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Speaking Skills: Pitching a product

Speaking Skills: Pitching a product

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich ask you to invest in a product they have invented. We give you an imaginary £100 million and you have to listen to Jack and Rich's sales pitches and decide which product to invest your money in. The language focus is on phrases we use in sales pitches and words connected to making money. Your task this week is to write a sales pitch for your own product. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess, too. Enjoy!

Transcript

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Opening

Jack: So, if you invest in these slippers I can promise you a 20% return on your investment in less than a year …

Rich: Are you talking to yourself again, Jack?

Jack: Oh, hi Rich. I didn’t see you there.

Rich: What are you doing?

Jack: Erm, well, actually, I have a business idea. I’m practising my sales pitch.

Rich: Sales pitch?

Jack: Pitches aren’t just for football, you know. A pitch or sales pitch is a prepared talk or speech when you try to persuade someone to buy or invest in something.

Rich: Ahh, yes, of course. So, what are you trying to sell?

Jack: Well, I’ve got an idea for a new product and I’ve actually got a prototype, too. Do you want to have a look?

Rich: Sure.

Jack: Here they are.

Rich: Slippers? I think they’ve already been invented.

Jack: Not just slippers, Rich. Here, put them on.

Rich: I see they’ve got the Arsenal badge on the front, nice.

Jack: Start walking.

Rich: OK, (crowd roar) woah! What’s that!?

Jack: Don’t stop! Walk a bit more.

(Three more crowd roars)

Rich: Lion slippers?

Jack: That’s the roar of the crowd at the Emirates. Arsenal’s stadium.

Rich: Is it really?

Jack: Now, for the best bit. Kick this ball with the top of your foot.

Rich: OK.

(crowd celebrating a goal sound)

Jack: That’s a goal being scored at the Emirates. I can have them made for different clubs, too. I just need some money to get going.

Rich: I’m not sure there’s much of a market for electronic slippers but, hey, maybe you’ll make a fortune, Jack. 

Welcome - Pitch a Product

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich

Jack: and I’m Jack

Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: What’s happening this week, Rich?

Rich: In this week’s podcast, we’re going to look at speaking skills and at the same time you’re going to learn lots of new words and phrases connected to the world of business and money.

Jack: We’re going to look at the language of sales pitches. This is the language we use when we have an idea for a product or service that we want to make money from and we need people to help us.

Rich: If you were listening carefully to the beginning of the podcast you might have heard Jack practising his sales pitch for his new type of slipper.

Jack: You might have heard me saying things like ‘if you invest in’, ‘I promise you’, and ‘a 20% return on your investment’.

Rich: This is the type of language we are going to look at, but we’ll forget about Jack’s slipper idea.

Jack: Awww! I thought it was great. OK, I have loads of other ideas anyway.

Rich: Good because our listeners are going to hear two roleplays. My sales pitch and your sales pitch. They are going to decide which is best.

Jack: And the task for you, our listeners, is to make your own sales pitch for your own product idea.

Rich: Don’t forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have this week’s football phrase for you to guess, too.

Topic Focus - Sales Pitches

Rich: In this section, you are going to listen to two sales pitches. We want you to imagine that you are a very rich business person and have one million pounds to invest in one of our products.

Jack: It’s a bit like a TV programme called Dragon’s Den we have in the UK, where normal people pitch their business ideas and products to a panel of rich investors or ‘dragons’.

Rich: It’s a programme that is shown in other countries, too, but they're not always dragons. In some countries, the investors are called sharks, tigers or lions!

Jack: Remember you have one million to invest and you have to invest - you can’t keep the imaginary money!

Rich: We want you to decide who you will give your money to. 

Jack: Let us know who you would invest in and your reasons in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

Sales Pitch 1

Rich: Jack - you have one minute to give your sales pitch. Go!

Jack: Hello everybody. I’m here today because I want to give you the opportunity to invest in a new type of bracelet. It’s an exciting new product called the smart bracelet. Ever forgot your phone and wanted to check the football results or watch some match highlights? Well, now you can - on your arm!  It looks like a normal plastic or rubber unisex bracelet that everybody can wear with one fundamental difference: it will be one of the most powerful smartphones available on the market. 

