Today we are going to take a look at some useful vocabulary for participating in a business meeting. Here’s a list of some common terms and phrases used in meetings. Read the definition first and then the example, in order to better understand the way these words and phrases are used.
- to abstain = to decide not to use your vote
Eight members voted in favour, five against, and ten abstained.
- to adjourn = to suspend or postpone a meeting to a later time
The meeting was adjourned until Friday.
- agenda = a list of matters to be discussed at a meeting
There are several important items on the agenda.
- AGM = abbreviation for annual general meeting = a meeting that happens once every year in which the annual report is presented and new officers are elected
You have to vote for a new chairperson at the AGM.
- AOB or a.o.b (abbr.) = any other business; it is used at the end of the list of subjects to be discussed at a meeting
And the last item on our today’s agenda is AOB.
- apologies = item on the agenda announcing people who are absent
We can skip the apologies because everyone is present today.
- casting vote = a deciding vote, given by the person in charge of a meeting, if the number of votes about something is equal
His role was decided based on the chairman’s casting vote.
- consensus = a generally accepted decision or agreement
If we cannot reach a consensus on this matter we will put it to a vote.
- to fix a time = to arrange or agree a time
Let’s fix a time for our next meeting.
- grievance = a complaint
The first item on the agenda relates to a grievance reported by our manager.
- mandatory = required
It is mandatory that all managers attend the meeting.
- minutes = the written record of everything said at a meeting
Could you take the minutes, Carmen?
- to outline sth = to give the main facts about something
Please outline the main points of your argument.
- to reach a decision = to make a decision about something
The board of directors took four hours to reach a decision.
- to stick to sth = to limit yourself to doing one particular thing
We should stick to the agenda and discuss that under AOB.
- show of hands = a vote in which people raise one of their hands to show that they support an opinion / a suggestions
Let’s vote on this with a show of hands.
- to speak out = to give your opinion on a subject
If you have any questions, please speak up now.
- to turn to sth = to start to think about something or consider a particular thing or person
Now let’s turn to our sales figures.
- to wrap (sth) up = to finish
Let’s wrap things up for today and get back to our desks.
Autor: Cecilia Stănia – Trainer intern A_BEST Limba Engleză
Cecilia Stănia este absolventă a Facultăţii de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine Dimitrie Cantemir, specializarea Studii Limba şi literatura Engleză– Limba şi Literatura Germană, promoţia 2010.
Cecilia a fost mereu interesată să-şi îmbunătăţească cunoştinţele de limba engleză, de aceea ea a urmat modulul Psihopedagogic Nivelul I.
În calitate de trainer A_BEST, Cecilia predă engleza – limbaj general şi business – în mediul corporate.