2018年8月7日 星期二

英語聆聽練習 14:Top floor, please!

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Have you ever been in a lift with the big cheese in your company? It happened to me a couple of times. And did I take advantage of the situation to deliver my elevator pitch? Not a chance. He was surrounded by people buttering him up all the way to the top floor!

Lifts have an interesting history. Today, the more important you are, the higher you live or work. Penthouses have fantastic views for boardrooms and living rooms. But it hasn't always been that way. Before the days of lifts, richer people would often prefer to live on the ground floor. Poorer people lived on the upper floors – and they had to use the stairs.

In any case, whatever your pay grade, the confined space of a lift makes for an awkward encounter. It's hard not to notice the uneasiness of a group of strangers in a confined space who have no time to develop any kind of bond. But if marketing people have their way, that's all going to change.

Jason Whale, sales manager at Elevators Ltd, says: "It's a very anxious experience the time you spend in a lift. If you have things around you, you take away that awkwardness. We all look at our phones sometimes or look down at the floor. Well, surely it's better to look at advertisements on the walls..."

He sees a lot of potential in this box in which we spend a few minutes every day. Whale explains: "As technology becomes slimmer and cheaper, there are so many different ways to enhance a lift with light boxes, with moving images, with television screens! It becomes quite exciting for us, and hopefully a little bit more interesting for the people who use lifts."

Who knows what the lifts of the future will look like? Perhaps they will become the places where everybody wants to be. Time for a business meeting? Ready to party? Come on everybody, let's get into the lift!

詞彙表
the big cheese 大人物,大老闆
an elevator pitch 電梯遊說
to butter someone up 阿諛奉承,巴結
a penthouse 頂層豪華公寓
a boardroom 董事會會議室
a pay grade 工資等級
awkward 尷尬的
uneasiness 不自在
a bond 情感紐帶、關係
marketing 市場營銷,銷售
to have one's way 得逞
a sales manager 營銷主任
awkwardness (名詞)尷尬
an advertisement 廣告
to see potential 發現潛力
to enhance 提高,增加(價值,吸引力)

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