The smart bracelet will contain all the same hardware and features that you can find in today’s super powerful smartphones, but on a much smaller scale; allowing everything to be safely contained within the bracelet. The only feature outside of the bracelet is a small projector which allows the screen to be projected onto the wearer’s wrist. All the normal functions of your current smartphone can be accessed right there at the bottom of your arm. There will be no need to ever take it off as it is 100% waterproof and operates solely on solar power. This means you will no longer have to worry about losing your phone or missing the football as everything will be right there - a part of you.

I’m confident the smart bracelet is going to be a huge success and for that reason, I’m looking for multiple investors and will offer 5% equity in my company for each million pounds of investment. What are you waiting for? Any questions?

Rich: I like it. What is your target market? Who are your customers?

Jack: Good question. That’s the beauty of this product. It’s for everyone, all ages and both sexes. However, we have done some market research and this type of bracelet is currently most commonly worn by young people between 15 and 25.

Sales Pitch 2

Jack: Rich - you have one minute to give your sales pitch. Go!

Rich: Hi there everyone. I’m here today to offer you something that is too good to turn down. My idea is something that will not only change the world for the better but will make you money at the same time. 
This ground-breaking new product will be a great addition to the field of sustainable energy in a competitive market that is currently offering potential investors great returns. I am giving you the chance to invest in energy generating steps. 

The idea is very simple. The steps use something called electromagnetic induction to create electricity; every time a person steps on one of the steps, energy and electricity is created in a completely sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. The steps will be placed in areas with high footfall such as shopping centres and football stadiums.

Following the initial installation costs, there are minimal costs involved in the upkeep and transferring the created energy to the main electricity grid. 

Our team have a strong track record in the field of sustainable energy and we already have backing from investors and are now looking for additional resources. We are convinced that electromagnetic energy will be the next breakthrough product in the field of sustainable energy and are asking you to join us on our journey.

Any investor willing to invest up to £100,000 will be offered 10% of any profits on the first million made by the company every year.

Any questions?

Jack: Great idea. Do you have any competitors?

Rich: That’s a great question. The system that we will be installing in football stadiums has been created by us and has been patented so no other company can copy the system. At present, the only competitors are in other forms of green energy such as solar and wind power.

Rich: Right, so there are your sales pitches. Remember you have a million pounds to invest in one of these products. Tell us how much you are going to invest and why you want to invest in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Language Focus 1 - Sales Pitches

Rich: The most important thing in a sales pitch is to be concise and persuasive. You need to be clear and not talk too much. 

Jack: At the same time, you need to persuade people to buy your product or convince people to invest in your idea.

Rich: Let’s start by looking at some phrases that are often used in sales pitches. Jack began his sales pitch with ‘I want to give you the opportunity to invest in a new type of bracelet’.

Jack: And Rich began with ‘I’m here today to offer you something that is too good to turn down’.

Rich: This is a common technique. We’re not just selling something to a buyer or investor. We are giving investors a chance or opportunity.

Jack: Sales pitches are often filled with adjectives that describe a service as exciting, new or ground-breaking. Rich said; ‘this fantastic new product’.

Rich: And Jack said, ‘an exciting new product’. You also need to show confidence in your product and your team in a sales pitch. Jack said ‘I’m confident that the bracelet will be a huge success’.

Jack: And Rich said, ‘we are convinced that electromagnetic energy will be the next breakthrough product’. ‘Convinced' is used to show great belief in something and to persuade others that something is true’.

Rich: I also said that we have ‘a strong track record in sustainable energy’. A strong track record means a large amount of experience and good performance in an area.

Jack: Rich also said that his team ‘already had the backing of investors’. This means support and usually means financial support from investors.

Rich: Finally, one final phrase that you often hear in sales pitches is not only.

Jack: Rich said, ‘my idea will not only make the world a better place but also make you money’.

Rich: This is a common technique to add emphasis when you’re listing things or adding additional things to a list.

Language Focus 2 - Words connected to investing in business

Jack: In the roleplay, we also used a lot of words connected to money and investing in something.

Rich: Let’s start with the verb to invest, which means to put money into something like a bank or a project. The key preposition is ‘in’ because we invest in something. Jack said, ‘I want to give you the opportunity to invest in a new type of bracelet’.

Jack: We can also talk about an investment; something might be a good or a bad investment and we might decide to make an investment. If we make an investment, we become an investor.

Rich: ‘The market’ or ‘on the market’ is a common word and phrase when we are talking about money and opportunities to invest in something.

Jack: I said, the smart bracelet will be ‘one of the most powerful smartphones on the market’.

Rich: ‘On the market’ means available to buy or available for sale. I also said that ‘sustainable energy is a competitive market’.

