R & L Sounds
Run [r] sound
Rambling [r] sound
Lecture [l] sound
Late [l] sound
Agenda - A list of things to be done, especially at a meeting.
Get the show on the road - (idiom) Means to start or begin an activity. For example, now that everyone is here in the conference room, let’s get this show on the road.
Long-winded – (idiom) An adjective describing a person who likes to speak for a long time. For example, he was a very long-winded speaker –or- That was a long-winded speech.
Teleconferencing - A conference involving people who are in different locations that is made possible by the use of telecommunications equipment.
Postpone - To delay or cancel something (for example, a meeting) until a later time or date.
To chair a meeting - To be responsible for a meeting; to supervise a meeting.
Board meeting - Executive meeting; meeting of executives.
Rambling - Not keeping to the topic; going from one subject to another.
Stick to the topic - (phrase) Remaining focused; keeping to the same topic.
Timekeeper - A person who keeps track of the time (at a meeting for example).
Minutes - The official record of what was discussed at a meeting, committee or other event.
Put off – (phrasal verb) To postpone.
The meaning of the meeting - The goal/purpose of the meeting.
People who attend a meeting - Attendees.
Say an opinion - Express an opinion. (More natural choice)
She has working for 5 years– she has been working for 5 years (we use the Present Perfect Continuous to show that something started in the past and has continued up until now).
That customs - Those customs. (This/that + single) (These/those+plural)
A convenient time to you - A convenient time for you.
We will call the meeting – We will call off the meeting. (phrasal verb - to cancel)
If I have $1million, I will… – If I had $1 million I would … (2nd conditional)
The meeting postpone - The meeting is postponed.
The Monday are always busy - Mondays are always busy.
To communicate other people - To communicate with other people.
The meeting held - The meeting is held. (Passive form)
I need to make clear something – I need to clarify something.
I haven’t attend the meeting in a while - I haven’t attended a meeting in a while (we use the Present Perfect to say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now)
We have to pay by oneself - We have to pay for it ourselves.
I’m assistant manager - I’m the/an assistant manager. (article)
If I had went on time – If I had gone on time. (past perfect)
The most my project - Most of my projects.
Some foreigner - Some foreigners. (some + plural or uncountable nouns)
He said the manager - He told the manager. (See tip below)
When to use ‘tell’ and ‘say’:
You tell someone something or you say something to somebody.
Example: ‘Tell’ is followed directly by the person you are talking to (I told the manager already). ‘Say’ is not followed by the person you are talking to (I said the accounts were past due).
- Adjust the size of your hand gestures. Make larger hand gestures when speaking in a large room and smaller hand gestures when speaking in a smaller room with fewer people.
- Speak slower and use more pauses to show stress or importance of something. Try using rhetorical questions more and pausing before giving the answer. It is a powerful technique.
- Use eye contact with others when speaking in small groups or even to large audiences, but do not look right into their eyes the whole time; look just above and below their eyes sometimes.
Additional Meeting Language
Stating the principal objectives
We're here today to ...
I'd like to make sure that we ...
Our main aim today is to...
Introducing the first topic for discussion
So, let's start with ...
I'd like to start with...
Why don't we begin with...
So, the first thing on the agenda is…
Shall we begin the discussion with...?
Moving forward (transitions)
Shall we get right down to it?
I'd like to go on to the next topic.
Let's move to the next item.
Now that we've talked about X, let's move to ...
The next point on tonight’s agenda is...
Now we arrive at the question of…