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Survival Phrases for Taking Part in Meetings

Survival Phrases for Taking Part in Meetings

Survival Phrases for Taking Part in Meetings

This is the sixth part of our series about meetings. For today’s post Yvette and I have decided to provide you with survival phrases for taking part in meetings  We’ve put them into seventeen categories for you.

So, let’s get started..

INTRODUCING YOURSELF

My name is …

I’m responsible for …

I’m … and I’m in charge of …

 

ASKING FOR INFORMATION

How is the project going?

What’s the current situation with …?

Can you give me / us an update?

 

GIVING INFORMATION

We’ve already done …

We haven’t done … yet

We’re still waiting for …

We’re ahead of / on / behind schedule

We’ll meet the deadline

We’ve hit a problem

 

CHECKING AND CLARIFYING

Sorry, what do you mean (exactly) …?

If I understand you correctly, you think that …

If you didn’t understand their first explanation try these phrases:

Are you saying that … ?

Can you give me an example?

Can you explain that in more detail?

 

GIVING OPINIONS

In my opinion, …

From my point of view …

Personally, I think / I don’t think …

If you ask me, …

Perhaps we should do that 

 

AGREEING

That’s right. I agree

I (completely / totally / entirely) agree with you

Absolutely!

 

DISAGREEING

I’m afraid I disagree

I agree with you up to a point, but …

I see your point, but …

I completely disagree

 

INTERRUPTING

Sorry to interrupt, but …

Could I just say something?

When you’ve been interrupted then use …

Just let me finish

As I was saying …

That’s all I wanted to say

 

MAKING SUGGESTIONS

(If you ask me,) I think we should I think we should / could…

I propose that we … (This is a good option if you have difficulties pronouncing the word suggest)

How / What about doing …?

Can I make a suggestion?

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

What would you recommend?

I’d recommend changing …

 

PRESENTING A PROPOSAL

I’d like to run something past you. / Here’s what I’ve been thinking … 

The advantages of doing it like this are …

Not only would this solve the problem of…, it would also … (pointing out two or more advantages of your argument)

 

LISTING MORE THAN ONE POINT

For one thing, … and for another, …

Firstly, …secondly, … (use finally for your last point)

 

GIVING BOTH SIDES OF AN ARGUMENT

On the whole …, but …

On the one hand …, but on the other hand …

 

SAYING WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES

If we …, it’ll probably mean that …

We have to / need to …, otherwise …

 

CONTINUING THE DISCUSSION

As David said / suggested / mentioned / pointed out earlier …

To add to / expand on what Tim said earlier …

Related to / Following on from / In response to … Greta’s comment …

 

OFFERING HELP

Shall I do it?

Would you like me to do it?

Leave it with me

 

ACCEPTING AND DECLINING TASKS

I can do that, no problem

Fine. I’ll do it / that right away

I’ll take care of that

Sorry, I’m afraid I can’t right now

So, there you have it!

We’ve covered seventeen categories of survival phrases for taking part in meetings. What about you? Do you have any you’d like to add? Then please just schedule a call with me click here to schedule a call and tell me about it. Are you interested in other business English skills? Then check out the post about listening here and about using your voice effectively here

One more thing

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Take care

Nadia 

 

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