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ESL Teaching Resource – Business Power Up: Daily Phrases

Daily phrases are key to help you grasp what may be said in the office or by your colleagues. Here are some common daily phrases that are said in the office and some example sentances to give you an idea of situations they may be used in. Learn’em and use’m, they could prove valuable for your students even if you personally don’t use them yourself. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

Going forward Going forward, please contact me before engaging the Line of Business (LOB).
Drill-down We got to drill-down to the core issues before we can determine the next steps.
Touch base Have you touched-base with the Market Data team yet?
It’s on my radar It fell off my radar. I will look into it to make sure it gets done.
No brainer Take the offer. It’s a no brainer. It’s the best choice you are gonna get.
Low hanging fruit We need to aim for the low hanging fruit first. Then, we will deal with the higher up ones.
Reach out I’ll reach out to them tomorrow when I have some time on my hands.
Dive deeper Dive deeper. We are only scratching the surface here. There is more to this.
Think outside the box Come’on team, think outside the box. Do something different.
Positive momentum We are seeing some positive momentum here. Let’s keep at it.
On my plate I got a lot on my plate right now so I can’t get around to that project.
At the end of the day Look, at the end of the day, if it isn’t done, I am going to have to escalate this to mangament.
Run the numbers Did you run the numbers on the sales today? I need those totals.
Keep your eye on the ball We got a lot coming our way so keep your eye on the ball. Don’t drop it ok?
Back to the drawing board Those suggestions just won’t work. Let’s go back to the drawing board and see what else we can come up with.
Get the ball rolling I got the ball rolling on the project but there are definitely going to be some bumps along the way.
Bang for your buck If we bring on this vendor, we will certainly get a better bang for the buck. However, the quality is another issue.
Game-changing Go with this option and it will be a game changer. Everything will need to be done differently.
Value added Does it create value add for the business? If not, we will need to take a look at it again.
Win-win We are all in this together, we need to create an win-win situation for everyone here.
Pass the ball Let me have control of the web meeting session. Pass me the ball.
Hit a wall I hit a wall. The developer team is telling me they have some bugs in the application and can’t resolve them.
Tell a story These are just numbers. We got to tell a story here to get everyone to support you.
Flag it out If you got an issue, flag it out. If you don’t let us know, we can’t help you.
Step back Take a look at the big picture, just step back a moment and think about what is happening here.
Put the squeeze on We got to put the squeeze on them to make sure the work gets done. It’s crunch time.
Solid results This quarter brought in some solid results. We should be getting a big bonus.
Get your ducks in a row Keep peddling. Know what you need to do and get your ducks all in a row before you execute.
Flying Now we are flying. We are making some serious headway on this project. Great work team.
Kick back I am getting some kick back from the business. They want to see the costs before they agree.
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ESL Teaching Resource – Business Power Up: Meeting Phrases

Here are some frequently used meeting phrases by the chairperson used to conduct an effective meeting. Each row reflects different ways to handle the meeting. It takes time and practice to learn but these phrases are essential to making a meeting more effective. There are plenty of other websites out there that cover these and can be more extensive but this a good starter. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

