With today’s technology, people don’t have to be in the same room to have a meeting. We can connect with people around the world by phone or video chat apps like Skype. Amazing, isn’t it? Until it suddenly isn’t amazing, because people don’t know who’s saying what, others are having technical difficulties, and people are leaving and joining the meeting without anyone knowing.
A good conference call requires a good facilitator. Someone to make sure everyone knows who’s in the meeting and gives everyone the chance to speak. That means facilitating introductions at the start of the meeting and encouraging quiet people to share their ideas. 畢竟, it’s pretty easy to hide or be ignored during an online meeting.
Sometimes there are technical problems that can get the meeting off track. At those times, it’s best to ask someone else to try to solve the problem so you can continue running the meeting. And just like any meeting, the facilitator should be encouraging input from everyone, including those who join late. It’s your job to integrate those latecomers into the meeting so they can participate too.
在今天的對話中, we’ll hear anEnglish teleconferenceled by Gabi. People from across the U.S. are joining the call to plan their company’s upcoming sales conference.
1. What does Gabi ask people to include in their short self-introduction? 2. What problem does Gabi ask someone to help solve? 3. What does Gabi do when someone joins the meeting late?
歡迎回到 商務英語播客 今天的課程 項目管理英語for debriefing a project with your team.
項目管理can be a messy business. You can plan, but you can’t really predict all the challenges and obstacles that will come up. So on every project, and especially in agile project management, you have to learn and adapt as you go along. And at the end, it’s a good idea to discuss what you’ve learned in a project debrief meeting. If you’re following anagileapproach, you might also hold sprint retrospectives, which are like mini-debriefs at the end of each sprint. Whether it’s a project debrief or one of these sprint retrospectives, you’ll cover similar topics.
A project debrief meeting might start out with a review of the project goals. You want to look back and see what you set out to do in the first place. Then you can talk about successes during the project. What did you do well? What would you do again? 從那裡, you can move on to discuss mistakes, and what you’d like to change in the future. 最後, you’ll want to summarize everything that you’ve learned. The whole idea, 當然, is that you’ll be able to do things better next time.
在今天的對話中, we’ll hear a project manager named Martin, who’s running a debrief meeting at the end of a software development project. We’ll also hear Jill and Sumita, two of the engineers who’ve worked on the project. 一起, the group is discussing the work they’ve done and what they’ve learned.
1. After discussing the project goals, what does Martin ask about? 2. The discussion of mistakes leads Martin to ask a related question about what topic? 3. What does Martin do at the end of the meeting?