When you choose an English course, I believe that is vital that the course offers you practical and useful ways to use the English language. I think this is especially true if you are taking a Business English course because most people taking these types of English courses have very specific goals they want to achieve. If you are taking a Business English course for your work, then chances are you are going to chair or be part of a business meeting. Below are 5 phrases you can use to start a business meeting in English:
- It looks like everybody’s here, so let’s get started. If you are chairing a meeting, you are going to need to get everybody’s attention in order to get started.
- I would like to thank everybody for taking the time to be here. There can be many variations of this phrase and the idea is to get started by setting the tone of the meeting. Unless you are planning a hostile takeover, it’s always good to start the meeting politely, so as to put people at ease.
- I would like to introduce… If there are any people who are not a regular part of your business meetings, then you need to introduce them and let the others know what they are doing at the meeting. It is common for them to give their name, their position or job title and also to say what their purpose is of being in that meeting.
- In today’s meeting, we’re going to discuss… You will most likely have an agenda for your meeting but this is also a great way to get everybody’s attention and to provide a summary of what the main points of the meeting will be.
- Let’s begin by looking at the first item on the agenda. Once everybody has settled down, knows what the meeting is going to be about and has been introduced to any new people, you can jump into your meeting.
The most important thing about any business interaction in English is to be polite and formal. By using these fixed phrases, you’ll be more prepared to chair or take part in a successful business meeting in English.