It’s a pleasure to welcome (name of participant) I’d like to introduce (name of participant) I’d like to extend a warm welcome to (name of participant) lease join me in welcoming (name of participant)
We’re here today to … Today’s meeting is to .. Our main aim today is to … I’ve called this meeting in order to …
To begin with I’d like to quickly go through the minutes of our last meeting. First, let’s go over the report from the last meeting, which was held on (date) Here are the minutes from our last meeting, which was on (date). Let’s quickly review last times minute meetings, which was (date)
NAME, can you tell us how the XYZ project is progressing? NAME, how is the XYZ project coming along? NAME, have you completed the ACTION ITEM? NAME, could you give us an update on ACTION ITEM
So, if there is nothing else we need to discuss, let’s move on to today’s agenda.
Shall we get down to business?
Is there Any Other Business? If there are no further developments, I’d like to move on to today’s topic. Are there any other open items to discuss?
Have you all received a copy of the agenda? There are X items on the agenda. First, … second, … third, … lastly, … If you don’t mind, I’d like to go in order today. LEt’s quickly run through the agenda. Today we will go over …
(name of participant) has agreed to take the minutes. (name of participant), would you mind taking the minutes? (name of participant) has kindly agreed to give us a report on … (name of participant), would you mind taking notes today?
We will first hear a short report on each point first, followed by a discussion of … I suggest we go round the table first. Let’s make sure we finish by …There will be five minutes for each item. We’ll have to keep each item to 15 minutes. Otherwise we’ll never get through.
So, let’s start with … I’d suggest we start with… So, the first item on the agenda is NAME, would you like to kick off?
I think that takes care of the first item. Shall we leave that item? Why don’t we move on to… If nobody has anything else to add, lets …
Let’s move onto the next item Now that we’ve discussed X, let’s now … The next item on today’s agenda is… Now we come to the question of.
Before we close today’s meeting, let me just summarize the main points. Let me quickly go over today’s main points. To sum up, …,. In brief, …
Right, it looks as though we’ve covered the main items. If there are no other comments, I’d like to wrap this meeting up. Let’s bring this to a close for today. Is there Any Other Business?
Can we set the date for the next meeting, please? So, the next meeting will be on … (day), the . . . (date) of.. . (month) at … Let’s next meet on … (day), the . . . (date) of.. . (month) at … What about the following Wednesday? How is that? Just a friendly reminder, our next scheduled meeting is on (date).
I’d like to thank NAMES for joining at such an inconvenient hour. Thank you all for attending. Thanks for your participation. Thank you again everyone for your effort and time.
We’re running short of time. Well, that seems to be all the time we have today. Please be brief. I’m afraid we’ve run out of time.
I’m afraid that’s outside the scope of this meeting. Let’s get back on track, why don’t we? Why don’t we return to the main focus of today’s meeting. We’ll have to leave that to another time.
We’re beginning to lose sight of the main point. Keep to the point, please. I think we’d better leave that for another meeting. Are we ready to make a decision?
Sorry, I think you misunderstood what I said. Sorry, that’s not quite right. That’s not quite what I had in mind. That’s not what I meant.
We haven’t heard from you yet, (name of participant). What do you think about this proposal? Would you like to add anything, (name of participant)? Has anyone else got anything to contribute?
Are there any more comments? Any other thoughts? Any other feedback or input? Do you have anything to add, (name)?
I don’t quite follow you. What exactly do you mean? I’m afraid I don’t quite understand what your are getting at. Could you explain to me how that is going to work? I don’t see what you mean. Could we have some more details, please?
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ESL Business Power Up: Accounting Terms

Accounting terms are important for learners. Here are some frequently used accounting terms and jargon to help boost clients who deal with financial accounting and other related materials. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

Account Payable Account Receivable American Depository Receipts (ADRs) Amortization
Annual Report Annuity Financial Statements Audit Risk
Auditors’Report Balance Sheet Income Sheet Cash Flow
Bankruptcy Board of Directors Capitalized Cost/Interest Certificate of Deposit (CD)
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Collateral Common Stock
Compilation Compensation Compilation Report Consolidation
Convertible Stock Creditor Liability Assets
Debit Balance Debt Depletion Deprication
Derivatives Disclaimer Disclosure Discontinued Options
Distribution Due Diligence Earned Income Earnings Per Share (EPS)
Employee Benefit Plan Estate Tax Estimated Tax Exclusions
Exemption Expenditure Extension Face Value
Fair Market Value Fiscal Year Franchise Fraud
Goodwill Initial Public Offering (IPO) Installment Method Intangible Asset
Internal Audit Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Inventory Investment
Joint Venture Junk Bonds Leveraged Buy Out Lease
Limited Liability Partnership/Company (LLP/LLC) Liquidation Margin Merger
Mortgage Net Worth Obligation
Peer Review Premium Proprietorship Prospectus
Proxy Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Reconciliation Research and Development (R&D)
Reserves Restructuring Retained Earnings Safe Harbor
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Spinoff Start-up costs Stock Options
Tax Lien Tax Shelter Vesting Withholding
Yield Maturity Zero-Coupon Bond Trust
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ESL Business Power Up: Project Management Terms

Project Management Terms is an important aspect of planning successful projects in business. Here are some frequently used project management terms and jargon to help boost clients who deal with projects and the like. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

Assumptions Scorecard BOSCARD Case Study
Constraints Cost Benefit Analysis Critical Success Factor Deliverable
Mitigation Dependencies Gantt Chart Milestone
Murphy’s Law Pareto Principle PEST Analysis RACI Chart
Risk Scope Sponsor Stakeholder
SWOT Analysis Cost Overrun Duration Estimation
Kickoff Meeting Initiating Planning Executing
Monitoring and Control Closing Operations Scope Creep
Consensus Contingency Integration Procurement
Implementation Knowledge base/areas Phase Post-Mortem Review
Product-Life Cycle Charter Quality Assurance Ramp Up/Down
Slack Subject Matter Expert (SME) Top-Down Estimating Accountability
Strategic Planning Establish Assessment Evaluation
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ESL Business Power Up: Financial Terminology

