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VOA慢速[词汇典故]商业活动中使用的短语

2015-03-12    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.

There are many special terms in the world of business.

The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week.  I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit.

I had started a small company several years ago.  I worked hard to make it successful.  It was a sign-making business.  It was a small ccompay, not a blue chip company.  It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs.  It did not make millions of dollars in profits.  And it was private.  It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market.

Still, I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day -- no banker’s hours for me.   Instead I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company.  I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses.  I made many cold calls.  I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen.   Such calls were often hard sells.  I had to be very firm.

Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss.  I did not make money on my product.  When this happened, there were cut backs.  I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers.  But after several years, the company broke even.  Profits were equal to expenses.  And soon after, I began to gain ground.   My signs were selling very quickly.  They were selling like hotcakes.  I was happy.  The company was moving forward and making real progress.  It was in the black, not in the red.  The company was making money, not losing it.

My friend knew about my business.  He is a leader in the sign-making industry – a real big gun, if you know what I mean.   He offered to buy my company.  My friend wanted to take it public.  He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public.

My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot.  He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait.   He offered me a ball park estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company.  But I knew his uneducated guess was low.  My company was worth much more.  He asked his bean-counter to crunch the numbers.  That is, he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer.

My friend’s official offer was finally given to me in black and white.  It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed.  I was finally able to get a break.  I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck.  He got a successful business for the money he spent.   

This VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories, was written by Jill Moss.  I’m Faith Lapidus.

文本来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2015-01-25


这里是美国之音慢速英语词汇典故。

在商业活动中,有很多特别的短语。

下面的故事是关于我上周私下做的交易。我和一个朋友交易的并且我们都盈利了。

几年前我开了一家小公司。我努力地工作着想让它壮大。它是一个广告牌制作公司。是个小公司,不是什么蓝筹公司。没有因为广告牌的质量而享誉全国。没有上百万的利润收入。并且是私人公司。不是像上市公司那样进行股票交易的公共公司。

我仍然努力经营着我的事业。我每天只有很少的几个小时不工作-- 不像银行家的作息时间。我从来没有克扣边角或试着节省开支。我做了许多电话推销,我按照一张列表上的名字给潜在客户打电话,那些人我
从来就没见过。这样的电话推销很难做成生意,我必须坚持下去。

有时我做亏本生意。我没有在产品上赚什么钱。每当这个时候,我就只能消减了,减少供货商和工人。但几年后,公司收支平衡了。盈利和支出相等。不久后,我开始收获了。 我的广告牌很快就被卖出去。就像卖刚出炉的蛋糕一样,我很高兴。这个公司开始发展,并且比以前有了很大发展。它正在盈利不是赤字,公司在赚钱,没有亏本。

我的朋友知道了我的公司,他是广告牌工厂的领导--一个正在的大咖,如果你知道我在说什么的话。他出价买我的公司。他想让它上市,他想让公司的对外卖股票。

我朋友相信趁热打铁是最好的。他想要在可能最好的时间里行动而不是等待。他给了我一个可以收购我公司的大概的数字。但是我知道他的粗略估价很低。我的公司比这更加值钱。他让他的会计审核数据。他让他的会计仔细核对我公司的财政最后决定价值多少钱。随后我朋友调高了要价。

朋友的正式报盘是写在白纸黑字上交给我的,它是清清楚楚写在纸上的,比我想象的多很多。我最终接受了。我用公司赚了一大笔钱,我的朋友也获得了很多。他的投资给他带来了事业上的成功。
 
以上是美国之音慢速英语《词汇掌故》,由Jill Moss撰写,我是Faith Lapidus.



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