Business English – meeting vocabulary
Business English is a form of the English language typically used in business, international trade, finance, in corporations and offices all around the world. It can come in handy if you work at a company doing international business and working with foreign clients. It can be used in negotiations, meetings, presentations, business reports etc. Business English focuses mainly on specific vocabulary and expressions.
Meetings are the most common element of business and if you want to accomplish anything in the business world you have to know how to communicate with employees and business partners. Therefore we prepared a list of common vocabulary and expressions used during meetings.
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Vocabulary related to meetings:
Absent – not present
Absentee – someone who was expected to be present at a meeting for example but isn’t
To address – to deal with something
To adjourn – to suspend a meeting to a future time
Agenda – a plan of a meeting or a list of things to be discussed at a meeting
AGM – annual general meeting
To allocate – to assign (i.e. a task to someone)
Alternative – another option
AOB – any other business (usually the last item in the agenda to talk about issues not mentioned in the agenda)
Attendee – someone who is present (i.e. at a meeting)
Board of directors – a group of chosen members who make decisions and oversee the activities of a company
Boardroom – a meeting room (usually with a big, long table)
Brainstorming – a technique of solving problems by sharing spontaneous ideas in a group
To cancel – to call off ( i.e. a meeting)
Chair/chairperson – a person who holds the meeting (is in charge)
Closing remarks – last item on the meeting agenda usually including a short summary, reminders
To collaborate – to work together
To commence – to being, start
Conference call – telephone meeting between three or more parties
Deadline – the time by which something must be done
To implement – to put into effect, to carry out
Item (item on the agenda) – a point in the agenda
Mandatory – obligatory, compulsory
Minutes – official record of the meeting including the main discussed points and opinions of the members as well as decisions
Motion – a suggestion which is put to a vote
Objective – goal
Participant – someone who takes part in a meeting or event
Show of hands – a vote counted by raised hands
Stand in for – to represent someone who is absent
Unanimous – in complete agreement
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