BEP 73 ADV (Transcript & Exercises) – Idioms: Business is War (Part 1)

Business and war. War and business. It’s no accident that many business strategies and management techniques were first developed in the military. Actually, it’s quite natural that we think about business competition in terms of war. Companies fight each other for market share. We strategize about how to win the battle. You try to attack my market position, and I defend it. Business is full of such war idioms. Though it’s not the only way we think about business, it is certainly the main way we talk about it. Therefore, to communicate effectively in a business environment, we need to learn these war idioms.

That’s what we’ll be doing in this two-part series. In today’s dialog, the management at Luminex, a producer of LCD TVs, is discussing how to respond to a attack on their market position by a competitor, Meyers. Traditionally, Meyers has been strong in the premium (high value) market and Luminex has been strong in the mid-range market. Recently, however, Meyers has tried to take mid-range market share from Luminex.

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Study Notes

Phrases & Practice
BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Quiz

BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Gap-fill

BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Dialog & Vocabulary

BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Language 1

BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Language 2

BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Language 3

BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War 1 – Flashcards


Listening Questions: BEP 73 ADV – Idioms: Business is War (Part 1)

1) The first two speakers talk about “always being on the defensive” and “taking way too much flak.” What do they mean and what do they propose doing?

2) How does Jane’s point of view differ from the first two speakers?

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