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Chairing a meeting

Business people sometimes have to direct the course of a meeting and ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible. In this issue of POSTSCRIPT we look at useful phrases for chairing a meeting.


Opening the meeting

(formal)
I'd like to start the meeting by ...
(informal)
Shall we get started?


Stating the purpose of the meeting

(formal)
This meeting has been called to ...
(informal)
We're here today to discuss ...


Stating the background to the meeting

As you know ...


Asking for contributions

(formal)
Peter, would you like to comment?
(informal)
Peter, have you got anything to say on this?


Keeping control of the meeting

(formal)
We seem to be losing sight of the main point.
(informal)
Could you keep to the point please?


Moving to a new point

(formal)
Could we move on to item 3 on the agenda?
(informal)
Can we now go on to ... ?


Summarising

To sum up, ...


Closing the meeting

(formal)
That concludes our business today. The next meeting will take place on ...
(informal)
Well, I think that covers everything.

   


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