This is the first in a two-part intermediate ビジネス英語ポッドキャストレッスン on opening and managing meetings. このエピソードでは, we’ll look at how to open a meeting. In the second part (BEP 43) we’ll look at language you can use to manage the discussion.
The listening takes place in the Singapore offices of Daneline, an international shipping company. マーティン, the GM, is chairing a meeting with Sandra, David and Sam to discuss a budget shortfall. Shortfall means their budget has fallen short of expectations. 言い換えると, they don’t have enough money, so they need to make some cuts. To chair a meeting is to lead the meeting. We can say that Martin is the chairperson. So in these two episodes on opening and managing meetings, you’ll be learning language for chairing meetings.
1) What is the amount of the budget shortfall?
2) Why doesn’t Sandra have a copy of the agenda?
3) How many possible cuts are under discussion?
4) What is the first item on the agenda?