Jack: Here ‘market’ means the business or trade in sustainable energy. You might also hear people talk about the ‘stock market’, the ‘job market or the ‘market in mobile phones’.

Rich: At the beginning of the podcast you might have heard me say to Jack ‘I’m not sure there’s much of a market for electronic slippers!’

Jack: Here the ‘market’ is the people who would want to buy a product. It is often followed by the preposition ‘for’. There is a huge market for mobile phones in the world today; the market for electronic Arsenal slippers is ... er ... less clear.

Rich: At the end of our sales pitches, both of us made an offer to potential investors and we used the words ‘profit’ and ‘equity’.

Jack: I said I would offer investors five per cent equity in the company. This means that the investor would own five per cent of the company.

Rich: We could also offer a five per cent stake in a company which would mean the same thing.

Jack: Rich offered 10% of any profits made by the company. Profit is the money made by a company after all its costs such as employees, materials and rent have been paid.

Rich: Companies make a profit or make a loss depending on their success.

Jack: If you want to test your knowledge of some of the words and phrases we used in this podcast, take a look at the activities on the Premier Skills English website page under this podcast.

Task 

Rich: Your task this week is to write a short sales pitch.

Jack: We are going to give you three options to make it a bit easier for you. You can either write a sales pitch for one of two products we describe to you or think of your own idea.

Rich: When you write your sales pitch you need to write concisely, you need to try to persuade potential investors and you need to make a financial offer to investors.

Jack: Product number one: Football gloves and ball which use powerful magnetic energy. Impress your friends with your goalkeeping skills. Your friends will shoot and the ball will ‘magically’ be attracted to the gloves.

Rich: Product number two: Robot assistant referee: A robot with built-in cameras and all the latest technology. There will never be an incorrect offside decision with these robots and decisions will always be made immediately so no need for VAR.

Jack: Product number three: Invent your own product and write a sales pitch. Your product doesn’t need to be connected to the football.

Rich: Write your sales pitches in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Jack: And reply to other listeners by asking questions about their products and saying whether you would invest or not.

Football Phrase

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week? 

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football phrase. The phrase was waterlogged pitch which is a football pitch with too much water on the playing area. 

Rich: Well done to Lakerwang from China, Rafael Robson from Brazil, Milos from Serbia, Ahmed Adam from Sudan, Liubomyr and Saanoleg from Ukraine. You got the answer right. What’s this week’s phrase, Jack?

Jack: This week’s football phrase is just a word, well, it’s hyphenated so it’s kind of like two words. The word is ***-*****. These are things like free-kicks and corners. You often hear people say a team is strong on ***-****** if they score a lot of goals from corners and free-kicks and don’t score that many goals in open play.

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your sales pitches in the comments section below.

Jack: And make a guess at our football phrase. Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. Do you know the words in bold?

I’ve got an idea for a new product and I’ve got a prototype, too.

I just need some money to get going.

The system is created in a completely sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

There were a few more tricky words and phrases in the podcast. Do you know what they all mean? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words. This can really help your understanding.

Activity 1

Activity 1: In this activity, try to match the words and phrases to their definitions. All of the words were in this week's podcast.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Jack's sales pitch involves bracelets like these being transformed into powerful smartphones.

Language

Sales Pitches

In the podcast, Jack and Rich gave two sales pitches. A sales pitch is a prepared talk or speech when you try to persuade someone to buy or invest in something. They said that the two most important things in sales pitches are to be concise (short and clear) and persuasive. Let's look at some phrases that they used in the podcast which will help you create your own sales pitch at the end of this lesson.

Starting a sales pitch:

When we want someone to buy or invest in something we usually emphasise that they will be getting some positive out of the investment. Look at these examples from the podcast:

I want to give you the opportunity to invest in a new type of bracelet.

I’m here today to offer you something that is too good to turn down.

Positive adjectives:

Sales pitches are always positive and usually include strong adjectives to show this:

This ground-breaking new project ...

It will be a huge success.

Showing confidence:

When giving a sales pitch, people also show confidence in their product and their team:

We are convinced that electromagnetic energy will be the next breakthrough product.

We have a strong track record in sustainable energy.

The project already has the backing of a group of investors.

Listing things:

It's also common to list positive things for potential investors to emphasise things. This is often done by using the phrase 'not only':

My idea will not only make the world a better place but also make you money.

Not only can also be moved to the beginning of a sentence for extra emphasis:

Not only will my idea make the world a better place but also make you money.

