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Language of Meetings
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One of the most common requirements of business English is holding meetings in English. The present section, therefore, aims at shedding light on the language and phrases used in chairing and attending meetings. 

 

I- Chairing a meeting

Opening 

• Good morning/afternoon everyone.
• If we are all here, let's get started / start the meeting / start.
 

Stating the principal objectives

• We're here today to... 
• Our main aim today is to...
• I've called this meeting in order to...
 

Introducing the agenda

• Have you all received a copy of the agenda?
• There are X items on the agenda. First, ... second, ... third, ... lastly, ...
• Shall we take the points in this order?
• skip item 1 and move on to item 3 
• I suggest we take item 2 last.
 

Agreeing on the ground rules for the meeting 

• We will first hear a short report on each point first.
• I suggest we go round the table first. 
• Let's make sure we finish by...
• I'd suggest we...
• There will be five minutes for each item.
 

Introducing the first item on the agenda

• So, let's start with...
• I'd suggest we begin with...
• Why don't we start with...? 
• So, the first item on the agenda is
• Shall we start with...?
 

Closing an item

• I think that takes care of the first item.
• Shall we leave that item?
• Why don't we move on to...?
• If nobody has anything else to add, let’s...
 

Next item

• Let's move on to the next item
• Now that we've discussed X, let's now...
• The next item on today's agenda is...
• Now we come to the question of…
 

Summarizing

• Before we close today's meeting, let me just summarize the main points.
• Let me quickly go over today's main points.
• To sum up,…
• In brief,...
• Shall I go over the main points?
 

Finishing up

• Right, it looks as though we've covered the main items.
• If there are no other comments, I'd like to wrap this meeting up.
• Let's bring this to a close for today.
• Is there Any Other Business?
 

Thanking participants for attending

• I'd like to thank Sara and Riad for coming over from Morocco.
• Thank you all for attending.
• Thanks for your participation.
 

II- Participating in a meeting

Getting the chairperson's attention

• (Mister/Madam) chairman.
• May I have a word?
• If I may, I think...
• Excuse me for interrupting
 

Giving opinions

• I (really) feel that...
• In my opinion...
• The way I see things...
• If you ask me,... I tend to think that...
 

Asking for opinions

• Are you positive that...
• Do you (really) think that...
• How do you feel about...? 
 

Commenting

• That's interesting.
• Good point!
• I get your point.
• I see what you mean.
 

Agreeing

• I totally agree with you.
• Exactly! 
• That's (exactly) the way I feel.
 

Disagreeing

• Unfortunately, I see it differently. 
• Up to a point I agree with you, but...
• (I'm afraid) I can't agree. 
 

Advising and suggesting

• Let's...
• We should...
• Why don't you....
• How/What about...
• I suggest/recommend that...
 

Clarifying

• Have I made that clear?
• Do you see what I'm getting at?
• Let me put this another way...
• I'd just like to repeat that...
 

Requesting information

• Please, could you...
• I'd like you to...
• Would you mind...
• I wonder if you could...
 

Asking for repetition

• I'm afraid I didn't understand that. Could you repeat what you just said?
• I didn't catch that. Could you repeat that, please?
• I missed that. Could you say it again, please?
 

Asking for clarification

• I don't quite follow you. What exactly do you mean?
• I'm afraid I don't quite understand what your are getting at.
• Could you explain to me how that is going to work?
• I don't see what you mean. Could we have some more details, please?
 

 

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