4 Advanced English Expressions for talking about risks in business

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Expressions for talking about risks in English

We all take risks–in business, in projects, in life.

There are so many good reasons to know how to talk about risks in English.

For example:

If you run your own business like I do, you know what it’s like to take risks.

It’s hard to think of a business project where you could avoid risks.

And if you want to reach an advanced level of English? You have to take risks, be willing to speak up–and make mistakes.

In fact, if you don’t take a few risks? You could be missing out on reaching your full potential.

If you speak English in a business setting, you’re going to need to talk about risks.

But how do you sound more advanced in English?  How do you start to feel more confident talking about risks in a business setting?

Today, well take another step toward that goal by learning 4 new expressions:


1. Advanced English Expression #1: A risk-taker
2. Advanced English Expression #2: Calculated risks
3. Advanced English Expression #3: To be worth it
4. Advanced English Expression #4: How it’s gonna turn out

Want to hear these expressions in context in an unscripted conversation between native speakers?  Check out the Faster Fluency Conversation Club podcast episode, “Taking Risks”

1. Advanced English Expression #1: A risk-taker.

Are you someone who is not afraid to try something new…even if you don’t know if you’ll succeed?

Then you may be a risk-taker!

But that doesn’t mean you take risks just for the fun of it.
Or because you weren’t thinking of the (possible) consequences!

You may be taking a very specific (smart) kind of risk…

2. Advanced English Expression #2: Calculated risks

How do you decide whether or not to take a risk?
Do you…

Think about what you could gain?

Imagine what will happen if you fail?
Predict how likely you are to fail…or succeed?

When you stop and think about the risk you are taking in advance, you’re taking a calculated risk.

Also check out my lesson: How to Go from an Intermediate to Advanced English Level.

3. Advanced English Expression #3: to be worth it

Have you ever looked at a risk and thought…
“No! That’s not for me.”

Maybe you had the chance to participate in an extreme…but dangerous sport.
The risk is, well, injury!
And the benefit???  That’s not too clear.

You might decide ‘It’s not worth it.’

But in business, a risk might be ‘worth it’ if it will help you grow your business.

That’s the problem with risks.  You’re never sure…

4. Advanced English Expression #4: how it’s gonna turn out

Sometimes, when you take a risk you fail, but you still learn something.
Surprises happen!  Some of them are good.

You never know how it’s gonna to turn out (what the result will be).

Yes! It’s another phrasal verb.

And a good one to remember when you want to say, you don’t know what will happen exactly.

Something else to remember:
If you know how it’s gonna turn out, you’re not taking a risk.

Also check out my lesson: Explaining to a Client Their Idea is Bad.

Take the next step: Improve your English in the comments

The best way to become more confident using Business English is to practice!
Here’s your weekly challenge for this week:

  1. In the comments, tell us if you are a risk-taker.
  2. And give us an example of a risk that’s ‘worth it’ to you.

And please share this article with your coworkers & friends. You can send your message to them in English for more practice!

Become more fluent & comfortable in conversations

If you would like to take the next step with me, discover my Faster Fluency Conversation Club Membership Program!
It helps you become more confident speaking in conversations, and get a lot more vocabulary on many different topics! And it’s a fabulous community of “English buddies” from around the world!

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Can’t wait to see you in the Club,

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