company as a customer satisfaction .

Submitted by najaht2008 on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 08:54

Yes, I have made exceptions for some important customers several times because the profit made from their business is a big partial of our annue earnings. Meanwhile, certain conditions are made clearly to give these exceptions like exact date being made for the customer to make payment, or our cashflow will have trouble.

Submitted by Febi Febrina on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 00:59

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Submitted by Afki on Fri, 16/08/2019 - 14:16

Ofcourse i did; the clients and the poor people that have’nt enough money in there lives. Becouse Allah regard us.

Submitted by Ha Hung on Thu, 08/08/2019 - 04:36

Yes, sometimes, I asked my team for early delivery materials for production

Submitted by Chrystèle on Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:03

I do not have any clients. But if i could help i'll do it with minimum of precautious.

Submitted by starfish2019 on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 18:18

Do you ever do favours or make exceptions for important clients? Yes, sometimes I did favors for my Important clients, but that depends on the case and calculate how much it would bring for the company benefits and our target goals.
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Submitted by Anaitat on Thu, 01/08/2019 - 12:09

Do favours and make exceptions for important clients in a normal and standard practice between parts of a contract, I think. Together everyone accomplishes more! The contractual parts should interact by solving problems.