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When the time comes to end a meeting, a number of things are important. Everything that was discussed should be reviewed, to ensure that people leave the meeting with a clear understanding of what is expected of them and how a range of projects will be proceeding.
The meeting may have an open ending time (i.e. there was no scheduled time for it to end), so if you want to end it and people aren’t paying attention, you will have to speak confidently and clearly to wrap things up.
Which of these expressions would you use to sum up or review the decisions made in the meeting?
1. Let’s stop at that for now.
2. We got a lot done today, including…(list of issues resolved)
3. I appreciate your point, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss today.
4. I think we understand your views on this.
5. We have half an hour to decide…
Which of these expressions could you use to close a meeting?
1. It’s time to bring things to a close.
2. Remind me of the dates we need to remember?
3. We got a lot done today, including…
4. We’ve discussed everything on the agenda for today.
Answer: 1, 3, & 4