CommDao Speak Easy Podcast 12

Here’s some great new conversational vocabulary to add to your arsenal: small talk about your job.

Remember: 1) You can download the audio 2) You can adjust the speed

Opening Dialogue

Jon: Hey, how’s the new gig?

Harry: Ah, not too shabby. Only a couple weeks in– I’m still feeling things out.

Jon: Yeah? Any surprises?

Harry: Not really. To tell you the truth, my mind’s been on vacation.

Jon: What? Already? Didn’t you just start?

Harry: Hear me out. Me and my girl’s 10 year anniversary is coming up. I want to be upfront with my boss about taking time off, but I’m just starting. So I’ve been holding off.

Jon: So when do you think you’re going to ask?

Harry: In about 5 minutes…

Key Phrases

gig (noun)

job, work

Example: She got a new gig as a recruiter. = She got new work as a recruiter.

  •  Note: same spelling and pronunciation as the “gig” that means computer space

to feel things out (verb)

to reserve your opinion until you spend more time with something

Example: I’m still feeling things out in Boston.= I can’t really share my opinion about Boston until I spend more time here.

to be upfront (verb)

to be honest/direct

Example: He wasn’t upfront about being divorced. = He didn’t tell people he was divorced.

to hold off (verb)

to wait until later

Example: Let’s hold off on traveling until I save more money. = Let’s wait until I save more money before traveling.


 Take 2

“Not too shabby”

  • Not bad
  • Pretty good
  • It’s aite

Oh, Faux Pas

Establish rapport with colleagues and supervisors sooner than later. This way, it’ll be less awkward when you need to make a request.


Special thanks to:

DJi5Cream for the opening “Red Velvet – Happiness”

Kevin MacLeod for the transitions: “Schmetterling” and “Brandenburg Concerto No4”

Picture courtesy of Jin

Published by Jon Dao

Formerly, the Conversation Coach

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