Are you with me ?: Do you listen to me ? Does it make sense ?
recipe for success: secret to success
Take it or leave it: will never accept any negotiation
figure out: to think up or to estimate
right off the bat: immediately or right after that
showdown: a meeting, argument, fight etc. that will settle a disagreement or competition that has continued for a long time
in a different light: from different angles
work journal: business diary
radical measures: drastic method
streamline: to make something such as a business, organization etc. work more simply and effectively
keep track of: follow the process of
dicker:(INFORMAL) to argue about or discuss the conditions of a sale, agreement etc.
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it. - W. Somerset Maugham(English writer, 1874 - 1965)