Sell Me This Pen

Business English, Speaking Lessons
Work, Marketing
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting students discussing salespeople's strategies in an ESL lesson.

Lesson Description

If you were a salesperson, what would you bring to the table? In this lesson, students will discuss the behavior and strategies of salespeople. This lesson features a video of unwanted sales practices and the reasons why you should not do them. Students will learn new vocabulary and talk about different sales situations and share their opinion on the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the behavior and strategies of salespeople

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


Do you talk a lot and not listen enough? What are your customer’s needs? Watch this video to learn the top three tips every salesperson should know to close the client every time.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

bring to the table [idiom]: to contribute, provide, or offer a useful skill or attribute
cold calls [noun phrase]: an unwanted phone call by someone trying to sell goods or services
kill two birds with one stone [idiom]: to solve two problems with one action or solution
niceties [noun]: polite behavior; fine detail
apprehension [noun]: anxiety or fear
up one’s game [idiom]: to improve performance or skill
reel off [phrasal verb]: to reveal a lot of or too much information
tantamount [adjective]: similar to or having the same effect as something
do yourself a disservice [idiom]: to be harmful; to do something that makes people's opinion of someone or something not as good as it should be
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