Take a look at the following activity. Can you choose the right word?

Activity 2

Activity 2: In this activity, try to remember some of the words connected to sales pitches that Jack and Rich introduced in the podcast.
Can you write the correct word?

Rich's sales pitch is about steps that generate electricity when people climb them.

Vocabulary

Investing Money

In the podcast, Jack and Rich were asking people to invest money in their ideas. Look at these sentences and see how the word 'invest' is used:

We're looking people to invest in this fantastic new project.

We're looking for investors who will invest up to £100,000.

If you make an investment we can promise great returns on your investment.

Another word that was used in different ways was 'market' Look at these sentences and see how the word 'invest' is used::

The smart bracelet will be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market.

Sustainable energy is a competitive market.

There is a huge market for mobile phones in the world today; the market for electronic Arsenal slippers isn't as clear.

What is your target market?

Take a look at the next activity. Can you choose the right words for each gap?

Activity 3

Activity 3: In this activity check your understanding of vocabulary connected to investing money.
Can you complete the sentences with the right word?

Have you ever seen gloves like these?

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Task

Pitch a Product

This week's task is to write a short sales pitch. You can write a 'pitch' for one of these three products: 

  1. Product 1: Football gloves and ball which use powerful magnetic energy. Impress your friends with your goalkeeping skills. Your friends will shoot and the ball will ‘magically’ be attracted to the gloves.
  2. Product 2: Robot assistant referee: A robot with built-in cameras and all the latest technology. There will never be an incorrect offside decision with these robots and decisions will always be made immediately, so no need for VAR.
  3. Product 3: Invent your own product and write a sales pitch. Your product doesn’t need to be connected to the football.

Read other 'pitches' and ask questions about the products and say if you would invest or not. 

Don't forget to say if you would invest your money in Rich's product or Jack's product and make a guess at this week's football phrase. Write all your answers in the comments section below.

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sabanoleg
26/09/2018
UA
1983
points

This week's phrase is"***-*****"


sabanoleg
26/09/2018 07:51
Ukraine
Arsenal
1983

This week's phrase is"***-*****"

milos
26/09/2018
RS
1899
points

Welcome everybody,today I want to show you a new project.The project is called Robot assistant referee.This is revolutionary new project which is going to have huge impact on the football game.In the robot will be built-in cameras and all the latest technology.This will be big help for referee when they have to make decisions.
I'am looking people to invest in this fantastic new project.If you make an investment I can promise great returns on your investment.I would like to say that.
I will offer 10% equity in my company for each million pounds of investment.


milos
26/09/2018 07:47
Serbia
Manchester United
1899

Welcome everybody,today I want to show you a new project.The project is called Robot assistant referee.This is revolutionary new project which is going to have huge impact on the football game.In the robot will be built-in cameras and all the latest technology.This will be big help for referee when they have to make decisions.
I'am looking people to invest in this fantastic new project.If you make an investment I can promise great returns on your investment.I would like to say that.
I will offer 10% equity in my company for each million pounds of investment.

Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Milos,

I think this is the best comment (in terms of your English level) that you have made on the Premier Skills English website. You use a lot of the language we used in the podcast and some of your own. Well done! 

These phrases were all used really well: revolutionary, huge impact, latest technology, make an investment, great returns, equity etc.

The only error I can find is with articles. 'a huge impact' and 'a big help'.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 


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Rich
03/10/2018 08:16
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Milos,

I think this is the best comment (in terms of your English level) that you have made on the Premier Skills English website. You use a lot of the language we used in the podcast and some of your own. Well done! 

These phrases were all used really well: revolutionary, huge impact, latest technology, make an investment, great returns, equity etc.

The only error I can find is with articles. 'a huge impact' and 'a big help'.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team 

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acicala
25/09/2018
ES
935
points

Welcome, everybody. Today we want to show you our newest and more original product. It's much more than a toy. All our children will want to have one of them. And maybe we will too. Our ground-breaking football gloves use magnetic energy to attract our particular ball. It's almost magical. You mustn't miss this investment opportunity. But this isn't all, in addition to gloves and ball, we are already developping magnetic sneakers too. Playing football will be so easy!
We're 100% confident our products are going to be a huge success and, as a result, our investors duplicate their investments in a couple of years. The minimal investment will be only £100,000. Don't think twice!

I hope you liked my sales pitch.

I liked this week's podcast very much. Congratulations!

