Michelle: Why did I get stuck with buying corporate gifts for our clients this year? Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I'm good at buying gifts.
Rafiq: It's not because you're a woman. It's because you're the most junior employee of the company. I had the job three years ago when I started working here.
拉菲克：不是因为你是女人，而是因为你是公司资历最浅的员工 。三年前我刚开始在这里工作时，也为客户买过礼物 。
Michelle: Oh, so you know the drill. I was thinking of sending food baskets to McQ Corp.
米歇尔：欧，那你肯定知道窍门 。我在想是不是送食品篮子给 McQ 公司 。
Rafiq: I wouldn't advise doing that. We're bidding on a new contract with their company and the gift could be misconstrued as a bribe. You'll want to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
拉菲克：我不建议你送那个 。我们正在竞标与 McQ 公司签订新的合同，这时候送礼物有可能被曲解为贿赂 。你要尽量避免出现不正当的表象 。
Michelle: Then I shouldn't send anything at all?
Rafiq: You could send a charitable donation in the company's name. This way, we show our appreciation for their business, and they get recognition for the contribution to a worthy cause, without seeming like we're trying to influence their decision.
拉菲克：你能以公司的名义慈善捐款 。这样我们才能表达感激之情，并得到他们的认同 。让他们认为这次的贡献是有价值的，同时又不显得我们在影响他们的决策 。
Michelle: That seems like a good way to go. What about the other companies we're doing business with?
Rafiq: A food basket would be fine for those companies. Just make sure there's nothing perishable in them and send a hand-written note. That adds a nice touch.
拉菲克：对于他们来说，送食品篮子就够了 。要确保不送容易腐烂的食品，还要附上一张手写的纸条 。这样更让人感动 。
Michelle: I was also thinking of sending our smaller clients calendars and t-shirts with our company logo. What do you think?
Rafiq: I think they'd like gift certificates to stores or restaurants better.
Michelle: What about a bottle of wine? Wouldn't that be a good gift?
Rafiq: You never know how a client feels about alcohol, so stick to something safer, like the food baskets or gift certificates.
Michelle: You have all the answers. You're an expert at corporate gift-giving!
Rafiq: Shh, don't say that too loudly. If the powers that be hear about it, I might get stuck with the job—permanently!
拉菲克：嘘，不要说得太大声 。如果让领导们听到了，说不定会让我一直负责这件事 。
Michelle: Your secret is safe with me.