6 Minute Enbglish — Business English Pay rise


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BBC Learning English
6 Minute English
October
2013
NB: This is not a word
for
word transcript
Neil
Well
Feifei
you’re absolutely
wrong
’m pleased to say.
ccording
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Feifei
Do you know what
I think I do!
Neil
Can I be the boss?
Feifei
No, I think it’s
ctually my turn to be the boss.
Neil:
Eve
ry time, every time
you are the boss?
Feifei
I am the boss!
I don’t remember
being the boss
. Anyway let’s get
on with the role
play: I’m
the boss and
you’re
asking
me
for a pay
rise. Ready?
Neil
Ready
Role
play
Neil
Hi, are you free for a quick
chat?
Feifei
Sure, What can I do for you?
Neil
. Well
, it’s a bit difficult, but
I think I should have
a pay rise
Feifei
and why do you feel like that?
Neil
Well,
I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility
recently and
I really
believe
I’ve grown in the job
My last project was very
successful and I just think
should be rewarded.
Feifei
, well, what kind of rise are you thinking of?
Neil
Well, I think that
isn’t too much to ask.
Feifei
... Hmm… Well
let me
think about it and get back to you.
Neil
, thank you.
Feifei
Ooooh
ou’re very persuasive
Neil
Neil
Haha
t’s all in the technique.
Feifei
Let’s ask
Business Betty
to tell us more.
Are you there Betty?
Neil / FF
It’s Business Bet
ty!
Neil
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You
most certainly can Neil.
There are a
few
things to remember
when you’re asking for a pay rise. First, make sure it’s a good time
to ask.
Neil
Hi, are you free for a quick chat?
Next,
use verbs
like
think
feel
believe
. And u
se adverbs like
really
for added emphasis.
Neil
I think I should have
a pay rise
I really
believe
that I’ve grown in
the job
Give reasons why you should get a pay rise:
Neil
I’ve taken on a lot more responsi
bility lately.
My l
ast project wa
very successful
Be clear about what you
Neil
Well, I think that
isn’t too much to ask.
And always, always be polite.
Neil
, thank you
please
Thank you
please, please.
to sum up: if you’re asking for a p
ay rise
, make sure it’s a good
time, use phrases like ‘I really think’, give your reasons, say what
you want and be polite!
Anything else I can do for you?
Neil
ole
play
Neil
Hi, are you free for a quick chat?
Feifei
Sure, What can I do for you?
Neil
. Well
, it’s a bit diffi
cult, but
I think I should have
a pay rise
Feifei
and why do you feel like that?
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Neil
Well,
I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility
recently and
I really
believe
that I’ve grown in the job
My last project was very
successful and I just think tha
t should be rewarded.
Feifei
, well, what kind of rise are you thinking of?
Neil
Well, I think that
isn’t too much to ask.
Feifei
... Hmm
Well I’ll think about it and get back to you.
Neil
, thank you.
Neil
Only
, that’s not much to ask, is it?
Maybe I should have gone
for
0%
Feifei
Neil
, we’ve finished the role
play.
Neil
5%
Final offer.
Feifei
It’s done. No,
I can’t give you a pay rise
Neil, I am
not your bos
really
. I’ll buy you a drink after work instead.
Is that
Neil
Champagne?
Feifei
No, a drink
a pint of beer. Right, I think that brings us to the end
of today’s programme. Neil?
Neil
Yes
that’s all.
od luck
to you at home
if you’re asking
for a pay
rise anytime soon and
join us ag
ain for more 6 M
inute English.
Neil / FF
Bye!
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Asking for a pay rise: Key phrases
ing
sure it’s a good
time to ask:
Hi, are you free for a quick chat?
Phrases with words like
‘think’, ‘feel’, believe’ &
really’:
I think I should have
a pay rise
I really believe that I’ve grown in the job
Giving reasons why you
should get a pay rise:
I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility lately.
My l
ast project was very successful.
Being clear about what
you
want:
Well, I think that
isn’t too much to ask.
Being polite
Please.
Thank you.

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