From May, 2013

Learn English The Most Useful Language For Chairing A Meeting

When learning English online it is useful to build up a bank of phrases that you use on a daily basis. We have gathered together the most commonly used phrases when chairing a meeting, so if you are at a conference call, chairing a formal face-to-face meeting or attending a quick briefing, these expressions will be what you need. Feel free to copy and paste and keep for reference. Practise saying them to yourself ….if you feel confident with some basic beginnings of sentences, you will be ready to build on that language. Confidence building is what we aim for in The English Skyperoom!

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Stage Formal Informal
Starting off Is everyone present?

Does everyone have / Has everyone got
a copy of the agenda?

Is everyone here?

Has everyone got a copy of the   agenda?

Taking minutes Could someone take minutes please? Can   someone take minutes please?
Opening the meeting Shall we commence / get started/ make a start? Let’s get started / Let’s get the ball rolling
Thanking the people attending Thank you very much for attending   today. Thanks a lot for coming today.
State the objective Our objective here today is to +   verb. We’re here today to + verb.
Opening up the discussion Shall we open this up for discussion? Let’s open this up for discussion.
Inviting opinion What are your thoughts? So, what do you think?
Controlling the discussion Thanks John. Shall we hear from Maria   now? Thanks John. Let’s hear from Maria   now.
Summarising So, to sum up…

So, to summarise…

So, to sum up…

So, to summarise…

Voting Shall we vote? All in favour, raise   your hands. All against? Let’s vote. All in favour, raise your   hands. All against?
Stating further action So, we’ll meet again next week.

So, John, you’ll contact… / produce a   report / investigate further…

So, we’ll meet again next week.

So, John, you’ll contact… / produce a   report / investigate further…

Closing the meeting Any other business? AOB

Shall we close the meeting?

Thank you very much for attending.

Any other business? AOB

Let’s close the meeting.

Thanks for coming



30 Key Phrases To Use When Giving A Presentation In English

30 Key Phrases to use when giving a Business Presentation in English

You’ve been asked to give a presentation to an English-speaking audience and while you may know your subject inside out, how do you make it clear in English? Help is at hand! These 30 key phrases can act as the ‘skeleton’ of your planning and will give you lead-ins to sentences and explanations. Remember ……….

a) Introduction            b) Main Body             c) Conclusion               d) Prepare for Questions


a) Introduction

  • Good morning/afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
  • Today, I’m going to talk about…
  • The subject of my talk is…
  • The theme of my presentation is…
  • I’d like to give you an overview of…
  • I’d like to give you a brief outline
  • The presentation will take about (thirty) minutes…
  • Please interrupt if you have any questions.
  • After my talk there’ll be time for a discussion and any questions.
  • So that concludes the introduction.
  • Now let’s move to the first part of my talk, which is about…

b) Main Body

  • I’ve divided my talk into (three) parts.   First…   Second…   Third …   In the first part….   Then in the second part…   Finally,
  • When introducing a visual:     I’d like to show you…  This (graph) shows / represents
  • When making comparisons:   Let’s compare the…   Here you see a comparison between…
  • We can see four advantages and two disadvantages. First, advantages…….
  • One is … Another is … A third advantage is … Finally…
  • On the other hand, the two disadvantages. First… Second…
  • When linking: Beginning a new part  Let’s move to (the next part which is)…So now we come to…
  • I’ll describe the development of the idea.
  • First the background, then the present situation, and then the prospects for the future ………
  • That’s all I want to say for now on


c) Conclusion

  • I’d like to end by emphasizing the main point(s).
  • …..a summary of the main points.
  • …..some conclusions and recommendations   – a brief conclusion.
  • That concludes (the formal part of) my talk;

d) Questions

  • (Thanks for listening)… Now I’d like to invite your comments.
  • Now we have (half an hour) for questions and discussion.
  • So, now I’d be very interested to hear your comments.
  • I’m afraid that’s outside the scope of my talk / this session. If I were you I’d discuss that with…
  • I’ll have to come to that later, perhaps during the break since we’re running out of time.


Prepare and practise, use notes to remind you, try to avoid reading from a script and above all smile!

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