Time Out
文章來源: 文章作者: 發布時間:2007-03-12 02:35 字體: [ ]  進入論壇

He was the president of a major advertising1 firm and I was a very young management consultant2. I had been recommended to him by one of his employees who had seen my work and thought I had something to offer. I was nervous. At that stage in my career, it wasn’t very often that I got to talk to the president of a company.

The appointment was at 10:00 a.m., for one hour. I arrived early.

Promptly3 at 10, I was ushered4 into a large and airy room, with furniture upholstered in bright yellow.

He had his shirtsleeves rolled up and a mean look on his face.

“You’ve only got 20 minutes,” he barked.

I sat there, not saying a word.

“I said, you’ve only got 20 minutes.”

Again, not a word.

“Your time’s ticking away. Why aren’t you saying anything?”

“They’re my 20 minutes,” I replied. “I can do whatever I want with them.”

He burst into laughter.

We then spoke5 for an hour and a half. I got the job.


1 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.廣告業;廣告活動 a.廣告的;廣告業務的
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指點我如何涉足廣告業嗎?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 這個廣告宣傳運動主要是針對年輕人的。
2 consultant 2v0zp3     
  • He is a consultant on law affairs to the mayor.他是市長的一個法律顧問。
  • Originally,Gar had agreed to come up as a consultant.原來,加爾只答應來充當我們的顧問。
3 promptly LRMxm     
  • He paid the money back promptly.他立即還了錢。
  • She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her.她立即抓住了因他不在場給她創造的機會。
4 ushered d337b3442ea0cc4312a5950ae8911282     
v.引,領,陪同( usher的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The secretary ushered me into his office. 秘書把我領進他的辦公室。
  • A round of parties ushered in the New Year. 一系列的晚會迎來了新年。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
5 spoke XryyC     
n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
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