Financial terminology is important for some students as this is their key business. Here are some frequently used financial planning terms and jargon to help boost clients who provide financial advice or services. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

Annuity Asset Allocation Back-End Load Front-End Load
Bear Market Bull Market Capital Gain/Loss Cash Equivalents
Dead-Cat Bounce Derivatives Diversification Risk Management
Dividends Equities Bonds Hedge (Funds)
Net Asset Value (NAV) Price/Earnings Ratio (PE) Volatility Yield
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Inflation/Deflation Amortization Beneficiary
Certified Public Assistant (CPA) Coinsurance or Co-Payment Commodities Compounding (Interest)
Cosigner Creditworthy Disclosure Dollar-cost averaging
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Estate Tax Financial Aid Gift Tax
Interest Rate Living Trust Lump Sum Distribution Money Market Fund
Municipal Fund Portfolio Prenuptial Agreement Principal
Probate Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) Rollover Umbrella Policy:
Life Insurance Vesting Will Mutual Fund

For additional terms please see: http://www.fpanet.org/WhatisFinancialPlanning/Glossary/

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ESL Business Power Up: Marketing Terms

Marketing terms for ESL business teachers can help boost your lesson plans and help your students. Here are some frequently used marketing terms and jargon to help boost clients who deal with marketing and advertising. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

Affiliate Marketing Network Marketing Agency Commission Brand Identity
B2B = Business to Business Channel Distribution Circulation Copyright
Creative Strategy Demographics Direct Mail Market Share
Marketing Firm Personal Branding Product Life Cycle Product Promotion
Publicity SEO = Search Engine Optimization Subliminal Perception Target Audience
Vision Word of Mouth Adsense (Google) Bounce Rate
Buzz Clutter CRM = Customer Relationship Management Exposure
Four P’s – Product, Price, Placement and Promotion Four M’s – Money, Material, Machine and Manpower Frequency Full Coverage
Guerrilla Marketing Inbound Marketing Permission Marketing Marketing Metrics
Organic Growth Podcast Relationship Marketing Social Networking
Viral Marketing Leverage Experimental Generation Y (Gen X)
Stakeholders Image Logo Slogan
Segmentation Tactic Vision Audience
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ESL Business Power Up: HR Terminology

HR terminology can help boost your ESL plan if you student deals with HR daily or not. Here are some frequently used HR terms (Human Resource Terminology) and jargon to help boost your HR related clients. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

equal opportunity independent contractor expatriate (expat) temporary employee
performance appraisal performance management> probation redundancy
harassment discrimination affirmative action wrongful dismissal
unlawful termination suspension retrenchment lay off
behavioral based interview benchmark coaching confidentiality agreement
exit interview core competencies contract of service contingent workers
disciplinary action due diligence emotional intelligence employee retention
empowerment goal setting group dynamics grievance
HR audit hierarchy human capital incentive pay
job analysis JD = Job description KPI = Key Performance Indicators labor market
leadership development lump sum payment mentoring minimum wage
mission statement Myers-Briggs Type Indicator onboarding Organizational Culture
orientation outsourcing peer appraisal random testing
strategic planning succession planning talent management 360 degree feedback
total remuneration training and development Union turnover
whistle blower work-life balance escalate execute
best practice turn around time results driven paradigm shift
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ESL PowerUp: Product Descriptors

Here are some adjectives to help boost your product appearance. Let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections. Cheers!

breathtaking dazzling mesmerizing eloquent
appealing attractive alluring fascinating
excellent unsurpassed paramount cool
trendy fashionable hip stellar
unique exclusive special different
effortless hassle-free user-friendly simplified
tremendous magnificent remarkable fabulous
handy functional ideal well-suited
improved superior refined enhanced
leading first-rate top-notch supreme
mouthwatering savory succulent tasty
innovative fresh inventive breakthrough
compelling persuasive extraordinary unimaginable
reliable dependable trustworthy steadfast
secure guaranteed distinctive rare
vivid vibrant brilliant incredible
amazing astonishing quick unsurpassed
crucial colossal mind blowing sizzling
delightful relaxing soothing desirable
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