Tapescript – Role Play in Business Meetings
(NF=Nigel Fraser, M=Martin, J=John, E=Eliana, D=Denise, MK=Markus)
I think we all agree that we need to work a lot better as a team. I’ve got some suggestions for improving our teamwork. I’d like to share them with you and see how you feel about them. OK, let’s start with meetings. At the moment we meet once a month. That’s not enough. In future, I’d like us all to meet once every two weeks. I would expect everyone to attend, and to be on time - that’s not the case at the moment as you know. So Martin, what do you think?
Totally against the idea, to be honest. Once a month is fine, surely. I’m making the most money for us at the moment and I can’t go on doing that if I have to attend meetings all the time. Anyway, when we do meet, we spend most of the time arguing with each other. A lot of them are a waste of time. No, keep things as they are.
Thank you, Martin. John, what do you think? Meeting once every two weeks. Compulsory attendance.
It’s a good idea. Why not? We need to spend more time together to sort out problems, share ideas, that sort of thing. Actually, I think we should meet once a week.
Now Martin, calm down. You’ve had your say. And nothing’s been decided yet. But thanks John for backing me up on this one. Eliana, how do you feel about this?
I’ll go along with whatever you say. It really won’t affect me much. My main problem, as you well know, is I want to move from data projectors. I’d like to sell plasma screens, they’re in great demand at the moment, that’s why Martin tops our sales, it’s not difficult to be the best when you have the best products to sell.
I thought we were talking about meetings, Nigel. Do we have to listen once again to Eliana’s complaints?
No we don’t Martin. You’re right, we’re getting off the point. Denise, let’s hear from you now.
Thanks, I’d like more meetings, once a week would be OK for me, but I don’t know if...
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