People join clubs to enjoy their hobbies, but clubs are also good places to meet new people and expand your network.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.
1. To have connections means to know various people who are in a position to help you.
She was able to find a new job very quickly because she had connections in the industry.
2. To get one’s foot in the door means to do something that may give you a chance at better opportunities in the future.
Giving your contact details to someone in the company is a way to get your foot in the door.
3. To know the right person means to know exactly who can help you in a specific situation.
It’s not difficult to find a job in this industry if you know the right person.
II. What’s your goal in life? Talk about how you plan to achieve it using the expressions above.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
foot in the door
/ fut in thuh dawr /
It’s a way to get your / fut in thuh dawr /.
/ gud tool /
Excellent communication skills are a / gud tool / for networking.
Naoki is having coffee with a German coworker.
Ah, it’s finally Friday! Do you have any plans for the weekend?
Hmm… No, not really. Back in Japan, I normally play golf on weekends, but I guess for now, I’ll just take a look around the city.
Oh, wow! You play golf?
Yeah! I’m actually a member of a golf club back home. Originally, I only signed up because my boss invited me, but I’m glad I did. There are so many benefits!
Really? Like what?
Like meeting a lot of people! I get to interact with a lot of big names in our club, and I’ve been able to build a good network through it. Now I have connections in several industries!
Yeah, it’s really good for business. Like, if you know the right person in a company, it’s as good as getting your foot in the door for future partnerships. By the way, are there clubs like that here in Germany?
Absolutely. Have you heard of FKK sports clubs? They’re pretty, uh… interesting.
Really? Cool! Are you a member?
(laughs) No, I’m not. It’s a club where people do sports naked.
FKK stands for Freikörper-Kultur [FRAHY-kuhr-puhr kool-toor], which means free body culture. FKK sports clubs do sports without any clothing because they believe that it lets people move more freely.
STEP A EXERCISE
The underlined expressions are close but not quite correct. Correct them.
ex. She knows connections in the food industry.
→ She has connections in the food industry.
- Show your portfolio to someone in the company to get the foot in a door.
- I get connections who could help us with the project.
- If you need someone to endorse your project to the management, I know a right person for the job.
STEP B EXERCISE
Complete the speech using your own information.
A huge client hired me as their wedding coordinator! I really want to plan the perfect wedding for them.
Don’t worry! You can do it with enough help. Do you have connections _____? If you know the right people, you can _____. Also, try partnering with some good caterers and suppliers. You could get your foot in the door for future opportunities if you _____.
Your friend wants to start a business, so he/she is trying to expand his/her social circle. Convince him/her to join a club to make new connections.
- have connections
- get one’s foot in the door
- know the right person
Discuss your ideas.
GETTING YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR
3GETTING YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR
I can talk about the social benefits of being in a club.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to speak logically and at length