1. To get the ball rolling
Definition: To get the meeting or discussion started.
Example: “OK, everyone. Let’s get the ball rolling. Come and sit down and we’ll start the meeting.”
2. To open with
Definition: To begin by talking about a certain topic.
Example: “Let’s open with a summary of what each of you has achieved this week.”
3. To hand over to
Definition: To introduce another speaker.
Example: “I’d like to hand over to Dave to explain our plans for the next quarter.”
4. On the agenda
Definition: Something on the plan to be discussed.
Example: “Today, the first item on the agenda is to decide on a new supplier.”
5. To get down to business
Definition: To talk about the most important issues.
Example: “It’s time to get down to business. How much will this cost and how much time will it save me?”
6. To kick off
Definition: To get started.
Example: “Let’s kick off by reviewing the results of our last campaign.”
7. To take the minutes
Definition: To take notes on everything that was said and agreed on in that meeting.
Example: “It’s my turn to take the minutes, so please let me know if there’s anything special you want me to make a note of.”
Business English: Holding meetings in English 用英语主持商务英语会议
The Structure of a Meeting 会议的结构
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:
I - Introductions
Opening the Meeting
Welcoming and Introducing Participants
Stating the Principal Objectives of a Meeting
Giving Apologies for Someone Who is Absent
II - Reviewing Past Business
Reading the Minutes (notes) of the Last Meeting
Dealing with Recent Developments
III - Beginning the Meeting
Introducing the Agenda
Allocating Roles (secretary, participants)
Agreeing on the Ground Rules for the Meeting (contributions, timing, decision-making, etc.)
IV - Discussing Items
Introducing the First Item on the Agenda
Closing an Item
Giving Control to the Next Participant
V - Finishing the Meeting
Suggesting and Agreeing on Time, Date and Place for the Next Meeting
Thanking Participants for Attending
Closing the Meeting
The following pages focus on each part of the meeting and the appropriate language for each situation.
Running a Meeting 主持会议
The following phrases are used to conduct a meeting. These phrases are useful if you are called on to conduct a meeting.
Good morning/afternoon, everyone.
If we are all here, let's get started / start the meeting / start.
Welcoming and Introducing 欢迎和介绍出席人员
Please join me in welcoming (name of participant)
We're pleased to welcome (name of participant)
I'd like to extend a warm welcome to (name of participant)
It's a pleasure to welcome (name of participant)
I'd like to introduce (name of participant)
Stating the Principal Objectives 阐明会议主要议题
We're here today to ...
I'd like to make sure that we ...
Our main aim today is to ...
I've called this meeting in order to ...
Giving Apologies for Someone Who is Absent 对缺席者表示遗憾
I'm afraid.., (name of participant) can't be with us today. She is in...
Unfortunately, (name of participant) ... will not be with us to day because he ...
I have received apologies for absence from (name of participant), who is in (place).
Reading the Minutes (notes) of the Last Meeting 宣读上次会议记要
To begin with I'd like to quickly go through the minutes of our last meeting.
First, let's go over the report from the last meeting, which was held on (date)
Here are the minutes from our last meeting, which was on (date)
Dealing with Recent Developments 询问近期动态
Jack, can you tell us how the XYZ project is progressing?
Jack, how is the XYZ project coming along?
John, have you completed the report on the new accounting package?
Has everyone received a copy of the Tate Foundation report on current marketing trends?
Moving Forward 转向下一个议题
So, if there is nothing else we need to discuss, let's move on to today's agenda.
Shall we get down to business?
Is there Any Other Business?
If there are no further developments, I'd like to move on to today's topic.
Introducing the Agenda 介绍议程
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.
skip item 1 and move on to item 3
I suggest we take item 2 last.
Allocating Roles (secretary, participants) 分配秘书和出席者的会议角色
(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.) 就会议程序(发言，时间，决策)达成一致
We will first hear a short report on each point first, 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.
Introducing the First Item on the Agenda 介绍第一项议题
So, let's start with ...
I'd suggest we start with...
Why don't we start with...
So, the first item on the agenda is
Pete, would you like to kick off?
Shall we start with ...
(name of participant), would you like to introduce this item?
Closing an Item 结束一个议题
I think that takes care of the first item.
Shall we leave that item?
Why don't we move on to...
If nobody has anything else to add, lets ...
Next Item 开始下一个议题
Let's move onto the next item
Now that we've discussed X, let's now ...
The next item on today's agenda is...
Now we come to the question of.
Giving Control to the Next Participant 请下一位出席者发言
I'd like to hand over to (name of participant), who is going to lead the next point.
Next, (name of participant) is going to take us through ...
Now, I'd like to introduce (name of participant) who is going to ...
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 结束今日议题
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 建议和征询下一次会议时间，日期和地点
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 感谢出席人员
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 宣布散会
The meeting is finished, we'll see each other next ...
The meeting is closed.
I declare the meeting closed.