English for Business Meetings

Learn key phrases and expressions useful for business meetings in English

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English for Business Meetings

Do you want to know the right things to say in informal and formal meetings?

Do you want to speak confidently with business coworkers and clients?

Do you want to understand how American meetings work?

This course teaches you both formal and informal business English you need to participate in business meetings. You learn how American business meetings are structured and how to participate in each part – from starting a meeting, to introducing speakers, making a presentation, managing a discussion, answering questions, and ending meetings.

For each of the 10 parts of a typical business meeting, you will see two versions:

  • Meeting A is an informal business meeting.
  • Meeting B is a formal business meeting.

No matter what kind of meeting you attend or what type of business you work in, this course covers important business vocabulary useful for anyone needing to communicate better in an English-speaking professional setting.

Video: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Text Materials: 121 pages

What You Get

  • Video Lessons (5 hours, 10 minutes) – For each of the 10 parts, you will get:
    1. Meeting A – informal version
    2. Meeting B – formal version
  • Text Materials (121 pages) – For each of the 10 parts, you will get a text guide with:
    1. Full transcript of every word you hear, including the explanations
    2. Glossaries with definitions
    3. Sample sentences

How It Works

This course takes you step-by-step through both formal and informal meetings.

Each formal or informal meeting contains three parts. You:

  1. Listen to the story at a learning speed (slow)
  2. Listen to a detailed explanation of the story and vocabulary
  3. Listen to the story at a normal speed (fast)

This 1-2-3 method of learning languages, pioneered by the applied linguists at the Center for Educational Development and ESLPod.com, is the fastest way to improving your business-related vocabulary. You encounter all of the key vocabulary several times in each lesson, helping you really understand the meaning of the expressions and how to use them correctly.

Why It Works

  • Tested, proven lessons used by more than 5 million students in 189 countries
  • Practical English expressions and terms used by American businesspeople in meetings and conferences
  • Phrases in English for both formal and informal meetings, so you can handle any situation
  • Presented by Jeff McQuillan, Ph.D., whose funny and entertainment lessons have been used by millions around the world
  • Based 100% on scientific research – all lessons written by two Ph.D.s in applied linguistics
  • More than 5 hours of lessons to give you a complete knowledge of what you need for meetings in English

"English for Business Meetings" includes:

Lesson 1 – Starting a Meeting

  • Meeting A: Learn how to start a meeting when you know most of the people at the meeting and can be a little more informal. Included are expressions related to asking for opinions and planning the meeting.
  • Meeting B: Meeting with clients or people from outside your company? Find out how to talk about your company and its goals in a more formal business meeting setting.

Lesson 2 – Introducing the Participants

  • Meeting A: Learn how to introduce yourself at an informal meeting, as well as some common titles that people have in American businesses.
  • Meeting B: If you have to introduce other people at a meeting in English, this part of the lesson will teach you the proper forms and procedures.

Lesson 3 – Beginning a Presentation

  • Meeting A: Learn how to properly introduce a presentation by giving your audience an overview of what will take place.
  • Meeting B: This part of the lesson also shows how to begin a presentation, this time using a more formal tone and vocabulary.

Lesson 4 – Giving a Presentation

  • Meeting A: The key parts of an effective presentation are organization, detail, and honesty. You’ll find all of these in this example of an informal presentation.
  • Meeting B: A more formal presentation requires a more formal tone and vocabulary, both of which are demonstrated in this part of the lesson.

Lesson 5 – Using Visuals at a Presentation

  • Meeting A: Images are powerful tools, and this is also true in business presentations, as you will see in this lesson.
  • Meeting B: This part of the lesson takes a closer look at the different ways that information can be presented.

Lesson 6 – Ending a Presentation

  • Meeting A: Learn key vocabulary for a ending a business presentation, along with some useful ideas on how to motivate your team.
  • Meeting B: Using a different vocabulary and tone, this segment of the lesson deals with many of the same issues as the previous segment, but in a more formal way.

Lesson 7 – Managing Discussion

  • Meeting A: Group discussions can sometimes be difficult, but everything will go better if you know the polite way to make your point, and this lesson gives some excellent examples.
  • Meeting B: In this segment of the lesson, we see how a more formal group discussion handles disagreement between people.

Lesson 8 – Taking Questions

  • Meeting A: Every meeting has to end sometime, but people often want to keep talking. Learn how to bring a presentation to a polite end.
  • Meeting B: This segment of the lesson shows how presentations are commonly ended, as well as how to remain respectful in an uncomfortable situation.

Lesson 9 – Ending a Topic and Planning for the Future

  • Meeting A: Most successful business meetings end with plans for what to do next. In this lesson, you will learn the vocabulary for making plans.
  • Meeting B: In this segment, you will see how a more formal meeting might end discussion of a topic, with additional vocabulary used to describe this process.

Lesson 10 – Ending Formal and Informal Meetings

  • Meeting A: Time to get back to work! Learn how to bring an informal meeting to a successful close.
  • Meeting B: This part of the lesson shows how a formal meeting is brought to an end, using additional vocabulary often used in business.

Your Instructor


All our courses are created by Dr. Jeff McQuillan and Dr. Lucy Tse, two former university professors with Ph.D.s in applied linguistics and education.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
You can begin the self-paced (go as fast as you want) course as soon as you sign up. You have 90 days (three months) to complete the course.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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