Love them or hate them, meetings are an important part of the business world. And it is increasingly common to have business meetings with colleagues or clients from other countries, where the meeting is in English. In this online exercise on meetings, we will look at the essential vocabulary for business meetings in English. The names of the materials used, the names of the different parts, the names of the different roles of people, and some other useful vocabulary.
Read the below introduction in a business meeting, where people who have come to the meeting are welcomed and then explained what will happen. Focus on the words/phrases in BOLD and think about their meaning.
Chair:'Welcome to the latest meeting for the Samuel Project. I appreciate that you're all busy and thanks for attending. My name is David Mitchell and I will be the Chair for today's meeting. Steve Crowther will be taking the minutes. You'll find a copy of the meeting agenda in front of you on the table. As you can see, there are 7 items which we are going to discuss today. I updated the agenda this morning, so it should be fine. But if you have any other issues which you would like to talk about, please do it in the any other business part of the meeting at the end. There are two absentees from today's meeting, Peter Jackson can't attend today due to a prior commitment. He sends his apologies. Also Sarah Campbell can't make it, she's on holiday. So, John Hopkins is standing in for Sarah today. Does anybody have any questions?'
Attendee:'Yes, I do. How long will the meeting last?'
Chair:'About two hours. Any more question? No? Well, I think that's all, so let's start.'
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Below is definition/description of each of the words/phrases in bold from the above text. Now fill in the blanks with one of these words/phrases in bold. Only use one word/phrase once and write it as it is in the text. Click on the "Check Answers" button at the bottom of the quiz to check your answers.
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Now that you understand the new business meeting vocabulary, practice them by creating your own sentences in English with the new words/phrases.