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SOS: I have a meeting in English! What Expressions, Idioms and Basic Business Vocabulary Do I Need To Survive?

There is a meeting in your agenda and you’re only realising now that it will be in English? Uhhh… It’s never a nice surprise, but we’re here for you! Here’s a Conversation Club made especially for you! If you want to make sure you have the vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to survive a meeting with foreign colleagues or clients – you came to the right place!

Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach

First Things First!

Here’s a set of 10 essential business expressions that are most frequently used during meetings
  • Agenda 📝- A list of items to be discussed in a meeting. Example: “Let’s review the agenda for today’s meeting.”
  • Minutes 💬- The official record of what was discussed and decided in a meeting. Example: “Who will be responsible for taking the minutes?”
  • Action Items ✅ Tasks that are assigned to attendees to be completed after the meeting. Example: “We have several action items to follow up on after today’s discussion.”
  • Brainstorm 🗣️- A collaborative process of generating ideas. Example: “We’ll spend the first part of the meeting brainstorming potential solutions.”
  • Synergy 📊- The combined effect of a group that exceeds the sum of individual efforts. Example: “By working together, we can create a synergy that benefits the entire project.”
  • Touchpoint🫳 – An opportunity for communication or interaction. Example: “We’ll have weekly touchpoints to discuss project updates.”
  • Buy-in -🤝 Agreement or approval for a proposal or idea. Example: “It’s crucial that we get buy-in from all stakeholders.”
  • Deliverables ⛳️ – Tangible or intangible outputs from a project or task. Example: “What are the key deliverables for this phase of the project?”
  • KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)📶- Metrics used to evaluate success or progress. Example: “We need to establish clear KPIs for our new marketing strategy.”
  • Takeaway 🧩- A key point or main message to remember from a meeting. Example: “The main takeaway from today’s meeting is the need for faster implementation.”

Round 1: It’s all about YOU!

Reflecting on your past projects, what unique skills or insights have you brought to the table that made a significant difference?

Can you share an experience from a previous role where regularly touching base with your team or a client proved to be crucial? How did it impact the project’s outcome?

2 Cool Idioms You Should Try:

Bring to the table 🍽️

  • Definition: To offer something, like a skill or idea, to a group or project.
  • Example: “What unique skills can you bring to the table in this team?”

Touch base 🤝

  • Definition: To make contact or check in with someone.
  • Example: “Let’s touch base next week to discuss the project’s progress.”

Round 2: Being on the same page is important!

How important it is in your line of business to make sure everyone is on the same page? Why?

What natural English expressions are you familiar with that can be helpful to check if you and the other participants are ‘on the same page’ on something? Not sure? Look below to find some cool synonyms of this idiom!

On the same page 📖

  • Definition: Having a mutual understanding or agreement.
  • Example: “Before we conclude, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about the deadlines.”
  • 5 good synonyms:
    • In agreement – Reflecting a mutual understanding or similar opinions.
      • Example: “After the meeting, we were all in agreement about the new strategy.”
    • Seeing eye to eye – Having similar views or sentiments.
      • Example: “It’s great that the whole team is seeing eye to eye on this issue.”
    • Aligned – Being in a position of agreement or cooperation.
      • Example: “Our goals for the project are perfectly aligned.”
    • In accord – In a state of agreement or harmony.
      • Example: “The managers were in accord regarding the decision to expand.”
    • On the same wavelength – Thinking in a similar way or having similar thoughts and opinions.
      • Example: “It’s clear we’re on the same wavelength about the marketing approach.”

Round 3: Agree to Disagree!

When people disagree or need more information to reach clear understanding, what do they usually say?

What are your ‘go to expressions’?

Not sure? Check out the list below and discuss it with your partner(s). Together, choose your Top 3 Disagreement Expressions you all could try next time you need them!

  1. “I beg to differ” – A polite way to disagree with someone’s opinion.
    • Example: “I beg to differ on that point. I believe we should reconsider our strategy.”
  2. “I’m not so sure about that” – Expressing doubt or uncertainty about a statement or idea.
    • Example: “I’m not so sure about that approach. Have we considered the potential risks?”
  3. “Let’s agree to disagree” – Acknowledging that there is a fundamental disagreement that is unlikely to be resolved.
    • Example: “It seems we have different perspectives on this issue. Let’s agree to disagree for now.”
  4. “From my point of view…” – Introducing one’s own perspective, which may differ from others.
    • Example: “From my point of view, we need to prioritize customer feedback more.”
  5. “I see it differently” – Indicating that one’s understanding or opinion contrasts with what has been expressed.
    • Example: “I see it differently; I think our focus should be on long-term goals rather than short-term gains.”
  6. “That hasn’t been my experience” – Referring to one’s own experiences to counter a general statement or assumption.
    • Example: “That hasn’t been my experience with our European clients.”
  7. “I have reservations about…” – Expressing concerns or hesitations regarding a particular idea or plan.
    • Example: “I have reservations about increasing our budget without further analysis.”
  8. “We seem to be on different pages” – Indicating that there is a lack of agreement or understanding.
    • Example: “We seem to be on different pages about the project timeline.”

Remember – there is always more! Here is your Follow Up Video:

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