February 13th, 2021

Business Lessons: Today’s focus is on Meetings

Keeping the Meeting On Target (time, relevance, decisions)

  1. I’m afraid that’s outside the scope of this meeting.
  2. Let’s get back on track, why don’t we?
  3. That’s not really why we’re here today.
  4. Why don’t we return to the main focus of today’s meeting?
  5. We’re beginning to lose sight of the main point.
  6. Keep to the point, please.
  7. We’re running short of time.
  8. Well, that seems to be all the time we have today.
  9. Please be brief.
  10. I’m afraid we’ve run out of time.
  11. I think we’d better leave that for another meeting.
  12. We’ll have to leave that to another time.
  13. Are we ready to make a decision?
Make is a synonym of Create.
As verbs the difference between make and create

Make is to behave, to act while create is to put into existence.
As a noun make is (often of a car) brand or kind; often paired with model or make can be (dialectal) mate; a spouse or companion or make can be.
As a adjective Create is (archaic) created, resulting from creation.

  • I’m sorry but I cannot confirm nor deny that question.

Conversation Lessons:

Old flame: a person that you loved or had a sexual relationship with in the past

  • When I saw him, he reminded me of an old flame back when I was studying in Germany.
  • I will buy a new iPhone 12 pro and I expect my husband to pay for it.
  • But my husband expects me to pay for it.
  • I am expected to complete the report by close of business.

Sooner vs Earlier:

“Sooner” can only refer to future events, i.e. those that had yet to happen at the time of conversation. 

“Earlier” is merely a comparison of more than one point in time, regardless of them being in the past or in the future.

Boring (goes to character)  VS Bored (goes to feeling)

  • I thought the meeting was so boring. The manager read memos that we already received and read.
  • I was so bored in the meeting. The manager read memos that we already received and read.
  • He bores me. (He makes you feel bored)


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