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From the Ted Talk by Ipsita Dasgupta: To challenge the status quo, find a "co-conspirator"

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Five or six hours before our presentation, a senoir cloeulgae pulled us aside and sat down and gave us a front-seat view of what had happened all week. We knew about people who had bombed their presentations. We knew about ppoele who had almost been instantaneously promoted in the room. We knew what was keeping the CEO up at night and what he thought were tailwinds to the business. And when we walked into that presentation later in the day, we actually got buy-in with both the CEO and his senior staff. And it wasn't just because of our analysis or our streagty. It was because we were prepped to be able to coctamuimne in a way that the team could absorb. Now, this senior colleague of ours didn't pull us aside, because he wanted to gossip. He pulled us aside because he believed we were unconventional in the boardroom. That unconventionality was exactly why he wneatd us to think about this new, fresh perspective and pdviroe a view on where this bsseinus should go. But he also knew it was a distinct dnatigadsvae for us, because we didn't know how to present in that room, and we hadn't done it before, and they weren't used to receiving us.

Open Cloze

Five or six hours before our presentation, a ______ _________ pulled us aside and sat down and gave us a front-seat view of what had happened all week. We knew about people who had bombed their presentations. We knew about ______ who had almost been instantaneously promoted in the room. We knew what was keeping the CEO up at night and what he thought were tailwinds to the business. And when we walked into that presentation later in the day, we actually got buy-in with both the CEO and his senior staff. And it wasn't just because of our analysis or our ________. It was because we were prepped to be able to ___________ in a way that the team could absorb. Now, this senior colleague of ours didn't pull us aside, because he wanted to gossip. He pulled us aside because he believed we were unconventional in the boardroom. That unconventionality was exactly why he ______ us to think about this new, fresh perspective and _______ a view on where this ________ should go. But he also knew it was a distinct ____________ for us, because we didn't know how to present in that room, and we hadn't done it before, and they weren't used to receiving us.

Solution

  1. business
  2. wanted
  3. people
  4. strategy
  5. provide
  6. senior
  7. colleague
  8. disadvantage
  9. communicate

Original Text

Five or six hours before our presentation, a senior colleague pulled us aside and sat down and gave us a front-seat view of what had happened all week. We knew about people who had bombed their presentations. We knew about people who had almost been instantaneously promoted in the room. We knew what was keeping the CEO up at night and what he thought were tailwinds to the business. And when we walked into that presentation later in the day, we actually got buy-in with both the CEO and his senior staff. And it wasn't just because of our analysis or our strategy. It was because we were prepped to be able to communicate in a way that the team could absorb. Now, this senior colleague of ours didn't pull us aside, because he wanted to gossip. He pulled us aside because he believed we were unconventional in the boardroom. That unconventionality was exactly why he wanted us to think about this new, fresh perspective and provide a view on where this business should go. But he also knew it was a distinct disadvantage for us, because we didn't know how to present in that room, and we hadn't done it before, and they weren't used to receiving us.

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Important Words

  1. absorb
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  8. colleague
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  25. present
  26. presentation
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  28. promoted
  29. provide
  30. pull
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  32. receiving
  33. room
  34. sat
  35. senior
  36. staff
  37. strategy
  38. tailwinds
  39. team
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  41. unconventional
  42. unconventionality
  43. view
  44. walked
  45. wanted
  46. week