Negotiation idioms 2

Step 1

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms.

Step 2

Listen to a conversation between Syd and Len:

Step 3

Read the following dialogue to see the idioms in context:

Syd:Hi, Len! Have you heard of the upcoming negotiations with our business partners?
Len:I have! I am collecting all the data so that I feel confident during the meeting!
Syd:I’m sure you will have an ace up your sleeve in presenting your point of view. How many people are going to participate?
Len:I believe there will be at least 10 of us. Hopefully, we will be able to be constructive and won’t keep coming back to square one as we did in our last meeting.
Syd:Right! I heard Mike had his back to the wall and had to accept the offer.
Len:He did! He bent over backwards while trying to ensure better conditions for the company, but he ended up taking the not-so-good offer, anyway.
Syd:I know. If only we could find a better option, we could concentrate on the quality of our services.
Len:I agree. I heard Mike would give a blank cheque to anyone who wants to give it a try. I think he wants to concentrate on working closely with the quality assurance team instead.


Negotiations idioms 2

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