Business english: running a meeting


The following phrases are used to conduct a meeting. These phrases are useful if you are called on to conduct a meeting.

One of the most common requirements of business English is holding meetings in English. The following sections provide useful language and phrases for conducting meetings and making contributions to a meeting.

Meetings generally follow a more or less similar structure and can be divided into the following parts:

  1. Introductions
  2. Reviewing Past Business
  3. Beginning the Meeting
  4. Discussing Items
  5. Finishing the Meeting

III - Beginning the Meeting


Introducing the Agenda

  • Have you all received a copy of the agenda?
  • There are X items on the agenda. First, ... second, ... third, ... lastly, ...
  • Shall we take the points in this order?
  • If you don't mind, I'd like to go in order today.
  • Let’s skip item 1 and move on to item 3
  • I suggest we take item 2 last.

Allocating Roles (secretary, participants)

  • (name of participant) has agreed to take the minutes.
  • (name of participant), would you mind taking the minutes?
  • (name of participant) has kindly agreed to give us a report on ...
  • (name of participant) will lead point 1, (name of participant) point 2, and (name of participant) point 3.
  • (name of participant), would you mind taking notes today?

Agreeing on the Ground Rules for the Meeting (contributions, timing, decision-making, etc.)

  • We will first hear a short report on each point, followed by a discussion of...
  • I suggest we go round the table first.
  • Let's make sure we finish by ...
  • I'd suggest we ...
  • There will be five minutes for each item.
  • We'll have to keep each item to 15 minutes. Otherwise we'll never get through.



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  • Beginning the Meeting 1
  • Beginning the Meeting 2
  • Beginning the Meeting 3