Networking|Pre-Int|2. Opening a conversation

Read and remember the words and these meaning

to break the ice — to start a conversation

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a fortune-teller — a person who tells the future

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Listen to the audio and choose the best answer

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JORDAN PRISCILLA

JORDAN: Hello, is— is this Priscilla Purple? The fortune teller?
PRISCILLA: And you must be Jordan!
JORDAN: How did you know? Did you use your abilities?
PRISCILLA: No, my assistant told me. So, you wanted to know how your networking conference will turn out?
JORDAN: Yes. I am here now. My colleague is already networking and I am panicking in the toilet. That is why I decided to call you.
PRISCILLA: Well, the future really depends on you. But, if you don’t know where to start: I can recommend some phrases to break the ice.
JORDAN: Oh, please do!
PRISCILLA: You can introduce yourself with a simple: «Hi, I am Jordan! I don’t think we’ve met before, have we?» Try to get to know a person. Ask questions about them: «Are you presenting? Is it your first time here? How did you get into the industry? What do you like about your job?»
JORDAN: And after I learnt a lot about a person?
PRISCILLA: You can discuss what is around you— outside: «The weather is perfect, isn’t it?» or inside: «Have you tried the food here? It is delicious!»
JORDAN: But what if the weather is not nice and the food is terrible?
PRISCILLA: Try to be positive and ask for recommendations. «Any chance you know a great place to eat in this city?» «What book are you reading at the moment? Is it any good?» or «Are you going to this or that event?»
JORDAN: Wow! How come you know so much about networking?
PRISCILLA: I worked in an advertising agency as a new business manager for ten years.
JORDAN: Really?!
PRISCILLA: Yeah, but I switched to the fortune-telling business because there is more money here. By the way, speaking of money, this consultation cost you $500. You can pay with a credit card—
JORDAN: I … seem to be losing the connection … Sorry, I can’t hear you.


Listen the parts of the conversation and complete the sentences

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JORDAN PRISCILLA

JORDAN: Hello, is— is this Priscilla Purple? The fortune teller?
PRISCILLA: And you must be Jordan!
JORDAN: How did you know? Did you use your abilities?
PRISCILLA: No, my assistant told me. So, you wanted to know how your networking conference will turn out?
JORDAN: Yes. I am here now. My colleague is already networking and I am panicking in the toilet. That is why I decided to call you.
PRISCILLA: Well, the future really depends on you. But, if you don’t know where to start: I can recommend some phrases to break the ice.
JORDAN: Oh, please do!
PRISCILLA: You can introduce yourself with a simple: «Hi, I am Jordan! I don’t think we’ve met before, have we?» Try to get to know a person. Ask questions about them: «Are you presenting? Is it your first time here? How did you get into the industry? What do you like about your job?»
JORDAN: And after I learnt a lot about a person?
PRISCILLA: You can discuss what is around you— outside: «The weather is perfect, isn’t it?» or inside: «Have you tried the food here? It is delicious!»
JORDAN: But what if the weather is not nice and the food is terrible?
PRISCILLA: Try to be positive and ask for recommendations. «Any chance you know a great place to eat in this city?» «What book are you reading at the moment? Is it any good?» or «Are you going to this or that event?»
JORDAN: Wow! How come you know so much about networking?
PRISCILLA: I worked in an advertising agency as a new business manager for ten years.
JORDAN: Really?!
PRISCILLA: Yeah, but I switched to the fortune-telling business because there is more money here. By the way, speaking of money, this consultation cost you $500. You can pay with a credit card—
JORDAN: I … seem to be losing the connection … Sorry, I can’t hear you.


Correct and rewrite the sentences

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Complete the mini-dialogues

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Read the definition and choose the best answer

Writing

Ashamed — feeling stupid because of one’s actions

Listen to the audio and choose the best answer

Woman, ashamed, girl

LYDIA JORDAN

LYDIA: You’d never believe what just happened. I feel so ashamed!
JORDAN: I am sure it’s not that bad. Tell me everything!
LYDIA: So, I went up to this guy at the conference and I asked him: «What did you think about the presentation?» He replied with: «Oh, it could have been better. How was it for you? Do you know what the presenter meant?»
JORDAN: And?
LYDIA: And I started telling him that I found it not practical. That I probably won’t be able to use any of this in my work.
JORDAN: Still sounds ok.
LYDIA: I thought so, too. But after that, when he gave me his business card I realised that he was the presenter. I didn’t understand it was him because I forgot my glasses!
JORDAN: Oh, that’s pretty bad, I agree.



Listen to the audio again and mark the sentences true or false

Lydia’s butting in a conversation. Listen to the audio and learn what it means

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Sorry for interrupting, but I overheard you discussing blockchain. You look like you’re having a very interesting conversation. Mind if I join?


Watch the video and count how many times Lydia has butted in conversations

VO: Hey Lydia! Your task is to interrupt as many people as possible. And not to make anyone angry. There you go. You have 2 minutes. Go!
GIRL #0: I think it’s only the beginning for bitcoin. Blockchain is the future.
LYDIA: Sorry for interrupting, but I overheard you discussing blockchain— By the way, are you going to the London Blockchain Conference?
DIRECTOR: Mhmm, move around—
GIRL #1: Yeah, he complains to producers to invest money in his project. I think it’s a good point—
LYDIA: You look like you’re having a very interesting conversation. Mind if I join?
GIRL #3: —so our new account manager, John Isaac? Such a good guy!
LYDIA: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt— Oh, John Isaac! I know him from my previous work and I had to say hello. I’m Lydia, by the way, nice to meet all of you!
GUY #6: —so, you know, Coca Cola is market leader. It’s very easy to work for them.
GIRL #5: Yeah, I guess so—
GIRL #3: Can I help you?
LYDIA: Sorry, I couldn’t help but overhear that you’re from Coca-Cola?
GIRL #5: Indeed, we are!
GIRL #6: I will never do that!
GUY #7: No, it’s very much like you!
GIRL #6: You always do this, you think you know me, but you really-really don’t!



Watch the parts of the video and choose the correct answers

Listen to the audio and find the sentences with similar meaning

Listening and writing

1. Sorry for interrupting, but I heard you talking about blockchain. 3. Is it okay if I talk to you?
2. I didn’t want to, but I heard your conversation. 4. I didn’t want to interrupt you.

Complete the sentences with the phrases

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Rearrange the words to make mini-dialogues

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  • Get ready
  • Jordan seeks help
  • Solution for the problem
  • Find the mistakes
  • Small talk practice
  • The definition
  • Lydia has small talk
  • Conversation
  • Interrupting race
  • Butting in politely
  • Practice butting in
  • Butting in practice
  • Conversation
  • Interrupting race
  • Butting in politely
  • Practice butting in
  • Butting in practice
  1. 1. Networking|Pre-Int|1. Are you ready?
  2. 2. Networking|Pre-Int|2. Opening a conversation
  3. 3. Networking|Pre-Int|3. Talking about professional
  4. 4. Networking|Pre-Int|4. Talking about personal
  5. 5. Networking|Pre-Int|5. Being a good listener
  6. 6. Networking|Pre-Int|6. Mid-course test
  7. 7. Networking|Pre-Int|7. Managing a conversation
  8. 8. Networking|Pre-Int|8. To discuss or not to discuss?
  9. 9. Networking|Pre-Int|9. Dealing with bad networking
  10. 10. Networking|Pre-Int|10. Following up
  11. 11. Networking|Pre-Int|11. Using social networks
  12. 12. Networking|Pre-Int|12. Final Quiz