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Meetings auf Englisch - Diskussionen leiten und beleben

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Prompting the discussion

The background to our discussion is ...
This issue is extremely relevant
because ...
The point we have to understand is ...
It’s important for us to ... before the
end of this meeting.
Marvin, would you like to open the discussion
on this topic?
Now it’s time to turn to our next agenda
item, ...
James, perhaps you’d like to have the
first word?
Jennifer, would you like to get us going?
Would you like to lead the discussion in
this phase?
Alison, do you think you could clarify this
point from your perspective?
Everyone is rather quiet. Could I ask
someone to please put forth his or her
opinion at this time?
Doug, I’d like you to take the lead now
and open the discussion with an overview
of the situation in your department.
Mary, can I ask you to please tell us
about your experiences in this area?
Helga, I know you’ve prepared a formal
statement about your department’s
views. Will you please share that with
us now?


Notice the use of could and would instead
of can and will in the above phrases. The
conditional form of the verb is always
more polite than the modal form. Think in
these terms:

can = are you able to?
will = are you going to?

In cases where individuals are not actively
and openly participating in the meeting,
and when the conditional forms do not
seem to stir people into a more lively
discussion, try using the modal forms.
These have the effect of sounding more
like the other person must do what is being

You can choose to control the level of
your politeness from extremely polite
to extremely direct as follows:

Extremely polite

I was wondering if it would be at all possible if ... ?
I was wondering if you could possibly ... ?
I was wondering if you would mind ... ?
Would it be possible for you to ... ?
Would you mind if ... ?
Would you ...?
Could you ... ?
Can you ... ?
Will you ... ?

Extremely direct

Chairing heated discussions

Please! Everyone will have a chance to
voice his or her opinion!
Will you please allow our Head of Sales
to finish first?
I’m sorry, but I have 10 other requests
to speak before yours. Please wait for
your turn.
I think we are having a bit of a misunderstanding
Okay, everyone. I’m afraid our discussion
is becoming a bit heated.
Could I ask everyone to step back from
the discussion for one moment?
I’d like to restate that our goal today is
..., and not ...

From the general reaction I can see that
we’re going to need clarification on this
point before we continue discussing it.

I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but our
conversation has become chaotic and
unproductive. Can I ask each of you to
speak one at a time?

I suggest we put this issue aside for the
moment and let things cool off a bit.

I’m sorry, but you’ll have to allow each
other to finish speaking.

People.... Let’s keep the discussion
orderly, please.

when all else fails

Sometimes a discussion can become
heated and get so far out of hand that the
above phrases are ineffective. In this case,
you need to do what’s called holding the
floor. This is a reference to a technique
used by government representatives to
prevent other representatives from derailing
a discussion by getting permission to
speak and then changing the subject.

The best way to hold the floor is to loudly
announce that you believe the meeting has
gone off track, and then to state that there
are a list of goals that need to be met. Then
list them. The time it takes to do this is
usually long enough to break the chaotic
speaking pattern that has developed, stop
all interruptions and get everyone focused
on the main goals of the meeting. The key
is to keep talking. Example:

I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen, but our
conversation has become confrontational
and we’re not achieving our goals.
I must insist that we come back now to
our main objectives. These are ... and
... and ...

Dos and Don’ts

If you’re attending

  • Keep in mind that every meeting is a
    two-way process. It’s not just about
    sharing your information and opinions,
    but listening to what others are saying
    with consideration and thoughtfulness.

  • Don’t forget that empathy and percep-
    tion are important skills when participating
    in a meeting. Be careful of what
    you say. Everyone’s opinion is valid!

  • Find your own ways of helping the chair
    bring the meeting to a consensus.
    Helping things go in the other direction
    is counterproductive and unprofessional.

If you’re chairing
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