Benvenuti a un’altra sessione del Conversation Club di MPEC!
L’argomento di oggi è estremamente rilevante: “Riunioni in inglese: Riprogrammare e Discutere Cambiamenti.” Che tu stia coordinando con team locali o navigando attraverso fusi orari internazionali, la capacità di riprogrammare qualcosa e adattarsi ai cambiamenti è fondamentale. Nella sessione di oggi, avrete l’opportunità di esercitarvi con espressioni idiomatiche, phrasal verbs che utilizzerete in due (si! Due!) giochi di ruolo!
Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach
5 Idioms for today’s topic:
- Jump the gun 🏃♀️ – Acting too soon
Example: Let’s not jump the gun and reschedule the meeting without everyone’s approval.
- Beat around the bush 🌳 – Avoid talking directly
Example : Stop beating around the bush and say what changes you want in the meeting.
- Cut to the chase ✂️ – Get to the point
Example : Let’s cut to the chase; we need to reschedule the meeting.
- Play your cards right 🃏 – Handle a situation well
Example : If you play your cards right, everyone will agree to the reschedule.
- Tip the scales ⚖️ – Make a significant difference
Example : Your input could tip the scales in favour of changing the agenda.
5 Phrasal verbs you may need:
- Call off – To cancel something
Example : They had to call off the meeting due to a sudden emergency.
- Put off – To postpone
Example : We put off the meeting until next week.
- Wrap up – To conclude
Example: Let’s wrap up the meeting by summarising the key points.
- Weigh in – To give your opinion or advice
Example: Please weigh in on the changes we are proposing.
- Chime in – To add one’s voice or opinion
Example : Feel free to chime in if you have any suggestions.
Round 1 – Let’s Warm Up
- Have you ever had to reschedule a high-stakes (important) meeting? How did you handle it?
- What strategies do you use to approach a discussion about significant changes in a meeting?
- How do you keep track of frequently changing meeting schedules?
- How do you handle time zone differences when rescheduling international meetings?
Round 3: The Final Role Play
Rescheduling With Conflicting Agendas
Student A: You are a project manager who had scheduled a meeting for the 15th of October at 3:00 PM to discuss an upcoming product launch. However, you just received an email stating that you have a mandatory company-wide training session at that same time.
Student B: You are a team leader invited to the same meeting. You had blocked off your calendar for the meeting, but just realised you have an appointment with an important client at 4:00 PM on the same day, making it difficult to attend the meeting and reach the client’s office on time.
Role Play Guidelines
- Student A starts the conversation by proposing to reschedule the meeting due to the sudden company-wide training.
- Student B acknowledges and explains your own scheduling conflict.
- Both discuss alternative dates and times.
- Student A: Suggest the 16th at 10:00 AM.
- Student B: Say you’re busy that morning but free after 2:00 PM.
- Come to a mutually agreeable solution, taking into account the need for the meeting to happen before the product launch.
- Confirm the new time and date before ending the conversation.
This role-play will give you the chance to practise discussing schedule changes, which is a crucial skill in any professional setting.
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