I think this week’s football phrase is “***-*****”.


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acicala
25/09/2018 16:53
Spain
Chelsea
935

Welcome, everybody. Today we want to show you our newest and more original product. It's much more than a toy. All our children will want to have one of them. And maybe we will too. Our ground-breaking football gloves use magnetic energy to attract our particular ball. It's almost magical. You mustn't miss this investment opportunity. But this isn't all, in addition to gloves and ball, we are already developping magnetic sneakers too. Playing football will be so easy!
We're 100% confident our products are going to be a huge success and, as a result, our investors duplicate their investments in a couple of years. The minimal investment will be only £100,000. Don't think twice!

I hope you liked my sales pitch.

I liked this week's podcast very much. Congratulations!

I think this week’s football phrase is “***-*****”.

Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018
ES
370
points

A great pitch, Acicala! I was wondering if I'd be able to buy them on Amazon.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018 08:18
Spain
Liverpool
370

A great pitch, Acicala! I was wondering if I'd be able to buy them on Amazon.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
01/10/2018
SD
2853
points

The investors will duplicate their investments in a couple of years, that sounds mouthwatering! I think this is by far the best offer available here. Sorry guys, I really want to invest in this product!


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
01/10/2018 15:44
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

The investors will duplicate their investments in a couple of years, that sounds mouthwatering! I think this is by far the best offer available here. Sorry guys, I really want to invest in this product!

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kwesimanifest
25/09/2018
GH
4662
points

This week's phrase is ***-*****


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/09/2018 11:55
Ghana
Manchester United
4662

This week's phrase is ***-*****

lakerwang
25/09/2018
CN
249
points

I like the idea about the smart bracelet. It would be better if the bracelet could project the holographic screen to the space above.
The football phrase is "*** - *****"


lakerwang
25/09/2018 07:11
China
Chelsea
249

I like the idea about the smart bracelet. It would be better if the bracelet could project the holographic screen to the space above.
The football phrase is "*** - *****"

Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018
ES
370
points

But, how would you press the buttons?


Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018 08:19
Spain
Liverpool
370

But, how would you press the buttons?

Zaid
23/09/2018
IN
63
points

This week's football phrase - ***-*****.


Zaid
23/09/2018 19:08
India
Manchester United
63

This week's football phrase - ***-*****.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
23/09/2018
SD
2853
points

Oh! I almost forgot to have a guess at the football phrase, it's '*** ******'. England and France showed that they're very strong teams on '*** ******' at the last World Cup in Russia. One football club that have proved themselves as '*** ******' especialists, are Atletico Madrid, especially on corners.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
23/09/2018 18:28
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Oh! I almost forgot to have a guess at the football phrase, it's '*** ******'. England and France showed that they're very strong teams on '*** ******' at the last World Cup in Russia. One football club that have proved themselves as '*** ******' especialists, are Atletico Madrid, especially on corners.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
23/09/2018
SD
2853
points

Correct me.

You guys have made it difficult for me to choose one from those cutting-edge products. They're both brilliant and they promise to be hugely successful. I'm in a dilemma! To make things easier, let me make a simple comparison between them to ensure which one is going to bag me huge sums of money more than the other.

First, the term 'smart bracelet' itself is even more striking. These days people are obsessed with smart devices and since the bracelet would contain all super powerful smartphone features, then people would be curious to purchase the jaw-droping product with their eyes shut! From, children, to adults, to old people; the target market of this product is an absolutely huge one. And let's not forget that there would be no upkeep costs in comparison to the electricity generating steps and that's good for the customer. One more thing, the braclet works solely on solar power, so no battery charing complains. Now this project looks more encouraging to invest in!

Like many sustainable energy resources, the electricity generating steps are not reliable. When there's no footfall, no electricity will be generated, still some people would buy the product, but not so many customers would be attracted. The maintenance costs should also be taken into consideration as it's not a fixed cost, here a number of people would be quite hesitant to purchase the product. And more importantly, for me as an investor, the competitiveness of the sustainable energy market would be a crucial factor, that's why I've thought twice before gambling. I deem this project is a little bit more risky.

As I said, the two products are really exciting and could succefully be carried out on the ground. However, for someone like me who's willing to make huge profits in a short space of time, I believe the smart bracelet would guarantee that more products will be sold, which in turn means more money would be pocketed. Jack, you've got the backing of another dragon!


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
23/09/2018 11:48
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Correct me.

