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Meeting Chairman: If we are all here, let’s get started. First of all, I’d like you to please join me in welcoming Jack Peterson, our Southwest Area Sales Vice President.
Jack Peterson: Thank you for having me, I’m looking forward to today’s meeting.
Meeting Chairman: I’d also like to introduce Margaret Simmons who recently joined our team.
Margaret Simmons: May I also introduce my assistant, Bob Hamp.
Meeting Chairman: Welcome Bob. I’m afraid our national sales director, Anne Trusting, can’t be with us today. She is in Kobe at the moment, developing our Far East sales force.
Reviewing Past Business
Meeting Chairman: Let’s get started. We’re here today to discuss ways of improving sales in rural market areas. First, let’s go over the report from the last meeting which was held on June 24th. Right, Tom, over to you.
Tom Robbins: Thank you Mark. Let me just summarize the main points of the last meeting. We began the meeting by approving the changes in our sales reporting system discussed on May 30th. After briefly revising the changes that will take place, we moved on to a brainstorming session concerning after sales customer support improvements. You’ll find a copy of the main ideas developed and discussed in these sessions in the photocopies in front of you. The meeting was declared closed at 11.30.
Beginning the Meeting
Meeting Chairman: Thank you Tom. So, if there is nothing else we need to discuss, let’s move on to today’s agenda. Have you all received a copy of today’s agenda? If you don’t mind, I’d like to skip item 1 and move on to item 2: Sales improvement in rural market areas. Jack has kindly agreed to give us a report on this matter. Jack?
Jack Peterson: Before I begin the report, I’d like to get some ideas from you all. How do you feel about rural sales in your sales districts? I suggest we go round the table first to get all of your input.
John Ruting: In my opinion, we have been focusing too much on urban customers and their needs. The way I see things, we need to return to our rural base by developing an advertising campaign to focus on their particular needs.
Alice Linnes: I’m afraid I can’t agree with you. I think rural customers want to feel as important as our customers living in cities. I suggest we give our rural sales teams more help with advanced customer information reporting.
Donald Peters: Excuse me, I didn’t catch that. Could you repeat that, please?
Alice Linnes: I just stated that we need to give our rural sales teams better customer information reporting.
John Ruting: I don’t quite follow you. What exactly do you mean?
Alice Linnes: Well, we provide our city sales staff with database information on all of our larger clients. We should be providing the same sort of knowledge on our rural customers to our sales staff there.
Jack Peterson: Would you like to add anything, Jennifer?
Jennifer Miles: I must admit I never thought about rural sales that way before. I have to agree with Alice.
Jack Peterson: Well, let me begin with this Power Point presentation (Jack presents his report).
Jack Peterson: As you can see, we are developing new methods to reach out to our rural customers.
John Ruting: I suggest we break up into groups and discuss the ideas we’ve seen presented.
Finishing the Meeting
Meeting Chairman: Unfortunately, we’re running short of time. We’ll have to leave that to another time.
Jack Peterson: Before we close, let me just summarize the main points:
Rural customers need special help to feel more valued.
Our sales teams need more accurate information on our customers.
A survey will be completed to collect data on spending habits in these areas.
The results of this survey will be delivered to our sales teaMs
We are considering specific data mining procedures to help deepen our understanding.
Meeting Chairman: Thank you very much Jack. Right, it looks as though we’ve covered the main items Is there any other business?
Donald Peters: Can we fix the next meeting, please?
Meeting Chairman: Good idea Donald. How does Friday in two weeks time sound to everyone? Let’s meet at the same time, 9 o’clock. Is that OK for everyone? Excellent. I’d like to thank Jack for coming to our meeting today. The meeting is closed.
Opening the Meeting
Good morning/afternoon, everyone.
If we are all here, let’s
. . . get started (OR)
start the meeting. (OR)
. . . start.
Welcoming and Introducing Participants
Please join me in welcoming (name of participant)
We’re pleased to welcome (name of participant)
It’s a pleasure to welcome (name of participant)
I’d like to introduce (name of participant)
I don’t think you’ve met (name of participant)
Stating the Principal Objectives of a Meeting
We’re here today to
Our aim is to …
I’ve called this meeting in order to …
By the end of this meeting, I’d like to have …
Giving Apologies for Someone Who is Absent
I’m afraid.., (name of participant) can’t be with us today. She is in…
I have received apologies for the absence of (name of participant), who is in (place).
Reading the Minutes (Notes) of the Last Meeting
First let’s go over the report from the last meeting, which was held on (date)
Here are the minutes from our last meeting, which was on (date)
Dealing with Recent Developments
Jack, can you tell us how the XYZ project is progressing?
Jack, how is the XYZ project coming along?
John, have you completed the report on the new accounting package?
Has everyone received a copy of the Tate Foundation report on current marketing trends?
So, if there is nothing else we need to discuss, let’s move on to today’s agenda.
Shall we get down to business?
Is there any other business?
If there are no further developments, I’d like to move on to today’s topic.
Introducing the Agenda
Have you all received a copy of the agenda?
There are three items on the agenda. First,
Shall we take the points in this order?
If you don’t mind, I’d like to … go in order (OR)
skip item 1 and move on to item 3
I suggest we take item 2 last.
Allocating Roles (secretary, participants)
(name of participant) has agreed to take the minutes.
(name of participant) has kindly agreed to give us a report on this matter.
(name of participant) will lead point 1, (name of participant) point 2, and (name of participant) point 3.
(name of participant), would you mind taking notes today?
Agreeing on the Ground Rules for the Meeting (contributions, timing, decision-making, etc.)
We will hear a short report on each point first, followed by a discussion round the table.
I suggest we go round the table first.
The meeting is due to finish at…
We’ll have to keep each item to ten minutes. Otherwise we’ll never get through.
We may need to vote on item 5, if we can’t get a unanimous decision.
Introducing the First Item on the Agenda
So, let’s start with
Shall we start with. .
So, the first item on the agenda is
Pete, would you like to kick off?
Martin, would you like to introduce this item?
Closing an Item
I think that covers the first item.
Shall we leave that item?
If nobody has anything else to add,
Let’s move onto the next item
The next item on the agenda is
Now we come to the question of.
Giving Control to the Next Participant
I’d like to hand over to Mark, who is going to lead the next point.
Right, Dorothy, over to you.
Before we close, let me just summarize the main points.
To sum up, …
Shall I go over the main points?
Right, it looks as though we’ve covered the main items
Is there Any Other Business?
Suggesting and Agreeing on Time, Date and Place for the Next Meeting
Can we fix the next meeting, please?
So, the next meeting will be on… (day), the . . . (date) of.. . (month) at…
What about the following Wednesday? How is that?
So, see you all then.
Thanking Participants for Attending
I’d like to thank Marianne and Jeremy for coming over from London.
Thank you all for attending.
Thanks for your participation.
Closing the Meeting
The meeting is closed.
I declare the meeting closed.