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17 Words to Know Before Your Next Business Meeting

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:31 pm    Post subject: 17 Words to Know Before Your Next Business Meeting Reply with quote

If you’re scheduled to attend a business meeting carried out in Business English, you’ll want to be focused and make sure you understand all the information being shared.
Do some preparation beforehand to learn common terms, phrases and words you’re likely to hear at the meeting.

Here are 17 words you’ll want to know:

1. A.G.M
Meaning: An abbreviation for ‘Annual General Meeting’
Example: We will start the A.G.M with some company news

2. A.O.B
Meaning: An abbreviation for ‘Any Other Business’
Example: A.O.B can be discussed at the end of the meeting.

3. Adjourn
Meaning: To postpone/to suspend the meeting and recommence it at another time
Example: If we run out of time, this meeting will have to be adjourned until next week.

4. Agenda
Meaning: Written program or schedule for the meeting
Example: Please look at your agendas so you can read through the matters we will be discussing.

5. Ballot
Meaning: A form of voting - usually done in writing
Example: At the end of the meeting, we will have a ballot on the decisions we need we make.

6. Casting Vote
Meaning: The vote that will decide the outcome of a ballot or voting procedure
Example: The chairman will have the casting vote if no decision can be made or the votes are equal.

7. Chairman
Meaning: Person who presides over/governs the meeting
Example: I am the chairman of this meeting but at the next meeting there will be a new chairman.

8. Comment
Meaning: Something you wish to say or discuss
Example: If you have a comment about what is being said, please raise your hand at the end.

9. Commence
Meaning: To begin/ start
Example: This meeting will commence once everyone is comfortably seated.

10. Consensus
Meaning: A general agreement
Example: After discussing the decision with our workers, we found the consensus was they agreed with it.

11. Conference
Meaning: A formal meeting for discussion - especially one that is held at regular periods
Example: At the next conference between our managing department, we will discuss all of your issues.

12. Conference Call
Meaning: A telephone call between three or more people in different locations.
Example: We will have to address the next issue through a conference call since Mr Brown is away in Europe.

13. Item
Meaning: A separate point for discussion (usually listed on an agenda)
Example: We have three items that we need to discuss today.

14. Minutes
Meaning: The written record of everything said or discussed at a meeting
Example: Please look through the copy of the minutes taken from the last meeting.

15. Motion
Meaning: A suggestion/proposed action that needs approval
Example: There has been a motion for more chairs to be added to the office and we will take a vote on this.

16. Show of Hands
Meaning: A request to have people raise their hands to express an opinion or vote
Example: Please could we have a show of hands for people who believe we should proceed with this decision.

17. Wrap up
Meaning: To finish/ draw to an end
Example: Before we wrap up, I would like to make one more point.

If you are interested in mastering your business English, opt to take ESL lessons in the USA to teach you everything you need to know to be successful with your business matters. Executive English courses last from three weeks and equip you with the English you need to know for every business situation.

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Rachel Clarkson
Rachel Clarkson is an English teacher at LCI English ESL Programs and blogger at the ESL Blog.
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