You guys have made it difficult for me to choose one from those cutting-edge products. They're both brilliant and they promise to be hugely successful. I'm in a dilemma! To make things easier, let me make a simple comparison between them to ensure which one is going to bag me huge sums of money more than the other.

First, the term 'smart bracelet' itself is even more striking. These days people are obsessed with smart devices and since the bracelet would contain all super powerful smartphone features, then people would be curious to purchase the jaw-droping product with their eyes shut! From, children, to adults, to old people; the target market of this product is an absolutely huge one. And let's not forget that there would be no upkeep costs in comparison to the electricity generating steps and that's good for the customer. One more thing, the braclet works solely on solar power, so no battery charing complains. Now this project looks more encouraging to invest in!

Like many sustainable energy resources, the electricity generating steps are not reliable. When there's no footfall, no electricity will be generated, still some people would buy the product, but not so many customers would be attracted. The maintenance costs should also be taken into consideration as it's not a fixed cost, here a number of people would be quite hesitant to purchase the product. And more importantly, for me as an investor, the competitiveness of the sustainable energy market would be a crucial factor, that's why I've thought twice before gambling. I deem this project is a little bit more risky.

As I said, the two products are really exciting and could succefully be carried out on the ground. However, for someone like me who's willing to make huge profits in a short space of time, I believe the smart bracelet would guarantee that more products will be sold, which in turn means more money would be pocketed. Jack, you've got the backing of another dragon!

Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Ahmed Adam,

For a change, I wanted to highlight your good work in this comment. I've highlighted, in green, some of the bits of language that I really enjoyed seeing. These were used really well and is really high-level stuff. Well done!

If others read this comment they can also look at the highlighted language and learn from it, too!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018 08:35
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Ahmed Adam,

For a change, I wanted to highlight your good work in this comment. I've highlighted, in green, some of the bits of language that I really enjoyed seeing. These were used really well and is really high-level stuff. Well done!

If others read this comment they can also look at the highlighted language and learn from it, too!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
04/10/2018
SD
2853
points

Muchas Gracias mister.

You know, when I saw many words in green, I thought a lot of work had to be done, but then I read your comment and I was really surprised! That's a wonderful gesture teacher, Rich!

And it means that I've benefited a lot since joining PSE.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
04/10/2018 07:34
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Muchas Gracias mister.

You know, when I saw many words in green, I thought a lot of work had to be done, but then I read your comment and I was really surprised! That's a wonderful gesture teacher, Rich!

And it means that I've benefited a lot since joining PSE.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
21/09/2018
SD
2853
points

Correct me.

Today I’m offering you something that is too good to turn down. My idea is something that will not only make you look attractive but will make you monitor, therefore enhance your body performance at the same time. The ground-breaking product is called AAM Super-Powerful ring. It's a multifunctional silver ring that everybody can wear with one fundamental difference: it has an absolutely tiny built-in electronic chip that's connected to your smartphone screen through ♦ wireless connection.

The marvellous ring will contain three units. A unit that measures your blood pressure and your heart's pulse-rate and tells you specifically what to do to have them back at the normal conditions. Second, it has a unit which monitors the levels of all nutrients within your body, then informs you which ones you need to consume more or to immediately cut down on. It also comes with a unit that automatically detects alien organisms invading your body such as bacteria and viruses and provides you with information about these unwelcomed colonies, then appropriate first aid. From now on, no heart attacks, no weight put-on and no virus or bacteria go undetected! There will be no need to ever take it off as it is 100% waterproof and operates solely by skin contact.

I’m convinced that the AAM Super-Powerful Ring is going to be a huge success, for that reason, I’m looking for investors willing to invest up to 100,000 SDG. They'll be offered 8% profits for any 1K SDG of investment. Any questions?


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
21/09/2018 21:23
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Correct me.

Today I’m offering you something that is too good to turn down. My idea is something that will not only make you look attractive but will make you monitor, therefore enhance your body performance at the same time. The ground-breaking product is called AAM Super-Powerful ring. It's a multifunctional silver ring that everybody can wear with one fundamental difference: it has an absolutely tiny built-in electronic chip that's connected to your smartphone screen through ♦ wireless connection.

The marvellous ring will contain three units. A unit that measures your blood pressure and your heart's pulse-rate and tells you specifically what to do to have them back at the normal conditions. Second, it has a unit which monitors the levels of all nutrients within your body, then informs you which ones you need to consume more or to immediately cut down on. It also comes with a unit that automatically detects alien organisms invading your body such as bacteria and viruses and provides you with information about these unwelcomed colonies, then appropriate first aid. From now on, no heart attacks, no weight put-on and no virus or bacteria go undetected! There will be no need to ever take it off as it is 100% waterproof and operates solely by skin contact.

