people often have to participate in meetings. Meetings
can be difficult if they are in your first langauge.
Today many companies have an international workforce.
The common language is English, so the language of
the meeting is ... English! It is hard to avoid, you
need to know some of the common language used in meetings
and what it means.
well as the meaning of the words, you need to know
what they signal ... does it mean the speaker is genuinely
asking for opinions? Does it mean that the speaker
expects that their point of view will be, and should
be, accepted? Does it mean that it is time to move
on to another point? Is the speaker insulting the
people around them? Is the speaker giving a strong
opinion or a tentative one? Is the speaker playing
devil's advocate? Agghhh! It's not easy! You have
to negotiate both language and culture. They are intertwined.
at some of the vocabulary used in the writing above. What
does it mean?
to participate in