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BEP 88: Accepting and Refusing Business Invitations

13 Sep 2023



Accepting an invitation is easy. Refusing an invitation is more difficult. In business situations, it’s particularly important to know how to refuse an invitation politely so you don’t cause offence to the person who is inviting you.

In this podcast lesson you’re going to learn how to make, accept and refuse invitations in a business setting.


You’re now going to listen to a short dialogue. Mary and David have just met each other at a business conference. During the conversation, Mary invites David to dinner.


BEP 21: Taking Telephone Messages

BEP 52: Chairing a Business Meeting

BEP 95: Speculating About the Present

BEP 24: Expressing Agreement and Disagreement

BEP 12 - Telephone Talk - Sales Techniques

BEP 72: Welcoming Business Visitors

BEP 06 - Business Communication - Saying Goodbye

BEP 38: Asking For and Confirming Information

BEP 83: Expressing the Future and Future Certainty

BEP 37: Wrapping Up a Business Presentation

BEP 45: Business Meetings - Making Plans

BEP 33: Dealing with Hostile Situations at Work

BEP 25: Communicating Action

BEP26: Dealing with Angry Customers

BEP 93: Ending a Conversation Politely

BEP 13 - Expressing Likes, Dislikes and Preferences

BEP 57: Showing a Visitor Around

BEP 20 - Employment Interview Techniques

BEP 15: Business Meetings - Developing and Argument Part 1