Everyone likes a bit of a chat at the beginning of a meeting, but when it’s time to get started, use these key phrases:
To get the ball rolling
Definition: To get the meeting or discussion started.
Example: “OK, everyone. Let’s get the ball rolling. Come and sit down and we’ll start the meeting.”
To open with
Definition: To begin by talking about a certain topic.
Example: “Let’s open with a summary of what each of you has achieved this week.”
To hand over to
Definition: To introduce another speaker.
Example: “I’d like to hand over to Dave to explain our plans for the next quarter.”
On the agenda
Definition: Something on the plan to be discussed.
Example: “Today, the first item on the agenda is to decide on a new supplier.”
To get down to business
Definition: To talk about the most important issues.
Example: “It’s time to get down to business. How much will this cost and how much time will it save me?”
To kick off
Definition: To get started.
Example: “Let’s kick off by reviewing the results of our last campaign.”
To take the minutes
Definition: To take notes on everything that was said and agreed on in that meeting.
Example: “It’s my turn to take the minutes, so please let me know if there’s anything special you want me to make a note of.”
To help remember these phrases, try writing an introduction to a meeting using all of them. Imagine you are in a weekly meeting with your colleagues. How many of these expressions could you use?