5 Steps to Successful Meetings in English
Conducting a meeting in English can be intimidating.
But if you are like most international lawyers, the path to success can seem like a mystery.
You have probably been discouraged or fearful. So, you avoid getting involved in professional activities where English is spoken. As a result, you remain stuck and isolated.
Today, I will show you common phrases that you can rely on in any meeting and erase your fear. These trusted phrases will save you time and help you succeed.
Step 1: Introduce yourself
First, start by welcoming the client and introducing yourself.
• “Good morning / afternoon”
• “Let’s begin” / “Let’s get started”
• “I’d like to welcome everyone”
• “I’d like to thank everyone for coming today”
Second, introduce yourself:
• “I’m [your name]. I’ll keep this meeting brief as I know you’re all busy people”
• “My name is [your name] and I arranged this meeting because”
Step 2: Ask others to introduce themselves
• “Let’s introduce ourselves quickly – please tell us your name, job and why you are here.”
• “Let’s go introduce ourselves. Who would like to begin?”
Step 3: Set the agenda
• “We’re here today to discuss”
• “Today, we are talking about”
• “There are a few items on today’s agenda”
Step 4: Define action points to be completed before the next meeting
• “Before the next meeting, I want [action point] to be completed.”
• “By the next meeting, [Name], can you complete [action point]?”
• “Who will be responsible for [action point], to be completed by the next meeting”
Step 5: Close the meeting
• “It looks like we’ve run out of time, so I guess we’ll finish here.”
• “I think we’ve covered everything on the agenda.”
• “If no one has anything else to add, then I think we’ll wrap this up.”
• Thank you for your time today. I think we have made great progress.”
5 Steps to succeed a meeting in English.
- Welcome the group and introduce yourself.
- Ask others to do briefly introduce themselves.
- Set the agenda. Let everyone know what the meeting will be about.
- Define what actions needs to be taken before the next meeting.
- Close the meeting and thank participants for attending.
None of these lessons matter if you never get started.