I’m convinced that the AAM Super-Powerful Ring is going to be a huge success, for that reason, I’m looking for investors willing to invest up to 100,000 SDG. They'll be offered 8% profits for any 1K SDG of investment. Any questions?

Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Ahmed Adam,

Can you have a look at the items in red and try to correct them?

I'm presuming AAM stands for Ahmed  Adam Mamado :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018 08:24
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Ahmed Adam,

Can you have a look at the items in red and try to correct them?

I'm presuming AAM stands for Ahmed  Adam Mamado :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
04/10/2018
SD
2853
points

Oh! I forgot something, through (the) wireless connection.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
04/10/2018 07:38
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Oh! I forgot something, through (the) wireless connection.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
04/10/2018
SD
2853
points

Thanks ever so much teacher, Rich.

Now here are my corrections.
1- let
2- our
3- get
4- on/in
5- I want to say it just works when you wear it.
6- each
Please, let me know if I'm wrong.

And yup, you're spot on. It stands for my name!


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
04/10/2018 07:18
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Thanks ever so much teacher, Rich.

Now here are my corrections.
1- let
2- our
3- get
4- on/in
5- I want to say it just works when you wear it.
6- each
Please, let me know if I'm wrong.

And yup, you're spot on. It stands for my name!

elghoul's picture
elghoul
21/09/2018
DZ
2912
points

Football phrase, *** *****.

My sales pitch :

We are convinced that automaticaly driven cars are the great solution both middle class men and women in the next ten years.

Using them daily for travelling  to and from their work place would not only spare the time spent travelling but also can prevent from overloaded urban traffick.

It is a competitive market which needs investors. We can afford a ten per cent profit each year for over one million pound investment invested in. We can promise returns beginning 2019 January  thirty .

The underground steps which is Rich idea seems the best project.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
21/09/2018 15:34
Algeria
Manchester City
2912

Football phrase, *** *****.

My sales pitch :

We are convinced that automaticaly driven cars are the great solution both middle class men and women in the next ten years.

Using them daily for travelling  to and from their work place would not only spare the time spent travelling but also can prevent from overloaded urban traffick.

It is a competitive market which needs investors. We can afford a ten per cent profit each year for over one million pound investment invested in. We can promise returns beginning 2019 January  thirty .

The underground steps which is Rich idea seems the best project.

Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018
ES
370
points

Thanks for investing in my idea, Elghoul!


Rich's picture
Rich
03/10/2018 08:25
Spain
Liverpool
370

Thanks for investing in my idea, Elghoul!

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
21/09/2018
UA
3131
points

Correct me.
I’m here today to offer you something that could change the world of football forever. I’m proud to announce an artificial intelligence (AI) referee created by the team of the best software engineers in the world. Our AI-referee captures all available video from all ♦ cameras at the stadium and, by means of the ♦ state of the art algorithms, allows creating (noun phrase) a 3D picture of what is happening at every part of the football pitch. Using this 3D picture our AI-referee makes a decision in a split second and announces it to the public through the scoreboard and audio signals. Our AI-referee works as an artificial neural network, which means that it has "learnt" the rules of the game by “watching” and analyzing of millions of hours of the football games from all over the world. Instant decision making and 99,97% accuracy in its decisions makes our AI-referee the best replacement for a traditional referee. And that’s not all. The 3D picture allows any football fan to enjoy the participation effect by using their virtual reality headset to be virtually placed at any part of the pitch. For example, they may experience to be a goalkeeper in a football pitch, or a team’s manager. And all that in live action!
Our market is every professional football league and every football stadium in the world! We need to raise additional money for the promotion of our product and to go through the FIFA certification procedure which ♦ turned out to be very expensive. So we are happy to announce that we start round A of investments in a fortnight. Our main target is a venture capital but everybody could participate by buying preferred shares of our company for the price of 1.14 Euro per share. 1m share in total would be issued in round A to increase ♦ company’s capital by 7 percent.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
21/09/2018 15:24
Ukraine
Watford
3131

