Meetings

THE LANGUAGE OF MEETINGS

Opening a meeting 

  • O.K. let's get started
  • It's about time we get started
  • Shall we get started?
  • Let's get down to business
  • Let's begin, shall we?
   

Giving opinion 

  • As I see it...
  • In my opinion... 
  • I think... 
  • From my point of view...
  • Well, personally…
  • As far as I'm concerned…
 

Asking opinion

  • What do you think of this idea?
  • What are your views on…?
  • Where do you stand on this matter?
  • Where do you stand on this matter?
  • What's the general feeling on this?
   

Agreeing 

  • You´re perfectly right
  • I couldn't agree more
  • Precisely
  • Absolutely

mild agreement 

  • You may be right there
  • That's true
  • I suppose, I suppose so.
 

Disagreement 

  • That's not really how I see it
  • I don't really agree
  • I can't really go along with you there
  • I think you're mistaken
  • I´m afraid I can't agree with you there
   

strong disagreement 

  • I´m sorry, but that's out of question
  • I think, you are wrong
  • Of course not

Checking understanding

  • I´m sorry, I didn't catch that
  • I´m not sure I understand
  • Can you be more specific?
  • Do you mean that...?
  • Let me check, I understand correctly.
 

Making suggestions

  • Can I make a suggestion?
  • Why don't we…? 
  • Perhaps we could…? 
  • If I were you, I would...
   
OPENING THE MEETING

Getting attention 

Right, is everybody here? Good, I think we can start., If we are all here – shall we start/get down to business?     

Welcoming and thanking 

Well, good morning everyone., I´d like to thank you all for being here

Introducing new colleagues 

First of all , I'd like to introduce/ let me introduce

Explaining the objectives    

The main purpose of this meeting is to…,The problem we are facing is that…

Looking at the agenda 

You can see, from the agenda that we have a lot to get through
Now, let's look at the agenda in detail

Asking somebody to start 

Okay, let's move straight to the first item. Kim, would you like to kick off? Anna, would you like to begin by explaining the….


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