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Anecdote: Tell me about your job

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John Walker's feigned lack of knowledge leads to an embarrassing explanation by one of his students.

This is an anecdote from my previous job, when I used to teach business English to professional people.

One day, I was teaching 'process language' using examples like 'how to make a cup of coffee'. Next, I wanted the students to use an example from their work. One lady worked for a company that made adhesives. She gave some examples of the applications of their products, including sanitary towels. She asked me if I knew about these products. Hoping to encourage her to tell me more about the manufacturing process, I said no.

There was an embarrassed pause, after which she began to explain to me what a sanitary towel is used for...

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