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

V - Finishing the Meeting


  • Before we close today's meeting, let me just summarize the main points.
  • Let me quickly go over today's main points.
  • To sum up, …
  • OK, why don't we quickly summarize what we've done today.
  • In brief, ...
  • Shall I go over the main points?

Finishing Up

  • Right, it looks as though we've covered the main items.
  • If there are no other comments, I'd like to wrap this meeting up.
  • Let's bring this to a close for today.
  • Is there Any Other Business?

Suggesting and Agreeing on Time, Date and Place for the Next Meeting

  • Can we set the date for the next meeting, please?
  • So, the next meeting will be on .. (day), the... (date) of... (month) at...
  • Let's next meet on ... (day), the... (date) of... (month) at...
  • What about the following Wednesday? How is that?

Thanking Participants for Attending

  • I'd like to thank Marianne and Jeremy for coming over from London.
  • Thank you all for attending.
  • Thanks for your participation.

Closing the Meeting

  • The meeting is finished, we'll see each other next ...
  • The meeting is closed.
  • I declare the meeting closed.


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