English at Work – Episode 53 : Help! We need somebody

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English at Work – Episode 53 : Help! We need somebody

 

 

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?Tom: Has anyone seen the stapler

.Anna: I can’t find any pens

.Tom: Oh, here it is

?Paul: Will someone answer that phone

Narrator: Hello again and welcome back to English at Work. The offices of Tip Top Trading have become chaotic since Denise left and just at a time when things are getting busy. How is everyone going to cope? Let’s find out

.Tom: (Answering phone) Hello. Yes? It is. We’re very busy so call back later. Bye

.Anna: That was a bit rude Tom

.Tom: Well we’re too busy to be nice

Narrator: Hmm. Not a good attitude Tom. Even when you are busy at work it’s important to be polite on the phone. It could be a potential customer. Anna, I think you’re going to have to remind Tom about this

.Anna: Yes, I think so

Narrator: If things are busy in the office you could say to someone on the phone ‘we’re a bit busy at the moment, could I take your name and number and we’ll call you back’ and, ‘when would be a convenient time to call you?’ or if the caller wants to speak to someone specific you could say could I take a message please and I’ll make sure he or she calls you back

.Anna: That’s useful. (Phone rings) Oh there goes the phone again

.Paul: Anna, could you get that please? I’ve got a mouthful of biscuit. Thanks

Anna: Sure Paul. (Answers phone) Hello? Tip Top Trading… yes, that’s right… but things are a bit busy at the moment. Could I take your name and number and I’ll call you back as soon as I can… oh hold on, has anyone got a pen

Tom: I think we’ve run out. Denise usually orders them. Here, use my souvenir pen I bought in Italy, you see it changes colour if you hold it up to the light

.Anna: Thanks. Oh no! There’s no paper to write it on

.Tom: Here, write it on my hand

Anna: OK. Hold still. 7-4-9-0-5-6-8. Thanks for your patience, when is a good time to call you back? … OK… 3 o’clock… I’ll call you then. Goodbye

.Tom: Sounds important

Anna: Possibly. (Phone rings) Oh not again! (Answers phone) Hello, Tip Top Trading, Anna speaking… I see… Well he doesn’t seem to be here at the moment… can I take a message and I’ll get him to call you back. (Whispering) Tom, I need your other hand to write on… keep still. (To caller) OK, what’s the message? … Yes, call Bob about the lemons on 8-0-9-5-2-4. OK, I’ll pass that on. Thanks. Bye

Tom: Goodness. It’s been crazy here since Denise left. Look we’ve even run out of teabags. I’ll go and get some, shall I

?Paul: Hold on Tom. Has that invoice for Tutti Fruity been sent out yet

.Tom: I dunno. Denise usually sends out the paperwork

!Anna: I wish Denise was here

Narrator: So do we all! It sounds like chaos in the office but however hectic things can get, remember to remain professional when answering the phone. Here’s a reminder of some of the phrases you could use

.We’re a bit busy at the moment, could I take your name and number and we’ll call you back
?When would be a convenient time to call you
.Could I take a message please and I’ll make sure he or she calls you back

Anna: Ah there you are, Tom, you’ve been a long time. I need to give Paul that important message I wrote on your hand

.Tom: Ah… yes… it’s a bit tricky. You see, I went to the toilet and then I… washed my hands

?Anna: Oh no, you’ve washed the messages off! What are we going to do now

(Phone rings)

?Tom: Erm… I’ll get that, shall I

.Anna: We can’t carry on like this

Narrator: No you can’t! Has Anna lost the numbers of two potential clients? Can the company carry on like this? It certainly looks like it could do with another pair of hands. What will happen next? Join us again next time for English at Work. Bye

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