A phone call from a customer

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

Instructions

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

Transcript

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 Minh on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 18:06

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Well, I used to make many favors for my customers, but this was a reason that we made problem. After they often postpone payment terms, and we had to face cash in my company. Rules are important thing in business, but every so often we need a flexible in work. Some of clients take advantage from you who are willing to give offer form them. Therefore, it makes a difficult decision when you want to help the same situation.

Submitted by marlio96 on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 21:19

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I think if I have a business I have to take care of my clients, they are important, all of us have had problems any time and have needed help, for this reason I don't have problems making favors.

Submitted by Zhanerke on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 08:04

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One of our important clients once asked to lend our product. Usually, we don't such things but decided to make an exception.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 04:08

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Yes.if customer is in the list of important then I can make an exception for that time. In business customers are main role play in successful business.

Submitted by yuyu on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 09:43

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Yes, I do. I want my clients to be satisfied.

Submitted by Elham Barakat on Thu, 31/12/2020 - 00:19

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It is good to do a favour, but occasionally this favour you do for people don't deserve. We must accept little exception, but no more. The more exception you make, the more mess exists.

Submitted by ManahinRuby on Sun, 27/12/2020 - 22:18

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I'm sure i'm would do it because the important clients are very important to a successful business.

Submitted by Thinn Thiri Myo on Wed, 23/12/2020 - 04:35

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Ever do favours & make expection is not OK, I think. But I can do sometimes favours & expection,who u are.

Submitted by Galit Avni on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 12:03

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I asked a supplier abroad to send the goods by air, instead of by sea, in order to help my customer.

Submitted by hackmed on Sun, 20/12/2020 - 01:10

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I can do sometimes expectations or favours , because I could myself need it one day.