Correct me.
I’m here today to offer you something that could change the world of football forever. I’m proud to announce an artificial intelligence (AI) referee created by the team of the best software engineers in the world. Our AI-referee captures all available video from all ♦ cameras at the stadium and, by means of the ♦ state of the art algorithms, allows creating (noun phrase) a 3D picture of what is happening at every part of the football pitch. Using this 3D picture our AI-referee makes a decision in a split second and announces it to the public through the scoreboard and audio signals. Our AI-referee works as an artificial neural network, which means that it has "learnt" the rules of the game by “watching” and analyzing of millions of hours of the football games from all over the world. Instant decision making and 99,97% accuracy in its decisions makes our AI-referee the best replacement for a traditional referee. And that’s not all. The 3D picture allows any football fan to enjoy the participation effect by using their virtual reality headset to be virtually placed at any part of the pitch. For example, they may experience to be a goalkeeper in a football pitch, or a team’s manager. And all that in live action!
Our market is every professional football league and every football stadium in the world! We need to raise additional money for the promotion of our product and to go through the FIFA certification procedure which ♦ turned out to be very expensive. So we are happy to announce that we start round A of investments in a fortnight. Our main target is a venture capital but everybody could participate by buying preferred shares of our company for the price of 1.14 Euro per share. 1m share in total would be issued in round A to increase ♦ company’s capital by 7 percent.

Rich's picture
Rich
24/09/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Liubomyr,

 A very interesting product and an enticing offer. I might invest myself!

Take a look at my corrections in your message and see if you can add words where I've inserted the ♦ symbol and correct the words in red.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
24/09/2018 17:24
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Liubomyr,

 A very interesting product and an enticing offer. I might invest myself!

Take a look at my corrections in your message and see if you can add words where I've inserted the ♦ symbol and correct the words in red.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
26/09/2018
UA
3131
points

Thank you for your help, Rich. Some issues are difficult to me, I shall think a lot what words to insert instead of ♦ and it will take me some time.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
26/09/2018 12:44
Ukraine
Watford
3131

Thank you for your help, Rich. Some issues are difficult to me, I shall think a lot what words to insert instead of ♦ and it will take me some time.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
23/09/2018
SD
2853
points

Honestly, I wanted to invest in this product but then I thought about the competitiveness of this market as many people would want to invest in it. However, your (AI) Referee really attracted me. 99,97%? Wow! What an accuracy level you've achieved! This robot is going to change the game completely. list me as a shark willing to invest in this product. I'm sick and tired of incorrect decisions made by the man in the middle!

It'd be really exciting to try the 'participation effect'. I would definitely want to see myself sent one-on-one with Man United's DDG in a match involving Liverpool and the Red Devils, and how I woud fire home between his legs!

Please, let me know how much profit would I make if I invested up to 50,000€ in the (AI) Referee? And one more question, have you got a prototype?


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
23/09/2018 18:12
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Honestly, I wanted to invest in this product but then I thought about the competitiveness of this market as many people would want to invest in it. However, your (AI) Referee really attracted me. 99,97%? Wow! What an accuracy level you've achieved! This robot is going to change the game completely. list me as a shark willing to invest in this product. I'm sick and tired of incorrect decisions made by the man in the middle!

It'd be really exciting to try the 'participation effect'. I would definitely want to see myself sent one-on-one with Man United's DDG in a match involving Liverpool and the Red Devils, and how I woud fire home between his legs!

Please, let me know how much profit would I make if I invested up to 50,000€ in the (AI) Referee? And one more question, have you got a prototype?

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
26/09/2018
UA
3131
points

Thank you for your feedback, Ahmed Adam Mamado.
The expectable profit distribution among the stakeholders for the first year is 5% since we are going to reinvest most of the profit, for next years it shall increase up to 12%.
Yes, there is a working prototype which is going through the certification procedures at the moment.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
26/09/2018 12:41
Ukraine
Watford
3131

Thank you for your feedback, Ahmed Adam Mamado.
The expectable profit distribution among the stakeholders for the first year is 5% since we are going to reinvest most of the profit, for next years it shall increase up to 12%.
Yes, there is a working prototype which is going through the certification procedures at the moment.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
01/10/2018
SD
2853
points

That's good news. Money has now been paid. Done!


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
01/10/2018 15:34
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

That's good news. Money has now been paid. Done!

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
21/09/2018
UA
3131
points

The word is a '***-*****'.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
21/09/2018 13:35
Ukraine
Watford
3131

The word is a '***-*****'.

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Language: Phrases we use in sales pitches

Language: Words connected to investing money

Task: Write a sales pitch for a product you want to sell