Workplace Communication Idioms

Step 1

Study the PowerPoint slides to learn these idioms in context.

Step 2

Now that you are a little more familiar with the idioms, listen to the dialogue. Can you hear the idioms in the conversation?

Now, read the script of the dialog. Listen to the dialog again. This is one of the best ways to build your listening skills!

Jay:Hi Alex!
Alex:Hi Jay, Do you have a minute?
Jay:Sure, what is it?
Alex:I want to get you up to speed about the charity event. I think our plan to have twenty volunteers is not going to fly.
Jay:Why do you think that?
Alex:Well, it is only three weeks away and we have been able to enroll only four volunteers. The thing is we need to reconsider our strategy.
Jay:Oh, back to square one I see…
Alex:Yes, unfortunately. I think we need to reassign some tasks and shuffle some people around…and maybe make the most of our existing resources…and…
Jay:Let’s cut to the chase, Alex! What do you want me to do?
Alex:Well, you hit the nail on the head, Jay. I do want you to take over community outreach. You are best suited for the job and I trust you completely.
Jay:Thanks, Alex. And yes, I’ll do it!
Alex:Thank you. You are the best! I’ll send you the details…
Jay:No problem. Good bye!
Alex:Good bye, Jay! And thanks again!

Step 3

Now take a moment to study these flashcards and some other activities! Click “Choose a Study Mode” to select a different type of quiz for this vocabulary set. Choose flashcards. Click to flip in the bottom right corner to see a definition. Click the next arrow to go to the next expression.
Remember! Practice makes perfect.

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