USEFUL PHRASES FOR RUNNING A BUSINESS MEETING
1. Start the meeting
| * Let’s begin * Let’s start
| 2. State the aim
| * The main aim/purpose of the meeting is to... * We’re meeting today to... * We’re here today to discuss about..
| 3. Ask for opinions
| * What do you think about...? * What’s your opinions/views? * How do you feel about...? * Let’s hear a few more views/opinions
| 4. Change the subject
| * The next point/item on the agenda is... * Now, about... * Let’s move on to...
| 5. Summarize
| * Let’s summarize the point * Let’s see what we’ve got * Let’s go over the main point again
| 6. Give opinion
| * From my point of view * To tell the truth/To be honest * As for me * As far as I’m concerned * I feel that...
| 7. Make suggestion
| * I think we should/could... * I suggest we + V * Can we ... * Why don’t you... * How/what about... * I suggest/recommend that...
| 8. Comment on other opinion
| * I never thought about it that way before * Good point! * May be you right * I get your point
| 9. 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... * What do you mean by...? * Do you mean that...? * I don’t understand, are you saying...?
| 10. Ask for opinions (2)
| * Do you (really) think that... * (Name of participant) can we get your input? * How did you feel about...?
| 11. Agree
| * Exactly! * That’s (exactly) the way I feel. * I have to agree with (name of participant) * That’s a good idea * Reasonable
| 12. Disagree
| * Up to a point I agree with you, but... * (I’m afraid) I can’t agree * I see what you mean, but... * I strongly disagree with you
| 13. Interrupting
| * May I have a word? * If I may, I think... * Excuse me for interrupting,... * Excuse me, I’m sorry to interrupt but * Hold on aminute...
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